EQ TRICKS FOR DRUMS
May 21/05/2018 | BY NJ PRO MUSIC
How to Equalize Kicks
We all want our kick hitting the mix but not all of us know exactly what to do at the time of equalize. Where to boost , remove or add in the equalization.
Heres a quick guide which will help you to know with exactitude what are you playing in your drums kick, nevertheless, have in mind that before boosting any of this parameters it is necessary, that you try to identify what your kick needs, since lots of times is usual to abuse of this parameters and cause damages to the sound you want to get.
0-60Hz Boom and Deep ”Boof-Boof” sound
80-200Hz Punchy Sound
200-300Hz Commmon to slighly cut this area
500-1500Hz Beginning of the attach beater sound
2000Hz – Brightness and Sharp effect
How to Equalize Toms
It is important to emphasize in the variety and different sizes of toms or even what they’re made off since this will be a crucial factor on how you should equalize.
Now we proceed to the tips:
0 – 250 Hz Add Lows for fullness frequencies ( usally for floor toms boosted at lower frequencies 80-100Hz)
2 – 10kHz add air (High Shelf)
3 – 4kHz Add more Attack
5 – 7kHz Add attack by boosting this area ( actually depending on the size of the toms)
6 – 7kHz add stick sound
Apply any of this ajusts to your toms, depending on what you need and dont be afraid of making a hard or agressive equalization, experiment with it so you can get the right direction to your personal sound.
How to Equalize Cymbals
The Cymbals are basically whats bring the drums to life when its in the mix or thats what you feel when they’re not present in it. Cause of this lets analize some frencuencies that your Cymbal or overhead needs to be put through when its being mixed with the rest of the instruments.
(If you’re using drums samples such as drummer 3, steven slate drums or any other. this ajustments will help to define your sound since this cymbals samples are previously treated to make your work easier)
0-200Hz Reduce gong sound, usually cut this area with a high pass filter
200-400Hz reduce ambience
10kHz Add hardness
15kHz brighten and add crackle soun
How to Equalize Hi-Hats
0-200Hz Cut If Muddy
200-Hz Reduce Clang Sound
7 – 10kHz Shimmer / Skarke
10kHz Boost for “top”