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Lesson 27 from: Songwriting in Logic Pro X for Electronic Music Production

Tomas George

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27. EQ

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Writing Drums and Bass Part Introduction


Making Drums Beats with Ultrabeat


Beats with Ultrabeat and Drummer


Writing Bass Parts - Part 1


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Writing Drums and Bass Parts Assignment


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Hello. In this lecture, we're going to be looking at E Qing our instruments. So I'm mixing our track. Really, we want space for each instrument to be heard. So we don't really want too many instruments that have the exact same frequencies because this can clash, we can do things like pan the instruments left or right. But an easy way to make space for each instrument to be heard is to eq them. So basically you find the frequency that you want playing and you make sure this is present and you can roll off or reduce other frequencies in their EQ. So let's have a listen to the track that we've got and I'm just gonna go through and eq some of these instruments and explain exactly what I did. So in the previous lecture, we actually rolled off some of the bass in the piano. We can have a look here if we go down to piano, some of the bass was removed just to create that more house trebly piano sound. But now we're going to do it with a few other instruments. Also, if you remember, we change t...

he EQ for the kick drum don't forget if you hit the analyzer button when you play the track, it'll actually show you the waves of where the frequencies are. OK. So let's play this track and I'm just going to eq some of these instruments. So let's start with this heart. I quite like it with some of the treble rolled off. This is with, with the Treble on the treble rolled off can be quite difficult sometimes to actually find the correct place. But a lot of it's trial and error and using your ear. I quite like it like this. So it's just this middle band really that's playing through and that's here. The pad as well. I think the pad is just far too Trey. So I'm gonna roll off some of the, this frequency here and here. That's just a little bit too harsh. It's a bit too gritty. Of course, we can go into the synthesizer and edit it there. But either way is just to roll off some of those frequencies that you don't really want. It's these frequencies here. I don't like a lot smoother. Now, of course, these frequencies are very similar. Now, the harp and the pad, which is why I've panned them both to the left and the right, just so there's a bit of space you can hear them sounds a lot smoother. Now, let's continue with the track for me. That sounds a little too bay. I might reduce some of those base frequencies roll off some of this base because when the bass enters, I don't really want it to muddy down that bass end. But of course, we need to listen to this in the mix of the track separately. It's kind of irrelevant. It's all about what it actually sounds like in the mix. One thing we could do in EQ and it should actually boost certain frequencies to find the frequencies that we want to reduce. So it's this kind of low marimba rumble that I don't really want. You can hear it here, the low rumble. So I'm gonna reduce this. You can also roll off some as well. Do you want more? We're going to add some here as well. OK. I'm a fan of this. Let's continue on. I do think that sp are actually too high. Now, I do like it trebly but I think in the previous lecture, I might have made it too trebly. So that's maybe reduce the higher frequencies a bit. So find the ones I want to reduce. I think generally it just needs to be a little less. But here it's nice. I'm also gonna pan this piano because we have this marimba playing the same parts. So let's pan the piano. So 39 to the left, let's hear this marimba part. I'm actually gonna just copy the frequencies from the other marimba parts. So if you find the other marimba part, which is here gonna do it just get rid of this plug in. So go down to no plug in, click on the little arrows and go to no plug in. And now if you hold down alt and command, we can just drag it over. Let's hear this. So we basically, it's the same as before we rolled off a lot of the base and we've boosted the Treble and cut a bit of the really high end just in case there's any frequencies there that we don't want. Let's hear this in the mix. Now, now let's go into the drums to be fair. I quite like the drums as they are. We did have a look at these in the previous lecture. So this is slap. We could always actually go into this if we wanted to and add another instrument, actual snare might be better. So if you hold down option and drag it over and then we can always go down to this right click here, go on velocity and just make it a bit quieter, really just want it quite subtle. Now, we can just copy this over. What we can also do as well is make it slightly out of time ever so slightly. So if you just zoom in here, only a tiny bit, there we go. And you'll notice a slight difference there. A bit more space copy these parts over does kind of class as arrangement, making your track just generally sound good as part of mixing is we'll actually add elements ever so slightly just to improve the track. OK. So we basically just added a snare because I thought it was a bit too bare just having a clap. What I'm going to do now the rest of the, so let's EQ this. Yeah. Should be good. Let's say this in the mix. It's good to these hats. These seem a bit too low to me. I want some brighter sounding hats because they're getting a bit muddy in the mix. So let's find the hats at the EQ. See the frequencies here just gonna roll off a lot of the base, maybe just boost this slightly. Let's hear this in the mix. Now, let's find the base just a bit too subby for me. So I'm just gonna reduce a tiny bit of the base sit here. So let's find this frequency back here without it with it. Let's hear this in the mix. So let's just quickly look at the bongos just gonna roll off a bit of the base and some of the trouble quite like it a bit more travel to be fair right here. I think it's nice. It's all about using your ear and finding space in the mix, the Pande as well. Ok. So that's basically how we can EQ our track. It's about finding space and not allowing the instruments to get too muddy, not allowing them to take up too many frequencies or we won't be able to hear all the different instruments when hearing a track, really want to hear several instruments at the same time and allow our listener to go on a journey really. And the best way to do this, for them to clearly hear the instruments rather than a big muddy soundscape. Want to hear the different parts, different instruments, different melodies so our listener can enjoy our track. So thank you for watching this lecture. It's all about EQ.

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