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GreenNeedle 5th May 2013 11:38 PM

Thoughts on specific frequency areas
Hi Howie, Thanks for dropping by.

Can you take a minute to talk about certain frequency areas that are either important for certain reasons (say for broadcast, mp3 conversion, vinyl, things like that) and also ones that are across the board important for clarity or richness, i mean ones that come up often for you as a mastering engineer.

And if it's not too much, thoughts on adding a bit more low mid these days to help out ear bud and computer speaker listeners.

Thanks for any thoughts you can share.

Howie Weinberg 9th May 2013 06:47 PM

There are frequencies that I feel make records really come alive. It's more midrange stuff, but you have to be careful. 800Hz to 3khz is really important. But you can't go too far or it gets strident.

Lows you just go by feel. 50Hz to 120Hz is great but you gotta have monitors that reveal what's going on down there or your mixes actually become smaller sounding.

Highs are very subjective. Some people like bright records, some people hate em. So for that, I go by what the client says.

I don't master records for a certain format like mp3 or broadcast. That's dangerous. I just make them sound great.


GreenNeedle 10th May 2013 02:31 AM

Curious, do you ever bandpass a frequency range, say 800-3k and just work hearing only that for a while to get the area to sit right?

Howie Weinberg 10th May 2013 09:07 PM

No I've never done that and I don't recommend that. You need to get a sense of the whole track.