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Help with highs
Old 21st August 2007
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Help with highs

Hello. Ive been observing my spectrum analyser while playing a variety of different genres lately. One thing I always notice is around 16k the amplitude drops significantly and looks kind of like an L. I am wondering how this is achieved. I've tried using a low pass filter on it but it doesnt have that brickwall look to it. It's more rounded. Any help is appreciated.thanks.
Old 21st August 2007
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Usually the info in that range observed on an analyser is from hi-hats, shakers, etc. Maybe think about how loud you have those things mixed, and how they're EQ'd.
Old 21st August 2007
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Don't worry so much how it looks. How does it sound?
Old 21st August 2007
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You're not doing something stupid like analysing mp3's ... ?

The natural energy of most instruments falls off about there - you don't need to do anything special. Rolling off with a low pass filter would destroy any subtle harmonics.
Old 21st August 2007
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MP3s do look like that....
Old 21st August 2007
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You're not doing something stupid like analysing mp3's ... ?


Haha! actually I WAS looking at mp3's. Thanks for clearing that up. I thought it must have been some cool mastering trick to make the highs wash better. I just looked at some wav files and what do ya know, no brickwall at 16k. Whew! Actually my mixes sound good but the highs seem a bit too bright at times. Kinda like the frequency is usable but "out of key' with the song. A little too pss pss and not enough shh shh. Does that make sense?
Old 21st August 2007
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Oh, I totally didn't catch that you were talking about a brick wall drop-off. Haha...
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