Common Frequencies For Equalization
|Human voice||Scratchy at 2 KHz. Nasal at 1 KHz. Popping Ps below 80 Hz.||Hot at 8 KHz. Clarity above 3 KHz. Body at 200-400 Hz.||Aim for a thinner sound when blending many voices, especially if the backing track is full.|
|Piano||Tinny at 1-2 KHz. Boomy at 300 Hz.||Presence at 5 KHz. Bottom at 100 Hz.||Don’t add too much bottom when mixing with a full rhythm section.|
|Electric Guitar||Muddy below 80 Hz.||Clarity at 3 KHz. Bottom at 125 Hz.|
|Acoustic Guitar||Tinny at 2-3 KHz. Boomy at 200 Hz.||Sparkle above 5 KHz. Full at 125 Hz.|
|Electric Bass||Thin at 1 KHz.
Boomy at 125 Hz.
|Growl at 600 Hz. Bottom below 80 Hz.||Sound varies greatly depending on the type of bass and brand of strings used.|
|String Bass||Hollow at 600 Hz. Boomy at 200 Hz.||Slap at 2-5 KHz. Bottom below 125 Hz.|
|Snare Drum||Annoying at 1 KHz.||Crisp above 2 KHz. Full at 150-200 Hz. Deep at 80 Hz.||Also try adjusting the tightness of the snare wires.|
|Kick Drum||Floppy at 600 Hz. Boomy below 80 Hz.||Slap at 2-5 KHz. Bottom at 60-125 Hz.||For most pop music, remove the front head, then put a heavy blanket inside resting against the front head.|
|Toms||Boomy at 300 Hz.||Slap at 2-5 KHz. Bottom at 80- 200 Hz.||Tuning and adjusting the head tension makes a huge difference too!|
|Cymbals, bells, tambourines, etc.||Annoying at 1 KHz.||Sparkle above 5 KHz.||[Analog only:] Record these instruments at conservative levels, especially at slower tape speeds.|
|Horns and Strings||Scratchy at 3 KHz. Honky at 1 KHz. Muddy below 120 Hz.||Hot at 8-12 KHz. Clarity above 2 KHz. Strings are lush at 400-600 Hz.|