Mixing Hip Hop from Matthew Weiss
Mix engineer Matthew Weiss reveals tips, tricks and techniques for using EQ to get a better mix, as well as technical concepts and theory behind the processing.
Get better mixes by learning to control balance, tone and texture with EQ
Mixing With EQ is a comprehensive course totaling over 3 hours of expert tuition. The course is broken down into 3 distinct modules
- EQ in Theory
- EQ in Practice
- Mix walkthrough
After watching this course you’ll learn how to
- Manipulate tone, texture and balance in a mix
- Control tone with multiband compression and saturation
- Create special effects in a mix with various filters
- Master the technical design and theory of equalizers
- Use different filters can help you get a clearer mix
- Evaluate and resolve problematic frequency masking issues
- Manipulate the brightness and depth within your mix
- Effectively blend or separate the elements of your mix
MODULE 1: EQ in Theory
- EQ in Theory
- EQ and How It Works
- Contour and Balance
- Frequency Masking
MODULE 2: EQ in Practice
- Tonality in Compression and Saturation
- Vocals and Doing What’s Necessary
- Drum EQ Workshop (40 min)
- EQ as an Effect
MODULE 3: Mix walkthrough
- Full Mix Walkthrough (60 min)
ABOUT YOUR TUTOR
Matthew Weiss is a mixing and recording engineer from Philadelphia.
He’s mixed a lot of records, including tracks for Snoop, Gorilla Zoe, J-Son, Dizzee Rascal, Arrested Development, Gift of Gab, 9th Wonder, Sonny Digital, !llmind and more.
Learn the techniques he’s developed over the years and elevate the quality of all your mixes and productions no matter what circumstances or gear you’re working with.
Use basic and advanced EQ controls – We break down all the basic and advanced controls of various types of equalizers, as well as the technical concepts and theory behind their origin and purpose.
Identify and fix problem areas in a mix – Learn to evaluate a mix and identify problematic areas of frequency buildup. We’ll show you how to stylistically blend elements together or gain clarity and separation.
Enhance lead and background vocals – Learn techniques for making lead vocals cut through a mix without sounding harsh or unbalanced while ensuring the background vocals stay effectively impactful in a supporting roll.
Use compression and saturation for tone – Multiband compression and tape saturation are powerful tools for manipulating tone. We’ll show you what to listen for and teach you various techniques for using them in a mix.
Understand minimal vs linear phase EQ – Linear phase EQ can seem complicated, but we break it all down and teach you what it is, what it sounds like and the best applications for using it.
Negotiate mixing a kick drum with an 808 – Sometimes two instruments occupy the same harmonic space in a mix. We’ll teach you how to embrace or resolve this to get a well-defined mix.
Identify and resolve frequency masking – Frequency masking can have a subtle or extreme effect on a mix. We’ll teach you how to identify it and what to do if you want to clean it up and increase clarity.
Master various types of EQs and filters – We’ll teach you the technical concepts and theory behind various types of EQ filters and designs and why it matters.
Use EQ filters as a special effect – EQ isn’t just a utility, it can also be used to great effect for creating special moments in a mix. We’ll show you tips, tricks and ideas for using EQ filters as a special effect in a mix.
Understand bells, filters and notches – Besides various types of equalizer designs, there are tons of applications for the different functions and controls. We’ll cover the best tools to use depending on the mix scenario at hand.
Create effective contrast in a mix – Bright, dark, close, distant — these are all vital aspects of creating an interesting and effective mix that serve the song. We’ll show you how different EQ moves can achieve this and yield a memorable and exciting mix.
Manipulate a drum mix with just an EQ – There are multiple directions you could go with any given mix. In our 40 minutes drum workshop, we’ll break down some of the places you can take a multitrack drum recording using just a basic EQ.