Video : Filters
Never underestimate the production power of filters!
By Alex Case
With EQ, we seem to work the parametric EQ the hardest. Cuts and boosts throughout the audible spectrum let us remove the ugly parts and enhance the tasty bits. But don’t neglect the creative possibilities that come from those too-often-neglected filters. Perhaps the most mature use of filtering is not about spectrum, it’s about depth and distance. A subtle amount of high frequency roll-off can perceptually shift sounds back, away from the listener, to positions behind the loudspeakers. It’s a cool illusion, and an essential way to get your mixes into another dimension, quite literally. Simple mixes leverage the left to right dimension. Use filters to access the front to back, near to far dimension in your mixes.
Alex Case is the author of Mix Smart: Pro Audio Tips For Your Multitrack Mix and Sound FX: Unlocking the Creative Potential of Recording Studio Effects , both published by Focal Press. This video and many others, as well as other great resources and companion material for his two books can be found at recordingology.com.
Alex Case is an Assistant Professor of Sound Recording Technology at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. An active member of the Audio Engineering Society, and a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, Case is an engineer, educator, and author who speaks frequently on audio and acoustics across the United States and internationally. With degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Music, and Acoustics, Professor Case lives and works at the intersection of art and science.