Brass Instruments Tutorial: What To Boost And Cut



This week’s tutorial is another exciting installment in our “Fundamental Series”. Understanding these fundamental frequencies of Brass can be a key factor in bettering your engineer skills. 

Brass is a powerful combination of instruments: trumpets, trombones, & saxophones just to name a few. Brass can bring dramatic builds to a song, as well as intense moments of thrill & excitement. Brass can also take up space within your mix & create unwanted build up in certain areas of the mix.

In this video, we discuss a detailed analysis of the fundamental frequencies of brass. We will talk about & demonstrate what specific boosted frequencies will help brass have the spark & excitement while still sounding rich & smooth. We also take a look at different frequencies that should be cut to avoid muddiness & overcrowding throughout your mix.

As with any aspect of music, the type of brass & song vary with frequencies; however, these key elements will point you in the right direction of a gorgeous brass section. Your listeners & fans will enjoy the bold sound these techniques bring to your brass without sounding muddy or thin.

Follow along as professional engineer Eric “Realistic” Michael gives you a step-by-step guide on choosing the right frequencies to boost & cut for brass.



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Realistic is a Music Producer and Engineer located in the Twin Cities. He started out playing guitar and piano in 2003 and has been producing and recording music since 2004. He produces Hip-Hop, R&B, Pop, & Dance music.


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