Hi-Hat Tutorial: How to EQ The Perfect Hi-Hat

Week four of our “Fundamental Series” is an depth discussion on the fundamental frequencies of hi-hats. Understanding these fundamental frequencies can be a key factor in bettering your engineer skills.


A properly EQ’d hi-hat can bring sparkle & energy to any mix. The hi-hat is a very important component that adds to the groove of most music. This may seem like a fairly easy instrument to EQ. It may be tempting to overlook & ignore when mixing a song; however, there are some techniques to consider when EQing a hi-hat.


In this video, we discuss a detailed analysis of the fundamental frequencies of a hi-hat.  We talk about & demonstrate what specific boosted frequencies will help a hi-hat cut through the mix without clashing with the rest of the music.  We also examine different frequencies that should be cut to avoid harshness throughout your mix.


In this video, we show examples of different types of hi-hats such as, electronic “trap” sounding hi-hats, filtered, acoustic, & soft hi-hats. We will go over acoustic & digital open hi-hats. We also touch base on cymbals & overheads as well.


As with any aspect of music, the type of hi-hat & song vary with frequencies; however, these key elements will point you in the right direction of a great sounding hi-hat. Your listeners & fans will appreciate the energy these techniques bring to your hi-hat without getting lost in the mix or worse, hurting their ears. 


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


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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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My name is literally D April 28, 2018

GO PACK! lol Im from wisconsin bro, I like your tutorials. Im on FL.

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