Using EQ in a mix for each individual instrument to make room for that instrument's frequency range within the frequency spectrum. A technique used to help achieve clarity and transparency in the mix.
I can understand that audio egineers with, say 20 years or more experience, will instinctively know where to roll up bottom end or limit top end for an instrument. Although, I'm certain that whatever their experience, they will still often need to go to their source of reference to check on something.
For those of us newer to this technique, like myself, I need to use the references and tools on, virtually, an instrument by instrument basis and the best tools (plugins), preferably already provided in sonar Producer, and references (frequency charts etc.). I need help and guidance through this. I am proactively planning a live, one-to-one studio tution specifically on the mixing process (EQ, Compression etc.) and hope for this as early as next week.
However, and to be going on with, I have here charts of the frequency ranges of most instruments and, within Sonar, I have the Sonitus 6 Band Graphic Equalizer. What I am unsure of, at present, is how to find the bottom and top frequencies of a track and how far to go when trimming.
Taking a solo clarinet track as an example. Logically, to me, the procedure would be as follow:
1. Open a frequency analyser that is capable or recording the highs and lows.
2. Play that track through so I then have a record of the frequency lows and highs for that clarinet recording.
3. Check against my charts that the clarinet needs those frequencies as part of its 'personal' space.
4. Any frequencies outside can be rolled up or trimmed in the equalizer.
5. If all those frequencies are part of the space of the instrument then leave well alone and go onto the next.
I understand that a good musical ear and careful listening is part of the process and as a long standing musician I am comfortable with this. However, the role of audio engineer is comparitively new and, to date, entirely self acquired.
So, back to EQ and frequency response manipulation. Is my list above on the right lines and which is the best frequency analyser to use that does show and record the range clearly.
I would be really grateful for any advice or comments.