For Home Studio Musicians and Bedroom Producers Looking to Fix Their Muddy Mixes...

 

How To Achieve Separation Between Your Instruments So You Can Create Balanced and Clear Mixes

 

Discover How EQ Can Help You Transform Your Amateur Demos into Professional Mixes, Even if You Don't Have a Pro Studio

 

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Remember the last time you spent hours on your mix. Did you feel defeated by how muddy and weak it sounded?

  • Did the boomy bass guitar bury your boxy kick drum in the low-end?
  •  Did you lose your snare behind your weak drum beat while the piercing cymbals made the entire high-end sound harsh?
  •  Did your guitars sound tiny and thin, miles away from the sound you heard in your head?
  •  Did your keys and synths feel flat, honky, and in the way of the other instruments, cluttering up the mid-range?
  •  Or worst of all, did your vocals sound shrill and sibilant, with the nasal vocal sounding glued on top of the mix?

If so, read the rest of this message to learn how you can finally fix your muddy mixes and get closer to that professional sound of your favorite records.

From: The home studio of Björgvin Benediktsson, author, audio educator, and founder of Audio Issues.


If you try to create depth, balance, and separation in your songs, but you don't know how to make your mixes stand out and explode from the speakers like your favorite records - you're not alone.

If you're like most of my students, you run into the same problems every time:

  • You can't fit all the instruments together because you don't know where they sit in the frequency range.
  • You clutter up your low-end because the bass constantly clashes with your kick drum.
  • You don't know how to separate the guitars from each other so they just sound like a muddy mess.

And most importantly, you can't get that big present vocal sound you hear from your favorite artists. 

You're getting fed up with mixing because your songs never sound professional enough.

Mixing feels like a never-ending balancing act. 

  • When you focus on the low-mids, your mix sounds muddy.

  • Whenever you add high-end, your mix sounds harsh.

You don't know how much you should boost or cut frequencies to get the sound you hear in your head.

You've tried all sorts of different techniques you've read in blogs or watched on Youtube, but the more you jump from one trick to another, the more contradictory the advice feels. Some people tell you that you should only use subtractive EQ, even though you feel like boosting makes everything sound better.

The problem is, you're scared of damaging your mix because you're never sure whether you're doing the right things to make your mixes clean and present. 

You wish somebody would just tell you where the EQ sweet spots were so you could move on.

Instead, they say you should only use this plug-in, or that method, when all you want is real, actionable advice. ​

Even when you know for a fact that you're making your mix sound better, you can't stop EQ'ing because you never know when you're done!

I understand your frustrations completely. I've been there.

Let Me Give You My EQ Shortcuts...

Hi, I'm Björgvin Benediktsson, Founder of Audio Issues.

I'm the musician, mixing engineer, and audio educator behind Audio Issues and I'm here to help you turn your amateur demos into professionally produced records you can be proud to release. 

My mixing techniques have helped countless real-life musicians gain the confidence and skills to make professional mixes they can be proud of. 

They've used their mixing skills to successfully release their own records and some have used their new-found mixing skills to get paying jobs from their home studios.

I’ve written over 1,000 articles and tutorials on audio production, both on Audio Issues and for other audio publications such as MusicTech magazine, Audiotuts+, The Pro Audio Files, and Recording Revolution to name a few.

EQ is the #1 Most Important Processor for Better Mixes


I didn't always know how to EQ...I used to really suck at it.

When I first started out, I had no idea how to use an EQ to make clearer mixes. 

EQ was like a foreign programming language that only cool engineers understood.

But me?

  • My kick drum kept clashing with my bass guitar.
  • My guitars masked the vocals
  • My entire drum sound always sounded like a harsh, exhausting mess.

If I tamed the harshness in my mix, it just sounded muddy instead.

Let me tell you, my first audio job started off as a disaster...

Way back in 2006, I randomly found myself hired as a sound engineer at this small venue called The Old Library. It was a cool spot, but it had a terrible reputation for its sound. It was the venue bands were forced to play if there was absolutely nowhere else to go.

Little did they know that they weren't exactly hiring someone who knew what he was doing. 

I got thrown into the deep end and I did NOT know how to swim... 

That's when I met my first nemesis...

The simple, four-band EQ on my mixing board.

I had no idea how - or where - I should boost or cut frequencies to make the bands sound better.

So I used the only method available to me then: Trial and Error.

Learning to EQ by desperately twisting knobs back and forth in a dimly lit venue isn’t the best way to learn to EQ. I could hardly see what I was doing!  

And since I didn’t have a clue, there was a lot of fumbling around in the dark.

Sure, any time I tweaked the EQ, the sound of the mix changed.

Sometimes for the better, but most of the time for the worse.

After a while, I learned how understanding frequencies was like learning the right chord progression for a song, or the right scales to use during a solo. 

Understanding frequencies was like having a cheat sheet for making your mixes sound good!

But it wasn't until I had spent hours behind that mixing board and studied what each frequency sounded like that I finally got it:

EQ is the MOST IMPORTANT mixing processor for creating separation and balance in your mixes.

EQ helped me transform that music venue from its reputation for having terrible sound to becoming an in-demand spot where all the coolest bands wanted to play.

But I wouldn't have been able to make those shows sound so great if it wasn't for the EQ.

Understanding EQ wasn’t a choice, it was a necessity to make anything sound good.

I learned that EQ can help you in any mixing situation.

Since then I've mastered the frequency spectrum.

I've learned how to wipe the mud off even the busiest mixes, leaving them clean, clear, and professional.

Today, my kick drum doesn't clash with the bass guitar anymore. Instead, they work like a well-oiled rhythm machine, keeping the mix clean and thick in the low-end. I know exactly how to EQ the instruments out of the way of the vocal while keeping everything clean and present.

When you learn how to EQ, the rest of the mix easily falls into place.

Once you discover how to fix the EQ problems, your mixing skills will skyrocket!

That's what happened to me, and that's what I want to help you accomplish as well

All it takes is a little knowledge and a blueprint of where to go.

What if I told you that you're so close to figuring out the frequency spectrum?

Do you want to carve EQ pockets for your instruments?

With only a few EQ tweaks you can finally get your instruments to really punch through.

Do you want to add definition to your tracks?

EQ will help you make everything fit together for a cleaner mix.

Even if you're only a hobbyist, you still need to master the frequency spectrum

EQ helps you create

  • Clarity between your drums and bass...
  • Separation between your instruments and your vocal productions... 
  • And balance between the lows, mids, and highs...

Once you learn how to EQ, you can wipe out the boxiness and mud from your mixes.

Forget about thin sounding vocals, boomy bass, or harsh guitars! ​

With the correct EQ moves, you can make every instrument sound exactly the way you want it to.

  • EQ helps you create punchy low-end and sparkling highs.
  • EQ helps you separate guitars and vocals so that you hear them distinctly in all their detail.
  • EQ cleans up your low-end, making the kick drum and the bass help other fill out the lows instead of clashing to create a muddy mix.

In short, EQ clears up your mix and creates a full frequency balance.

And you know what? I have the only thing you need to achieve that.

Introducing: EQ Strategies - Your Ultimate Guide to EQ

The Only EQ Guide You Need to Create Balanced Mixes That Transform Your Amateur Demos Into Professional Records

Your Ultimate Guide to EQ is your step by step guide to using EQ to create separation between your instruments and balance in your mixes.

 

Get EQ Tips to Create Separation and Balance in Your Mixes so You Can Transform Your Home Studio Demos into Professional, Radio-Ready Productions.

 

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100-Page eBook

An in-depth reference book with everything you need to know about understanding frequencies and mastering the EQ spectrum.

6-Part HD Video Course

Learn how each frequency sounds like and where to find it so you can make your tracks jump out of the speakers.

For Beginners and Advanced

Get easy to use, practical EQ tips you can use right away to improve your mixes, whether you're just starting out or not.

"If you are trying to wrap your head around EQ, how to apply EQ in order to get way better tracks and much better sounding complete songs, EQ Strategies is what you are looking for."

"Bjorgvin knows what we need to know, and he shares it all, in easy to understand, easy to digest bites. Bjorgvin explains filtering, boosting, cutting, notch filters, bell curves, and “Q”, how to “sweep” or find frequencies that need cutting, and so much more, and all of it in very good detail, with audio examples. “EQ Strategies for EQ’ing a song”...This important video is an hour of deep EQ teaching, so please do not skip this part! Bjorgvin opens up a real multi-track session and goes through the tracks, one at a time, and explains exactly what each EQ is doing. Bjorgvin begins with a quick “before and after” play, without EQ and then with EQ, just to demonstrate how powerful EQ really is. The difference is nothing short of incredible. Bjorgvin is a great teacher, too, and that really lends to the level of training that is unfolding here inside EQ Strategies. If you are trying to wrap your head around EQ, how to apply EQ in order to get way better tracks and much better sounding complete songs, EQ Strategies is what you are looking for."

-Kern Ramsdell,  Engineer and Reviewer from Home Recording Weekly

What Will You Learn From Your Ultimate Guide to EQ?

 

How to Understand What Frequencies Sound Like

  • The 3 basic principles of greater EQ’ing
  • How EQ works and where you can find all the frequency problems you encounter in your mixes 
  • Whether you should use a paid EQ plug-in or stick to your stock channel EQ
  •  The EQ Vocabulary you need to know, what all the EQ jargon means and where to find "buzz word frequencies" like muddiness, boxiness, boominess, harshness and sibilance, to name a few.

 

How to Use EQ Effectively in Your Mixes 

  • The difference between EQ'ing or compressing your tracks first
  • The difference between subtractive and additive EQ, and how much you can really boost a frequency
  • How to master the art of filtering for cleaner mixes that don't sound muddy and boomy
  • When and why to use different filter slope depending on whether you're doing surgical cleanup or musical corrections
  • How to use subtractive EQ to fix your home recordings and get rid of annoying frequency resonance

 

How to Use EQ to Make Your Drums Punchy and Powerful 

  • In-depth EQ techniques to mix killer drums, like using filters to reduce bleed on drums to create a tighter drum sound
  • How to EQ kick drums to get rid of muddy resonances while keeping them thick and punchy
  • How to mix thick and punchy snare drums with EQ
  • How to make your toms sound massive with three simple EQ tweaks
  • How to get rid of harsh cymbals so that your overheads sound smooth and big
  • How to EQ drum samples and loops when you don't know if they're good enough straight from the sample pack
  • How to EQ percussion to fit with the drums in your mix

 

How to EQ a Thick and Powerful Bass

  • How to EQ a bass that doesn't clutter up the low-end and add unnecessary boominess to your mix
  • How to use a bass amp simulator in addition to EQ to make the bass cut through the mix
  • How to use little known harmonic secrets to EQ the bass guitar to cut through the mix without cluttering up the low-end
  • An in-depth, step-by-step guide on making your kick drum and bass guitar fit together for a thicker and more solid low-end

 

How to Add Weight, Body, and Presence to Guitars Using EQ

  • How to mix the guitars in the context of the mix, not in solo
  • How to EQ groups of both acoustic and electric guitars to give each one their own space in the frequency spectrum
  • How to EQ the acoustic guitar (and other acoustic string instruments)
  • How to get rid of the "cheap-o" string sound from acoustic guitars that make them sound brittle and harsh instead of brilliant and big
  • Easy EQ fixes to make your electric guitars cut through the mix without getting in the way of the vocals

 

How to Make Pianos, Keyboards, Horns and Strings Sound Great

  • How to EQ synthesizers to make them cut through the mix without getting in the way of the rest of the arrangement
  • How to make your pianos "pop" with body and air
  • How to EQ brass instruments like saxophones, trumpets, trombones and flutes. f you've ever wondered how to get rid of the tinny harshness of a trumpet, smooth out a sexy saxophone solo, or add air and brightness to a flute, this video will show you how.
  • How to EQ orchestral instruments and strings such as violins, violas and cellos. Learn how to bring out the thickness of the cellos, the lushness of the violas and the air of the violins.
  • If you're struggling to smooth out the edginess of a string section, this will help you make your beautiful string arrangements fill out your mix.

 

How to Make Your Vocals Cut Through the Mix With Presence and Power

  • How to eliminate vocal muddiness with EQ
  • The 6 frequency areas you must know to get a pro-sounding vocal
  • How to find where the instruments are clashing with the vocal
  • How to get rid of that annoying nasal sound that makes your singer sound like they have a cold
  • Where to focus your EQ to get rid of sibilance
  • Why separation in your vocals isn't always the right move
  • How to use mid/side EQ on backing vocals to make room for the lead vocals in a dense vocal mix

How to EQ the Mix Together and Create Separation Between All the Instruments of a Busy Mix

  • How to EQ the mix together and get a good balance of all the instruments without making your mix a muddy mess
  • The opposite way you should EQ depending on how many instruments you have
  • How to add character and sweetening to the mix with EQ
  • How to get clarity in the low-end without losing weight in your mixes
  • The only mantra you’ll need for great EQ fixes
  • How to use the analyzer to find where your instruments are clashing
  • The importance of using EQ on reverbs to avoid cluttering up your mix
  • How to use EQ to get your mixes to translate to every speaker system

 

"A few of the tips I got from the course really did make a noticeable difference in a couple of projects I am working on."

"The impression I got from the Course, and from your site in general, is that you are one of the rare few who has both the ability to understand complex technical concepts and the ability to effectively communicate them in common, everyday language. A few of the tips I got from the course really did make a noticeable difference in a couple of projects I am working on. The course gave me a good sense of your style and the fact that there so much useful information for free led me to believe that the stuff you have to pay for must be really great (which I later found to be true)...I am very impressed with everything. The quality of the material is fantastic and the publications are beautiful. The graphics, the layout, the videos are all very impressive. It really is a lot for the money and I am really excited about learning. Thank you very much."

David Cox, Home Studio Musician, and Engineer

"really changed the way I approach music: like EQ'ing the reverb and delay effects themselves to avoid conflicts on different frequencies."

"The EQ Course was eye-opening in many ways. Having had basically no previous information on mixing, the course really gave me a sense of how essential EQ'ing is to the process. It helped me take my mixes from muddy and boomy to fairly clear, and definitely helped me get some punch into kicks and basses. Some really basic things that I hadn't even considered, which really changed the way I approach music: like EQ'ing the reverb and delay effects themselves to avoid conflicts on different frequencies...it does an effective job of squeezing much information into little time, and the formulations are clear and pedagogical. The amount of useful information I gained from the course was impressive and I am extremely grateful for having been given these gems!"

Maximillian, Home Studio Producer

"I'm able to get a clean and tight low end on this song I'm working on."

"The EQ tips that have helped the most have to do with the bass guitar and kick drum. I'm able to get a clean and tight low end on this song I'm working on. I cut some of the mud out of the kick and bass, then I let the kick have a little extra 50 Hz and added a little bit around 800 Hz on the bass guitar. That made the low end clear and punchy. This song has an acoustic guitar as one of the main instruments and I decided to put an HPF up to 200 Hz and added a little bit around 3 kHz and it sounds good so far. This is a great guide to get things moving in the right direction!!! Thank You!!!!"

Jeff Smith, Mixing Engineer

 

"A superbly comprehensive and humorously written book by someone with lots of practical experience,"

"An immediate and hugely practical understanding of the frequency spectrum and fantastic examples of positive and negative aspects of the key audio frequency bands as related to achieving better mixes. A superbly comprehensive and humorously written book by someone with lots of practical experience, that beats many video tutorials on this subject. Plus you can have a comprehensively indexed pdf to hand for quick referencing while mixing without needing to fire up a video tutorial and scrub through the timeline hoping to find what you're looking for! I was a beta reader for the eBook and I liked the content so much I bought the full course!"

Alan Doyle, Recording Engineer, Sound Designer and Score Developer

100% Risk-Free 365-Day Money-Back Guarantee

As with all of the Audio Issues products, EQ Strategies - Your Ultimate Guide to EQ comes with a 100% risk-free money-back guarantee. If there's even a slight chance that EQ Strategies can help you out, it's a no-brainer to try it.

I promise that following the workflow inside my training will help you create more professional mixes from your home studio. After taking my training you'll know exactly what to do to create separation and balance in your mixes so you can hear all of your instruments and tracks clearly.

There is a reason my students have told me that my training has "instantly improved their mixes." Your fans will love the new professional sounds you're releasing, and you'll impress every new client that comes to your studio because you'll easily show them how good you can make them sound. 

You can even read the materials and watch the videos before you make up your mind. You can try all the tricks and keep the training for a full year before deciding whether you like them or not. If at any point you decide that my training didn't skyrocket the quality of your productions, simply email [email protected] at ANY TIME for a full refund, no questions asked or strings attached!

I take my guarantee very seriously. I am not interested in keeping your money if you do not get any value from what I'm creating for you.

So if you’re not happy, I’m not happy.

I am FAQ'ing Passionate About EQ!

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Watch this video to see exactly what you can expect once you get your Ultimate Guide to EQ!

 

"Immediate and impressive"

"The format helped me solidify the basics very quickly. I sampled a few sessions with the concepts and found an immediate and pronounced improvement. Full of tips that are immediately useful...the initial results are immediate and impressive....thanks."

-Dave Michaels

"Helping me immensely!"

"The Ultimate EQ Guide is helping me immensely! I am new to mixing but have been in many studios as a recording musician. It's helping me clean up muddy mixes and get more punch out of my recordings. I highly recommend it!"

-Mo Mataquin

"All Very Helpful"

"I like the specific EQ tips for each instrument. They're all very helpful and I learned quite a few new things: bass harmonics, how to make the beaters pop on kick drums, adding more punch to snare drums, and tips to make guitars sit better in the mix (which also works for lead synths)."

-Joseph Litherland

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Free Bonus #1: How to Make Radio-Ready Records With Easy Mastering EQ Tricks ($19)

This guide explains the difference between EQ during the mixing and mastering phase.

It shows you all the methods to keep in mind, as well as the mistakes to avoid when you're using EQ while mastering. 

  • Your key checklist when using mastering EQ
  • How to use metering tools for frequency analysis during mastering
  • The subtle secret of using EQ during mastering
  • The do's and don'ts of mastering EQ
  • Why you should use a linear phase EQ during mastering
  • How to use M/S EQ during mastering for a tighter low-end
  • Your quick start guide to mastering with EQ

Free Bonus #2 - 10 Ways to Use Compression Effectively ($39)

EQ and compression go hand in hand to create great mixes.

Those two processors will take your mixes from rough recordings to punchy mixes.

Included in your EQ Strategies package is a free Compression Masterclass that teaches you ten different ways to use compression to make punchier and tighter mixes.

  • How to use all those buttons on your compressor
  • The difference between a FET, VCA and Opto compression types (and how incredibly important it is to experiment with each style)
  • How to know the difference in compression styles between different compression emulations
  • How to use compression to smooth out dynamics (and how you can see it visually)
  • How to use the attack and release to create shape
  • How to use serial compression to squeeze dynamics without squashing the signal
  • How to use parallel compression for extra punch
  • How to use multi-band compression to affect different frequency areas
  • How to use mix-buss compression to glue your mix together from the start

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  • 8 in-depth chapters to help you EQ every instrument you'll ever face
  • Detailed explanatory images to show you exactly where to EQ every track

6-Part HD Video Course ($97 Value):

  • Frequency Breakdown and Vocabulary Videos 
  • EQ'ing Fundamentals Videos

  • One hour mix walkthrough on how to make better mixes with ONLY EQ

  • EQ'ing Strings and Brass Video

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Imagine: You'll Bypass 10+ years of EQ Mistakes with Your Ultimate Guide to EQ


Instead of twisting knobs and scratching your head in a dimly lit music venue for what feels like an eternity, you can learn everything you need about EQ in only a few hours.

EQ doesn't have to be a mystery so let me show you how to master it. 

Don't learn behind a mixing board in a badly lit live venue like I did, with trial and error and randomly twisting knobs until "something" sounded "just ok..."

This guide will teach you everything I’ve learned since then, in a much more comfortable setting.

You'll know exactly where your instruments are clashing, making any EQ problem easy to fix.

Once you master EQ, you'll be able to create space and separation between all the instruments in your mix.

  • You don't need to worry about muddy mixes any more because you'll know exactly how to clean up your low-mids.
  • You don't need to worry about a boxy drum sound because you know exactly how to EQ your drums to make them sound smoother.
  • You don't need to be scared about whether you're adding too much high-end harshness because you'll know exactly how to tame your high-mids.

So if you want to master the art of EQ'ing, look no further.

Once you've learned how EQ works and where you can fix the problem areas in your mix, your mixing skills will skyrocket!