An equalizer can be used to selectively remove unwanted and inaudible parts of a signal. Likewise, areas can be emphasized.

If you mix music together in a DAW, you work with a variety of instruments, especially when the sound is supposed to be pompous. But the more instruments and traces come together, the more wooly the overall result will become and the power in the piece disappears. But there is a way to fix that problem. To do so, one first has to understand an important basis of digital music.

In an orchestra, two violins give a louder sound than one. Although it comes to physical overlay effects, but these do not matter much for the result. The sound gets louder. If you do this in the digital world, the volume of each instrument does not add up because of the hard 0dB limit (the loudest sound in digital music), and both instruments become more quiet.

The digital instruments not only have an audible part, but also an inaudible, but which deprives other instruments of energy. For an energetic mix you should get rid of this. For this you place an equalizer on each track that cuts the inaudible part from below and above with cut filters. The audible sound of the instrument should not change, wich creates free space for other instruments.

Get even more out with Equalizers

If the sound is still not strong and clear enough, you can remove even more with the equalizers, but it alters the sound a bit. Whether this is good or the bad, everyone has to decide for themselves.


If you want, you can emphasize parts of the sound that are characteristic of the instrument. To do this, the area to be emphasized is amplified by the equalizer. It is important that this frequency part should dominate in the piece. Otherwise, this operation would make other instruments inaudible. You can use this, for example, if you still have free frequencies in one area. Then you can achieve a lot power by emphasizing an instrument in this area.

Make clear areas

When instruments overlap, it can happen that the overall sound gets more and more undefined. Then it sometimes can be helpful to free frequency areas at other instruments. For example, often kick and bass guitar interfere and create a messed sound sphere. If you now cut off the upper part of the kick, the bass guitar can sound more freely and the sound becomes clear. When you cut away the depths of the guitar, the kick sounds more clear. Both instruments become clearer, more precise and even louder. It looks like there is a big part of the sound that gets lost, but this is not the case. Nobody could hear the instruments in the messed up sound.

Create unique voices, removing nasal speech sound and grumble

Especially with voices I like to do that, but also instruments are suitable for the following: You can make sharp accents in certain places in the sound. For this you take a filter that is very tight and raises very much. This produces edges in the voice and makes it sound special.

Lower the EQ for grumbling voices, fix nasal speech by lowering the mid filter. You can remove hissing by lowering the heights. In the process, one balances out the peculiarities of the microphone and the recording technique (near-impact effect) and thus comes closer to the original voice.

Equalizers are standard tools for sound editing

Those who use the methods presented here wisely can achieve a lot.

There are other ways to get there, but using the equalizer is the foundation and the tool of choice for a clear and beautiful sound.
This equalizer shows how to change the filters so the sound is cleared and amplished.
The picture shows an equalizer. Not every equalizer has a graphic, but this one illustrates what I wrote above. The vaslues are for example:
  1. The signal is cut off at 100 hz. This removes the inaudible noise in the depths.
  2. In places where the signal should be heard, set the filter to 0db. Everything is preserved on this frequencies.
  3. In places where the noise should stick out, pull the equalizer upwards. Useful for frequencies where other instruments do not have any sound.
  4. And finally cut off the heights. There was still a lot going on in this signal, but another instrument provided the brilliance here. Put it away so it does not sound wooly.

Own experiences


That ingisht would have saved us a lot of effort early on.



Thanks alot - your answer solved all my problems after several days stgrugling


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