7 Tips for Mixing the Low End
At some point, every engineer has had difficulty taming the beast that is low end. Why? Multiple factors are involved. For one, imperfect rooms treat low-end information imperfectly—and many rooms are imperfect. Another factor compounding the issue is monitoring, especially in project studios; nearfield monitors, often utilized in home-based mixing rooms, tend to taper off below a bass-hound’s favorite frequencies; subwoofers are untenable in certain situations (ones involving neighbors, often); and cans tend to over-exaggerate the lows, leading to a cure that might be worse than the disease.
The third factor is experience, or a lack thereof. Yes, it takes time to learn how to identify low-end issues, to tell them apart from your room and monitoring issues, and to find practical, actionable solutions.
Now, we here at iZotope can’t come over to your place and treat your room for you; likewise, while I’d love to donate a pair of excellent full range monitors to everyone who asked for them, that too is impossible. We can, however, address that third issue with some concrete tips and tricks—giving you the tools you need to accrue experience in managing low end.
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