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EQ’ing Parallel Compression Returns [1-Minute Mix Tip]

Weiss here with a one minute mix tip. This is going to be experimenting with EQing your parallel compression returns. What I have here is a snare.


And I have a duplicate channel.

[snare duplicate]

Some compression on it, and that compression is exaggerating the attack tone of the snare. Now, what I’m doing here is I’m placing an EQ in front of my parallel compression channel, and I’m boosting a whole ton of low end. It’s about 17dB at 150Hz, and it sounds like this.


[snare with EQ]

Alright, so pretty different than our original snare, but because it’s in parallel, I can blend it in as subtly as I like, and this is our before, followed by our after.

[snare, before and after EQ]

Much beefier, much heavier. This is a great technique if we happen to be mixing some four-on-the-floor style dance music, or we happen to be drawing on some old school west coast style Hip Hop, like DJ Quik Style production. We want that really weighty, beefy low end.

Alright guys, if you want to learn more, check out Until next time.


Matthew Weiss

Matthew Weiss

Matthew Weiss is the recordist and mixer for multi-platinum artist Akon, and boasts a Grammy nomination for Jazz & Spellemann Award for Best Rock album. Matthew has mixed for a host of star musicians including Akon, SisQo, Ozuna, Sonny Digital, Uri Caine, Dizzee Rascal, Arrested Development and 9th Wonder. Get in touch:

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