What are typical frequencies do you tend to tweak when mixing to clear up mud and what type of EQs do you prefer (passive, colored, parametric etc.)?
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I have a partially similar question.. which frequencies do you boost or reduce when recording a female vocal? On my (little) experience I noticed that some EQ may or may not be needed and it depends on many factors, like voice, mic, room, style. Once I even felt that I needed to put a small notch probably due to the resonance of something in the studio (although the mic was of course directional). Is there any rule?
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The rule is that there are no rules. "Mud" is usually associated with low frequencies. I generally prefer to use High pass filters rather than negative low frequency EQ. Works particularly well on muddy acoustic guitars. I used to love the Massenburg parametric but they are fairly rare. Pultecs even the plugins seem to work well. Frequency could be anywhere from 50Hz to 200Hz. I would be OK with a high pass setting on an individual track (not a whole mix) at 160Hz or so.
Every voice is different so there are no rules.
I don't think I would necessarily think differently EQ-wise on a female vocal as I would to a male. If it sounds dull I would probably reach for a 10k shelf. If it sounds thick - I move the singer away from the mic rather than EQ. Notches are OK but make sure you're not missing anything. Excessive EQ at the top end can cause sibilance and you might need to de-ess.