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Removing Harsh Frequencies


Often times when working on a track we might hear annoying or harsh frequencies due to build-ups in a specific frequency range.

Thankfully, there is a way that we can find and remove these harsh frequencies without ruining the sound of the track.

Using Fabfilter’s Pro-Q 2 (or Ableton’s EQ-8), set your gain to +10db and your Q to around 15. Use the headphone to solo the frequency band.



Then, while your track is playing, slowly sweep across the frequency spectrum, carefully listening for harsh frequencies. Once you find one you don’t like,

change the gain to around -5db to -10db, depending on how harsh the tone is. Do this until you feel your sound is crisp and clean.