Show 219 – Resonant Filter Techniques and more!

This week we talk about using Resonant filters in mixing and much more.

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Resonant Low Shelf Filter

Resonant Low Shelf Filter

Resonant High-Pass Filter

Resonant High-Pass Filter

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13 thoughts on “Show 219 – Resonant Filter Techniques and more!

  1. Glad your back.. sorry for reaching back so LONG ago… in reply to yalls comments on the Yamaha o1v96i and the presonus board. Both are great boards and I dont think you can go wrong with whatever you buy. But, if flying faders is the selling factor think about this. The flying faders on the YAMMY are cool and recallable etc. But the one thing to take into consideration, and the reason I dont use them, is that the head amp gains are not recallable. I have seen many guys hit that recall button just to hear the system scream into feedback. That fader went back but the gain staging all the way to the amp completely changes. Yes a tech quick on his feet can catch this but for the most part people never think about it in the heat of the moment.

    The guitars, drums, amps are never set back at the same level. The presonus implementation “kinda” gets away from this. If you hit Fader Locator a line shows up above each channel. Then, you slowly raise the fader to meet the line. It only takes about 10 seconds.

    again, both are great boards you cant go wrong.

    Glad you guys are back. Thanks for what you do.

  2. His guys, I am finally at episode 187 and it has been amazing learning from you. Thank you for everything. I am also an Amazon Prime member and I will be buying a few things through your site to support your great work.

    Your advice would be appreciated:
    I have a Tonelux 4 space 500 series rack with the following units
    A. Golden Age Projects Pre 573
    B. Lindell 6X-500 preamp
    C. Lindell PEX-500 Pulteq type EQ
    D. Lindell 7X-500 Compressor
    I love the GAP, Lindell Pre, and Compressor, but the EQ is not surgical enough for my tastes. I am considering the SSL 611EQ as a replacement but it costs $900. I know that recording with compressors varies by project, but do you also track vocals or guitar/bass with EQ as well? Should I leave my setup as is, or would I benefit from a better EQ?

    Also, do you have a recommendation for a tube microphone under $700? I was considering modding an Apex 460 but my soldering skills are lacking. I was also considering a Rode K2 or MXL Genesis but I was not sure how it compares to the modded Apex 460 for vocals & guitar.

    My favorite line of all your shows is “Lube your nut so that you don’t break your G-string”. I laughed for almost an hour. Priceless. Ride the lightning. Thanks

  3. Thank again for the break. It really has given me a chance to go over the archives, I’m now at #17.
    Gee, you guys were really nervous at first!
    But I’m at the beginning of MY recording life, so only makes sense.
    Great interview with you Grandad Ryan. Great guy.
    Also, seems that alot of the product talked about in the early days (ProTools)
    has gone the wayside. Learning all the more.
    Reaper rocks!

  4. Cool segment! I’m gonna try some of these, especially the sweeps.

    So Ryan, I’m almost through all the shows for the SECOND time… NOW will you send me a diploma? 😉


  5. This is a great technique Jon! Gotta use that on my current mix…
    I recently had a session where a guy decided to tell me how he wanted to record…you know–those extra special sessions where you dont know anything, and the guy your recording knows everything!! Well…things were going fine till he started requesting “More Gain”…I tried to increase his headphone level and decrease the pre level, but nothing satisfied him…we ended up recording above minus 10 on almost every track…I can honestly say, it did not do him justice, especially since it was at 24 bit, and you have access to tons of headroom….got any advice guys for explaining to people- The right way to gain stage and propper recording levels?

  6. If this is too much of a rabbit hole, please skip it.

    Hey, glad that you’re back in action and that my $10 monthly donation earned you guys an extra nickel an hour with the off time. I’m sure it enabled you to get a matching pair of RV’s with flame jobs to take on extended vacations.

    Right then…
    Since getting Valhalla Room, I’ve decided to stop fighting my crappy room acoustics and just make a totally, completely, dead drum booth and add the sauce after.
    Now with this dead space, I’m finding myself quickly throwing a furniture blanket over the kit and instantly calling it a vocal booth. I suppose I could quickly hang extra blankets for an even tighter booth set up, but I think it’s gonna work as is. I don’t think I have heard this simple transformation discussed by you guys.
    It’s a home one-man studio. I invite and appreciate any of your comments, even if it just comes down to you saying “sounds good.”
    Oh, and if I DO want to be a spammer, will Reaper do that too?
    (If it does, maybe Ryan will make the jump with me.)

  7. I upgraded to Pro Tools 11 and its not worth it…stay on 10 if you actually want use your plug-ins…oh yeah since Its a Digital audio workstation AVID

  8. Hey sorry to be so teenage female.. (chatty) but i just ran across something really cool that I thought you guys would like and its directly related to Jon’s segment

    If you goto

    So jons SEGMENT got me thinking about overtones and EQ so I went to do some searching on the interwebs. I found this SurferEQ by sound radix. Basically what it does is follow the fundamental. So, if I hit a low E on my guitar it has a fundamental and several overtones. I believe its 90hz for the low E. Then if I hit my 5th string A, about 110hz. it will produce the fundamental and overtones. Now on traditional EQs if I goto say 90hz and put in a medium Q and increase it by 6dB it will stay the same when I hit the E or the A. That will cause the E fundamental to be louder by 6dB then the A.
    Now steps in the Surfer EQ… This is a sliding rule basically If you put in the same 90hz increase and play the E then the A. It will bounce back and forth between 90 and 110 keeping the overtones and fundamentals the same volume and not attenuating or increasing anything…


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  10. Hey Guys,

    I am just getting into your podcast and I love it! I get to listen all the time when I am at work and I am now working on going through the archives.

    I have a question from an amateur songwriter prospective and couldn’t find where to submit a query so hopefully this is how you do it. if not here is to hoping you somehow see this or some other listener can help me out.

    I am not so interested in recording right now as much as i am in streamlining my song writing process. I am working as a solo artist and write and play for all instruments I am using on a song. as you can imagine it is difficult to get everything I am hearing happening at once because lets face it, I only have 2 arms and legs.

    Is it best to use a writing and recording process to facilitate my creative flow? As in record a bass track, then work on guitar and lay that down, then drums, then vocals and so on, not necessarily in that order. or is there a way you can think of to make the process more intuitive?

    The only thing I can think of is getting a looper for each individual instrument or some kind of hub to switch inputs into a single loop machine. I imagine this wouldn’t be a good option considering most loopers have only short cycles or limited overlaps.

    Basically, do I have to set up to record each instrument at a time as if I were recording a demo in order to practice or is there some trick/system that other multi-instrumentalists use to jam with themselves?

    Thanks for the great content, it will come in handy when I have some solid material to work with.


    • GET ABLETON. I have dealt with the same issue for years now, I have tried tons of DAWs and equipment – but nothing has helped me as much as Ableton. The layout is perfect for what you are looking for. I know most DAWs are pretty much the same, blah blah blah. Ableton is unlike any other DAW in its layout. Also – you’ll need a ton of patience. After hundreds of projects, I can finally bang out a drum track in just a few minutes. Then I use Ableton to do some simple drum edits (you have to make the backing tracks, like drums and bass, perfect or else you will regret it later). After adding drums and bass, the rest is easy. Once you get your workflow down, and you’ve done the same process hundreds of times, these beginning steps will take less and less time. Just hang in there and eventually you’ll get the hang of it.

      Another good benefit of Ableton is using it for live performances. You can do so much with it – you can even edit video with Ableton. Good luck!

  11. GSAA,

    that is an awesome trick. it’s shows like these that make me want togo mix right after hearing them… so now I’m off to polish a turd.


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