When we compose orchestral music we can use a variety of instruments. All beautiful instruments! But some of them can have certain harmonics that are too much. Your mix gets unbalanced. And you end up with a dissatisfying result. No need to! In this video I show you how you can control these harmonics.
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Multiband compression to tame harmonics
I’ve been working on an orchestral hybrid trailer track recently. In the intro of the track (which starts really quiet) I had some trouble to get the cello sit well in the mix. Certain harmonics (around the 200Hz) were too much in comparison with the other frequencies.
So I fixed that with a multi-band compressor. In this case the FabFilter Pro MB plugin. With a little bit compression in the low end I controlled the harmonics to end up with a consistent sound. And a better orchestral mix result!
Dynamic EQ to get similar results
I also could have used a dynamic EQ to control it. Such a plugin has a similar effect like a multi-band compressor. You can even get more precise with dynamic EQ in taming certain frequencies.
In the video I show you both to get a good idea what to do and how it works.