Want to know the secret to super clean, open and airy mixes? High-pass filters.
Mixes too boomy and muddy? Cut those low frequencies, son! There’s very little (in fact, almost nothing) of use below 50k, so get rid of those rumbling frequencies and see what it does for your mix.
And the bx_cleansweep V2 from brainworx is the right tool for the job.
“Analog style filter curves without the typical Nyquist problems, in a new great sounding filter design (taken from our pro mastering EQ bx_digital V2). First order filters (6 dB per octave) guarantee an extremely musically sounding filter set, and unique joystick control (taken from bx_hybrid) gives you fast and intuitive control.”
“bx_cleansweep is the plugin that should go into every mix channel as the first plugin. This way you can filter out any unwanted hi-end and lo-end, and the result is a clean and tight mix.”
“Ever thought about why there are Hi-Pass and Lo-Pass filter in every channel of the most expensive analog consoles (SSL, NEVE, etc.), but why most EQs are missing this feature?”
“Clever shortcuts (Alt/Shift/Ctrl) allow for detailed control over the X-axis and Y-axis of the joystick, and the EQ knobs can be set to precision mode by shift-click as well.”
High-pass filters are one of the few tools that you absolutely must use to achieve a good mix. If you’re not convinced, try it out. That’s all there is to it.
Freeware for both Mac and Windows