How to use a High Pass Filter

   One of the most powerful tools in your arsenal to controlling the low end of a mix is your high pass filter. Learn to master it’s use and you will be a huge leap forward in cleaning up your low end. 

Clean low end is an essential part of a powerful mix. A high pass filter is essential to getting rid of unwanted low frequencies in any instrument. I usually end up using a high pass filter set from 80hz and up to 250hz sometimes.

high pass filters are an essential part of a mixers tool kit.

Do you have unwanted rumble in a recording of a vocalist? Not a problem, a high pass filter will minimize if not completely eliminate rumble. Need to make space for the kick and a bass guitar to live, breath and sound amazing? Once again the high pass filter used correctly will do that.

I even use high pass filters on bass instruments

Did you know that I often use a high pass filter on bass and kick as well? Well I do. Low end is very powerful and requires a large amount of energy. When low end interacts with your signal chain it influences how compressors and limiters react. So controlling the low end, especially the really low end, is crucial. You don’t really need a lot of stuff bellow 30hz since most stuff out there can’t reproduce it anyway. So why not allow more energy come through in the 60-80hz range? Here you can still feel the power but it doesn’t take nearly the same energy to produce as 30 or 40hz.

In this video I go through some simple steps you can take on any instrument, vocals or other sound source to control unwanted low end in your mix.

Learn some simple tricks here:

Check out some of my other blog articles for more tips and tricks here