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Why You Need to Use Filters While Beatmaking

In this article, I want to give you some music production tips which reveal what audio filters are, and ideas for how to use filters while making beats.

The video below shares the FL Studio project (.flp) of my new beat called The Come-Up off my upcoming BEAT TAPES By GratuiTous series.. (click here to listen to a sneak peek)

Make sure to read the article below, it has some cool images below.

What is a Filter on an EQ?

You’re essentially “filtering” whenever you are using any EQ band.

If you cut some highs with a bell-shaped EQ band, you’re “filtering” those high frequencies out of the signal.

But when we music producers use the term filter, we are mainly talking about the dramatic EFFECT that a filter gives our music (low-cut and high-cut filters).

What is a High Cut Filters on an Equalizer?

High-Cut Filter from FabFilter Pro-Q 3 .. See my Favorite Mixing Plugins.

First, it’s important you are aware that a High-Cut Filter is also called a low-pass filter. (Just a different term for the same thing).

A High-Cut Filter removes the high frequencies of your audio. You can use this as a mixing tool to reduce brightness from a sound, or as a dramatic effect like shown in the video above.

You are also able to select how steep an audio filter can be (and as a bonus, don’t forget about using your Q, which is the resonance boost on “filter plugins”).

Resonance can help emphasis the effect further.. be careful.. it can hurt your ears ๐Ÿค“

A Low-Cut Filter is the Opposite of a High Cut Filter

Low-Cut Filter from FabFilter Pro-Q 3 .. See my Favorite Mixing Plugins.

A Low-Cut Filter removes the low frequencies of your audio. (Other known as a high-pass filter).

This can be very useful in mixing to control the low-end of a sound, or to build very intense tension while you are arranging a song.

What’s This Audio Painting Term You Speak Of?

Audio Painting is my book about arrangement and song structure.

Simply put, Audio Painting is all about preparing the listener before a change happens in the song, such as switching from verse 1 to the chorus. If you don’t prepare the listener, your music sounds rushed, and very amateur.

We prepare the listener by adding in transitions, or communicating in some way that let’s them know a change is about to happen in a song.

Audio Painting will be absolutely game-changing to the way you arrange your music.

If interested, definitely checkout my Audio Painting Book..

Did You Learn Why Filters are So Powerful to Use in Music Production?

Filters are so powerful, aren’t they?

So there’s some tips for music producers about why you should be using audio filters while you’re beatmaking!

Usually we use these low and high cut filter effects on individual instruments, but you can do it on the MASTER as well!

Do you still have questions about filters?

Leave a comment below.. I’ll get back to you!

Also.. make sure to visit the LEARN YOUR GEAR page.. It’s a page I keep updated of equipment I use and recommend for FL Studio.



GratuiTous runs a FL Studio training platform, and has taught beatmaking with FL Studio since 2011! He was an electrician for 10 years in Canada, and loves learning best practices of beatmaking! Learn about GratuiTous. ๐Ÿ‘‰
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