Super Alex wrote:JannikR wrote:Protocell wrote:You can stack frequencies, or else the music would sound HORRIBLE.
I'm getting tired of hearing that you can't stack frequencies, of course you can. As long as you don't overdo it so that it clips.
Ya, exactly. In my mind, I distinguish between overlapping frequencies and having two elements at the same frequency. Having two things that take up the same space isn't too great, but overlap is necessary. If everything has no overlap, it sounds mechanical and sharp in the bad way, not the "oh it's a creative tool" way.
Super Alex pretty much said it - some overlapping frequencies are essential of course so that your tunes don't sound weird. But it's also gonna sound really bad if you've got everything peaking at about the same spot - like (for example) a midrange bass patch loudest at about 800 Hz, some low horns loudest at about 800 Hz, and a midrange pad loudest at 800 Hz as the three main elements in your track. First of all it'll sound empty because you'll have nothing in the high end; second of all you won't be able to get it very loud because you'll be struggling to control the giant spike at around 800 Hz. If you moved the horns up an octave or so and the pad up high to around 3 or 4k, you'd get a much better sounding mix because your sounds would be spread out across the frequency spectrum. Good arranging is key to a good mix and saving headroom, and of course EQ helps a ton.