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Say Goodbye to Muddy Vocals: A Quick Guide to Cleaning Up Your Mix

Updated: Mar 11, 2023

At Fortune Music Group, we know that achieving a clean and professional mix is important for your music to sound its best. One common problem that can arise is muddy vocals, which can occur when the frequency spectrum of the vocals overlaps too much with other instruments in the mix. This can make the vocals sound unclear and hard to understand.

Here are some quick tips for removing muddy vocals from your mix:

1. Use EQ: By cutting out low frequencies around 250-500 Hz and boosting frequencies around 3-5 kHz, you can help the vocals cut through the mix and sound clearer. Just be careful not to overdo it, as too much EQ can make the vocals sound harsh.

2. Compress the vocals: Compression can help bring out the clarity and definition in the vocals by reducing the dynamic range. Use a moderate amount of compression with a fast attack and release time to achieve a balanced sound.

3. Use a de-esser: If the vocals are particularly sibilant (i.e., they have too much "sss" and "shh" sound), you can use a de-esser to reduce the excessive sibilant frequencies.

4. Automate the volume: If there are certain parts of the song where the vocals get lost in the mix, try automating the volume to bring them up during those sections. This can help ensure that the vocals are consistently audible throughout the song.

We hope these tips are helpful as you work on cleaning up your mix. If you have any questions or need assistance, don't hesitate to reach out to us at Fortune Music Group.

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