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Reference : Processing Saxophone sounds

Saxophone big four quick chart

More space: 120ms delay, 0% feedback, 20% wet More heat: +4dB at 2kHz More body: +1dB at 700Hz Less quack: -2dB at 1.5kHz More quack: +1dB at 900Hz

Saxophone mix recipes

Start here for a warm, ambient sax sound

Delay: 135ms, 0% feedback, 30% wetEQ Band 1: +2dB at 800HzEQ Band 2: +1dB at 2.5kHz

Start here for a hot, immediate sax sound

Delay: 90ms, 0% feedback, 15% wetEQ Band 1: -2dB at 1.2kHzEQ Band 2: +4dB at 2.7kHz

Start here to help an already great sounding sax cut through a mix

Delay: 115ms, 0% feedback, 20% wetEQ Band 1: +3dB at 2.5kHz : How To Mix Saxophone

Equalizer Setting For Sax

This is the most tricky part because it really depends on how the sax was recorded and what your end goal is. So I’m not going to generalize the EQ settings, I’ll show you what I did to make the saxophone I’m working on sit well in the mix.

What I did was to simply cut out the low-end till around 100Hz. Then added some punch and warmth by making a boost at 200Hz. The sax had some boxiness and I had to clean that by cutting at 492hz. For the upper mids I removed some nasal noise at 1.2kHz and boosted the presence at 5.1kHz.

Finally I added some air by creating a high-shelf boost at 11kHz. Here’s a saxophone eq chart I have created and hope it does help you equalize your sax sounds proper. I know it’s not accurate but it will guide you to the right direction.

Rumble: below 110Hz Bottom/Punch: 125Hz – 250Hz Fullness: 250Hz- 450Hz Honk/Nasal: 500Hz – 1.6kHz Presence/Edge: 2kHz – 6kHz Definition: 6kHz – 8kHz Air: 10kHz – 17kHz Hiss: 17kHz

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