How to Make Sure Your Track Fills Out The Full Frequency Range
Can you see what's wrong with this picture? The image above is a spectrum analysis of one of my (work in progress) tracks.
I sent it off to Björgvin over at www.audio-issues.com for a review and loved his feedback even though he doesn't really work at all in dance music.
I had asked him to review what's done well, and what red flags does he see or hear. His concern is my track is quite bottom heavy and lacking in mid-range.
This sent me back to the drawing board.
First thing I did was find a tune that I think sounds good, so I popped one of Harvey McKay's tracks into Ableton with Voxengo Span on the master fader. Span is a free spectrum analysis.
No surprise that Harvey's tune looks and sounds lovely.
I took a screen shot of Harvey's track to get a snapshot of what the spectrum looked like.
I then played my own track and too a snapshot and looked at them both side by side to see what was missing.
I was missing content from about 250Hz to 1500kHz. So I played Harvey's tune and discovered that his chord riff is a big part of how he fills out that range of sounds in his tune.
So my tune needed a similar riff or hook which I added and you can hear in the video.
Very worthwhile exercise of getting feedback from another expert and implementing something new.
The little chord sequence I added definitely gives the tune a need boost of sonic character.