Reply To: Mixing Hi-Hats


I really like that last idea, which is creative as hell and I will definitely try out.

My particular issue is trying to find the sweet spot for layering breaks without them becoming complicated to the point of chaos. I’ve found it helps to cut the low end AND high end (e.g., slightly cutting like 7000-22000) of one splashy break and layering it with another break that has more crisp hi-hats and then keeping both the mid range and high range of frequencies intact so it also breaks through the splashier break. Thus the splashier break occupies some space in the higher areas, along with the more crisp break, without creating too much brightness in the mix. If you have experience with layering breaks, I’d love to hear if you have a general way of going about it so as to balance everything out.

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