Jun 202017
 

When I often play ‘dirt’ pedals, I get excited when I see a mid knob. I love mids, especially, if you’re trying to cut through on leads, etc. Also, the mids can be your best friend when in a band with 2 guitar players, fighting for your piece of the guitar frequency pie. Typically, dirt pedals have Treble and Bass. You can dial in a okay mid bump by dropping Treble and Bass both down, pushing the mid frequencies up, but I love it when there is a Mid control in conjunction with Treble and Bass. That little level of control can help dial that tone in.

Cutting Mids Is GOOD For Guitars via Jay Leonard JI recently came across this video by one of my favorites – Jay Leonard J. The title of the video is “Cutting Mids Is GOOD For Guitars”. Cutting mids??? Now, I have to agree, to much mids – sounds horrible. And certain midrange frequencies are harsh. So I really wanted to see what he was talking about.

Cutting Mids Is GOOD For Guitars via Jay Leonard J

I loved that he defined the range of mids – 200Hz – 4kHz, but also defined the low mid (200Hz-400Hz) as thump. That’s exactly how I would describe it, and the high mid as 2kHz range, this is the strong present lead range. Anything in between.. is mud and harshness. I thought it was also interesting that he showed the typical tone-stacks having a cut in the 500Hz-2kHz range by design.

In that video I also like how Jay talks about working with those frequencies in the band. Bands that can understand frequencies and their place, usually have a very great live sound. It’s tough to dial it in, but when it’s figured out, great things can happen!

 

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Cutting Mids Is GOOD For Guitars via Jay Leonard J
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