A Quick and Easy Way to Vary your Music

Within iTunes or any audio file, it’s pos­si­ble to tweak the equal­iza­tion of the play­back. This means boost­ing the bass or rais­ing the tre­ble. Every piece will be a lit­tle dif­fer­ent. This is some­thing to think about when you com­pose: is your music too treble-y? Too bass-y? Too stuck in the mid-range, with no highs or lows? As you write music, think about vary­ing the regions you write in, so that the ear doesn’t feel too stuck in one area of the sonic spectrum.

Con­sider a piano trio, for instance. Obvi­ously, one can “set” the vio­lin high, “set”¬†the cello low, and have the piano fill in the mid-range. And yet, think of the dif­fer­ent col­ors achieved in the piano’s left hand is very low, the piano’s right hand very high, with the strings tak­ing the mid­dle reg­is­ter. Or if all three instru­ments are in sim­i­lar regions.

Of course, com­mon sense must be used with dynam­ics to insure that noth­ing is lost “in the mix!”

About Richard D. Russell

This was written by Richard D. Russell, New York City based composer of fine music.