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Filtering

Filtering means manipulating audio with EQ or Filter-effects as dramaturgic tool in a pop song.

The effect can be applied on single instruments, instrument groups or a complete mix. Usually it is done by slowly opening or closing a filter / high frequencies.

Sound examples

1978 - Raydio "Jack And Jill". This example shows the early use of using filter sounds in pop music.

1998 - Madonna "Frozen".  Filtering of drum sounds

2010 - Katy Perry "California Gurlz". Filtering of the rhythm section.

2010 - Owl City "Fireflies". Noise Filtering and telephone voices

2012 - Justin Bieber "As Long As You Love Me". Noise and Synthesizer filter effects.

2013 - Avicii  "Wake Me Up". Filtering the acoustic guitar and instrumental sections.

2014 - Eminem feat. Rihanna "The Monster". Slow filter effects on the piano track.

2014 - Imagine Dragons "Demons".Very short effect on the drums, cutting high frequencies.

2014 - Ellie Goulding "Burn". Filter effcts on the lead synth and the vocal delay.

Logic 9 Tutorial showing the use of high pass filters