Sound Design Tutorial: Understanding Filters Pt. 3/3 – Band-Pass w/ Evan Sutton

In this third installment of our three-part Sound Design series on filters, Dubspot instructor Evan Sutton demonstrates some creative uses for the band pass filter.

If you haven’t seen part one of this series, click here to check out an explanation and demonstration of the low-pass filter, and click here to learn more about high-pass filters. 

Understanding Filters Part 3 – Band Pass Filter

So far in this series, we’ve explored two types of filters: low-pass and high-pass. These are great tools for a wide variety of sounds, but there’s a third member of the basic filter family we haven’t used yet. In this tutorial, we’ll talk about the often slept-on younger cousin of these two: the band-pass filter.

The band-pass filter combines the curves of the high and low pass filters to pass a range of frequencies (or “band”) surrounding the cutoff. This filter is often misunderstood and underused because people tend to hear it as a thin-sounding effect. But what you’ll find through experimentation is that the bandpass has a unique sound that can be quite robust when set and modulated correctly. The sound we create in this tutorial is great for building drama and emphasizing the structure of a track. - Evan Sutton


Evan Sutton a.k.a. Astrolith is an electronic music producer, sound designer, and audio engineer, as well as teaching sound design and electronic music production at Dubspot. He is the designer/developer of Dubspot’s Sound Design program. You can hear Evan’s music and find out more about him at astrolith.net and soundcloud.com/astrolith.


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