Episode 28: Tonal Balance with Sound Theory Gullfoss

(Last Updated On: May 25, 2020)


Tonal balance, one of the most challenging aspects of music production.

Mixing engineers professionals sometimes spend a long time getting the balance right.

Get this wrong and your songs will sound boomy, muddy or harsh. 

Let’s have a look at some tips on how to achieve this, and a specific plugin that can help.

Gullfoss by Sound Theory is an intelligent equaliser that maximises clarity and detail based on a computational auditory perception model.

It helps not only with final mixes but also with individual tracks.


Listen to “Episode 28: Tonal Balance with Sound Theory Gullfoss” on Spreaker.


This episode has the following structure:

  • Contact info
  • How you can support
  • Reviews
  • News
  • Tonal Balance discussion
  • Sound Theory Gullfoss

Achieving tonal balance in a mix is a challenge. Some resort to plugins that compare your mix with professionally mixed tracks you like. Others resort to comparison with pink noise.

In the end the best approach is to develop your listening skills so you are not dependant on a specific tool or method.

Plugins like Gullfoss can help achieve that ‘final 10%’ missing or even point to where the problems lie.

If you are pressed for time, it can help achieve the results faster.

If you have more time, you can use it as an analysis tool and go back and fix the mix until Gullfoss has almost no extra work to do.

It could even be used to benchmark mix versions.

Additional Resources

What’s flying off lockdown shelves? Musical instruments

Our review of Sound Theory Gullfoss

How to get a great tonal balance in your mix

Sound Theory Gullfoss

Balance your mix in seconds! | Gullfoss by Soundtheory

Pink Noise Mixing: Does It Work?

6 Tips to Improve the Tonal Balance of a Mix

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