90’s Hip Hop Production: Filtering
Filtering is the process of adjusting the frequencies and bypass filters (low, mid and hi) of a record to make a low end, muffled sound. It’s almost as if you were hearing someone play music through a wall.
Many producers did this throughout the 90’s, particularly on the East Coast. Filtering was done to create layers and at times to make basslines.
Pete Rock is regarded as one of the first hip hop producers to popularize the method. Jay Dee would regularly filter his beats – Fantastic Vol & Fantastic Vol 2 feature many filtered beats.
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