Hi everyone this is my first blog post but I just thought I'd share a tip for helping pick out lyrics from the rest of the song. Some songs are easy to understand the lyrics, but in other songs with quieter or distorted vocals it can be pretty difficult. I've found EQing helps a lot with those more difficult vocals.
The human vocal range is around 80-1100hz, so logically you'd expect to be able to just turn up the EQ in those ranges and be able to understand the vocals much more easily. What that vocal range doesn't include however are the sharp consonant sounds, which are absolutely crucial to understanding what someone is saying (that's why the military uses Bravo and Papa to easily tell the difference between B and P for example).
Those consonant sounds are actually a much higher frequency than the regular vocal range, usually around 1.5khz-3khz or so. So the best way to actually pick out vocals tends to be to leave the 125-500hz ranges at their regular settings, but raise the EQ on the 2khz (and sometimes 1khz) frequencies. You can also drop down the EQ on the very low and very high frequencies to help lower some background noises, but the most important thing is increasing the EQ on that important "consonant frequency".
Of course there will still be some songs that just have very hard vocals to figure out (whether they are too fast, distorted, etc), but the EQing should at least help with some of the more "borderline" songs.