The idea of using equalisation equipment is that you can make an instrument or vocal sound bigger and better, or clearer and more defined. We also use equalisation to achieve a blend of all the sounds in the mix, so that each element of the mix has its own frequency range.

EQ What are we trying to do

  • Make an instrument or vocal sound bigger and better

  •  Make a vocalist or instrument sound clearer and more defined

  •  Achieve a blend of all the sounds in the mix,so that each element of the mix has it's own frequency ranges

Frequency Areas

Sub-Bass.  Between 16Hz,and 100Hz  Felt more than  heard.

Bass . Between 100Hz, and 250 Hz contains, the fundamentals  of the rhythm section.

Low - Mids 250Hz, to 2,000Hz. Contains the low order harmonics of most musical instruments. Can cause listening fatigue if boosted to strongly.

Upper- mids  2kHz to 4kHz.Slight boosts in this area can make vocals clearer in your mix. Beware sibilance, and listening fatigue

Presence   4kHz  This area  can make things clearer .  Cutting here can makes sounds seem further away

Brilliance 6kHz to 16kHz . This area controls the brilliance of soud in your mix.

Using EQ will not make a bad recording sound good no matter what.That's really important, if sounds bad , its bad , you can't really save it. So first off aim to record signals that don't need a great deal of processing. EQ should be placed on individual tracks, or sub-mixes by using busses.  EQ should be added as the first processor on most tracks. The reason for this is that when you equalize you want to capture as detailed dynamics as you can. The raw recording will offer the most dynamics to equalize frequencies on.

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