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All About EQ

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Knowing how to use an equalizer is a fundamental skill for anyone working with audio, yet it is one of the most abused. Here is a collection of tips and tutorials that will teach you what you need to know.

Posts in this series
  • Music & Audio
    Audio Production
    Quick Tip: Some Basic Equalization TipsThumb
    What is equalization? Equalization (or EQ) doesn’t change the frequency in any way really - it’s just a frequency volume control.Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Mixing & Mastering
    8 Easy Steps To Better EQThumb
    Twice a month we revisit some of our reader favorite posts from throughout the history of Audiotuts+. This tutorial was first published in December 2008. Knowing how to use an equalizer is a fundamental skill for anyone working with audio, yet it is one of the most abused. Here are some tips and tricks for using your EQ more effectively. You’ll notice there are more don'ts than dos on this list; that’s because EQ is best when used in moderation.Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Mixing & Mastering
    3D Mixing Part 3: EqualizationThumb
    One of the most important tools in mixing is the equalizer. It shapes individual sounds, bus groups and mixes into cohesive wholes. If used correctly it can add clarity to muddy sounds or sparkle and definition to already great sounds. In this portion of our ongoing series, we will take an in-depth look at some EQ tips, frequency concepts and a few instrument specific techniques to help you create cleaner sounds and mixes.Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Audio Production
    How to Use a Parametric EqualizerThumb
    The equalizer is an important piece of audio technology. As one of my Conservatorium tutors once said, when you’re setting up a session, adding an EQ as the first insert is almost as essential as creating the tracks themselves. Studio audio isn’t about capturing every frequency of every sound: it’s about creating a polished track that highlights the best of each instrument. Let’s take a look at this basic yet widely misunderstood tool, the parametric EQ plug-in.Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Mixing & Mastering
    Mastering Elements Part 2: The Mastering EqualizerThumb
    As many of you will know by now mastering is a subject with many facets. Learning how to successfully treat your tracks after your mix is complete generally requires a good amount of experience but some solid technique will get you going in the right direction. Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Music Theory
    Quick Tip: How to Recognize FrequenciesThumb
    We've done a few articles on ear training in the music theory sense, such as Bootcamp for Your Ear, where you learn to recognize musical intervals, like the minor 2nd or major 7th for instance. But what about frequency information? Read More…