Cut off frequency: The frequency at which a high or low frequency EQ section starts to take effect. Also referred to as turnover frequency. Slope: The rate at which a high or low frequency EQ section reduces the level above or below the cut off frequency. Usually 6, 12, 18 or 24dB/octave. Pass band: The frequency range that is allowed through...
If your mix sounds muddy, boost the main frequency range of
each of the principal instruments. Boost decorative sounds even
more and pull the faders right down.
If you cant get your tracks to blend together in the mix, cut the
main frequency range of the principal instruments.
To make vocals stand out in the mix, boost at around 3kHz.
For extra clarity, cut the bass of instruments which are not meant to be
Adding EQ boost often adds noise. Listen carefully to arrive at the best
Changing the EQ changes the level. Always consider adjusting the level after
If you add a lot of EQ boost, you may run into clipping and distortion.
Reduce the channels gain to eliminate this.
If you use EQ to reduce feedback in live work, take care not to take too
much level out over too wide a range of important frequencies, particularly
the vocal presence range around 3kHz.
If you console has an EQ Off button, use it frequently to check that really
are improving the sound.
When adjusting the amount of EQ to apply, the EQ gain in other words, its
tempting to adjust it very carefully and change the setting in small increments.
The problems with this method are a) that if the EQ setting isnt right
then it is wrong and needs total reconsideration and b) that the ear quickly
gets used to changes in the frequency balance of a sound. It may not always
be appropriate, but its well worth a try next time you want to change
the EQ level of a sound to grab the control firmly, twist it all the way up
and all the way down and quickly settle on a new position which will hopefully
be just right.
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