Introducing: Mixing with EQ
Now, EQ is something that I think we’re all fairly familiar with. What it does is pretty simple. It adjusts the tone of something.
How we use it, however, not always so simple. If you’re like me, at some point in your mixing career, possibly even now, you look at something, and you EQ it, and you’re not sure if you’re actually making it better or you’re just making it different.
Why are we EQing something? What purpose does it serve? Well, that’s what this tutorial is going to be about.
Now, I’m going to break this down into a couple of different compartments. The first is going to be all about what an EQ truly is. So we’re going to go over a little bit of design, a little bit of technical know how… I think these things are really important to understand, and often times, undersold, because we always look at the artistic side of what we do, rather than the technical side, but in fact, the technical side is what leads to the artistic side, so we need to have at least some foundational understanding of what an EQ is and how it works.
Then we’re going to go over the basic theory of the application. Why we do things, why we might do things, how things work, energy vs. amplitude, frequency vs. texture and tone… These kinds of concepts that bridge the technical into the artistic, then finally, the third part is going to be all about the practice. How we put it in motion, why we choose to do what we do with it.
I’m going to show you a lot of examples that are going to be really useful for your own mixing, and of course, I’m going to end it off with a mix walkthrough that focuses all on EQ choices, and I’m going to explain why I decide to do everything I do and how that ultimately amounts to a great sounding mix.
EQ is probably one of the most important signal processors we have at our disposal, so using it is absolutely crucial to becoming a great engineer.
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