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Equalizer Strategy & Philosophy

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Go Deep Into EQ Theory and Techniques

The most commonly used tool in an audio engineer's toolkit is the venerable equalizer (EQ). Over the years, EQs have become a powerful creative tool and the most fundamental mixing and mastering device every engineer has at their disposal.

In part 1 of the series, The Study of EQ Controls, Grammy winner Fab Dupont teaches you what each knob's function does, and in this tutorial, he dives even deeper to teach how and when to skillfully apply any type of EQ.

Learn tricks and techniques that will help form or refine the foundation of how you approach EQing your mixes and masters.

Over the course of this hour-long tutorial, Fab Dupont explains:

  • The history of EQ choices and how they've evolved over the decades
  • How to recognize the sonic differences between analog and digital EQs
  • Learn to master the subtle differences between types of EQ and know when to best apply
  • Compare several common EQ topologies including Pultec, Neve, SSL
  • The classic boost + cut trick on the Pultec
  • Strategies for using fully parametric EQs without getting lost in endless parameters
  • Using multiple EQs to achieve a clear and focused mix that doesn't sound like mud
  • How to compensate for the tone of pieces of gear with transformers, tubes, etc
  • Find and eliminate frequencies, remove masks from your tracks for clearer and more powerful sounding mixes
  • Should EQ come before or after compression? Learn to recognize which way is best suited for a mix
  • How to hear subtle changes in tone to be sure the settings and techniques you're using are helping and not harming your mixes

By mastering these fundamental skills and techniques, you can keep your focus on the music, not the settings.

Fab Dupont
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Equipment & Software

Hardware EQ

  • Pultec EQH-2
  • Neve 31102
  • SSL Logic FX G383

Plug-ins

  • UAD Pultec EQP-1A
  • UAD SSL E Channel Strip
  • UAD Neve 31102
  • UAD Helios 69
  • Avid EQ-III
  • Flux:: Epure v3
  • Sonnox Oxford EQ + Filters
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Fab Dupont

Fab Dupont is a Grammy winning NYC based record producer, mixing/mastering engineer and co-founder of pureMix.net.

Fab has been playing, writing, producing and mixing music both live and in studios all over the world. He's worked in cities like Paris, Boston, Brussels, Stockholm, London and New York just to name a few.

He has his own studio called FLUX Studios in the East Village of New York City.

Fab has been nominated for Grammys 6 times, including two Latin Grammys and has received many other accolades around the world, including Victoires de la Musique, South African Music awards, Pan African Music Awards and US independent music awards.

Credits

David Crosby

Queen Latifah

Jennifer Lopez

Mark Ronson

Les Nubians

Toots And The Maytals

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tomasjochmann
2017 Mar 05
Bananas! :)
SimL
2017 Feb 24
This is why I subscribe to Puremix. La pédagogie de Fab au sommet de son art. :)
G.MICHAELHALL
2017 Feb 17
@pawel_lunapark - Awesome suggestion..would love to see a tute on exactly this
pawel@lunapark
2017 Feb 16
Fab ! Equalizer Strategy & Philosophy ? You are Golden, as always ... I`m wondering ... brass, strings mixing lesson ? s'il vous plaît merci
flaremusic
2017 Feb 14
Amazing!!Nothing like a clear and concise explanation from Fab Dupont. Not only is he a master at mixing, but also a great teacher/mentor.
Nitin
2017 Feb 14
Great Tutorial!!!...Please do a similar one on compression too.....and maybe reverbs and delays aswell...i dont ask for too much do I !!!
TC Hotrod
2017 Feb 11
In parallel with full mixes videos, I really like that kind of tuto dedicated to specific subject, which mixes history, philosophic vision, and practical tips. We leave it with a new and fresh approach, getting things as they look (and sound) easier to tame.
Chris Wyatt
2017 Feb 11
Best EQ tutorial on the web. Great lesson Fab!
mshostak
2017 Feb 10
So clear. So pragmatic. So good. Thx!
richardharris
2017 Feb 10
So glad I signed up for this site! Fab makes sense of very complex subjects with ease! Great video for sure. Loved this one.
Markedgeller
2017 Feb 10
Is the Will Knox track deliberately mono?
slguthre
2017 Feb 09
groovy......
jolyoncox
2017 Feb 09
Probably the best tutorial on EQ I've ever seen. Thanks Fab.
G.MICHAELHALL
2017 Feb 09
I may be wrong in [practice and theory], but in particular, when I need to add a hpf , in some instances, I'm using the sub band of a linear eq to create a bell shape narrow cut , which (to me)means I am not having to go and make adjustments to the low band so much and I am getting my very bottom tidied up, albiet at the cost of everything below the narrow bell cut, which I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing..it sounds good to me but this is where I sometimes question what I'm hearing. I try and look at eq as rationed with little to spare..
G.MICHAELHALL
2017 Feb 09
EDIT re: previous post---The effect of the HPF is really "obvious"...
G.MICHAELHALL
2017 Feb 09
re:59:00-1;02:00 - The effect of the HPF is really and I'm wondering, is the 0.5db cut made around 100 hz a corrective move to the phase altering instigated by the HPF slope? I'm trying to wrap my head around the give and take of the HPF.If you had say, placed the HPF curve to start at a lower frequency(20hz or so..), would the corresponding cut have been higher, perhaps closer to 120-130hz to re-correct ( so to say) the phase after the hpf cut? If you had not placed the HPF on at all, what is the likelihood of even having needed to make the cut at 100? Trying to see the relationship here.g
Richard Boyer
2017 Feb 09
I think your a genus, little crazy, weird scientist, but it maybe me
vlakanas
2017 Feb 09
Merci.
Burekenge
2017 Feb 09
Great Tutorial, thanks. That arpeggiated, delayed guitar part on the Will Knox track is absolutely fantastic.
Ming
2017 Feb 09
Thanks,Fab.You are really a good teacher!!
Johnny London
2017 Feb 08
Wonderful stuff! Thank you Fab!
pumafred
2017 Feb 08
As always, very instructive and entertaining, Fab. Thank you! Over the past year I see many people, including yourself, showing off the UAD plugins a lot. I am sure they are good, but do you think they are something of a fad (as were Sonnox, Soundtoys, etc., all of great quality), or are they a "must have"? (And now you start with Flux! :-) )
owenlt
2017 Feb 08
Fun fact about mic'ing, the Beatles AND kick drums: "For example, on Ringo’s drum sound, I wanted to move the mic closer to the bass drum. Well, we weren’t allowed. I was caught putting the mic about three inches from the bass drum, and I was reprimanded... And so, I was sent a letter, from one of the guys in the office down the corridor, giving permission—only on Beatles sessions—to put the microphone three inches from the drum." http://www.prosoundweb.com/article/print/an_interview_with_legendary_engineer_geoff_emerick
pearlpassion
2017 Feb 08
Hi Fab...Excellent tutorial and pretty much guilty on many pointers you made. Made very much sense and will go back to the drawing board and clean up my mixes. Thanks
leojobst
2017 Feb 08
Great fab!
Befurg86
2017 Feb 08
Very useful!! Thanks
bataleo
2017 Feb 08
Thanks FAB!!!!
StudioSaturn
2017 Feb 08
Your Pultec has a lot more oomph than the plugin that is what I heard.
StudioSaturn
2017 Feb 08
This is very very informative. Big thanks Fab.
Marcos Rogerio
2017 Feb 08
wow !!! thanks teacher !!!
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