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.
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- 00:00 - Start
- 00:0 - Introduction
- 00:20 - Equalizers In History
- 03:14 - EQs Before The SSL Consoles
- 04:38 - Quick Look At Old Equalizers
- 05:16 - Comparing The Classics
- 06:24 - Pultec EQH-2
- 07:39 - Boosting With The Pultec
- 09:54 - Attenuating With The Pultec
- 11:42 - Neve 31102
- 13:18 - Boosting With The Neve
- 16:28 - SSL Logic FX G383
- 17:07 - Boosting With The SSL
- 17:41 - Why Do They Sound Different ?
- 18:51 - Hardware vs. Software
- 19:03 - EQH-2 vs. UAD EQP-1A
- 20:40 - The Differences Between Digital Emulations And Digital EQs
- 23:39 - Force Yourself To Listen
- 24:44 - How To Look For And Remove A Bad Frequency
- 26:40 - Possibilities And Limitations Of Digital EQs
- 29:21 - Equalizing A Track With The SSL Hardware And Software
- 33:23 - SSL Plugin
- 34:21 - Comparing The Two
- 36:49 - What Do You Really Need ?
- 37:27 - Find The Proper Working Tool - UAD SSL Channel vs. Avid EQ-III
- 40:20 - UAD Helios 69
- 41:59 - The Differences Are All About Workflow
- 43:02 - Comparing The Sound Of Digital EQs
- 46:17 - Comparing The Different Workflows
- 49:22 - Raw Track Equalization - What To Do ?
- 51:14 - Get The Mental Picture Before Anything Else
- 52:26 - Then, Start Tweeking
- 56:20 - Fab's Advice On Where To Start
- 58:52 - Back To The Track Equalization
- 1:01:05 - How Tall Is The Track ?
- 1:04:11 - Fab's Strategy For This Track
- 1:04:47 - EQ Before Or After Compression ?
- 1:07:17 - Analysis & Conclusion
- 1:08:53 - Cut Before Boost After
- 1:11:26 - Final Words
- Pultec EQH-2
- Neve 31102
- SSL Logic FX G383
- 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
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.
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