How To EQ Vocals

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Equalizer Settings for Mixing Vocals

The singer still tends to be the most important element of a modern pop song, sorry bass players.

Anyone who's ever mixed a record will know how difficult it can be to get a great sounding vocal when it’s surrounded by 50 other tracks in the mix.

In this tutorial Fab Dupont gives you all the principles of EQing vocals. He explains his techniques and gives you 3 fascinating examples of how to get pro sounding vocals.

He’ll show you how to:

  • Make precise and gentle moves with EQ
  • Remove whollyness and extra fat
  • Fix resonances, notching out offensive frequencies
  • Dial in a neutral sound on both male and female vocal sounds
  • Balance functionality and feeling while EQing

The downloadable exercise files contain the instrumental tracks and the vocal tracks Fab used in this video, download them and EQ them yourself.

Exercise files
Equipment & Software

Plugins Used:

  • Sonnox Oxford EQ
  • Avid EQ3 7-Band
  • Waves Q6
Featured Music

Will Knox - Ice Capades on iTunes or Spotify

Sara Lieb - All I Have to Do Is Dream on Spotify

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Fab Dupont

Fab Dupont is an award-winning NYC based record producer, mixing/mastering engineer and co-founder of

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 received many accolades around the world, including wins at the Victoires de la Musique, South African Music awards, Pan African Music Awards, US independent music awards. He also has received Latin Grammy nominations and has worked on many Latin Grammy and Grammy-nominated albums.


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2022 Sep 22
Exactly what I needed! To the point and clearly explained/demonstrated!
2022 Sep 01
My bad. The exercise file link is ok. Just needed to login again.
2022 Sep 01
Nice tutorial, but can't download exercise files. Broken Link.
Luka Panik
2021 Sep 14
Glad he's not a stand up comedian. Good video.
2021 Apr 04
Fantastic Video. I'm learning how to listen.
2021 Feb 27
Great tutorial and, as always, excellent extensive A/B comparisons. The power of subtle notches!
2020 Dec 19
This is the best Vocal Mix video i've seen, ever!
2020 Nov 21
You should have the ability to download this video. Currently there is no way to download the video.
Adis Cengic
2020 Aug 27
We need more deeper course on different type of vocal like male rap/trap vocal.
LuvSum Music
2020 Aug 20
Another well-explained and informative video. Thanks!
2020 Jul 01
so simple but effective, my first lesson and I'm glad i found it. top man
2020 May 13
my fav teacher and best producer after dr dre
2020 May 11
I adore this.
2020 May 05
2020 Jan 02
@Fabulous Fab I really appreciated this video. Quite amazing how even and well suited the vocals became after your tweaking. Do you work this way and then apply compression?
2020 Jan 02
thanks lots~~~~ it's really practical
2019 Dec 06
Excellent video on understanding EQ. Thoroughly enjoyed this information!
2019 Nov 25
Great work Fab! You are a great teacher and have incredible ears...Everyone who creates/mixes music, could benefit by watching this tutorial. Thank you!
2019 Aug 22
This training is the best Vocal EQ training I have ever experienced. Thank you so much for being so organized and straight to the point on these trainings.
2019 Jul 18
Thanks! I've always struggled to understand EQ... this REALLY helped me.
2018 Apr 10
Thanks for the lesson! I am a noob to this music tech world. I currently hold a monthly subscription to logic, so i only have access to their stock plugins. By looking at the exercise file i see that you used some custom plugins. Upon researching the web i came across a plethora of companies delightfully selling their goodies as the best goodie around... what do you recommend for my case? waves has a lot of bundles as does the air company. they all seem like delightful goodies, but which goodie is good for noobish needs?
2018 Feb 18
Great tips!
2018 Jan 10
Very well explained. Would be great to have a downloadable PDF of that Vocal Frequency Chart here.
2018 Jan 04
What´s about the idea using this eq knowledge for other Instruments ?
2017 Jun 22
RE: "Children" I don't mind it. We're the students, right? I can see the fun in it.
2017 Apr 05
"Good morning children" really? I'm not 10 years old.
2017 Mar 16
muito bom. obrigado
2016 Dec 08
What a great video - love the approach with the combination of FIXING then ENHANCING EQ! Amazing what I am learning thanks to such Tutorials!
2016 Aug 13
i love you haha... great video!
2016 Jul 27
really informative!!
2016 Jul 10
Would if be best to compress before EQing?
2016 Jul 05
Great Explanation!!Thank you ! is it possible to add the eq chart to the downloadable files?
Seungil Shin
2016 Jun 04
Amaging and Great PD Fab. Thanks a lots
2016 May 29
Love learning quick ways to streamline the vocal carving process, thanks Fab!
David Einer
2016 Feb 15
Espectacular, uno de los mejores...
2015 Dec 06
Another wonderful aid for anyone who aspires to get better. Fab you're are as good a teacher as anyone is ever likely to find. Cheers, Ross
2015 Oct 23
Great video. I will recommend a subscription to my production students ! Superbe vidéo. Je vais recommander de s'abonner à mes étudiants producteurs ! ;-)
2015 Sep 10
Excellent video, my vocal EQ'ing has dramatically improved having watch this video twice and taking notes.
Fabulous Fab
2015 Feb 20
@TheHunter: It's a transient thing. Over the years the converters have gotten really great at being transparent and holding nothing back. the transients @ 3K ish tend to be fast and in your face. It's an issue because most gear these days is as fast as the converters. It's the stuff that tape and transformers used to shave off. Without that layer of goo things get harsh and bunched up and hurt your eyes. I'm not aware of any literature on that. It's obvious when you turn modern mixes up. we just got used to feeling pain in our eyes when listening to loud music. It does not have to be that way.
2015 Feb 18
Hello Fab ! Excellent video as always ! In one night just watching just a few of these premium videos, I feel my subscription has paid for itself in knowledge. You mentioned briefly in this video about "digital noise" in the 2.5k to 3.5k range, and that a lot of converters have issues in this area. Do you have any other videos or articles you can point me to for further discussion on that specifically? Thank you !!
2014 Oct 06
Good Video!
2014 Jul 28
Ottimo tutorial, bravo, sarebbe bello se anche a tutti gli altri ci fosse la lingua italiana.
2014 Apr 06
This tutorial finally makes me understand. Now I know what to look for and why. A breakthrough for me. After watching, and making notes I took two songs and made the vocals better than ever. I'm not affiliated. Thanks.
2013 Oct 09
This is absolutely the best EQ video I have seen, tremendous
2013 Oct 04
Excellent tutorial on EQing Vocals. Thank you for explaining it so well.
Becky Jo Benson
2013 Aug 19
FAB, this is the 5th time that I have watched this video in the last 18 months. Why do I watch it again? Because the first time I took a lot of notes on all the dbs and where I thought I should watch for the problems, then I listened to other recordings and tried to match those settings (waste of time because every room and singer and instrument and song is different). Bottom line, we must listen with our eyes closed so we can focus on the sound, but also the FEELING of what style and mood is being promoted. Wonderful 'how to' make it brighter yet meld into the track. THANK YOU, FAB!!
2013 Jul 31
Wow, amazing video on eq-ing vocals! Awesome! Thanks Fab!
2013 May 04 (sorry, hopefully this is not going overboard)
2013 May 04
BTW - I hope one day my band can be engineered/produced/mixed by you :)
2013 May 04
Fab, thank you for your time and effort into this video, it's helped me a lot! Can I recommend you include your own "fixed" track with each vocal as well? I'd like to compare my plugins against yours, and see what I can come up with, on budget EQ's. Thanks!
2013 Apr 23
The best eq vid i have ever seen... Period.
2013 Mar 07
i went from giving up 100 times trying to mix for a whole year..running to guitar center and other stores waisting money buyin equibment.watching and studying over 200 youtube videos that never teach you real mixing or hearing....i gave up after memorizing each page on the book "mixing secrets..i gave up after 100 vocal mic placement tricks and 200 questions i analyzed everyday overwhelmed and lost ...the part that most stuns me is i started this commitment because i admired rap and poetryso i bought alot of mics and plugins becoming depressed badlybut can someone tell me y i love mixing now?
2013 Mar 07
FAB ..YOUR SICK ! all artist listen carefully ,..this is what youve been looking for.. fab teaches you how to listen to frequencies in a vocal (resonances) and how to care for them(poking out=cut ) ..after you find those target begin to hear the vocal become stable (vibeful) and controlled in a musical way...(all this time we thought the poking out freq were ok and hard to hear lmao....i cant believe he than teaches how to listen to your feelings which somehow does the mixing for you in a magical way (while your controlling the vocal before compression !) godblessufab!
2012 Oct 06
uh yeah I was hoping I'd get a lesson on EQ'ing with 500 series EQ processors like my Neve 1073 EQ and STEP EQ. the frequencies on a plugin are totally different than on an analog processor I just don't know how I can use this info in a beneficial way as I always use only outboard gear and very little plugins. just wanted to chime in thanks.
2012 Sep 26
This teaching is excellent. It can make the difference between someone choosing you to mix and someone electing not to use your mix. Thanx for caring about the art and sharing at such a reasonable fee.
2012 Sep 24
Great video! Really drives home that a little goes a long way. @Il Pianista: I don't have that particular plugin, but I'm guessing that the top-left bypass switch is for the extra midrange eq only, while the one he uses bypasses the entire plugin. There's also a bypass switch for the 'classic' pultec section.
Il Pianista
2012 Sep 04
Not to be annoying.. :) but, are you sure you are really bypassing the mid-range on the pultec? Isn't the "on-off" button in the top left side of the plugin?
2012 Aug 21
Thank you Mr. Fab..... Great
2012 Jun 04
Fantastic, straight talking tutorial again:-) Would love to see one's on drums, acoustic bass , brass etc, especially with the common problem area's of EQ for each instrument?! Best Darren
2012 May 22
wow this helped alot many thanks
2012 May 21
2012 Mar 06
Hey Fab,Thanks to you Bro. I just bought your Vocal EQ video,and it totally improved my understanding of vocal. I just mixed the best vocal of my life!!! lol Thnx man. Good Stuff
2012 Feb 26
This is great, I knew a lot of it already, but wasn't sure on some parts. Essential info that will be with you for life, I'm glad I invested in this video.
2012 Feb 13
Very good video!
2012 Feb 06
I rally enjoyed this tutorial. This video reminded me how important it is to get the sound right (correct) at the source. Therefore, if I find myself needing to cut more than 3db to fix, or boost more than 1.5 db to enhance...I have most likely chosen the wrong mic or mic pre for the job. Thanks FAB!
2012 Jan 22
Watched the whole thing, very well done, highly recommended!
2012 Jan 20
Fab you get great clarity with the vocals without it sounding harsh! Amazing
2012 Jan 17
Wow. Lots of little things in here that are often overlooked and yet really important. The chart was really helpful too! I'm loving this site man and more so how much my stuff is sounding better because of it. Keep em' coming!
Dave Zerio
2012 Jan 17
The frequency chart in this video is EXTREMELY useful! Screenshot - Print - Memorize. Everyone needs to see/hear this video!
2012 Jan 17
Magic. Just magic.
2012 Jan 17
Fab could You tell me: why do You compensate loss of dbs with fader not using gain in eq?
2012 Jan 02
Lets have it then :-)
2011 Dec 31
i check here everyday now just to see if its out already. Cant wait Fab
2011 Dec 29
Looking forward to this also.
2011 Dec 23
Kiant Wait for this
2011 Dec 22
I cannot wait for this to be released!!!!!