EQ - Mixer or Recording software?

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Death Metal Freak!!!
Member Since: Feb 05, 2006

When recording guitar, bass or vocals should I use the EQ on my mixer or in my recording software (Mixcraft) for the best results? If I should use my recording software what should I leave my mixer at for the EQ? Should it be 0 for the Hi, Mid and Low (I think this is called flat) on the mixer?

I have just gotten my Behringer Eurorack UB802 Mixer and I really like it. The only EQ is Hi, Mid and Lo.

Thank you...

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Time Waster
Since: Jan 12, 2006

Feb 22, 2006 03:48 pm

It really depends on how much noise your mixer adds to the signal when using the EQ. If you can get what you want in the software, it's usually cleaner that way. I do most things direct and then apply EQ, compression, reverb, etc., in the software. Much cleaner result that way.

Pinnipedal Czar (: 3=
Since: Apr 11, 2004

Feb 22, 2006 03:54 pm

Yeah, as Dung Beatle was saying it's 'cleaner' that way . Also, if you need to change things to make room for another set of frequencies, you'll be able to... with the hardware/pre-tape eq, you're going to be stuck with what you did .

I am not a crook's head
Since: Mar 14, 2003

Feb 22, 2006 04:04 pm

Yeah theres no undoing EQ settings that you made on your mixer after your track is recorded. In software, you can undo to your heart's content (or at least to your multitrack app's content anyways).

I feel the same way about any modification to the input signal. Compression/limiting is the only exception that I'd make for that statement because they aid in helping you get a signal into your computer without clipping. Even then, keep it light so that you don't color your signal...just keep it from clipping.

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Feb 22, 2006 09:35 pm

Agree completely. Record with a flat EQ setting and tweak it in the software. As stated above, you cant undo a bad EQ setting once its recorded.

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