George Sawyer walks through some tips to getting the most from your EQ by pointing out many key frequencies that can make a dramatic impact on your sound.
Hi folks. Dan asked me to write sort of an "eq primer" for the web site so here goes...I'm easily distracted, but I'll try to remain focused.
A couple of ground rules first. One, you should try to cut about five times as often as you boost, especially with shelves. High and low shelves were designed to remove hiss and rumble, respectively. Having said that, I use 'em to boost too.
Two, I'm in the habit of rolling off stuff on almost everything I eq. I like to leave the low end to, well, low end instruments-bass and drums. We all know that the human ear hears about 20 to 20k. Well the first octave, (20 to 40 hz.) is generally made up of stuff like thunder and trains. So don't boost it, Ok?
Three, be VERY careful about boosting anything around 200 hz. This makes your whole mix sound muddy. A little can fatten things up, but hopefully you won't have to use this.
Four, take all this with a grain of salt. This is meant to be a guideline, to help get you started. This is NOT meant to be a cookie cutter solution to everything. If it sounds good, it is good.
Well, that's all for now. If you found this helpful at all, let Dan know, and perhaps I'll write more. So until next time, have a beer, practice, and take care.
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