Eq on a mono track - Or to a Stereo Bus?

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Rockstar Vatican Assassin
Member Since: Mar 20, 2009

This is more of a "what would you do" sort of question. I know there's no wrong/right way to do it, but I want to gauge some opinions.

I'm trying to EQ 2 mono guitar tracks (recorded using SM57 on cab speaker; no plugins or digital processing). They're very boomy and crunchy and could use some hi/low shelves + some EQ.

But here's the heart of my issue:

My mono EQ plugins are kinda lame; my stereo plugins kick ***. Would I be better off to EQ each mono track separately or sending them both to the L & R of a stereo bus with the better EQ? MY own opinion says to feed them into the Stereo Bus, but if I do that, I can't figure out how to stop the mono track from still outputting sound (i.e... 2 tracks just became 4). If I reduce the gain on the mono tracks, it drops the gain on the Bus. Is there something I should be looking for to send the output directly to the bus, if possible?

Or, avoid the hastle and just EQ using mono EQ plugins per track?

EDIT: I'm a dumb-***. I just realized all I had to do was disconnect the main mono tracks from the master out. This lets the bus do all the driving (sort of speak).

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Since: Apr 03, 2002

Feb 19, 2014 06:09 am

Glad you found a solution to this, but, in the vein of maybe continuing some conversation, I'll toss this out there...

Free EQ plugings are pretty common, ever thought of trying to hunt down a better mono plugin?

Also, something to make your tracks get a bit livelier, how about copy the each mono track to a stereo track, paste it into both right and left sides, use the stereo EQ and EQ each side a little different, it could bring each guitar sound to a much fuller, bigger sound. I have done that very frequently.

Rockstar Vatican Assassin
Since: Mar 20, 2009

Feb 19, 2014 02:33 pm

Free EQ plugings are pretty common, ever thought of trying to hunt down a better mono plugin?

I'm sort of at the mercy of the Linux Community. Using Ardour GTK, I have a ton of mono plugins that are OK (def do the trick), but are very basic. They don't come with visuals; just sliders and numbers! The newer Lv2 plugins are much more defined (calf has some great plugins).



Regarding the EQ. I actually have 4 mono tracks total because I doubled mic'd the cabs when we recorded. One Shure SM57 at the grill, a condenser mic about 2 ft back. What I want to do is send the SM57 tracks (more low end) to one stereo Bus (panned hard L and R), and then the other condenser mic tracks (more mids and highs) to another Stereo Bus (panned 8 o'clock and 4 o'clock). Or maybe vice versa.

These raw mic'd cab recordings are boomy and hissy at the same time. I want the tracks crunchy, but damn this is harder to eq than I thought it was going to be.

Chief Cook and Bottle Washer
Since: May 10, 2002

Sep 10, 2014 05:32 pm

I would want to eq the front and back mics separately. Two entirely different perspectives.

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