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EQ Hints

from SOUND ON SOUND
http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/1995_articles/mar95/eq.html

EQ HINTS & TIPS

• If your mix sounds 'muddy', boost the main frequency range of each of the principal instruments. Boost 'decorative' sounds even more and pull the faders right down.

• If you can't get your tracks to blend together in the mix, cut the main frequency range of the principal instruments.

• To make vocals stand out in the mix, boost at around 3kHz.

• For extra clarity, cut the bass element of instruments which are not meant to be bass instruments.

• Adding EQ boost often adds noise. Listen carefully to arrive at the best compromise.

• Changing the EQ changes the level. Always consider re-adjusting the level after you EQ.

• If you add a lot of EQ boost, you may run into clipping and distortion. Reduce the channel's gain to eliminate this.

• If you use EQ to reduce feedback in live work, take care not to take too much level out over too wide a range of important frequencies, particularly the vocal 'presence' range around 3kHz.

• If your mixing console has an EQ Off button, use it frequently to check that you really are improving the sound.


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