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Hardware and software EQ

From: Foundations of Audio: EQ and Filters

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Truth be told, there are more EQ and filter tools in the market than I care to count. It's no surprise that producers and engineers often become quickly overwhelmed with the number of choices. Even though all the complex interfaces, graphs, and knobs may look radically different from each other, the reality is that all equalizers today are pretty much designed on the same principles as the ones from a few decades ago, and learning the fundamental concepts behind them and the basic techniques for using them in your mixes translate surprisingly well across both hardware and software processors.

Hardware and software EQ

Truth be told, there are more EQ and filter tools in the market than I care to count. It's no surprise that producers and engineers often become quickly overwhelmed with the number of choices. Even though all the complex interfaces, graphs, and knobs may look radically different from each other, the reality is that all equalizers today are pretty much designed on the same principles as the ones from a few decades ago, and learning the fundamental concepts behind them and the basic techniques for using them in your mixes translate surprisingly well across both hardware and software processors.

Think about it this way. If you can drive a Honda, you can certainly drive a Toyota. It might take a few minutes to get used to the controls and you may not understand the full feature set that the car offers, but once you know how to drive, you can pretty much drive anything and get from point A to point B. Now some cars can zero to sixty in under five seconds, while others were designed to take it slow and smooth. EQs are no different. Some work best for precision carving and transparent tweaking, adding no artifacts, while others are designed to color the signal, adding warmth and sheen.

EQs can exist as plug-in-based software programs that run inside your DAW-- otherwise known as in the box--or as output processors that are built into a channel strip of a console or exist as separate hardware pieces in a rack. In this course, we'll take advantage of some of the factory-bundled plug-ins included with the most popular DAWs, as well as the industry-standard Waves plug-ins, a popular third-party choice that works in almost any DAW as well as many digital consoles.

Although we will look at a number of fantastic tools throughout this course, everything I will be showing you will easily translate to the EQs you have access to. So let's get started.

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Foundations of Audio: EQ and Filters

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Brian Lee White
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  1. 3m 28s
    1. Welcome
      1m 36s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      35s
    3. Using the exercise files
      58s
    4. Using the "Get In the Mix" Pro Tools and Logic Pro session files
      19s
  2. 15m 46s
    1. What are frequency and amplitude?
      2m 27s
    2. Measuring frequency
      1m 48s
    3. Measuring amplitude
      1m 58s
    4. The perception of frequency and amplitude
      4m 18s
    5. Frequency and pitch
      5m 15s
  3. 36m 10s
    1. What is an equalizer?
      4m 14s
    2. Hardware and software EQ
      1m 58s
    3. Understanding frequency and gain EQ controls
      3m 41s
    4. Using the bandwidth, or Q, EQ control
      5m 35s
    5. Parametric equalizers
      2m 36s
    6. Shelving filters
      5m 11s
    7. High- and low-pass filters
      5m 42s
    8. Putting it all together with multiband EQ
      3m 43s
    9. Using graphic EQ
      3m 30s
  4. 46m 13s
    1. Creating focus
      3m 47s
    2. Get in the Mix: Using EQ to fix problems and place elements in the mix
      8m 30s
    3. Get in the Mix: Creating complementary EQ curves
      9m 7s
    4. Get in the Mix: Creative EQ with the telephone effect
      5m 30s
    5. Get in the Mix: Frequency bracketing with filters
      5m 44s
    6. Get in the Mix: Automating EQ
      6m 18s
    7. Learning to listen
      3m 10s
    8. Balancing expectations from the recording process
      4m 7s
  5. 41m 14s
    1. Get in the Mix: EQing FX returns
      4m 29s
    2. Using common vintage-modeled EQs
      5m 2s
    3. Using frequency analyzers
      3m 44s
    4. Using harmonic generators to excite frequency content
      5m 44s
    5. EQ or compression first?
      3m 3s
    6. EQ and room acoustics: Is your room lying to you?
      6m 15s
    7. Boost or cut? The relative nature of EQ and headroom
      4m 0s
    8. Building healthy EQ strategies
      8m 57s
  6. 19s
    1. What's next and EQ summary
      19s
  7. 5m 51s
    1. A session with Brian Lee White
      5m 51s

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