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In this course, author Bobby Owsinski reveals industry tips, tricks, and techniques for producing professionally mixed audio on any digital audio workstation. He offers recommendations for setting up an optimal listening environment, highlights the most efficient ways to set up and balance a mix, and shows how to build a powerful sound with compression. The course also explains how to master the intricacies of EQ; incorporate reverb, delay, and modulation effects; and generate the final mix.
Here are some general equalization principles that can speed up the EQ process and keep you from chasing your EQ tail. If it sounds muddy, attenuate it at around 250 Hz. If it sounds honky, attenuate it at around 500 Hz. Cut or attenuate if you are trying to make things sound clearer. Boost if you are trying to make things sound different. Use a narrow Q / Bandwidth of between 6 and 10 when cutting and a wide Q of between 0.5 and 2 when boosting. If you want something to stick out, roll off the bottom.
If you want it to blend in, roll off the top. If you keep these principles in mind, your EQing will go smoother and faster. In this chapter on equalization, I am going to cover each point in a lot more detail when we EQ a number of different instruments.
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