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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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