Join Brian Lee White for an in-depth discussion in this video Balancing expectations from the recording process, part of Audio Foundations: EQ and Filters.
One of the most common critiques I have when I review my students' mixes has…nothing to do with the mix at all.…When the signal you're working with was poorly recorded, sometimes EQ is just…not enough, and knowing when the signal just isn't going to get better using EQ…is an important skill when working towards the big picture.…Take a listen to this guitar that I've purposefully recorded using poor mic placement.…Notice the clipping in addition to the overpowering signature of the room's…acoustics and the hollowness of the guitar sound.…
(music playing)…You might be surprised, but many novice engineers would find this to be a…perfectly suitable starting point in the mix process and then wonder later what…they did wrong with EQ or compression when the mix didn't turn out well.…
The reality is that no amount of EQ can make this guitar sound like it could…have if I would've taken more time to place the mic correctly and capture a…good source signal.…First off, EQ will never be able to remove the sound of the room from…
AuthorBrian Lee White
- Measuring frequency and amplitude
- Understanding the relationship between frequency and pitch
- Working with EQ controls such as bandwidth (Q) and gain
- Using graphic EQ
- Understanding the shelving and high-pass and low-pass filters
- Creating focus with EQ
- Creating complementary EQ curves
- Performing frequency bracketing with filters
- Automating EQ
- Using frequency analyzers
- Using harmonic generators to excite frequency content
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Understanding Frequency and Amplitude
2. Using Equalizers
3. Advanced EQ Topics
4. Additional EQ and Filtering Techniques
6. An Interview with the Author
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