Join Brian Lee White for an in-depth discussion in this video Automating EQ, part of Get In the Mix with Pro Tools.
…Most songs contain a variety of different…sections as in verse, course, bridge etcetera.…It's fairly common for an engineer to have to automate the level of a…track in a mix up or down to accommodate the new section's arrangement density.…For example, I might have to turn up my vocal…in the chorus as additional elements are added to the arrangement.…I can use this same technique with…EQ for the same exact reason.…Since EQ is just a frequency specific level…control, and most doses allow me to easily automate…plugins, I can automate bands of EQ to…boost or cut during certain sections of my mix.…
To better accommodate this section's elements.…For example, during most of the song I…might want my guitar to complement the lead vocal…by removing some of the frequencies that compete with the vocal's intelligibility.…However, during the guitar solo, the guitar becomes the…lead instrument and has no vocal to compete with.…So, adding back or even boosting some of the same, previously removed frequencies…during that section, can help it really pop out and come into focus.…
This course covers 26 techniques for improving your mixes with compressors, processors, EQ and filters, reverb, delay, and modulation. The first chapter covers compression and dynamics processing, including how to even out vocal performances and how to add punch to drum tracks. The second chapter goes into EQ and filtering techniques, such as creating complimentary EQ curves and EQ-ing FX returns. Next, the authors explore delay and modulation techniques, including using long delay on key lyrics and creating flanger and phaser effects. The last chapter explores reverb techniques including using gated reverb and supporting a track with regenerative reverb. .
Download the free exercise files and open them in Pro Tools to start training, or simply watch the videos here at lynda.com.
- Using compression to even out vocals and add punch to drums
- Maximizing mix loudness
- De-essing a vocal track
- Using EQ to fix problems and place elements
- Automating EQ
- Using long delay
- Creating slapback echo
- Creating a flange effect