Join Dave Darlington for an in-depth discussion in this video Notch filtering with the Q-Series EQs, part of Waves Plug-ins: Mixing Techniques.
The Q Series is a simple and intuitive EQ which allows up to ten bands of independent processing, much more than would be available, typically, in the analog world. The processor will only use the bands that are active, maximizing your CPU usage. The Q parameters function much the same as the REQ series. You can click and drag an EQ point, you can click and drag the numbers, and you can double-click on the number box, and type in a value.
Use the marquee to highlight a number of points and move them as one group. If you hold the Ctrl key, you'll constrain the movement to either vertical or horizontal. Whichever way you move, the first time you move will the one that's constrained. The stereo sides can be unlinked. And this output volume can be controlled independently left and right. And you can also flip the phase of one side or the other, if necessary. The great thing about the Q series is the surgical accuracy when you put the Q or the width of the belt very narrow. You create a very sharp and accurate point to identify problems and either enhance or get rid of them.
And to show you how that works, I've got a snare drum sound here. Lets hear what it sounds like without any EQ. This is a live drum set. So, it's a piccolo snare, it's got that metallic kind of ring to it. It might be good in the music and it might not, but let's identify where that is. So, I have got a band here with a very sharp Q. And I'm going to boost it all the way up. And sweep around. Hear that sound, woo? Right there. It's actually wee between 345 and 355. So now, if we notch that out, we get a much more natural sounding snare drum.
Here's without, and with. gone. It's not so obvious in a track, but if you have a lot of drums that have those kind of resonant frequencies or other instruments, if you can notch those out, your mix will be much clearer. I'll play the track and I'll cut the EQ on and off so you can hear the difference.
- Tone shaping with the Renaissance EQ
- Notch filtering with the Q-Series EQs
- Controlling levels with the Renaissance Compressor
- Side chaining
- Utilizing algorithmic reverb in R-Verb and TrueVerb
- Modulating delay with MondoMod
- Adding crunch with amp simulation
- Sweetening the mix