Join Brian Lee White for an in-depth discussion in this video Using EQ to fix problems and place elements in the mix, part of Get In the Mix with Pro Tools.
…EQ can be used to repair a signal's frequency…response, and create a more idealized representation of the recording.…Likewise, EQ can be used to fit the resulting fixed…signal into the rest of the mix, complimenting the other elements.…Because of this, I often like to break my EQ approach into two parts.…I start by considering the signal by itself, and listen for anything…that sounds out of place, like too much frequency buildup, or…resonance from improper mic placement, or…background noises recorded with the signal.…
At this stage, I may use EQ to attempt to correct these issues…before I try to place my signal into the rest of the mix.…I call this stage corrective EQ.…This is the one place where I think it's okay to listen critically…in isolation, with the track soloed. During this stage, I…am usually cutting or removing frequencies from the signal, rather than boosting.…After getting rid of the things I know I don't want in…the signal, I proceed to the most important stage of the EQing process.…
EQing in context.…
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