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EQing for Dummies?

Postby Critic » Fri Oct 08, 2010 8:03 pm

While browsing the forums, I stumbled over this thread. I have been willing to "learn" EQing for quite some time now, since I got the basic hang of all things breaks: so I was fairly happy to discover all the frequency parameters listed in one thread.

Problem is, I don't how to apply them at all. Like, at all. I can fool around with the Amen and other breaks, click about in piano roll, but I have absolutely no idea what to do with all the Hz settings. (I use FL8, by the way.)

So speaking from a standpoint of a total noob: how do I equalize? What should I start with? Are there any tutorials for this purpose? Examples?

Thanks in advance for your help (hope to have made my point clear)
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Postby Critic » Mon Oct 11, 2010 12:03 pm

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Postby LeVzi » Tue Oct 12, 2010 12:42 pm

There is no point in EQ'ing something unless it needs EQ'ing.

As to what you want to acheive, you've been a bit vague, so it's hard to know what you want.

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Postby Draegg » Mon Aug 06, 2012 2:01 am

Well if i remember fl right, you can use the parametric eq. I recomend searching youtube for tutorials on mixing. And dont listen to the above speaker, equing is CRUCIAL in all sorts of music. Sure in some cases, the kick/snare/whatever is already mixed or just lands in the right frequency, but in 99 % of the cases you have to mix and eq.

Hope that helps mate.

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Postby PEPCORE » Mon Aug 06, 2012 9:29 am

Draegg wrote:Well if i remember fl right, you can use the parametric eq. I recomend searching youtube for tutorials on mixing. And dont listen to the above speaker, equing is CRUCIAL in all sorts of music. Sure in some cases, the kick/snare/whatever is already mixed or just lands in the right frequency, but in 99 % of the cases you have to mix and eq.

Hope that helps mate.


Yes, and then use parametric eq2, it also has nice visual aspect.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLcfSWSDiag

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Re: EQing for Dummies?

Postby verdroid » Tue Jul 29, 2014 10:04 pm

Just turn those knobs and don't think so much

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Re: EQing for Dummies?

Postby kowalczyk » Wed Jul 30, 2014 11:18 am

Don't know where I found this originally, but it has helped me a lot. :)
(THESE ARE GUIDELINES FOR PRODUCTION, NOT RULES)

    EQ Settings

    General:
  • 20 Hz and below - impossible to detect, might pull down the overall volume of the track
  • 60 Hz and below - sub bass (feel only)
  • 80-100 Hz - feel AND hear bass
  • 100-120 Hz - the "club sound system punch" resides here
  • 200 Hz and below - bottom
  • 250 Hz - notch filter here can add thump to a kick drum
  • 150-400 Hz - boxiness
  • 200 Hz-1.5 KHz - punch, fatness, impact
  • 800 Hz-4 KHz - edge, clarity, harshness, defines timbre
  • 4500 Hz - exteremly tiring to the ears, add a slight notch here
  • 5-7 KHz - de-essing is done here
  • 4-9 KHz - brightness, presence, definition, sibilance, high frequency distortion
  • 6-15 KHz - air and presence
  • 9-15 KHz - adding will give sparkle, shimmer, bring out details - cutting will smooth out harshness and darken the mix

    Kicks:
  • 60Hz with a Q of 1.4 -- Add fullness to kicks.
  • 5Khz with a Q of 2.8 -- Adds attack to Kicks
  • Slap (4 kHz)
  • Cut below 60Hz to remove rumble
  • Boost between 80-125 Hz for bass
  • Boost between 3-5 kHz to get the slap
  • Compression 4:1/6:1 slow attack med release.


    Snares:
  • 200Hz-250Hz with a Q of 1.4 -- Adds woody sound to snares.
  • 3Khz with a Q of 1.4 -- Adds attack to snare.
  • 7Khz with a Q of 2.8 -- Adds sharpness to snares and percussion.
  • Fatness at 120-240Hz
  • Boing at 400Hz
  • Crispness at 5kHz
  • Snap at 10kHz
  • Cut at 100Hz to remove rumble
  • Compression 4:1 slow attack med release.

    Vocals:
  • Cut off below 60Hz, it's unlikely to contain anything useful, and takes away volume.
    Treat Harsh Vocals:
  • To soften vocals apply cut in a narrow bandwidth somewhere in the 2.5KHz to 4KHz range.
    Get An Open Sound:
  • Apply a gentle boost above 6KHz using a shelving filter.
    Get Brightness, Not Harshness:
  • Apply a gentle boost using a wide-band Bandpass Filter above 6KHz. Use the Sweep control to sweep the frequencies to get it right.
    Get Smoothness:
  • Apply some cut in a narrow band in the 1KHz to 2KHz range.
    Bring Out The Bass:
  • Apply some boost in a reasonably narrow band somewhere in the 200Hz to 600Hz range.
    Radio Vocal Effect:
  • Apply some cut at the High Frequencies, lots of boost about 1.5KHz and lots of cut below 700Hz.
    Telephone Effect:
  • Apply lots of compression pre EQ, and a little analogue distortion by turning up the input gain. Apply some cut at the High Frequencies, lots of boost about 1.5KHz and lots of cut below 700Hz.
  • Fullness at 120 Hz
  • Boominess at 200-240 Hz
  • Presence at 5 kHz.
  • Sibilants at 7.5 - 10 kHz

    Hats:
  • 10Khz with a Q of 1.0 -- Adds brightness to hats and cymbals
  • Sizzle (7.5 - 10 kHz)
  • Clank (200 Hz)
  • Boost above 5kHz for sharp sparkle
  • Cut at 1kHz to remove jangling
  • Compression use high ratio for high energy feel
  • Roll off everything below 600Hz using a High Pass Filter for clearness and 'ring'.
    Treat Clangy Hats:
  • Apply some cut between 1KHz and 4KHz.

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