Equalisation

The best explanation I can think of to describe equalisation is that it is a glorified ‘tone control’. An equaliser simply boosts or cuts a specified frequency within audio. In fact, consider what a volume knob does on your sound system. It raises or reduces the gain/volume of a single band. That band encompasses the whole audio. The problem is not understanding what an equaliser is but how and when to use it.

This category explores the various types of equalisers available and how to use them on specific sources.

Equalisation at the channel stage for corrective processing is very different to equalisation at the mixbus for colour and I make sure to explore that in detail.

Most equaliser types are covered:
From multi-band to dynamic, linear phase to minimum phase, Active, Passive, Graphic, Parametric, Fixed and Peaking Eqs – each and every process is explained with before and after audio examples.

Manipulate and control your frequencies – from destructive to creative eq – it’s all here!

Tutorials


Band Pass Equalisation - cleaning audio channels



Intermediate

How to prepare your audio for mixing by using band pass equalisation for cleaning and making sure to shape the filter slopes to match the audio's response.
Duration: 13 mins



DIY Mastering using Pink Noise



Intermediate

The entire Mixing to Pink Noise process covered and including how to use mastered profiles on your mixes.
Duration: 25 mins



Processing Low End Kicks



Intermediate

Very cool techniques on how to process Low End kicks for a bigger sound!
Duration: 7 mins



Using a Step Sequencer to control Filter Cut-Off and Resonance



Intermediate

Using a Step Sequencer as a Modulator to process both the Filter Cut-Off and the Resonance of a Filter processor to add spice and motion to a drum beat!
Duration: 7 mins



Using Modulation with a Single Band Filter - Soundtoys FilterFreak



Intermediate

Create Crazy Effects using a Modulator to process a Single Filter Band on a drum beat!
Duration: 6 mins



Using Modulation with a 2 Band Filter - FabFilter Simplon



Intermediate

Creating Cross Modulation by using 2 band Filters in Series and in Parallel to process a drum beat. FabFilter Simplon shines in this tutorial.
Duration: 7 mins



Filters and Filtering - what are filters and how do they work



Beginner

What is a Filter, how does it work,what do the functions do and how to use it.
Duration: 4 mins



Working the Air Band with Equalisation



Intermediate

Equalisation techniques to control and process the Air Band.
Duration: 9 mins



Active, Passive, Graphic, Parametric, Fixed and Peaking Eqs



Intermediate

What are the various types of equaliser designs/topologies what are the differences between them, and how and when to use them.
Duration: 13 mins



What is an equaliser and how does it work



Beginner

What is equalisation, how it works and how to use it.
Duration: 19 mins



Dynamic EQ - what is it and how do you use it



Intermediate

What is Dynamic Equalisation, how it works and how to use it.
Duration: 8 mins



Using Dynamic Equalisation on Female Vocals



Advanced

How to use a dynamic equaliser to process female vocals. Add motion and vibrancy to female vocal recordings.
Duration: 11 mins



Eq Filters and Slopes/Responses



Intermediate

Which filters to select when using equalisation, how to match filter slopes and responses and how best to utilise them.
Duration: 13 mins



Linear Phase Eq versus Minimum Phase Eq



Intermediate

A detailed tutorial on the differences between Linear and Minimum Phase topologies-how and when to use them.
Duration: 11 mins



Mastering Demos with EQ



Advanced

How to best prep your demo masters with equalisation.
Duration: 5 mins



Mastering EQ - Air Band Processing



Advanced

How to process the Air Band using equalisation - add sparkle and space to your mixes.
Duration: 8 mins



Ducking any Frequency using Middle and Side



Intermediate

Advanced technique incorporating M/S (Middle and Side) processing to duck specific frequencies in a mix.
Duration: 7 mins



DIY Mastering using Commercial Mix Profiles



Intermediate

Advanced techniques showing you how you can master your music using commercial mixes as profiles for use with equalisers that offer a Match eq feature. Take a commercial mix, rip the eq profile and use it to master your own music. Very cool!
Duration: 17 mins



Roland TR 808 Kick Drum Bounce Processing



Intermediate

Get your 808s bouncing like a rubber ball!
Duration: 10 mins



Processing Rap Vocals - Prep and Optimisation



Intermediate

Techniques to show you how to prepare male rap vocals for effects and mix bus processing.
Duration: 19 mins



Layering Kick Sounds using Tone Modules



Intermediate

Build the most potent kicks known to mortals using advanced drum layering techniques!
Duration: 21 mins



MixBus-Transparent Pre Mastering



Intermediate

Samplecraze series of MixBus processing Tutorials: How to create a transparent master!
Duration: 14 mins



MixBus - House Music Pre Mastering



Intermediate

Samplecraze series of MixBus processing tutorials: Create a dynamic House master!
Duration: 19 mins



MixBus - Urban Music Pre Mastering



Intermediate

Samplecraze series of MixBus processing tutorials: Create a dynamic Urban master!
Duration: 13 mins



Using Side-Chaining to Duck Reverbs on Vocals



Intermediate

Old school technique of ducking an effect within a mix using vocal lines as triggers. Perfect for cleaning vocal lines and managing spoken word in broadcasting and busy mixes.
Duration: 7 mins



Side-chaining Vocals against the Mix



Intermediate

How to create space for vocals in a busy mix by using side-chaining!
Duration: 12 mins



The 4 stages of Vocal Eq processing



Intermediate

Learn how to eq vocals professionally and quickly using these 4 simple steps!
Duration: 17 mins



MixBus Mastering Equalisation



Intermediate

Learn how to use eq to master your mixes at the mixbus!
Duration: 16 mins



Using the Pultec Eq on a Drum Beat



Intermediate

Learn how to use Vintage Response equalisers on drum beats!
Duration: 8 mins



Get your 808 Bass Drums to hit hard using Dynamic Equalisation



Intermediate

Give your 808s bounce and colour using this surefire technique!
Duration: 13 mins



Using EQ to add presence and dynamics to a Guitar Line



Intermediate

Hit a brick wall trying to add spice to guitar recordings? Watch this step by step video tutorial on how to liven a guitar take.
Duration: 11 mins



Using EQ to add presence and dynamics to a Piano sound



Intermediate

Finding it hard to nail that piano sound? Let me show you how by using equalisation to enrich and liven a staid piano sound.
Duration: 10 mins



Using EQ to add presence and dynamics to an Electric Bass



Intermediate

Liven up electric guitars with these eq processes!
Duration: 13 mins



Using EQ to Clean and Enrich Rap Vocals



Intermediate

Clean and beef up male rap vocals using just an equaliser!
Duration: 10 mins



Using Dynamic EQ to balance Kick and Bass



Intermediate

Don't always reach for the compressor's side-chain to marry the kick to the bass. A dynamic eq can sometimes be better!
Duration: 8 mins



Using EQ to add Punch and Clarity on a TR 909 Kick Drum



Intermediate

Struggling to get your 909s to cut through the mix and invade the dance floor? Watch this.
Duration: 10 mins



Layering Backing Vocals to create Harmonies



Intermediate

Let me show you how you can maximise your backing vocals for impact and interest by using band-pass equalisation and layering to create interesting and epic vocal harmonies!
Duration: 13 mins



Extending the Dynamic Range of Rap Vocals



Intermediate

A very cool technique demonstrating how to extend the dynamic range of rap vocals.
Duration: 17 mins



Processing Lead Rock Vocals



Intermediate

A detailed tutorial on how to process lead Rock vocals to sit in a mix.
Duration: 13 mins



Processing Backing Vocals



Beginner

Backing vocals are as important as lead vocals and understanding how to process them to best optimise them can be daunting.
Duration: 13 mins



Using Modulators to add Dynamic Motion to Vocals



Intermediate

Add interest to your vocal lines by modulating the volume.
Duration: 12 mins



Using Dynamic EQ on the Drum Group



Intermediate

Glue the drum group with dynamic equalisation!
Duration: 9 mins



Band-pass Equalisation - Slopes and Gradients



Intermediate

To master equalisation you need to understand how the filter slope/gradient affects the equaliser's response.
Duration: 9 mins



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