Dynamic EQ - what is it and how do you use it
What is Dynamic Equalisation, how it works and how to use it.
As technology moves forward so do the variety of processes on offer and one of the most powerful processors of all is a dynamic equaliser.
You can use dynamic equalisers on all source material, be it a stereo mix or just a solitary sound, and it will never fail to impress you. In this tutorial I am using the wonderful TDR Nova GE dynamic equaliser on a simple mix of a few choice sounds.
Up until recently we used to use compression to compress and equalisation to equalise. Today we use a combination of the two in a single processor and that processor is called a Dynamic Equaliser albeit with a difference. Most will state that a multiband compressor is much like a dynamic equaliser but there is a difference in that the crossovers in a traditional multiband compressor have fixed slopes whereas the dynamic equaliser has variable slopes. That has since changed with some multiband compressors offering variable slopes.
A multiband compressor is a compressor that splits its entire frequency range into smaller bands that can then be compressed individually. Multiband compressors are particularly useful when the audio being treated has a wide variety of frequencies.
A dynamic equaliser applies the gain change directly to the gain parameters of a multiband parametric equaliser. As with most dynamics processors, the the threshold determines at which point gain changes take place. You have control over the bandwidth denoted by the Q value and, much like a compressor, the response is controlled with the attack and release functions.
Now that we understand what a dynamic equaliser is we can start by using a combination of compression and expansion to shape the mix we are working on.
In the video I show you how to use a dynamic equaliser for a number of different equalisation tasks. I explain how it works and how best to use it on any source material. I use a short simple mix containing a kick drum, a bass sound and a keyboard sound and explore various ways we can add dynamic motion to a mix using the modes available to us.
Plugins used in this video:
Topics covered in this video are:
- What is it and how does it work
- Threshold and Ratio
- Filter Types
- Slopes and Responses
- Cut versus Boost
- Phase – Minimum and Linear
- Range and Ratio
- Linking Nodes
- Inverted Nodes
- Complimentary Frequencies