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

What is Dynamic Equalisation, how it works and how to use it.

Dynamic Processors


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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.

Multiband Compressor

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.

Dynamic eq

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:

FabFilter Pro Q2

TDR Nova GE

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
  • Flat-lining
  • Range and Ratio
  • Linking Nodes
  • Inverted Nodes
  • Complimentary Frequencies