In this article, I am going to show you a few EQ hints and tips which you can use to achieve better audio or sound in your music production.
But before I get down to showing you those EQ hints and tips, let us quickly look at the definition of an EQ.
What is EQ?
EQ is a short term for the word equalization in music production, and it is the process where a producer or sound engineer adjusts the volume of different frequency bands that are in an audio signal.
Now let’s move on to see the EQ hints and tips that will help you to achieve better music or sound production.
EQ hints and tips.
Below are at least 9 EQ hints and tips that will help you achieve better audio production:
- If your mix sounds muddy, make sure you boost the main frequency range of each of the principal instruments. Also, try to boost decorative sounds even more and pull the faders right down.
- If you are unable to get your tracks to blend together in the mix, try cutting the main frequency range of the principal instruments.
- To make the vocals stand out in the mix, boost at around 3KHZ.
- For extra clarity, cut the bass elements of instruments that are not meant to be bass instruments.
- Adding an equalizer boost often introduces noise, so listen carefully to arrive at the best compromise.
- Changing the EQ will change the level of the sounds, so always consider re-adjusting the level after you equalize.
- If you add a lot of EQ boost, you may run into clipping and distortion, to eliminate this you have to reduce the channels gain.
- If you use EQ to reduce feedback to live work, take care not to take too much level out over too wide a range of important frequencies, particularly the vocal presence range around 3KHZ.
- If your mixing console has an EQ off button, use it frequently to check that you are really improving the sound.