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EQ Explained

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EQs and Filters

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    Tutorial 1

    The Frequency Spectrum


    Equalizers are used to alter specific areas within the audio frequency spectrum. To fully master how to work with EQ's, it is important to understand the relationship between frequencies. musical pitches, and harmonics.

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    Tutorial 2

    Filters & EQ Relationship


    Filters are used to cut or boost specific frequencies. On their own, they are generally used to color sound. EQ's are collections of filters, and are generally used for tonal equalization by allowing certain frequencies to pass through unchanged while boosting or attenuating the level of others. See and hear how the phase of a signal is affected when processed with EQ.

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    Tutorial 3

    Low & High Pass Filters


    Discover how these two filters work to shape and sculpt either the low or high end of a sound's frequency range.

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    Tutorial 4

    Band Pass & Reject Filters


    Learn how to create pass bands that allow a narrow range of frequencies to pass through while higher and lower values are attenuated. Also see how to set up the opposite, a stop band to attenuate a narrow range while allowing higher and lower frequencies to pass through.

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    Tutorial 5

    Shelving EQ


    Shelving EQ's provide constant gain change (either boost or cut) beyond a user definable shelf frequency and are useful for gentle overall tonal adjustments rather than the steep progressive cuts of low and high pass filters. See and hear how Low Shelf and Hi Shelf EQ's work on various instruments.

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    Tutorial 6

    Graphic Equalizers


    Designed primarily for live use, graphic EQ's are based around a large number of fixed frequency filters (usually 31 bands) each with fixed bandwidth. A vertical boost/cut slider is the only control over each band.

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    Tutorial 7

    Parametric EQ


    Also sometimes referred to as Peak Notch filters, they are the most flexible of all. Parametric EQs' allow for adjustable center frequency, gain, and bandwidth (referred to as "Q"). They are great for targeting specific areas of the frequency spectrum.

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    Tutorial 8

    Tips & Strategies


    Explore some ideas and strategies to think about as you approach EQ'ing elements in your mix.

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    Tutorial 9

    Spectral & EQ Matching


    Many EQ plug-ins offer a spectral matching capability where the EQ curve of one source is applied to another. Learn some interesting and creative ways of using and abusing these functions.

EQ In Action

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    Tutorial 10

    Recording Guitars


    Watch and listen as the results of various mic placements are demonstrated, compared, and contrasted, on both acoustic guitar and an electric guitar amp.

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    Tutorial 11

    Recording Vocals


    Watch and listen as the results of various mic positioning and distances are demonstrated, compared, and contrasted during the process of recording a female vocalist.

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    Tutorial 12

    Drum EQ


    Watch and listen as a variety of high and low shelf, parametric, and hi-pass filters are used to tighten up and focus the sound on the various elements of a multi-tracked drum kit.

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    Tutorial 13

    Electric Guitar EQ


    Discover how to use parametric EQ's to notch out various frequencies on multiple guitar parts to separate them from each other.

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    Tutorial 14

    Alternate Guitar EQ


    Watch as steep high pass and low pass filters are used to create a bandpass effect, while a parametric band is used to carve out some sonic contour within the limited range passing through the EQ.

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    Tutorial 15

    Acoustic Guitar EQ


    Consider the range and timbre of the acoustic guitar parts being played as we carve away different areas of the frequency spectrum to help them blend better with the rest of the mix.

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    Tutorial 16

    Vocal EQ


    Explore how EQ is used for gentle sweetening on female vocals in both the upper and low ends of the frequency spectrum.

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    Tutorial 17



    Listen and compare each section of the mix back to back with and without EQ applied.

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    Tutorial 18

    Linear Phase Mastering EQ


    See how linear phase EQ is used for subtle broad tweaks on a finished stereo mix.

Equalization or "EQ" as it's commonly referred to, is the most basic, but important effect you'll apply to your tracks and recordings. But do you really know how to effectively use it, or better yet, how to not use it? Well, Eli Krantzberg is back yet again with another truly awesome product, "EQ Explained".

Eli starts at the beginning, with the frequency spectrum and the important relationship between frequencies, musical pitches, and harmonics. Next are filters and how they work and interact with your sound. Eli then demystifies Low & Hi Pass Filters, Band Pass & Reject Filters, Shelving EQ, Graphic Equalizers and Parametric EQ's. Eli wraps up the first category with priceless tips, strategies and creative ways to use Spectral and EQ Matching plug-ins.

Eli continues with a category called "EQ in Action" where he shows you how good EQ begins with proper mic placement when recording acoustic and electric guitars, vocals and drums. He then continues by demonstrating how EQ is used within a mix to separate instruments in similar tonal ranges, and blend others. And finally, how to listen and compare sections of a song with and without EQ and how to use Linear Phase EQ for subtle, broad strokes on a finished stereo mix.

The practice of using EQ is one that you can never know enough about. Even if you have some experience using EQ, it's a great idea to learn other approaches for using it. So dig in and learn to sculpt your sound like a true sonic artist... Get "EQ Explained" today.

1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started playing drums in high school at age fourteen. Like most kids my age around then, I was into progressive rock. Genesis, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Yes. They rocked my world. A few short years later though, my musical life changed. While studying music in college I discovered Charlie Parker, Milt Jackson, Sonny Stitt, and John Coltrane. Milt Jackson spoke to me in such a profound way that it left me no choice but to take up vibraphone.

These great players, along with  drummers like Philly Joe Jones, Max Roach, Art Blakey, and Elvin Jones changed not only the way I thought about drumming, but also music - and by extension, life - as a whole. I realized life was meant to be a creative endeavor. The idea of improvising based on a loose set of guidelines and rules permeated into my psyche even when I wasn't holding a pair of drumsticks or mallets. But if I am going to be perfectly truthful, I have to hold Henry Miller and Woody Allen equally responsible for shaping the way I view and experience the world around me. 

2. What training have you had?

I am currently an Apple certified Logic Pro. Young and cocky, and armed with only a partial University degree, I dropped out of school and  began playing steady commercial hotel engagements and jazz gigs when I could. This went on for many years until I decided it was time to complete my degree - which I ultimately did with a major in Political Science and a minor in music. 

It was at this point that I formed my current band Nightshift. We are going in to our twenty third year now - playing commercial one nighters like weddings, corporate events, etc. Don't turn your nose up at it though - it has allowed me a wonderful quality of life. It gave me the freedom to go back to school and complete a post graduate degree in Communications Studies - all the while supporting myself by playing weddings.

3. When did you get into recording?

It was in this graduate program - in the early nineties - that I found myself drawn to the fledgling emerging universe of hard disc recording and midi sequencing. Based on nothing more than the recommendation of one of my band mates who had an old Atari, I jumped in head first and bought a Mac LC ll, along with a version 1.1 of what was then Notator Logic. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. But, in hindsight, it was a decision of epic importance in my life - shaping my future as much as the music of Milt Jackson and Charlie Parker did fifteen years prior. 

I opened up my own commercial home studio in 1998 and began doing a variety of projects, working on radio jingles, artist CD projects, and whatever came my way. A couple of years later a colleague called me up - desperate. He was working at a post production house and one of the editors had just quit. They were doing audio post for a weekly TV series and needed a Pro Tools editor - and fast! And so, once again, I jumped in head first into what would ultimately open up my world even more - the world of Pro Tools. 

4. People you have worked with/for?

Focusing on Logic, I built up a small but loyal client base and my phone kept ringing for Logic tech support and instruction. Film composers and studio owners all over the city were calling me. Even the music stores were giving out my phone number at this point! This kind of stuff becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. The more of it you do, the more calls you get to keep doing it. At least that's the way it should be!

As my Logic chops kept growing, I was hired by an old buddy of mine, Len Sasso, who was then an associate editor at Electronic Musician magazine, and began writing some columns for them. I had a blast doing them - and really learned to focus and express my thoughts in a concise and clear manner. This lead to a collaboration with LA based composer Terry Michael Huud on the 2006 film called Civic Duty - which was certainly one of the highlights of my professional life as a composer. 

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I wake up every day excited to boot up, and create. Whether it's instructional videos, creating music, working with a studio client, performing with my band, or teaching at the schools - my days are filled with what I love doing. Enriched by the stimulation and creative freedom this modern music making software brings to my life. I bring that excitement and passion to each and every training product I create. My years of experience both using and teaching these programs has taught me the best way to make the user comfortable with these complex programs.

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EQ Explained is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 9.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! Eli is a Great Teacher Eli really explained things well. I now have a significantly better understanding of EQ and mixing. I highly recommend this for people with moderate to no experience with EQ (I have been home recording with Logic Pro X for one year now, I have read 3 books on mixing, but this tutorial brought me to a significantly higher understanding of EQ.) I was really impressed with Eli's teaching style and manner.
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Teacher is well versed in the topic of EQ I have moderate experience with EQ and have learned online in the past and covered this topic several times. This is one of the better courses I have watched, well thought out and the explanations and knowledge is top notch.
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really informative and indepth. Really great course. The trainer has great knowledge which shows throughout the tutorials. I went into the course with minor knowledge on EQ but left feeling confident and excited about my next project.
Date published: 2016-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very helpful! I am very much a beginner when it comes to music production and have so far struggled to get my head around EQ. However these tutorials have made the subject a lot easier to understand and the real time examples are extremely useful.
Date published: 2016-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic descriptions. I enjoy this product. I am new to mixing. The explanations and examples are providing me with a solid background to make informed decisions about how to use EQ.
Date published: 2016-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great I really enjoy it and learn somethings new Thank you
Date published: 2016-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Stuff :3 EQ has always been that one thing I could never fully grasp, so I'm happy to say I'm leaving this tutorial feeling like I'm much better equipped to work through my own mixes. I don't know if something like this exists, but some advice on EQing orchestral instruments would be nice, but I think I can probably use what I learned here generally for everything I have to work with.
Date published: 2016-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from EQ in depth Eli Krantzberg (hope I've spelt that correctly) does great tutorials. He knows what he's doing and he makes great videos. Cuts the boring stuff you don't need to watch and his voice is crystal clear.
Date published: 2016-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Intro To EQ Basics and Beyond This course is organized and very clear, easy to understand. It starts from the very basics of EQ and then progresses to finer details of understanding and as a bonus the instructor demonstrates with a full song mix.
Date published: 2016-02-13
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