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EQ Explained

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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.
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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.

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EQ In Action

Eli Krantzberg


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.

EQ Explained is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 7.
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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