Musician's Guide to Home Recording Book

How To Apply Equalization

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Author: Craig Anderton

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Table of Contents

About This Book
The Purpose Of Equalization
Tips And References
Equalization Basics
Equalizer Bands
The User Interface
Common EQ Band Responses
Other Equalizer Controls
Intelligent Nodes
Other Parameter Control Methods
Linear-Phase Vs. Non-Linear Operation
Dual Mono Vs. Stereo
Mid-Side Equalization
Parallel Processing And Reality Checks
Passive Vs. Active EQ Technology
Native Vs. Hardware-Assisted Technology
Plug-in Formats
32-Bit Vs. 64-Bit Plug-Ins
Copy Protection
Don't Overlook The Documentation
Key Takeaways
Equalizer Examples
Ableton Live EQ Three
Ableton Live EQ Eight
Apple Garageband
Apple Logic Pro X
Avid Pro Tools EQ And Channel Strip
Cakewalk By Bandlab Prochannel Channel Strip With Quadcurve EQ
Izotope Neutron
Nomad Factory Blue Tubes Peq322
Propellerheads Reason
Softube Focusing Equalizer
Sony Paragraphic EQ
Steinberg Cubase Mixer EQ
Studio One Pro EQ
Universal Audio / Manley Massive Passive
Universal Audio Ssl E-Series Channel Strip
Waves Puigtech Meq-5 Midrange Equalizer
Waves Artist Signature Series
Key Takeaways
General Tips
Why EQ Matters
Solving Problems With EQ
Emphasizing Instruments
New Sonic Personalities
When To Apply EQ
Where To Apply EQ
The High-Performance Graphic Equalizer
The Virtual Pop Filter
Mid-Side EQ: Rocking Your Mixes And Masters
Virtual Mics For Acoustic Guitars
Understanding EQ Curves—why Noise Is Your Friend
Key Takeaways
EQ Curves and Musical Styles
Rock And Modern Country
Adult Contemporary
So What Does It All Mean?
Key Takeaways
Typical Equalizer Instrument Presets
Drum Presets
Guitar Presets
Percussion Presets
Piano And Keyboard Presets
Presets For Voice
Bass Presets
Key Takeaways
Typical Mastering Presets
Save Your Own Presets When Mastering
Understanding The "rule Of Half" For EQ
Default Preset
Air Lift
Bass Tilt
High Tilt
Big And Bright
Bright And Loud
Crispy Meets The Bass
Deeper Kick
High Boost
Low Boost
Kick And Sizzle
Less Boxy
Less Vocals
Make Room For Female Voice Narration
Make Room For Male Voice Narration
Push Mids
Mono Bass
More Articulated
More Vocals
Reduce Honk And Mud
Reduce Honk
Reduce Mud
Reduce Subsonics And DC Offset
Scoop With High And Low Boost
Too Bassy Track
Vinyl Mastering
Warm And Clear
Widen High-Frequency Image
Widen Midrange Image
It's All About The Bass
Key Takeaways
Understanding Frequency Response
Frequency Response Basics
Why Flat Response Is Good
About the Author

The book series Musician's Guide to Home Recording takes a clear, practical approach to today’s world of computer-based recording. Each book in the series focuses with laser-like precision on a particular topic.

Titles include How to Choose and Use Audio Interfaces, How to Apply Equalization, How to Record and Mix Great Vocals, and more. Readers can choose individual books to increase their knowledge in specific areas, or treat the series as a complete course and cover selected topics at their own pace. Musician’s Guide to Home Recording is the definitive series to help musicians everywhere use digital recording, mixing, and editing to their fullest potential.

Equalization is one of the most important signal processors, perhaps the most important signal processor, for mixing and mastering. This book goes beyond explaining equalization, giving you essential tips on how to use equalization to make better music. Written in a clear, practical, accessible style, the book includes the following topics:

• Equalizer parameters

• When to use different equalizer responses

• Linear vs. non-linear phase EQ

• Plug-in formats

• Mid-side equalization

• Typical equalizer controls

• Real-world examples of EQ in products from Ableton, Apple, Avid, iZotope, Steinberg, Propellerheads, Cakewalk, Softube, Studio One, Waves, Universal Audio, and more

The book also includes general tips on solving problems with EQ, emphasizing instruments, when to apply EQ, applying mid-side EQ, understanding EQ curves, and more. It also covers EQ curves associated with musical styles and presents a variety of EQ presets for drums, guitar, piano, voice, and bass, as well as a selection of mastering presets.

Loaded with illustrations and featuring sidebars with details on selected topics for those who want to know “why” as well as “how,” How to Apply Equalization is essential reading to get the most out of this crucial processor for mixing and mastering.

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CRAIG ANDERTON is an internationally recognized authority on technology and music. He has toured, played Carnegie Hall, mastered hundreds of tracks, and been involved with dozens of major-label releases as a player, producer, or engineer. He’s also written over thirty books (including the seminal Home Recording for Musicians) and thousands of articles, and is the co-founder of Electronic Musician magazine. Known for his ability to demystify complex subjects, Anderton has given seminars on technology and the arts in thirty-eight states, ten countries, and three languages. He lives in Nashville.

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