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Chapter 1 : EQs and Filters

  • The Frequency Spectrum 7:10

    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.

  • Filters & EQ Relationship 9:00

    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.

  • Low & High Pass Filters 11:24

    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.

  • Band Pass & Reject Filters 9:47

    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.

  • Shelving EQ 8:23

    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.

  • Graphic Equalizers 7:11

    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.

  • Parametric EQ 10:47

    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.

  • Tips & Strategies 8:42

    Tips & Strategies

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

  • Spectral & EQ Matching 11:04

    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.

Chapter 2 : EQ In Action

  • Recording Guitars 15:34

    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.

  • Recording Vocals 9:13

    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.

  • Drum EQ 21:05

    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.

  • Electric Guitar EQ 9:15

    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.

  • Alternate Guitar EQ 5:46

    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.

  • Acoustic Guitar EQ 12:07

    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.

  • Vocal EQ 11:20

    Vocal EQ

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

  • A-B 3:17


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

  • Linear Phase Mastering EQ 17:30

    Linear Phase Mastering EQ

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

Product Overview

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.

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EQ Explained® is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 55 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent!! Thank you so much for sharing your expertise. :)
Date published: 2021-08-07
Rated 2.0 out of 5 by from hate it hate it honestly who told dude use one single note sound to explain eq
Date published: 2021-06-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very well explained I now have a clearer view as to how to use EQ for mixing and mastering. Learned some concepts of EQ that I never knew before so I can now appreciate its value my recording process. Good work.
Date published: 2021-05-24
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very useful Real useful and applicable information and techniques. Well done.
Date published: 2021-02-28
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great info! Lots of good info and practical application.
Date published: 2021-01-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Clear & Concise Course on EQ Just a great and in-depth series from Eli. The tutorial helped me improve my mixing and sound design in a broader and more defined way. Awesome!
Date published: 2020-12-14
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Brilliant. Very helpful instructional series of videos demystifying all about EQ.
Date published: 2020-11-17
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from eq revealed very informative video series
Date published: 2020-09-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent foundation I had just completed the Groove 3 bundled course on Cubase covering Audio editing, Midi editing , and Mixing. Enabled me to create my first song - and really pleased with the result. The course was great but left me with a wish to understand some of the basics eg EQ, Compression, Reverb etc so when I saw the basics bundle I went for it. Have only seen the EQ videos so far and they are just what I was looking for. Clear explanation of the theory and practice. Excellent.
Date published: 2020-09-01
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Very Helpful It helps
Date published: 2020-08-07
Rated 2.0 out of 5 by from Good Basics I am have quite a good experience in music, ear training and musical texture composition and I found most of the videos helpful for getting interesting creative ideas. Nevertheless, I had huge concerns over the EQ desitions on the second Chapter. I felt there was a lack of depth in explaining how the instruments Frequency spectrum is composed and how our EQ affect each part of its sound. Not quite for me, really.
Date published: 2020-08-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from An Eye Opener Since I am not that expierienced this course so far ist a tremendous help for me, because it brings all these little pieces I used to read or see in for example Youtube come together and form the bigger picture. This is so much better than spending hours before YT watching all these little snippets. And so far I have only seen two episodes.
Date published: 2020-07-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Thank you Well explained and useful to me as a beginner
Date published: 2020-06-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Helpful! This is perfect if you want a professional and in depth understanding of EQ. I produce in Ableton & Pro Tools and have a good understanding but this series increased my knowledge ten fold. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2020-03-26
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great EQ Tutorial Eli nailed it again! This is the second of his courses that I follow and it was great. He explained everything in an easy and detailed way. I like in the the way the course is structured and I appreciate that he does not stop only in explaining the basic of eq but it goes in details touching as well recording and the tonal balance. I recommend this course from beginners to semi Pro.
Date published: 2020-03-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Helpful with real-world examples learned a lot
Date published: 2020-02-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very, very, good I have been buying tutorials for years. And these are by far the best I have come across. Thank you.
Date published: 2020-01-18
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from very helpful my opinion is that the groove3 has the best tutorials in the world
Date published: 2019-12-30
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Good Content It would be helpful if the individual videos were number or accessed by menu. If that is there I have not found it and would enjoy using a menu or even numbered videos.
Date published: 2019-09-26
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from So far so good I have been watching the videos for about 2 days have not had a chance to watch it straight through but I am learning a lot
Date published: 2019-05-31
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from very good I like it
Date published: 2019-05-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful Great tutorial! I had no idea what EQ is about before I watched it. Every tutorial explains everything precisely and step by step. A lot of examples and good pace at which things are introduced.
Date published: 2019-03-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent course. Loads of useful information Great video series with lots of well presented information
Date published: 2019-03-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Thorough & Insightful This series has given me the greatest understanding for approaching EQ. I will be returning to this series often because I am sure I have missed several gems along the way. It is rich, thorough and well presented.
Date published: 2019-02-03
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent! It was very instructive to watch this song get sculpted in real time, with just enough explanation and just enough A/B comparisons. I have watched many EQ tutorials. I found this one particularly informative. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2019-01-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from So far, I'm all in! Very helpful Very helpful manner of comparing clips! Your gently stated preferences are also good. Navigation is great so far.
Date published: 2018-12-25
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from EQ Explained It is a technically well-executed educational video and deals with the matter in a comprehensible and sufficient manner so that the viewer can internalize the theory and the principle of operation so that it is applied in his / her own work it is possible and profitable.
Date published: 2018-09-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great information These videos gave me a better understanding on how to properly use all the different types of eq’s
Date published: 2018-09-16
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Jam Packed With Lots of Stuff! Very detailed and covers a lot of possibilities. I am only wondering now where I can get that song!
Date published: 2018-06-07
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from As always with Eli - great !!! I knew most of this but still nice to watch as a summary :)
Date published: 2018-05-09
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very in depth Super helpful
Date published: 2018-03-21
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from This is great ! Very detailed and well done explanations
Date published: 2018-03-07
Date published: 2018-03-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent value Real depth to this so far, clearly explained and shown on-screen. I'm learning a lot. And a lot of hours tuition for the money.
Date published: 2018-03-02
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Complete overview! Very detailed content. Someone who doesn´t know anything about Eq will definitely be able to do some nice work in Mixing!
Date published: 2018-02-21
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from An ideal starting point or for when you want to wrap up what you picked up elsewhere Like so many others, I've been at this for a while and the majority of my "training" so far has been random youtube tutoriails of various quality and from a multitude of teachers. This series was very valueable in that it lets one teacher take you through it in a proper order and leaving you feeling confident that you have indeed covered what seems to be the basics. A real confidence booster and nicely demonstrated in the context of one and the same mix.
Date published: 2018-02-01
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from Some good information I felt that the power point graphics and just reading the script/commenting along the way could have been done in a more engaging way. I would have liked to see more real world surgical eq procedures in action. I definitely gleaned some good info, but I was expecting more. Good video for beginners just starting out.
Date published: 2018-01-31
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from VERY GOOD!!! IT`s so good to Beginner like me~
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Highly approved The topic is explained very well.
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from EVERY THING BY THIS GUY IS THE BEST AAA
Date published: 2017-07-30
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Superb I have struggled with EQ for a long time and no matter how many youtube videos I watch I could never seem to get a grip on it. This Is the most in depth video on EQ that I have ever seen and now I feel like I can finally use it correctly and get the results I always heard other people get. Thank You! The instructor has a great way of explaining and demonstrating this subject. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very interesting and useful It has helped me to equalize better by defining, clearly, the different equalization bands or frequencies, and I have been applying what I learned, in my songs.
Date published: 2017-06-18
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Nice! Very good quality and concise introduction to EQ, it really helped to grasp the basics and answer a lot of questions I had in my mind.
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent!!! Very helpful in making me understand various eq functions as well as various recording techniques.
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from EQ Great job explaining EQ's with ease
Date published: 2017-04-16
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Info Great information and well explained. Very helpful. Thanks!
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 5.0 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 5.0 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 5.0 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 5.0 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 5.0 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 5.0 out of 5 by from Great I really enjoy it and learn somethings new Thank you
Date published: 2016-07-29
Rated 5.0 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 5.0 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 5.0 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: 2016-02-14
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