Equalization in Mixing and Mastering

Discussion in 'IGT Soundtrack - Your Band, Your Gig, Your Music' started by alpha1, May 20, 2006.

  1. alpha1

    alpha1 I BLUES!

    Well, most of teh tracks on this forum are poorly EQed and mixed.

    EQing and mixing are supposed to enhance the raw track so that all teh equipments get a chance to "speak out" when desired.

    The following will guide you in EQing properly for produceing the desired effect.



    1. Increase to add more fullness to lowest frequency instruments like foot, toms, and the bass.
    2. Reduce to decrease the "boom" of the bass and will increase overtones and the recognition of bass line in the mix. This is most often used on loud bass lines like rock.

    1. Increase to add a harder bass sound to lowest frequency instruments.
    2. Increase to add fullness to guitars, snare.
    3. Increase to add warmth to piano and horns.
    4. Reduce to remove boom on guitars & increase clarity.

    1. Increase to add fullness to vocals.
    2. Increase to add fullness to snare and guitar ( harder sound ).
    3. Reduce to decrease muddiness of vocals or mid-range instruments.
    4. Reduce to decrease gong sound of cymbals.

    1. Increase to add clarity to bass lines especially when speakers are at low volume.
    2. Reduce to decrease "cardboard" sound of lower drums (foot and toms).
    3. Reduce to decrease ambiance on cymbals.

    1. Increase for clarity and "punch" of bass.
    2. Reduce to remove "cheap" sound of guitars.

    1. Increase for "clarity" and "pluck" of bass.
    2. Reduce to remove dullness of guitars.

    1. Increase for more "pluck" of bass.
    2. Increase for more attack of electric / acoustic guitar.
    3. Increase for more attack on low piano parts.
    4. Increase for more clarity / hardness on voice.
    5. Reduce to increase breathy, soft sound on background vocals.
    6. Reduce to disguise out-of-tune vocals / guitars.

    1. Increase for vocal presence.
    2. Increase low frequency drum attack ( foot / toms).
    3. Increase for more "finger sound" on bass.
    4. Increase attack of piano, acoustic guitar and brightness on guitars (especially rock guitars).
    5. Reduce to make background parts more distant.
    6. Reduce to soften "thin" guitar.

    1. Increase to add attack on low frequency drums ( more metallic sound ).
    2. Increase to add attack to percussion instruments.
    3. Increase on dull singer.
    4. Increase for more "finger sound" on acoustic bass.
    5. Reduce to decrease "s" sound on singers.
    6. Increase to add sharpness to synthesizers, rock guitars, acoustic guitar and piano.

    1. Increase to brighten vocals.
    2. Increase for "light brightness" in acoustic guitar and piano.
    3. Increase for hardness on cymbals.
    4. Reduce to decrease "s" sound on singers.

    1. Increase to brighten vocals (breath sound).
    2. Increase to brighten cymbals, string instruments and flutes.
    3. Increase to make sampled synthesizer sound more real.
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  2. sarang_cool

    sarang_cool New Member

    quiete useful stuff...thx for posting...I always find dificulty in adding the effects...

  3. alpha1

    alpha1 I BLUES!

    OK which effects in particular?
  4. sarang_cool

    sarang_cool New Member

    ^^I dun know exactly but my guitar does'nt produce a sweet and clear sound which i always expect...I wanna add effect which would make my guitar sound clear and melodius...plus..when I record my voice it has lotta treble effect which I always want to eliminate..:think: any help??
  5. dennis

    dennis The Bhangra King

    Good stuff, copied and saved.

    @sarang-> Your problem can be a guitar problem or a technique problem.
    If its a guitar problem , well get a new gutiar or better processor.

    If its a technique problem, unplug your electric, play whatever you are playing slowly and see whether you are getting the best sound from each note. Try different picking styles, vibrato etc. to get the sound you want . Do this first unplugged, and then plugged. If you work hard on this ull improve your tone. Remember 2/3rds of your tone comes from your fingers.

    You could also try using delays for your leads and chorus for your rhythms.
  6. Chi

    Chi B.D. Fisher

    very nice.
  7. ronnieanand

    ronnieanand n00bier th@n th0u

    I have a stupid mobile phone with me and I dont have a PC. Can I still use these EQ info and get good recording results.
  8. varmas11

    varmas11 New Member

    excellent post, thank you
  9. alpha1

    alpha1 I BLUES!

    Get rid of mobile.
    Get a good mic like AudioTechnica, CAD, Shure, Neumann, Nady etc ;)
    Get a PC with better Soundcard, + get rid of Laptop :p:
  10. sarang_cool

    sarang_cool New Member


    Thanx for the info dude...will try it out...:beer:

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