Are you wondering how to master the art of equalization? Well I’m going to tell you how to master the Equalization tool that is used with all the music we hear everywhere. Equalization is not rocket science it’s actually very easy to understand and learn to master by yourself at your home even. I’ve read these other articles on the internet talking about how hard equalization is when it’s really pretty simple and can be learned in a small amount of time. Remember it also helps to have a good ear for music and audio. So lets get started.
The first thing you need to know about equalization is that anything below 50 Hz is bass. Your going to wan’t to do a low pass cut at about 50 Hz for all your instruments so that they don’t sound to muddy and mess up the song. Some of the instruments you may wan’t to cut even more of these frequencies because the sound has to much bass. Your going to have to use your ear and decide how much bass you wan’t in all your instruments. A general rule is that you don’t wan’t to cut your kick or bass line as much as you wan’t to cut your other instruments. If some of your instruments are interfering with the kick and bass line then cut their lower frequencies to get rid of the muddiness in your mix. This is so that your instruments don’t clash together in your mix.
Next, you wan’t to raise your EQ all the way up and do a sweep through of the whole equalizer and at the same time you wan’t to listen to the sounds that you hear and you want to listen to what sounds you may wan’t to cut or boost their frequencies in your mix. For example the sound may be muddy in the low-mid’s section of the equalizer and you would wan’t to cut some of those frequencies out. Another example of this is you may wan’t to boost some of the top end on the equalizer to hear more highs in your song. This part is up to you and you should boost whatever sounds good to your ear. Also, make sure that you don’t boost the frequencies to high I think less is always better when boosting tracks in your DAW (digital audio workstation). I would only boost your frequencies a few db at most.
This is pretty much all I do with my equalization to get my sounds and songs sounding better in my mixes. I cut the low end and maybe boost or cut some other higher frequencies depending on the song, but remember every song is different. If you can master these basic steps you will be a master of equalization in no time at all. My advice to you would be to just start messing around with you equalization plugins until you hear something that sounds good to you.
I get asked all the time what EQ plugin is the best or what EQ plugins do I use and my answer to these questions is that I use any EQ that I have in my DAW (digital audio workstation). I just use the stock EQ that comes with Pro Tools or any other DAW out there. However, I do use a more expensive plugin EQ for mastering my music called the Waves REQ. You don’t need a bunch of fancy EQ’s or equipment to make your music sound good.