When we decided to produce a new series of tutorials on audio recording and production we searched the globe for the very best trainers and audio professionals ... and we found them at Modern World Studios and Singing Canary Productions!
Equalization is to sound as hue, saturation and contrast is to picture. In other words, you can either enhance the final product or distort it beyond recognition! That’s where the educators at Singing Canary step in to teach you everything they know about EQ and how to apply it in real world recording situations!
This course starts off with a detailed explanation of the equalization process and a deep look at the audio frequency bands. It goes on to explain how these bands relate to musical instruments in the different frequency ranges. This is KEY information that every engineer must know!
Next up is a exacting look at the difference between EQs and filters in all their different configurations. You’ll learn about Parametric, Graphic and Dynamic EQs and hear the difference between Hi Pass, Low Pass, and Bandpass filters. This is followed by a set of tracking, mixing and mastering Guidelines you can rely on and incorporate into your productions.
Finally, it’s time for deep listening! In this final section you can sit back, watch and listen as the engineers at Modern World Recording apply EQ to Drums, Bass, Guitars, Pianos, Vocals and on the Master Bus. That’s what we like best about this course: the amount of deep listening time the trainers have set aside throughout the tutorials so that you can actually hear the EQ concepts you've learned throughout this course applied in realtime on real instruments!
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A good compendeum on basic EQ parameters and usage. There is a lot of smart imformation and common sense material here for those hoping to learn how tomuse their EQ hardware and sofware better.
Brock wrote on October 12, 2016
EQ is one of the last course of the Art of Audio Recording that I have completed. I would say, out of all the fundamental tutorials offered, EQ is one of the most beneficial in my opinion. Having taken campus courses involving EQ'ing, I would say that there is enough material and practices that there could be another EQ course if the concept were to be expanded upon.
Sep 30, 2015 wrote on September 30, 2015
Could be more pedagogical with the use of a spectrograph and a graphic/parametric equalizer instead of knob controlled EQs in the demos. The "video" in the demos are therefore not very helpful. Of course, we need to listen carefully when EQ-ing. But multi-sensory learning doesn't hurt.
Trovador wrote on July 14, 2015
I must say this was a great tutorial. It featured different EQ types and how they are used. It was great to see the range of software that was used and gives you a great understanding on how and why to use EQ in the first place
BRHamester wrote on June 23, 2014
I guess this course is a quite advanced one, you have to watch it with fresh ears and on proper monitors. Watching it on headphones at first was a waste of time, since you can't notice the difference in the examples.
Rachelle wrote on January 14, 2014
The course by no means will get you up and running on your own projects, however it is a great overview of what EQing is. There are many instances in which I realized that I do not yet have the ear to differentiate between the subtle changes in sound. If nothing else this course will show the student their strengths and weaknesses, so that they can go forth and get training to help them in these endeavors.
R. Stull wrote on October 30, 2013
Best point made..."There are no hard and fast rules, but a steady, informed approach will help you get the best out of this important area." 5 of 5 if not for 5 minutes of nothing at the end.
Costa.S wrote on October 24, 2013
Very useful course on EQ:ing but also difficult one as it requires 100% attention in order to capture all the information.
Jimboy Edwards wrote on August 18, 2013
Excellent video instruction. Visually demystifies EQ and lets you see and here the differences in the mix. Looking forward to more like this on recording technique.
Carrion Fowl wrote on July 28, 2013
A good overview of the science and art of EQing, with working examples accompanying each chapter. Demos are more oriented towards "traditional" mixes, but principles can also be used in EDM.