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How to Apply Equalization


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Introduction. About This Book The Purpose of Equalization Tips and References Chapter 1. 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 Chapter 2. 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 Chapter 3. General Tips Why EQ Matters Solving Problems with EQ Taming and Reducing Resonances Finding Target Frequencies Emphasizing Instruments New Sonic Personalities When to Apply 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 Chapter 4. EQ Curves and Musical Styles Dance/EDM Classical Rock and Modern Country Rap/Hip-Hop Adult Contemporary So What Does It All Mean? Key Takeaways Chapter 5. Typical Equalizer Instrument Presets Drum Presets Guitar Presets Percussion Presets Piano and Keyboard Presets Presets for Voice Bass Presets Key Takeaways Chapter 6. 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 Punch 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 Appendix. Understanding Frequency Response Frequency Response Basics Why Flat Response Is Good The Role of the Decibel Know Your Speakers

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CRAIG ANDERTON (Nashville, TN) 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 either a player, producer, or engineer. He s also written over 30 books (including the seminal Home Recording for Musicians) and thousands of articles, as well as co-founded Electronic Musician magazine. Known for his ability to de-mystify complex subjects, Craig has given seminars on technology and the arts in 38 states, 10 countries, and 3 languages.

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