Create:Audio

Got EQ?

Posted on: April 14, 2009

There are lots of different types of EQ out there. But in this Create:Audio comparasion we are going to take a look at two types of EQ. A common misconception is that EQ changes the character of your track. In fact EQ basically boosts or cuts the frequencies. If your drums sound dull or boring, you would need to boost your signal. With a parametric EQ start boosting the signal. However, don’t turn the width too much. You would want to keep it in a narrow band. Play your track over and over and make adjustments until you start getting a drum sound that sounds brighter. I’ll also give you some recommendations of great plugins that you can download today and get started.

Parametric EQ

“Parametric equalizers allow audio engineers to control the three primary parameters of an internal band-pass filter which are amplitude, center frequency and bandwidth. Bandwidth is typically labeled “Q” on the unit, which stands for Quality. The amplitude of each band can be controlled, and the center frequency can be shifted, and widened or narrowed.”

Try these out:

Blue Cat’s Triple EQ is a 3 bands semi-parametric equalizer that can be controlled as a single filter with customizable shape.

Available for Windows & Macs. Click on Image to follow link. And while you are there go ahead and check out the freeware bundle pack. 11 great plugins for your studio.

IIEQ is a 10 band parametric track EQ especially designed for an optimal balance of CPU usage and sonic control. Available for Windows Hosts. Click image to follow download area.

4 Band Parametric Equalizer with Brickwall Limiter. For Windows Hosts. Click on image to visit AM’s website.

Also check out BootEQ (http://varietyofsound.wordpress.com/downloads/)

Graphic EQ

“One common type of equalizer is the graphic equalizer which consists of a bank of sliders for boosting and cutting different bands (or frequencies ranges) of sound. The number and width of filters depends on application. A simple equalizer might have one bank of filters controlling two channels for easy adjustment of stereo sound, and contain five to ten filter bands”

More Info:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parametric_equalizer

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equalization

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