Audio Engineering: All About EQ

learn all you need to efficiently use EQ in recording and mixing
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  • Lectures 15
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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Published 12/2015 English

Course Description

EQ is one of the two most commonly used signal processing tools audio engineers use everyday, the other being a compressor. EQ is very powerful because allows to alter the frequency of a track, instrument, or vocal. Anyone interested in learning more about EQ should subscribe to this course. In this course I start with learning frequencies. Its incredible how some engineers can pinpoint problem frequencies. I will show my approach for learning frequencies when you hear them. After a lot of practice you will be grabbing an EQ and adjusting problem frequencies with confidence.

You will also learn the difference in parametric and semi parametric EQ's. Also I go over fixed frequency eq's. Knowing the difference between these will help you know which ones to reach for and when. EQ curves can take on many different settings with its different shapes of curves. In this course I go over the different settings listed below.

    • High pass filter/ Low cut
    • Low pass filter/ High cut
    • peaking
    • Low shelf
    • High shelf
    • Band pass

The way an EQ boost and cuts can have unique shape of its own. In this course I go over the following curve types.

    • Asymmetrical
    • Symmetrical
    • Proportional
    • Tilt
    • Baxandall

I also cover the different EQ types such as a dynamic EQ. I will go over how to use a Pultec style EQ. This the most awkward EQ's you will come across because of its unique design and labeling. After the learning how to use a pultec eq and hearing what it can do its no surprise why this type of EQ in heavily emulated as plugins and recreated as hardware. In course I will go over my approach for Eq'ing a vocal. Vocals can one of the hardest things to eq because every vocal is different. Prepare to spend more than an hour with me as I tech you all about EQ.

What are the requirements?

  • a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) is recommended to practice what is taught in this course.
  • Listening to this course on laptop speakers is not recommended, laptop speakers frequency response are not good for hearing low and high end material

What am I going to get from this course?

  • understand how to use EQ more effectively
  • learn difference between a parametric and semi-parametric EQ
  • Learn how to use a pultec EQ
  • Learn the difference between the Asymmetrical and symmetrical EQ's
  • Learn about proportional Q EQ's
  • Learn about inductor EQ's
  • Learn how to sweep frequencies with an EQ

Who is the target audience?

  • anyone looking to learn more about EQ
  • anyone who looking understand how an EQ is used
  • any one looking to learn what makes EQ's different from each other
  • This course is for those wanting to take the next in learning EQ

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Lifetime access.

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Section 1: Introduction

This lecture is a introduction to the course and a starting point for how to learn frequencies.


this lecture covers how to learn frequencies by boosting them.


this lecture covers the different setting on a EQ.

Section 2: Differences types of EQ's

this lecture covers different types of EQ's.


this lecture discusses the differences in parametric and semi-parametric EQ's


This lecture covers inductor based EQ's.


This lecture covers what a graphic EQ is.


This lecture covers what a dynamic EQ is and how to use it.


This lecture shows different kinds of EQ applied to an EQ.

Section 3: DIfferent Curves in EQ's
different EQ curves

This lecture shows different EQ curves applied to a vocal.

Section 4: How to use a Pultec EQ

This lecture covers how to use a pultec eq.

Section 5: EQ techniques and Tips
Applying EQ to a vocal

This lecture gives some tips for using EQ.

Section 6: Conclusion

the course concludes with my contact information

All About EQ quiz
8 questions

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Instructor Biography

Christopher "Czar" Smith, Independent Audio Engineer

Czar was born in Nashville, but got his musical roots while being raised in Memphis. He worked for a few studios in Memphis as well as owning his own recording studio called the Kremlin. In 2000 Czar founded Throneholder Productions, a production company for hip-hop, R&B, pop, and dance music. After years of producing independent artist, Czar later returned to Nashville to pursue a BA in audio production from the Art Institute of Tennessee Nashville, which he received with honors. During school he began to focus on engineering and mixing, which is where he finds most of his work since moving to Nashville. When he's not busy in a studio engineering or in the Kremlin mixing, Czar spends his spare time researching gear, blogging about audio, writing gear reviews, and posting helpful tutorial videos online to help others learn.

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