Audio Equalization (EQ) Techniques and Tips
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Audio Equalization (EQ) Techniques and Tips

Learn how to EQ and use equalizers effectively. Understand the art of EQ and how to equalize musical instruments
4.1 (152 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
936 students enrolled
Created by Marco Galvan
Last updated 1/2019
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 3 articles
  • 21 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • How equalizers are used by professional audio engineers
  • The types of EQ's and which one is the best for each job
  • The frequency ranges in audio and how to use them when you equalize
  • The most important frequencies of various instruments
Requirements
  • You can use any DAW (Logic, Cubase, Pro Tools, etc.) so you can practice with the course material
  • Studio monitors or a decent pair of headphones for better listening
  • You can download and use Audacity as a free alternative for the exercises (Mac, Windows, Linux)
Description

Learn how to use an EQ properly! The equalizer is a very powerful tool when mixing audio, but if misused, it can make everything sound worse! With this course, you can learn how to use equalizers in the right way and improve the quality of your production. This course was created to start from scratch in the world of equalization. From the basics of sound and frequency to the types of EQ's and common applications.

  Learn the most important concepts for a good equalization: 

  • Types of equalizers, characteristics and applications.

  • Hertz, dB, frequency ranges.

  • Their typical controls and settings.

  • The use of filters: HPF, LPF, BPF, notch.

  • How the "magic frequencies" of different instruments work.

  • Common EQ techniques for vocals, guitars, drums, bass, etc.

  • The differences between graphic, parametric, shelving and Baxandall EQ's.

  • Serial and parallel equalization.

  • Procedures to equalize in a fast and effective way.

  You can learn how to take the best out of an equalizer! 

You will understand in a practical way how to use an equalizer and get better results in your mixes and music productions. The techniques shown in this course will work in the home or pro studio (with any DAW) and in live sound situations as well. Either with hardware or software EQ's, and when editing or mixing audio! 

This course is a great option for DJ's, music producers, musicians, sound technicians, audio enthusiasts, etc. 


  Course Overview 

First, we will deal with the concept of frequency and how it is perceived. We will understand the frequency ranges and their importance in sound. This is crucial for proper equalization. You will never get a great sound unless you learn what to hear even before touching the EQ! This course is based on that principle.

Then we will tackle the application of audio filters to minimize unwanted frequencies or to create special effects.

After that we will work with equalizers, we will show the different kinds of EQ's and their applications. You'll see demonstrations of equalization procedures for different instruments, learning which frequencies cause the most common problems for different instruments and you'll be able to practice with the included material.

Finally, we'll talk about Audacity, the free audio editor, and how you can use it to equalize your material without buying any specialized software.

The course has been carefully designed to be a self-paced, step-by-step process right from the beginning, so you won't need any previous audio knowledge. You will learn in a fast and effective way. You can even study a pair of lessons in just 15 minutes a day!

You will be guided by a certified audio instructor (Avid, Yamaha, Steinberg), with more than 15 years of teaching experience at all levels, from professional seminars to college-level classes and a top instructor on Udemy, so academic quality is guaranteed.

Forget about incomplete tutorials on the web. In this course, you will find the most important information about equalization in an organized, concise and easy-to-follow way.


Testimonials

"Great class! helps me to understand with ease. Straight to the point, with great examples and explanations". David Virtue.

"I liked that he gave a keyword to help remember the different frequency ranges...". Debra Peterson.


Join a community of more than 3,000 students worldwide and learn more about audio!


*A Spanish version of this course is also available on Udemy. 

Who this course is for:
  • Music producers
  • Sound designers
  • DJ's
  • Musicians
  • Audio enthusiasts
Course content
Expand all 24 lectures 01:23:11
+ Filters
5 lectures 19:38

You will learn how frequency ranges sound.

Key concept: Frequency ranges
05:41
Frequency ranges part 2
05:32
Filter types
02:36
Filter applications part 2
02:15
You will practice how to use filters
Filters exercise
1 question
Quiz 1
3 questions
+ Equalizers
5 lectures 16:33

You will know the different types of equalizers and characteristics of each of them.

Equalizer types
04:37

You will know the controls and uses of a shelving EQ

Preview 02:53

You will know the controls and uses of parametric EQ.

Parametric EQ
05:47
You will use the parametric EQ by sweeping the frequency control.
Using the parametric EQ
1 question

We will explain the characteristics of this kind of EQ.

Baxandall EQ
01:05

A comparison between the two categories of equalizers.

Analog EQ vs digital EQ
02:10
+ Applications
10 lectures 40:39
Equalizing vocals
05:20
Equalizing drums
04:25

You will learn the main frequencies to equalize the congas (popular latin drums).

Equalizing the congas
03:54
Equalizing guitars
04:21
Equalizing the bass guitar
04:05

In this lecture you will learn how to relate the EQ of two tracks in a mix: bass guitar and kick drum. When using EQ always listen in the context of the music. You should not EQ in solo!

Equalizing bass and kick drum together
03:24

An explanation of the parallel equalization technique.

Parallel EQ
01:07

An example of how to apply parallel EQ.

Parallel EQ example
03:42
For everything else...
05:27
+ Conclusions
2 lectures 03:55
Use of Audacity
03:14
Final thoughts
00:41
+ Bonus lecture
1 lecture 00:17

Resources to learn more about music production and engineering.

Bonus lecture
00:17