Equalization Deconstructed: Four Methods to Better Sound

Mix more effectively using parametric equalizers and high pass filters
Rating: 4.9 out of 5 (240 ratings)
6,219 students
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Have a deeper understanding of how to approach equalization.
Have four distinct process to use in a mix or for sound reinforcement.


  • Digital Audio Workstation using AU, VST or AAX plugins
  • Multi track Source Material to practice (Good library at Mixing Secrets For The Small Studio (Cambridge Music Technology) website)


I built this course for beginner and intermediate audio engineers looking to refine their approach to equalization in the tracking or mixing process. With so many options, we will narrow our focus to semi-parametric, parametric and hi pass filters. In the course, I discuss four different methods to approach sculpting a sound but these are not the only ways to approach using EQ. 

An engineer can play the mix quite safe and make minute changes. Other times, to achieve the desired results require using every dB of a parameter. The methods discussed in this course can help create clarity in mixes, help the important sounds stand out and achieve an overall desirable tonal balance. Or they can be used to make the greatest noisiest wall of sound!

Who this course is for:

  • Audio, Sound and Music engineers looking to refine their mixes whether live or in the studio.


Neal Schmitt
  • 4.9 Instructor Rating
  • 240 Reviews
  • 6,218 Students
  • 1 Course

For over 20 years Neal has been immersed in the music scene of Columbus, Ohio as a live sound engineer, performer, and producer. Prior to teaching, Neal and his business partner opened Workbook Studio, a 3,200 sq. ft New York style loft recording and performance space that was featured in EQ, TapeOp and Mix magazines. At Capital University, Neal teaches classes in web development, music technology, and audio production.   He is also developing immersive educational experiences such as student trips to Nashville, Belfast, Northern Ireland, and Copenhagen, Denmark.