Equalization Deconstructed: Four Methods to Better Sound

Mix more effectively using parametric equalizers and high pass filters
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Have a deeper understanding of how to approach equalization.
Have four distinct processes to use in a mix or for sound reinforcement.
Approach EQ in a methodical yet, creative approach.
Unserstand how to carve sounds to fit within a mix to create clarity.


  • 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)
  • Semi-paramteric, parametric and High-pass filter equalizer (EQ) plug-ins


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.

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

In the course, I discuss four different methods to approach sculpting a sound but these are not the only ways to approach using EQ.

Techniques discussed include:

Using High Pass Filters - removing unneeded low end

EQ for Clarity - subtracting the offending frequencies

EQ to Fit - Finding clashing areas between like-sounding instruments and creating balance between them

EQ to Make Big - Used sporadically, use on one high or mid dominant area and one low frequency area to highlight the most important sounds.

EQ though is only one part of a great mix. Volume and pan seem obvious choices, but many new mix engineers tend to overlook panning is creating a wide, interesting mix. Dynamic processing using compressors, limiters, expanders, and gates are also vital in creating a solid mix. And of course, the use of time-based effects such as reverb and delay can add air, interest, and spark to a mix.

Who this course is for:

  • Audio, Sound and Music engineers looking to refine their mixes whether live or in the studio.
  • New mixing engineers who struggle to create clear and powerful mixes.


Music Producer, Educator, and Instigator
Neal Schmitt
  • 4.7 Instructor Rating
  • 268 Reviews
  • 6,841 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.  

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