How to Use EQ Effectively in Your Songs [Audio Equalization]
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How to Use EQ Effectively in Your Songs [Audio Equalization]

Learn to EQ Your Instruments to Fit Well and Sound Professional
3.8 (29 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.
4,758 students enrolled
Created by Riley Weller
Last updated 6/2019
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What you'll learn
  • Effectively EQ Your Music to Create a Balanced and Professional Song
  • Immensely Improve Your Mixing Workflow
  • Be Confident Knowing Your EQ Decisions are Actually Helping Your Songs Rather than Damage It
  • How an EQ Works, the Filter Types, and When to Use These Different Filter Types
  • Creative Uses of EQ and Real World Examples to Use Them
  • A DAW to Mix Your Music
  • Just your Stock EQ Plugins will Be All You Need to Practice
  • If You Have a Song or Beat to Practice With, That Will Help You Apply the Lessons

EQ is a daunting tool.

When first starting, the hardest part about an EQ is achieving good results.  You usually either over-compensate or are not aggressive enough with your EQ settings.

Well, it's time for you to learn how to use EQ effectively in your songs while making the right choices and improving your workflow.

Over my years as a music producer I've discovered there are a couple concrete fundamentals which are a must to prevent fatigue to your ears, make accurate decisions, and get an amazing sounding mix.

This course is geared towards the intermediate producer, however the beginner producer can catch on really quick, too!

The course structure is broken down into:

  • What is an EQ? [We discuss what an EQ is, the different filter types, how and when I like to use those filter types, analog vs digital music EQ processing, your master channel vs your individual instruments when using EQ, and I show you how to get a really fast workflow when using EQ.]

  • Mindset and Approaches [Why you should always level match when EQing and A/Bing, soloing vs. EQing in the mix, the cutting approach when using EQ, sweeping for problem frequencies and how to look for them, treasure hunting for our problem sound by muting it.]

  • Applying EQ in a Real-World Practice [Why having a game plan is crucial, slapping some compression on the master bus, mixing our percussion elements, mixing our instruments, and finally mixing the entire song.]

  • Creative and Powerful Uses of EQ [Breaking the fear of the high-end, tricks to use both a high-cut and low-cut filter, why looking at your in and out spectrum analyzer is a good indicator, the boost + cut approach, and a parallel processing exciter!]

This is a course I wish I had when starting up.

The reason I say that is the amount of time I've wasted tweaking my EQ for hours, only to realize that certain instrument no longer fits in my mix.  Or, when comparing my mixed version to the original unmixed version, the original sounds way better and musical while my mixed version sounds way too processed and unbalanced.

By following my tricks, tips and suggestions, they will allow you to start making wiser decisions with your EQ and speed up your workflow.

The biggest point I think you'll takeaway from this course is understanding how to listen to your music and test to see if the tweaks you've made are actually making an impact to your song, or taking away your music's soul.

I'd be glad to have you along with me in this course on EQ [Audio Equalization]

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Who this course is for:
  • Audio Engineers Wanting to Learn How to EQ Effectively
  • Producers Who Want to Speed Up Their Work Flow and Get Amazing Sounding Mixes
  • Students Who Want to Learn How to Use EQ and Many Tricks of the Trade
Course content
Expand all 29 lectures 02:54:22
+ Intro
2 lectures 02:52

We cover a general overview of what I'm wanting you to achieve and what we cover in this course.  Everything from how an EQ works, to the purpose of an EQ, to different filter types, to actually applying these techniques in a real world practice.

Preview 01:08
How to Ask Questions + Leave Review
+ What is an EQ
7 lectures 27:21

This video covers our future videos in this section.  (What's an EQ, some of my favorite EQs, what's the purpose of an EQ, different filter shapes and their uses, analog vs digital mixing, and efficient workflow with the parametric EQ 2 - FL Studio's stock EQ plugin.)

What's the Purpose of an EQ - Section Overview

I quickly discuss my favorite EQs at the time of making this course.  Don't be lured into all these fancy expensive plugins.  The most important thing is to have an EQ which gives you the essential tools and has a fast workflow to it.

EQs I Recommend

We cover what an EQ is, its purpose in your music, and setting a proper mindset and game plan for your song.

Preview 03:09

Discover the different filter types EQs have to offer.  There is a time and place for each filter-type, and in this video I share with you not only how to use them, but when to use them in your music!

The Different EQ Shapes and Filter Types

When dealing with the master bus vs our individual instruments, we have to have a different mindset and approach.  When on the master bus, we must be subtle in our actions, as we are effecting the whole song.  We can typically get away with much more processing when on an individual instrument's mixer insert.

The Master Bus vs. Your Individual Instrument's Bus

When dealing with digital music to analog recordings, our mindset has to be a bit different.  Are you EQing to enhance a song, or are your trying to fix a recording's imbalance or poor room tone?

Preview 03:32

FL Studio's Parametric EQ 2 is an awesome plugin!  In this video I show you the tips and tricks I have discovered over the years when it comes to the plugin's workflow.  This EQ truly has a lot to offer and will truly give you amazing results if you apply my suggested workflow!

Preview 08:56
+ Mindset and Approaches when Working with EQ
7 lectures 27:59

Learn to have a proper mindset and approach to using EQ.  Such as A/Bing, level matching, techniques and more.

EQ Mindset and Approaches - Section Overview

Level matching is extremely important in our music making decisions, otherwise we typically lean towards the louder one.  In this video I explain how to properly set up your A/B and level matching so you get the most out of your EQ decisions.

A and B Level Matching

Understand why solo EQing will handcuff your mixing decisions when compared to EQing in the mix.

Solo EQ vs. Using EQ in the Mix

This is an approach which is amazing when you are starting up.  It gets you thinking in context of, "How can I get these instruments to fit in my mix?".  It trains you to make wiser EQ decisions.

Making More Cuts than Boosts

I really like using this approach to emphasis frequencies I like or dislike in a sound.  Don't use this as a crutch, and be careful how much you're boosting (and how narrow your Q is!).  At the end of the day, I still feel it's a really solid approach to see what's available in your sound to play with.  (Almost like going on a little treasure hunt!)

Sweeping for Problem Frequencies

This is a really special technique I like to use when there's a problem instrument and I just can't quite put my finger on what frequency of that instrument is bringing me the hassle!

Preview 02:14

Are we actually boosting or cutting when we apply our EQ boosts and cuts?  I explain in more details in this video.

The Opposite Effect with EQ
+ Applying EQ in Real World Practice
6 lectures 01:24:02

It's important to set a game plan prior to mixing your beat.  We discuss this topic to get you in the right frame of mind so you make the most use of your time during your mixes.

Setting a Game Plan for our Song

This is a little industry secret to make your mixing just that much easier.

Master Bus Compression for Volume Balancing

We cover each instrument in-depth, and do a walk through of my mixer settings too.  This will allow you to see how each sound was sound designed prior to jumping into our mix session.

Our Instruments and Sounds [Rundown]

I break down how I approach mixing the percussion and clap sections in our beat.

Mixing our Percussion Elements

In this video, we mix the body guitar, which I feel is the body of the track.  It takes awhile to get it right, but you see my approach step-by-step!

Mixing the Body Guitar

In this video, we bring the song together as a whole.  You also see some additional bonus stuff like sends, and using parallel processing for a thicker and more unique sound.

Mixing the Whole Song [Fine-Tuning]
+ Creative and Powerful Uses of EQ
6 lectures 30:52

High-end gives our tracks clarity and excitement.  Learn how to use the high-end effectively while still sounding good!

Breaking the Fear of the High End

You are shown some helpful suggestions and techniques when it comes to using a high cut filter on your EQ.

High-Cut Filter Tricks

You are shown some helpful suggestions and techniques when it comes to using a low cut filter on your EQ.

Low-Cut Filter Tricks

In this video I discuss why looking at your frequency analyzer is useful, and how to compare your in and out on your EQ's frequency analyzer.

Comparing In and Out - Frequency Analyzer

This is an approach which can help you get a certain instrument or vocal to stand out and stay prominent in your mix.  I tend to only use this in certain situations.

Boost and Cut Opposite EQs

This is a very powerful trick if you're wanting to give your track some more clarity and excitement without sounding too harsh!

Creating an Exciter [Parallel Processing]
+ Conclusion / Course Wrap-Up
1 lecture 01:16

Thanks for taking the course! - Just a little course wrap-up!  If you've found the course really helpful, I'd really appreciate if you leave a review to help the course grow!

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