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

Learn to use equalizers like a pro, get tips on how equalize instruments. Develop skills to achieve better sound.
4.5 (49 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
390 students enrolled
Created by Marco Galvan
Last updated 6/2017
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 5 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • With this course you will understand how equalizers are used in professional environments
  • You will know the types of EQ's and which one is the best for each job
  • You will learn the frequency ranges in audio and how to use them when you equalize
  • You will know the most important frequencies of various instruments
  • You will be able to use Audacity software as a free equalization tool
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  • You can use any DAW (Logic, Cubase, Pro Tools, etc.) so you can practice with the course material
  • You can download and use Audacity as a free alternative for the exercises (Mac, Windows, Linux)

Learn how to equalize properly. The equalizer is a very powerful tool, 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 audio material.

Learn the most important concepts for a good equalization:

  • Types of equalizers, characteristics and applications.
  • Their controls and functions.
  • How the "magic frequencies" of different instruments work.
  • Common EQ tricks for vocals, guitars, drums, bass, etc.
  • Professional 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 for your audio productions, songs, podcasts, courses, etc. The techniques you will learn in this course work in the studio as well as in live sound situations, either with hardware or software EQ's, and for editing, mixing or mastering tasks!

Learn the basics of filters, graphic equalizers, parametric, etc. This course is a great introductory option for DJ's, music producers, musicians, podcasters, 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. Then we will tackle the use and 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 and you'll be able to practice with the included material. Finally, we are going to talk about Audacity, the free audio editor, and how you can use it to equalize your material.

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. More than 10 years of pro audio instruction experience are a warranty. Check out the instructor`s Resume.

Learn professional equalization techniques right now!

There is also a Spanish version of this course.

Who is the target audience?
  • Music producers
  • Sound designers
  • DJ's
  • Musicians
  • Podcasters
  • Audio enthusiasts
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Curriculum For This Course
18 Lectures
1 Lecture 02:08

A quick introduction to the course.

Preview 02:08
5 Lectures 19:38

You will learn how frequency ranges sound.

Key concept: Frequency ranges

Frequency ranges part 2

Filter types

Filter applications part 2

Quiz 1
3 questions
3 Lectures 13:17

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

Equalizer types

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
7 Lectures 31:56
Equalizing vocals

Equalizing drums

Equalizing guitars

Equalizing the bass guitar

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

For everything else...
2 Lectures 03:55
Use of Audacity

Final thoughts
About the Instructor
Marco Galvan
4.6 Average rating
197 Reviews
924 Students
7 Courses
Avid, Steinberg Certified Audio Engineer, Instructor

Marco Galvan has been active in the music and audio business for more than 15 years. He holds a B.Eng with a major in Acoustics from the National Polytechnic Institute. He is a professional musician, arranger and composer with studies at Berklee College of Music and he holds Certificates in Music Theory and Keyboard Performance from the ABRSM and Trinity College London. In the audio field, he studied at Alchemea College in London and holds several certifications like: Pro Tools User, Meyer Sound System Design, Nexo and DiGiCo operator among others.

Currently he is an Associate Professor at Anahuac University, with more than 10 years of teaching experience. Many of his former students currently work for companies like: Sony Music Entertainment (Grammy Award winner), Televisa, TV Azteca, OCESA, Meyer Sound; and for international latin artists like Emmanuel and Alexander Acha, performing in world-class events like Festival Viña del Mar.

Marco Galván ha estado activo en la industria de la música y el audio por más de 15 años. Tiene el grado de Ingeniero con especialidad en Acústica por el Instituto Politécnico Nacional. Es músico, arreglista y compositor profesional con estudios en Berklee College of Music y cuenta con certificados en Teoría Musical y Teclados por la ABRSM y el Trinity College London. En el terreno del audio cursó estudios en el Alchemea College de Londres y tiene diversas certificaciones como: Operador Pro Tools, Diseño de Sistemas Meyer Sound, Operador Nexo y DiGiCo entre otras.

Actualmente es profesor asociado en la Universidad Anáhuac, con más de 10 años de experiencia docente. Muchos de sus antiguos estudiantes trabajan para compañías como Sony Music (ganador de premio Grammy), Televisa, TV Azteca, OCESA, Meyer Sound; y  para artistas internacionales como Emmanuel y Alexnder Acha, actuando en eventos de clase mundial como el Festival Viña del Mar.