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.
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Instructed by Marco Galvan Music / Production
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  • Contents Video: 1 hour
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  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 11/2014 English

Course Description

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.

What are the requirements?

  • 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)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

What is the target audience?

  • Music producers
  • Sound designers
  • DJ's
  • Musicians
  • Podcasters
  • Audio enthusiasts

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Desktop, iOS and Android.

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Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
02:08

A quick introduction to the course.

Section 2: Filters
05:41

You will learn how frequency ranges sound.

Frequency ranges part 2
05:32
Filter types
02:36
Filter applications part 1
Preview
03:34
Filter applications part 2
02:15
Quiz 1
3 questions
Section 3: Equalizers
04:37

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

02:53

You will know the controls and uses of a shelving EQ

05:47

You will know the controls and uses of parametric EQ.

Section 4: Applications
Equalizing vocals
05:20
Equalizing the kick drum
Preview
04:54
Equalizing drums
04:25
Equalizing guitars
04:21
Equalizing the bass guitar
04:05
For everything else...
05:27
Section 5: Conclusions
Use of Audacity
03:14
Final thoughts
00:41

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Instructor Biography

Marco Galvan, 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 and an MBA degrees from IPN and ITEAP. 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.

Currently he teaches 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 festivals like Festival Viña del Mar.

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