Equalisation

EQ is an abbreviation for Equalisation. It’s main purpose is to manipulate tone and we have all used it at some point – even without realising. EQ is found on our iPods, in a Car Stereo and in a guitar amplifier – for example; and it is likely that we’ve all had a basic grasp of what EQ does and how to use it.
However, when it comes to applying EQ to add definition and clarity to an individual track of a multi-track recording, it’s a completely different matter. In order to achieve this, you will need a working knowledge of EQ theory.

What does EQ do?:

  • EQ essentially allows you to increase or lower the volume of selected frequencies within the audio spectrum of a sound.
  • The use of EQ is quite subjective and each person will have different views and different ways of using them. However, EQ remains highly used by many in popular music.
  • It adds clarity or crispness to tones/signals
  • Creates particular ‘sonic effects’.

It’s great to recognise what EQ does, however it is very sensitive and can easily mess up a recording rather than enhance.

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