Why Use EQ? (2)
Creativity (shaping tone to taste)
So that guitar just doesn't like a Strat, or maybe you had a warmer sound in mind for that synth string pad, or perhaps you want to hear the vocal coming through a telephone line. These areall creative choices that can be dealt with by using equalization. In the hands of an experiencedmixer, an equalizer can shape an otherwise commonplace sound into one that shines. It can help create a sound that is as distinct and unique as a signature.
Fine-tuning mix relationships (shaping/masking issues)
One of the key characteristics of all good mixes is the ability to hear all the individual elements in the mix. There is real skill involved in achieving this. Perhaps the most important tool used to attain this goal (once the recording has been done) is the equalizer.
As valuable as the equalizer is, this tool will not work for you by simply plugging it in. The key to effective EQ work is in the mixer's skill in adjusting the equalizer's parameters to get the desired sound. By utilizing both boost and cut, an instrument's tonality can be shaped to better "fit" into a mix. Remember, sometimes the problem is too much, rather than not enough.
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