EQ Ranges: Sweeping Frequencies (Formants) (1)

The Music Telegraph | Text 2019/06/18 [11:32]

EQ Ranges: Sweeping Frequencies (Formants) (1)

The Music Telegraph| 입력 : 2019/06/18 [11:32]



EQ Ranges: Sweeping Frequencies (Formants) (1)

 

We want you to understand what an equalizer can (and can't) do. One way to do this is by taking an audio sample and adding equalization to it in very specific ways and focusing your ears on what is happening to the sound. In this way you can gain an understanding of how the EQ works. 

  

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Formants

Webster's Dictionary Definition of 'Formant' 
Pronunciation: ˈfȯr-mənt -ˌmant

Function: noun

Definition: A characteristic component of the quality of a sound; specifically: any of several resonance bands held to determine the phonetic quality of a vowel.

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Translating that into our world of musical sounds: The formant of a sound is the frequency or group of frequencies that define the identity of that sound. It is the frequency or frequencies that bring out the character of the instrument the most. It may be any of several frequency regions that have greater intensities relative to others in that sound's frequency spectrum. When the formant frequencies are altered with equalization, they sound more natural and less electronic (compared to EQ'd frequencies that are close to, but not the formants). Formants exist in the Low, Mid and High frequency regions of a sound. They also help to define a sound's "intangible" qualities like power, attack, presence, air, etc. (see below)

 

 

Frequencies and what they sound like:

10 -100 Hz Power
100 - 400 Hz Body
400 - 800 Hz Warm
800 - 3 kHz Attack
3 - 5 kHz Presence
5 - 10 kHz Bright
10 kHz -  Air

 

 

 

 

 

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