In this premium video tutorial, Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers considers the case for parallel EQ. Is it useful? Is it just using an equaliser "wrong"?
Why Do It?
The inspiration for this experiment was watching a famous mix engineer using parallel EQ. This way of working is something i've been aware of for a long time but it's never made sense to me. Isn't using an equaliser in parallel just undoing the EQ to some extent?
This prompted a few questions:
- Is it about workflow and the ability to share an EQ shape across several channels in varying proportions independently of subgrouping?
- Is there some benefit caused by mixing the phase-shifted EQ'd signal back in with the dry signal?
- Are there any downsides which make this a bad idea?
Watch the video and hear Julian's opinions on these questions and more and hear some examples of parallel EQ in action.
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