In this free tutorial from our friends at Universal Audio, Daniel Keller looks at some of the mix issues we can fix using our ears and good old fashioned EQ.In the never-ending quest for the perfect mix, EQ is one of the oldest tools we have, and still one of the most powerful. Used in moderation, EQ can add clarity and definition to a crowded soundscape. Used with precision, it can remove offending sounds we wish we hadn’t captured. As a strategic tool, a bit of EQ can make all the difference needed to separate duelling guitars, scoop the mud from your drums or make a vocal shine.
Extending on the success of the recently released bx_console E, our friends at Plugin Alliance have released bx_console G, an emulation of the later G series consoles from SSL. The team have included some interesting mods. The dynamics section can be switched from G to E series and an EQ type button switches the EQ between the Orange and Pink EQ revisions.
Audified have continued their theme of modelling older rare hardware units like the U73B compressor and its derivative the U78 Saturator. Now they have turned their attention to an EQ and have just released the RZ062 Equalizer plug-in bundle modelled on the vintage Klangfilm RZ062a and RZ062b valve EQ modules.
In this free tutorial from Production Expert, Eli Krantzberg shows you how to get the very best from the new McDSP 6034 Ultimate Multi-Band Compressor.
Our friends at Sonnox have just announced the release of their latest plug-in, Oxford Dynamic EQ. Sonnox state that the Oxford Dynamic EQ could be the answer to common mixing problems such as controlling boomy or harsh frequencies without compromising the integrity of original recordings or saving time in situations where you may have had to write EQ automation to achieve the same effect.
In this free video Pro Tools Expert Team Member Julian Rodgers looks at the Millennia NSEQ-2 plugin from Plugin Alliance, a software emulation of the hardware of the same name which is a highly regarded, no compromise mastering EQ.
The NSEQ-2 is a high quality, two channel equaliser built for the most critical applications and features a twin topology design, meaning that at the touch of a button it is a sold-state device based around a J-FET design or a class A valve design.
In this free video Pro Tools Expert Team Member Julian Rodgers looks at the SPL Free Ranger plugin from Plugin Alliance, a cut-down version of the fully-featured EQ Ranger Plus.
It features four very useful bands: The 16 kHz centre frequency band is great for adding very pleasant brilliance; the 1.8kHz centre frequency band really brings out lead vocals and guitars or reduces harshness; the 150 Hz centre frequency band adds warmth, making tracks fuller & fatter, while the 40 Hz centre frequency band adds that sub thump or reduces rumble.
The Waves F6 is a surgical dynamic equaliser with six floating, fully adjustable parametric filter bands, advanced EQ and compression/expansion controls per band, mid-side processing options and more. There are a number of dynamic EQ plug-ins around but at $29, Waves have made this tool very accessible.
Volko Audio has released the free Q3D, which is an emulation of NTI Nightpro EQ3D rack mount equaliser. This 6 band eq has an extremely wide Q. One of the bands is AIR that is a hi shelf filter. You can change the AIR frequency and boost. It has a modern, easy-to-use user interface. In the past, it has been used for very famous recordings and generally for vocals.
This is the first in a series of frequency quizzes where we challenge you to identify five different frequency boosts within a pink noise audio example. How good are your frequency listening skills?