In this Free Video Tutorial for Production Expert, Technical Editor James Ivey visits Dax Liniere at North London's Puzzle Factory Studio to talk about using Dynamic EQ, instead of the more conventional "static" EQ to fix problems in your mix without creating new ones. Dax demonstrates two different Dynamic EQ plug-ins.
First, we see and hear Nova by Tokyo Dawn Records in use on Acoustic then Electric guitars. We then get to see how Dax used FabFilter's Pro MB on Drums to add weight to Snare in an overhead track and add power to a lacklustre kick drum sound.
In the first example, Dax uses an acoustic guitar recording made with the Sphere L22 microphone by Townsend Labs. The recording sounds good apart from a slight resonance in the low end. Dax uses Nova by Tokyo Dawn Records to gently pull the problem frequency out without messing with the rest of the recording.
We then move on to hear two examples of how to use FabFilter Pro MB, which is a hybrid plug-in between a multi-band compressor and a dynamic EQ. Starting with a very average sounding kick drum Dax applies Pro MP in Expander mode to add some extra weight to the sub of the drum sound. He then uses Pro MB to add a nice solid bottom end to the Snare in an overhead track. The EQ push is being triggered by the crack of the Snare in the upper frequencies.
Finally, Dax shows a neet use of Nova on an electric guitar part which has a nasty upper twang to it.
If you want to find out more about Dax check out the Mix Direction website or check out our Podcast Extra Interview with Dax where he talks about his introduction to music and recording, moving to the UK and his new Puzzle Factory Studios.