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Mike Elliott´s Advice on EQ-frequencies

(Posted by Mike Elliott on cubase.net)

50 Hz

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"Hip hop" bottom. stay away from this unless you are mixing with and for subs.

80 Hz

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Solid bottom end.

100 Hz

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"warmth" for low end, use SPARINGLY!

125 – 250 Hz

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Mud. Lose it.

300 – 600 Hz

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Fundamental frequency for most instruments, best left alone for the most part.

600 – 900 Hz

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Almost always subtractive to lose "nasal" quality

1 – 2 kHz

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Irritating. Perceived by dummies as "loud" (Peavy guitar amps). 2k and up a bit can be useful for Bass Guitar presence/definition.

3 – 4 kHz

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Presence for low end inst.

5 kHz

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Presence for mid range inst. Damn near all of 'em (fundamental for Piccolo, screw 'em).

6 – 8 kHz

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Sparkle.

8 – 10 kHz

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Shine.

10 kHz and up

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Air. The higher you go, the more you can use. Season to taste.

General EQ principles:

Use as little as possible, applied in very small increments. Subtractive EQ whenever possible.

Try not to duplicate EQ from inst. to inst. ALWAYS make your final EQ decisions in the mix, not soloed.

Worlds oldest, and best, engineering tip:

Solo your inst., boost level, narrowest Q possible, then sweep through your frequencies till you find what you DON'T like, cut it. (a little, don't go overboard).