Live Sound / Live Music
Course 11: Equalization

Equalization (EQ) is what engineers use to alter the frequency response of an audio signal. If boosting, frequencies become or appear more pronounced. If cutting, they become less pronounced. But knowing is not the same thing as truly understanding. It all comes down to what one is striving to accomplish.

EQ is a crucial tool used in all phases of music production. Whether to enhance or minimize some aspect of the frequency spectrum, EQ is an essential part of the audio professional’s workflow. You’ll learn the different components of an equalizer, EQ parameters, filters, and more.

It all comes together to give you the power to control how the different signal flows are coming in from the band and how they are then sent to the audience. Being able to make these changes on the fly is important, but also knowing predetermined frequencies and settings will allow you to be more efficient.

You’ll also learn what EQ the Pro Tools digital audio workstation provides and how to master its use. In addition to a mixing assignment with Pro Tools, you’ll end this course by reading the overview, writing a blog entry, taking a quiz, and preparing for the next meeting with your mentor.