Basic EQ Guide

BASIC EQ GUIDE

1. Bass guitar
Boost 100-200 Hz :: add body
Boost 500-800 Hz :: raspy sound
Boost 700-1000 Hz :: fill out thin sound
Boost 2-5 kHz :: add impact & an edge
Cut 4-5 kHz :: eliminate pick noise
2. Drums
Boost 80-250 Hz :: add fullness
Cut 300-500 Hz :: clean up the sound
Boost 5 kHz :: add crispness
3. Kick
Boost 50-80 Hz :: depth & rounded sound
Boost 250 Hz :: fullness
Cut 200-400 Hz :: improve clarity
Cut 400-600 Hz :: more open sound
Boost 2.5-10 kHz :: beater sound & attack transient
4. Snare
Boost 100-130 Hz :: add fullness
Boost 250 Hz :: add warmth
Boost 3-6 kHz :: snap
Boost 8-10 kHz :: add crispness & attack
Cut 12 kHz :: warmer sound
5. Toms
Boost 20-120 Hz :: add fullness (floor toms)
Boost 240 Hz :: add fullness (rack toms)
Boost 5 kHz :: attack
Boost 4-8 kHz :: add presence
Boost 10+ kHz :: add air
6. Hi-hat
Boost 200 Hz :: clank sound
Cut 150 Hz :: clean up the sound & minimize effects
Boost 10 kHz :: adds “sheen”
7. Cymbals
Boost 200 Hz :: clank sound
Cut 1-2 kHz :: clean up clankiness
Boost 5-10 kHz :: shimmer
8. Overheads
Cut 100 Hz :: clean up the sound
Boost 10+ kHz :: add air & sheen
9. Acoustic guitar
Boost 80-120 Hz :: low end
Boost 250 Hz :: add body
Boost 2.5-5 kHz :: clarity & punch
Cut 80-100 Hz :: clean up the sound & aid
Boost 7 kHz :: presence (for lead acoustic)
10. Electric guitar
Boost 240 Hz :: fullness
Boost 2.5 kHz :: bite & presence
Cut 100 Hz :: clean up the boominess
Boost 125-250 Hz :: add warmth
Boost 2.5-4 kHz :: bring out rhythm guitar & emphasize the
attack
Boost 4-6dB 5 kHz :: bite & presence (lead guitar)
11. Horns
Boost 120-240 Hz :: fullness
Boost 5-7.5 kHz :: become shrill
Boost 300-400 Hz :: fatten the sound
Cut 1-3.5 kHz :: harshness
Boost 6-10 kHz :: high-end
12. Piano
Boost 80-150 Hz :: low-end emphasis
Cut 250-350 Hz :: reduce boom
Boost 2.5-5 kHz :: add presence, attack & honky-tonk
sound
13. Violin
Boost 250 Hz :: fullness
Cut 1-3.5 kHz :: harshness
Cut 7.5-10 kHz :: scratchiness
14. Vocals
Boost 120 Hz :: fullness
Boost 200-250 Hz :: boom
Boost 5 kHz :: presence
Boost 7.5-10 kHz :: sibilance
Boost 2.5-3.5 kHz :: lead vocals
Boost 6-10 kHz :: lead vocals
Rujukan dari David Miles Huber & Philip Williams
“Professional Microphone Techniques”
15. Electric guitar
Boost 100 Hz :: more bottom
Cut 300-500 Hz :: eliminate some of the nasal quality
Boost 700 Hz :: throaty & woodsy sound
Boost 1 kHz :: more edge
Boost 3 kHz :: more bite
Boost 5-10 kHz :: more brighter
16. Kick
Boost 60/100 Hz :: more bottom end
Cut 300-700 Hz :: eliminate the box like sound
Boost 1-3 kHz :: more attack
17. Snare
Boost 2dB 100 Hz :: more bottom end
Cut 300-700 Hz :: eliminate the box like sound
Boost 2-6dB 5-10 kHz :: brighten up the top end
18. Bass guitar
Boost 100 Hz :: fatten the bottom
Boost 2.5 kHz :: more bite
19. Acoustic guitar
Cut 100-300 Hz :: clean up the boominess
Boost 8-10 kHz :: add some “silk”
Boost 700-1200 Hz :: more woodsy
20. Toms
Boost 2dB 100 Hz
Cut 4dB 300-700 Hz
Boost 2dB 5+ kHz
21. Piano
Boost 8-10 kHz :: top end
Boost 4-5 kHz :: add a little definition
Source : Michael Laskow & Alex Reed “The Studio
Buddy”

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