Subtractive EQ

One of the most important mixing tool we often overlook is the “subtractive EQ”, which helps in cutting frequencies with your EQs rather than boosting. Boost ends up in creating a lot of noise in the tracks rather than turning down the noise. Using “Subtractive EQ” not just helps in boosting what one wishes to highlight  but also removes what is getting in the way of the good parts of any track. The main point here is to lower down noise and make the mix sound great by using “Subtractive EQ”.

The Pain Frequency

Learn about the Pain Frequency which is actually the upper-mid range frequency, and the main idea is to cut out the most problematic frequencies in mixing, especially with the newer mixers who have little experience with the 2K range and that is usually called the pain frequency. This is a frequency which sounds exciting, sounds edgy but is not soft to listen to always. These over-hyped sounding tracks actually cause pain to the listeners as it is not pleasant to the ears.  It becomes even harder to hear the vocals properly. So the target should be to cut 2K out of a lot of mid-ranging instruments to improve vocals.

Home Mastering EQ Workshop


This webinar describes about using EQ in mastering, using the songs as examples. While EQ’ing a track one should always have a consistent monitoring level. Bring the song which needs to be mixed into the DAW, adjust the monitor so that it is a comfortable listening level and then bring other tracks and try to match to that song that needs to adjust to that level in your DAW. Thus consistent monitor will always help in better results.

Depth With EQ

Learn how to create some depth in a mix using EQ? Depth is a 3-dimentional element used to create space in a mix. Depth means when a track sound further away or the tracks sound more close up. One way to create depth in a mix is to Reverb or Delay. But this is not the only way to create depth in a mix. Creative use of EQ can help place tracks further back into the mix.

Volume Fader EQ

Learn how to use Volume faders as EQ. Using Volume faders for mixing helps frequencies to play well together. Treat the volume faders as the first line of EQ. Sometimes the slightest volume fader tweak between channels can make all the difference in getting the tonal balance that is needed out of all tracks. So before reaching for that vintage EQ, going back to the faders and tweaking till it right.