Equalization, or “EQ” for short, is one thing that can really differentiate a beginner mix from an expert one. Part of the reason for this is that it SEEMS like such a difficult topic to wrap your head around if you are not an engineer or audio techie.
But part of the reason for that is the same old issue of making fairly simple concepts appear overly complicated.
Folks with experience and some basic EQ knowledge understand exactly what they are trying to do before they reach for those EQ controls. When I first started, I didn’t have a specific objective in mind (like, say, stop the low guitar notes from covering up the bass guitar notes). I would just use a preset and if it sounded decent, I’d use it. No bueno. EQ is a powerful tool and can mess things up if you don’t know some things.
But those things are not that difficult. For a quick primer on what EQ is, see my video (an excerpt from The Newbies Guide To Audio Recording Awesomeness) here:
That should help a lot. Then you can get some great tips from Graham over at Recording Revolution at the following link: