Tips for Vocal EQ

Updated On
24-Sep-2014
By
Ken Theriot

Here is a good article on vocal EQ tips.  Whether you're a voice-over person or you also record music, chances are good you'll want to know a little something about vocal EQ (remember that EQ is short for equalization, which is one of the audio recording terms that don't really describe what it means to the layman...sigh).  If you want to brush up on what it is all about, check out our article here: What is Equalization, Usually Called EQ?

Vocal EQAnyway, the human voice tends to live in a very predictable place on the EQ spectrum.  See the picture to the left, which should help describe this.  Male and female voices overlap between 300 and 900 "hertz" (cycles-per-second or "HZ").

In an ideal world, or more specifically, and ideal recording situation, you would not need to EQ the human voice at all.  When doing voice-over work, I rarely use EQ (except to fix p-pops - see our article: www.homebrewaudio.com/how-to-fix-a-p-pop-in-your-audio-with-sound-editing-software).  But we don't live in a perfect world and few of us have that ideal recording set-up (great recording space, top-drawer gear, etc.  so there are times when applying EQ to a vocal track is desirable or necessary.

Dev's article explains those situations and gives you some ideas on how to deal with them using EQ.

Read his article here: http://www.hometracked.com/2008/02/07/vocal-eq-tips/

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