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Discussion in 'F.O.H.' started by LBTM, Aug 16, 2012.
Do you guys use EQ on mastering?
more often than not, yes.
Always. Mid/side depth tricks and compressor color compensation. Lowcut and highcut. Balancing the brightness.
Some slight low-mid reduction, a slight high-pass, and sometimes a high shelf boost. Nothing too much, I've begun to prefer a less-is-more approach to mastering.
Other then loudness the main focus of mastering is EQ. Every song is different so the EQ that needs to be applied will be different.
Is the pope catholic?
Basically always... Some low mid reduction, hi/ lo pass and maybe a high boost somewhere in there
haha im in the mid low reduction and high boost boat.
Do it. Especially when referencing.
Yes, I do. It's important to keep the adjustments in 1..2 db range though. If more is needed, then it's much better to do it in the mix. Drastic processing on a masterbus pretty much ruins the balance and I found it harder to bring up the volume after extreme equalization on a masterbus.
So it's usually like 20-30 hipass (sometimes no hipass and it was never a problem), -1...-1.5 db on 150...200 hz, perhaps -1 db somewhere between 600 and 800 hz and in rare cases +1..+1.5 db high shelve, where I like dynamic eq, live Voxengo Glisseq.
It's a totally different story when you master someone's mix, where you have to use every tool you can.
lol @ Sami's comment
none voted No so far
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Does the pope shit in the woods?
Yes but I think EQ fucks up the overall sound - whether the EQ is necessary or not. If you are mixing too, just go back into the mix.
For example, more often than not its the cymbals that need brightening and not the vocal or vice/versa.
I find that most of the time I EQ in the master chain because my other plugs tend to color things and usually for the worse. Sooooo slight eq'ing to compensate for any undesirable loss during final processing.
Yes, But very little.
I like the less is more approach, unless I want a certain effect.