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Parametric EQ - Pro Tools 9

Check out Bas Rutten's Liver Shot on MMA Surge: When you're ready to start mixing your music in Pro Tools, you'll need to familiarize yourself with the basic plug-ins and their functions. One important plug-in is the EQ, which allows you to choose and control the frequencies of your song.? EQ is a way to carve away certain frequencies in your song or boost others. You can narrow down a frequency that's causing a problem in the song by adjusting the range of frequencies in the signal.? In the mix window of your session, insert an EQ the same way you would add an insert. Do this by going to the top Inserts section of the track you're editing and click on an empty box. Go to plug-in--EQ and select the type you want to use.? The Parametric EQ window will open and you can view all the controls for the settings.? With this type of EQ, you can choose any frequency and a Q, which is the selection of the range of frequencies. A small Q means that there is a narrow range of frequencies, while a big Q means there'sa larger one.? On the control window, go to the graph on the right side. The dot in the middle sets the frequency. Click and drag on this dot to boost or raise frequencies of the song. The total range is 20 Hz to 20 kHz, which is the human audio range. You can pick and choose how to limit this range by moving the dot. When you move the dot the numbers in the control boxes will tell you the exact frequency range. Moving the frequency up or down will change the decibel level, which is displayed in the Gain box on the window. To make the Q smaller or larger, adjust the Q knob under Filter. A larger Q will take in more frequencies and a smaller one takes in less.? To cut out a specific frequency, it's best to use a narrow Q. However, remember not to make the Q too narrow or else it will sound unnatural in the music. Try testing out different Qs to familiarize yourself with the good and bad sounds.? The Input knob controls how much signal to give the EQ. You won't normally need to use a high input. In some cases you can increase the output gain to make up for low signals.? The Type section contains different ways of adding EQ to your instruments. The options are: High-Pass, Notch, High-Shelf, Low-Shelf, Peak and Low-Pass. These are explained in further detail in following videos. Read more by visiting our page at:
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