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Equalisation in Logic Pro X

Logic’s powerful and intuitive set of equalisation tools can transform the timbre and spectral effectiveness of your mix. Mark Cousins is the equaliser…


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Consider this – if you could produce a mix using only EQ or compression, but not both, which would you choose? I’d argue that while compression is beneficial to a good mix, equalisation is essential. Maybe two sounds are ‘fighting’ in the same part of sonic spectrum, or your DI’d bass needs extra kick around 80Hz – it’s hard to imagine creating a mix without turning to EQ throughout the process.

Logic includes fully featured equalisers. More than just treble and bass controls, these can unlock a wealth of sound-shaping potential, from M/S equalisation through to matching two differing sound spectrums. Equalisation in Logic comes in four principal forms – Channel EQ, Linear Phase EQ, Match EQ and Single Band EQ. The equaliser you’ll use most of the time is the Channel EQ, with its two filters, two shelving controls and four bands of fully parametric EQ. One significant advantage of using the Channel EQ is the clear and informative FFT display, which gives an accurate visual representation of the sound spectrum you’re trying to process. Tools like this can help you unlock your hearing’s true potential.

Looked at spectrally, you should start to see a few key points. Firstly, you should be able to spot the key fundamental frequencies – so, in the example included on the DVD, we can see strong fundamental frequency on the kick drum around 60-80Hz, the fundamental on the snare around 200Hz and a harmonic on top of that around 500Hz.

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