Show/Hide EQ Thumbnails – Logic Pro keyboard command of the day

Displays an view of the EQ bands that are active - a quick reference to how the filters are applied
  Show/Hide EQ Thumbnails

Shows or hides the EQ thumbnail in the channel strips. It’s unfortunate that third-party EQ plugins can’t (or won’t) use the thumbnail. To be fair, the built-in “coloring” EQs don’t use the display either. The Channel EQ and Linear Phase EQ use the display.

The MCU (Logic Control) is an excellent companion to the channel EQs – the 8 controls map to the plugin. Eight bands, 4 controls per band. Quick work to EQ with knobs and dials. It is also kind of fun to FLIP the MCU and use the faders to adjust the filters.

Channel strip controls in Logic Pro – Apple Support

Each channel strip has a set of controls (also called components), which varies according to channel strip type. You can adjust the channel strip volume and pan position, mute and solo channel strips, add and adjust effects, and send the output to auxiliary or output channel strips.


How To Choose The Right EQ – Equalisers Demystified | Production Expert

How To Choose The Right EQ – Equalisers Demystified | Production Expert

We’ve highlighted a number of top-notch commercial third-party offerings (and one must-have freebie) here, but the EQs built into most DAWs these days are at least pretty good, if not quite excellent, albeit largely limited to parametrics and multimode filters. As long as you don’t expect much in the way of character, Pultec-style trickery or mastering-grade viability, your stock DAW EQ will more than suffice for bread-and-butter frequency-shaping, so don’t feel like its an inferior option – as ever, if it sounds good, is it good. Indeed, onboard EQ plugins can actually bring their own benefits in the shape of low CPU usage and handy response curve thumbnails embedded in mixer channels.

I have the IK and iZotope tools. Add those to the Logic built-ins (they do have ‘vintage’ character EQs with drive now) and I just don’t need anymore. I do so love the FabFilter interface though…

Choosing the Right EQ

Choosing the Right EQ – Nick Messitte, iZotope Contributor

Hang on, aren’t all digital EQs roughly the same?

Some people on the internet will tell you that. They’ll say, “for the most part, digital EQs sound and function the same way.”

by Nick Messitte, iZotope Contributor February 23, 2021

Tres Amigos – Nectar, Neutron, and Ozone.

I never really appreciated the differences in the EQs available in the three tools.

Neutron and Ozone EQs are available as separate plugins. Nectar is only a “mothership” plugin – all of the tools are included in the interface.

Gain Staging – Are Your Faders In Charge Of Your Mix? | Production Expert

Gain Staging – Are Your Faders In Charge Of Your Mix? | Production Expert

While perusing the Sonnox website i saw in intriguingly titled article – “Are your EQ Gain Knob and Channel Fader having an affair”?

It is always good to be reminded of the “good practice” of level matching your processors. The principal goal is to have the level of the output of a processor to be the same as the level of the input. If you bypass your processor volume shouldn’t change. If it does change you are lying to your ears.

7 Tips for Getting the Most Out of One Microphone — Pro Audio Files

7 Tips for Getting the Most Out of One Microphone — Pro Audio Files

Can you imagine walking into a hardware store and asking the clerk, “which is the best tool?” I imagine a disaffected employee rolling their eyes, silently wondering when their next break is, and then distractedly telling you something like: “Screwdriver. The screwdriver is the best tool.” Then you’d go home to spend a few hours cursing that store clerk as you try, probably with very limited success, to cut a 2×4 with your new screwdriver.

3 EQ Plugins To Give Your Sound Some Real Flavour – Do You Have Them In Your Tool Box? | Production Expert

3 EQ Plugins To Give Your Sound Some Real Flavour – Do You Have Them In Your Tool Box? | Production Expert

In the early days of recording an engineer had to work with what they had, often in the form of a console with its own character such as a Neve or SSL mixer. However, in modern recording with plugins there are almost limitless options for both corrective and characterful EQ.

How to EQ a Pop Vocal

How to EQ a Pop Vocal

by Erin Barra, iZotope Contributor May 12, 2020

Pop vocals tend to have the same sort of sound when they hit our ears. People use words like bright, shiny, crisp, and airy to describe them, and you can hear this sound on loads of tracks at the top of charts across genres. Let’s take a look at how to achieve that same sound and make a vocal POP right out of your mix.

The Not-So-Subtle Differences Between White, Pink, Brown And Blue Noise – Bobby Owsinski’s Music Production Blog

The Not-So-Subtle Differences Between White, Pink, Brown And Blue Noise – Bobby Owsinski’s Music Production Blog

I know you just read the title and thought, “I knew about white and pink noise, but what the heck is brown and blue noise?” Well, they’re a real thing and used more often than you think. But the differences between white, pink, blue and brown? It all comes down to frequency and amplitude.

Never had it explained so well. Don’t have a generator for Brown and Blue yet.

Mixing In Stereo – Everything You Need To Know To Make Your Music Mono Compatible | Production Expert

Mixing In Stereo – Everything You Need To Know To Make Your Music Mono Compatible | Production Expert

Think you know everything there is about mixing in stereo? Think again. FabFilter has published an excellent three part video series produced by Dan Worrall titled How To Mix In Stereo Without Sucking In Mono. This series is extremely well presented explaining stereo mixing fundamentals, panning, stereo microphone placement, phase, the effects of comb filtering, width, mono compatibility and more.

I just watched the first part – “Toeing the Blumlein” and stayed fascinated throughout.

I do a lot of mono monitoring to make sure things don’t get lost, but I rarely make changes that will make the mono mix down work really well. These videos are an excellent pointer.

Using Logic built-in plug-ins I think it will require several steps (made easy by the FabFilter tools)

Bus effects – independent panning required?

Logic EQ would need to have two instances, one for Mid and one for Side. Probably 2 aux channels…no, simply use the EQ in “Dual Mono” mode and work with Mid and Side channels as desired. Unfortunately there are no documentation resources for the “Dual Mono” mode of the EQs in Logic. The documentation says use two plug-ins. I will try to compare other EQs and see how easily things can be adapted.

Ozone 9 EQ essentially has both available “easily” along with pan and width. 

Mid, Side, and Everything In Between (A Mid/Side Deep Dive)

Mid/side processing is an undeniably powerful technique, and one which gives the mastering engineer a wide range of sonic sculpting tools not available with traditional stereo processing. However, as we all learned from Spiderman’s Uncle Ben, “with great power comes great responsibility.”

 IK Multimedia has a nifty new EQ – T-Racks EQual…

IK Multimedia – EQual

The new EQual digital equalizer is a 10-band, ultra-clear, high-end parametric equalizer with an extremely transparent sound, ultra-precise editing and a vast array of filter shapes that are based on the typical curves of classic British and American analog EQ’s. This incredibly flexible “hybrid monster” gives you the best of both worlds – digital precision with transparent clarity and on-demand analog character that works perfectly for high end mastering as well as individual track work.


 Also need to look at the Imagers….

6 Strategies for Taming Midrange in a Busy Mix — Pro Audio Files

6 Strategies for Taming Midrange in a Busy Mix — Pro Audio Files

Achieving a well-balanced midrange in a recording is one of the biggest challenges of mixing. Beginning producers especially tend to struggle in this area. The ranges of many instruments overlap quite a bit, and some negotiation will always be necessary to help them share space in a mix. Muddy room resonances only complicate things further. When we have a session with a busy arrangement and high track count — a pretty common occurrence in digital recording — midrange problems can multiply out of control.

The 7 System Dwarves

The 7 System Dwarves

The official mascots of Rational Acoustics.  These seven little gremlins like nothing more than to give your sound system their own distinctive voice. Sure, they’re friendly enough when encountered as a balanced group, but hanging out with any one of them for too long can drive you to distraction – or worse. Don’t be fooled by their diminutive stature and (sometimes) cute appearance – these little offenders have a long rap sheet filled with everything from simple charges of disturbing the peace to more flagrant offenses like system hijacking and mix vandalism

Tips & Tricks — The Pultec Passive EQ Collection | Universal Audio

Tips & Tricks — The Pultec Passive EQ Collection | Universal Audio

It’s almost impossible to walk into any commercial studio and not see at least one Pultec EQ in the rack. In production from the early 1950s to the early 80s, Pultec EQs have played an integral part in nearly 50 years of recording history — from tracking to mixing to mastering. Universal Audio has recreated three classic models from the Pultec line with the Pultec Passive EQ Plug-In Collection: the EQP-1A Program EQ, the MEQ-5 Midrange EQ, and the HLF-3C Filter Set. All offer a ton of practical and musical possibilities.

UAD offered up some settings to show off the Pultec EQs. I made some presets for Logic Pro X ‘Vintage EQ’ plugin. Similar results when I pass the audio through the Logic built-ins.

Settings Vintage Tube EQ –

Friday Tips: Studio One’s Secret Equalizer – PreSonus Blog

Friday Tips: Studio One’s Secret Equalizer – PreSonus Blog

Pop quiz: How many EQ plug-ins ship with Studio One Pro?

If you answered seven, congratulations! Then you know about the Pro EQ, the three different Fat Channel EQs, Ampire’s Graphic Equalizer, the Channel Strip, and using the Multiband Dynamics as a really hip graphic EQ. But actually, the correct answer is eight.

6 Times to Automate EQ for Effect

6 Times to Automate EQ for Effect:

For mixing engineers and producers alike, it pays to become intimately acquainted with the virtues of automation. Swooping sounds from left to right, enhancing emotion with level boosts, or fixing complicated problems with real-time adjustments—all of these moves separate the quotidian from the marvelous.

But riddle me this: how often do you think about automating EQ? Perhaps not as often as you should, for automating EQ can create both dramatic and transparent effects. Whether creating something truly bespoke for your mix, or cheating an element forward/backward for the master, a bit of active, automated EQ sculpting can be a serious boon, if done well.

Here are some instances where you can employ the practice.

5 Ways to Use Dynamic EQ with Sidechain

5 Ways to Use Dynamic EQ with Sidechain:

Set internal (or external) triggers on drums
Mixing drums is one of the bigger challenges in a song because we expect them to be many things at once: loud, groovy, punchy, cohesive, clear, etc. Compression and transient shaping are a big help here, but dynamic EQ proves useful when carving a unique space for each drum hit. For example:

If the overhead mics picked up too much snare bite and this conflicts with the close-miked snare sound, use the main snare to trigger a momentary cut in level in the overheads whenever it’s played.

Is your snare struggling to shine because of masking with the hi-hats? Place one node on the snare harmonics and another on the lower end of the hi-hats, then set the sidechain to duck the hi-hats when the snare is present.

Unpitched percussion with considerable low end can conflict with the lower frequencies of a kick drum. To keep that pulse but prevent sloppy collisions from occurring, get your dynamic EQ sidechain to high-pass the bassy parts of the perc only when the kick comes down.

I need to check to see if each node in the Neutron 2 EQ can have a separate side chain. The side chain choices are internal – all the bands –  and external (the one set in Logic as side chain). It looks like I can only side chain one external track.

I can do something like side chain the overheads from Logic and set the nodes in N2 to side chain from the different bands…that will have to do.

Also see “7 Tips for Mixing Drums”