REQ: Power Equalization Course - MUSIC PRODUCTION SCHOOL
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The Power Equalization Course is a comprehensive study of the art of equalization in the mixing process. This 12 week course focuses solely on Equalization processing techniques and includes practical applications and demonstrations every step of the way. You will learn the secrets of Equalization processing used by top professionals in the music industry. This includes my own personal 30 year history of studying the art of mixing with over 30 gold and platinum records and well over 100 million in sales.
Equalization is one of the oldest forms of processing with many variations of filter and design types, used to focus and shape sound. Each technological development brought with it a new level of control that became the techniques that are featured in this course. You will learn everything you need to know about the different types of equalization, vintage equalizers, classic console equalizers, as well as modern digital EQs all the way through to dynamic equalization. You will also learn specific engineering techniques for individual instruments, all with practical step by step explanations and demonstrations.
Equalization is about so much more than individual tracks sounding good in solo. It is about how each sound fits into the whole mix and how the methods you use shape the spacing, separation and depth of individual sounds in your mix. If you want to master the art of equalization in the mixing processing, this course will provide you with all the essential information you need to set you in the right direction. Purchasing this course will also provide you with direct email access to me for questions. You do not need to to attend the live classes to participate. All classes are recorded and posted the same evening as shown on the schedule below.
The Power Equalization Course Includes:
12 Classes (2-3 hours for each class)
Direct Email access to me for any course related questions
Each class offers hours of equalization processing demonstrations.
1 Year Access to all Class Videos
Each of the 12 Classes itemized below includes over 2 hours of detailed information and audio demonstration. The lessons will be divided up into individual videos as listed below.
Class 1: Equalization Processing Primer
This class sets the foundational principles of equalization and teaches you how to listen ,and what to listen for. This is the most technical of the classes and will provide you with the information you need to make the best decisions every step of the way. You will also learn terminology that will be referenced to throughout the remainder of the course. Understanding the inner workings of the frequency spectrum and what role each band plays in a mix will be critical to your success.
History of Equalization
Understanding the Frequency Spectrum
Frequencies and the 3D Sound Field
Frequency Perception and Monitoring
Class 2: Basic Equalization Techniques
Every equalization technique stems from the available filter types with their strengths and limitations. Each filter type has the ability to effectively add balance to or solve a problem with any given individual instrument. This class focusses on the strengths and weaknesses of each filter type and the basic techniques used for each. Beyond the basic principles, most EQ techniques stem from the principle of give and take. Whenever you add frequencies, you are covering them elsewhere. Whenever you subtract frequencies, you are opening them up elsewhere.
The Give / Take EQ Principle
Mixing With High Pass and Low Pass Filters
Mixing With Notch and Band Pass Filters
Mixing With Shelving EQs
Mixing With Parametric EQs
Class 3: Equalizers of the 1950’s and 60’s – Passive to Active EQ
The earliest Equalizers were Passive filter designs (no amplification) with active input and/or output gain stages to make up for lost signal strength. The Pultec EQ series is perhaps the most revolutionary and legendary EQ in the history of recording. While very transparent sounding the limitations of this technology led to the development of Active Equalization circuits. The Era of the 1950’s and 1960’s carried this shift in approach and sonic character.
Classic Equalizers of the 1950’s and 1960’s
Pultec EQs – The Holy Grail of Equalization
Abbey Road Studios EQs (RS56, RS127 & RS135)
REDD 17 & REDD 37-51 Console EQs
TG 12345 Console EQ
The Mowtown EQ
Class 4: Equalizers of the 1970’s – Parametric EQ
Although Parametric Equalizers date back to the 50’s most equalization prior to the 1970’s was designed and built in house for the specific requirements of the staff engineers, not for commercial sale. The EQs of the 1970’s by contrast started to extend into the commercial marketplace and thus required more flexibility and modular design. What you will find is more frequency selections, more frequency bands and a wider variety of tonal characteristics. This period includes some of the most legendary equalizers in the history of recording.
Classic Equalizers of the 1970’s
Sontec MES 430 Parametric EQ
Helios Console EQ
Neve 1073, 1081, and 31102
API 550a, 550b and 560
Trident A-Range Console EQ
Harrison 32C Console EQ
Class 5: Equalizers of the 1980’s – Variable Q & Frequencies
The Equalizers of the 1980’s are predominantly defined by increased flexibility and convenience. Some would say, also at the expense of quality in the realm of large format consoles. What you will find in the EQs of this era is the addition of Variable Q (bandwidth) for parametric and Infinitely Variable Frequency selections. This period also boasts some incredible Outboard EQs including the Tube Tech EQs and Maag NTI EQ3. The decade wraps up with a transition to Digital Console Equalization and the legendary Sony Oxford Digital EQ
Classic Equalizers of the 1980’s
SSL E Series Console EQ
SSL G Series Console EQ
NTI EQ3 Maag EQ
Tube Tech PE 1C & ME 1B
Klark Teknik DN Series Graphic EQ
Sony Oxford Digital EQ
Class 6: Equalizers of the 1990’s and 2000’s – Sonic Purity
The 1990’s was the peak of the music industry on every level including the development of large format high end mixing consoles and outboard gear. During this time SSL went “Super Analogue”, Neve would soon follow with the 88RS in the early 2000’s. Audio manufacturers went super high end with quality including the Avalon AD2055 and Massive Passive by Manley. They also got creative with the use of resonant and tilted filters.
SSL J & K Series Console EQ
Summit EQF 100
Manley Massive Passive
Neve 88RS Console EQ
SSL C200 Digital EQ
Little Labs VOG (Bass Resonance EQ)
Tonelux Tilt EQ
Class 7: Modern Digital Equalizers – Active to Dynamic
The modern DAW era unchained EQ designers from the limitations of physical components to pursue the limitless world of algorithmic equalization. Although this seems like an easy shift, designers soon realized that audio engineers, and consumers, were so tuned into the sound of analog gear that many of the early designs were decried as cold and lifeless. Through the world of analog emulation, and a lot of experimentation, designers soon came to realize how to design the building blocks from which digital EQs could realize their full potential. The following EQs are some of the exceptional designs that are revolutionizing the way we use equalization.
History of Digital EQ and Emulation Technology
Waves H-EQ (Hybrid Vintage EQ)
FabFilter Pro Q2 (Unparalleled Flexibility)
brainworx bx V2, Sonoris Mastering EQ, MDW-EQ5 (Mastering)
Flux:: Epure V3 (Morphing EQ)
Sound Radix Surfer EQ (Harmonic Detection EQ)
Voxengo Gliss EQ (Program Dependent EQ)
iZotope Dynamic EQ
Waves MetaFilter (Modulated Equalization)
Class 8: Equalization Techniques for Drums
This class focusses on equalization processing techniques used for drums covering a broad range of musical styles. Because of the nature of acoustic drums and the bleed between mics, certain equalization techniques are necessary to prevent the individual mics from creating frequency imbalances with the other elements of the kit. The result of improper equalization is a sense that the elements of the kit are not ‘connected’ or are grossly exaggerated.
Equalization Basics for Drums
Natural Equalization Techniques
Vintage Equalization Techniques
Agressive Equalization Techniques
Super-Hyped Equalization Techniques
Class 9: Equalization Techniques for Bass, Guitar and Keys
Every Instrument offers distinct challenges based on its fundamental frequency range and how the harmonic series shapes its tonal character. The best approach to equalization involves good analysis of the individual sound and the role it plays in a mix. Basses require a solid low end that images well. Guitars need to maintain a focussed mid range area. Acoustic Piano and keyboards cover a broad range of frequencies that require careful consideration. This class will help to guide you in the right direction with a list of Do’s and Don’ts for each instrument.
Equalization for Basses
Equalization for Acoustic Guitars
Equalization for Electric Guitars
Equalization for Acoustic Piano
Equalization for Vintage Keyboards
Equalization Programmed Synths
Class 10: Equalization Techniques for Vocals
Lead vocals may be the most challenging of all to equalize because of the human ear’s heightened sensitivity to the intricate details that make each voice unique. When improperly recorded, Vocals can also present many technical issues such as sibilance and plosives that limit our ability to equalize them effectively. This class focusses on equalization techniques for the human voice to heighten it’s sense of detail and importance in a mix.
Frequency Spectrum of the Human Voice
Natural Equalization for Lead Vocals
Aggressive Equalization for Lead Vocals
Equalization Techniques for Background Vocals
Equalization Techniques for DeEssing, Plosives, Harshness and Boxiness
Class 11: Equalization Techniques for Musical Genre
This class focusses on a broader overall approach to equalization based on musical genre. Each style caries with it certain tonal configurations and balances for each instrument that are signature aspects of the style. Because each song is unique, these techniques will serve as a template for your frequency balancing. Once the template is in place, more creative frequency shaping decisions can be made to enhance the message and meaning of the song.
Equalization Techniques for Jazz and Classical
Equalization Techniques for R&B-Rap
Equalization Techniques for Rock
Equalization Techniques for Metal
Equalization Techniques for Electronic Music
Class 12: Tonal Shaping Equalization
Where equalization defines the Amount of gain at different frequencies, Tonal shaping defines the Density at different frequencies. Understanding the difference is absolutely critical to achieving satisfactory results. One of the most powerful aspects of analog processing is not the gain itself but rather the components used to achieve that gain. When matched well, you will feel a sense of solidity in the imaging rather than a feeling of emptiness. This class will focus on the elements that bring tonal density to different frequency areas to our Equalization work.
Tonal Shaping Versus Equalization
Tonal Shaping With Tubes
Tonal Shaping With Transformers
Tonal Shaping With Amps and Speaker Emulations
Tonal Shaping With Distortion Plugins
Tonal Shaping With Analog Tape