QuickTip: Traditional or Dynamic
As you’re probably aware, I’ve become a big fan of multi-band processing for applying dynamic EQ to things. Multi-band Compressors and Dynamic EQ’s are also becoming standard fare in a lot of digital consoles these days so a lot of guys are starting to dip their feet into the waters of dynamic equalization.
But how do you know when to use dynamic EQ instead of a traditional, static EQ?
It’s pretty simple:
– Use a traditional EQ for things that are ALWAYS a problem.
– Use a dynamic EQ for things that are SOMETIMES a problem.
For example, let’s say we have a vocal that consistently sounds muddy. It doesn’t matter what they sing, it is always mud no matter the song or section of song. A standard EQ could be your friend to help clean up the mud in the vocal.
But let’s say that the vocal is muddy during the verses of a song, but it’s clear and present and wonderful in the chorus. In this case, a dynamic EQ might be used to dynamically attenuate the lower frequencies when the vocal gets muddy. The goal is to set the threshold so that when the vocal shifts to the chorus and the low frequency buildup dissipates, the dynamic EQ releases and we’re back to our great vocal.
Does that make sense?