Let’s go on with a series of articles dedicated to a detailed consideration of such a complicated and multifaceted process as online audio mastering services. In this article, I am trying as closely as possible to focus on equalization used in music mixing and mastering including kinds of equalizers and their role in polishing of a finished song.
Step 1: The choice of an equalizer
When you choose the “right” equalizer, the first at the top of your head is special hardware or software processors frequently used in audio mixing and mastering. But the truth is that practically any good equalizer in a studio suits this goal. The key point is purity of sound, convenience in use personally for you and understanding of what you can expect from it in the context of sound. Well, that’s done it then! It will do to come down to equalization with precise realizing what will happen
next. There will be then only your creative decision. I can also mention a spectrum analyzer out of supplementary functions. It will simplify the process for both an experienced online mixing engineer and particularly a beginner for whom it won’t be excessive indeed. There is certainly a possibility of equalization in MS mode as well.
Be careful! In spite of the availability of stock DAW equalizers pro engineers point out that they are insufficient at the mastering stage due to evident phase shifting and, consequently, sound distortions. They are always at hand and don’t practically burden the processor so it’s their only advantage. But the pay for CPU usage reduction with simple algorithms is clearly audible phase shifting. Such equalizers are good only at the music mixing services stage and even of accessory elements. Personally, I would recommend Fabfilter’s Pro Q. It is a perfect choice for a beginner with an enormous potential of growth to a professional musicengineer.