Using Parametric EQ in Home Recording Mixing

The parametric EQ (equalization), is the go-to EQ when mixing because it allows you to adjust specific frequencies to get each of your tracks to sit nicely in the mix. To use the parametric EQ, click the Peak EQ button (it looks like a circle with a line coming from the left and right sides) in the EQ plug-in window you have open. You have three settings to adjust:

  • Gain: This is the amount of boost (increase) or cut (decrease) that you apply to the signal. In Logic and Pro Tools, to get your boost (gain) amount, either you can point your mouse over the parameter and click and drag up or down, or you can click in the EQ graph above the parameter controls and drag up or down.

    In Pro Tools, you can also type in the amount in a text box.

  • Freq: This frequency is the center of the EQ. You select the range of frequencies above and below this point by using the Q setting (see the next bullet). In Pro Tools, you can either type the frequency in the text box on the left or use the slider to make your adjustment.

    In Logic, to get the desired frequency, you can either point your mouse over the parameter and click and drag up or down, or click in the EQ graph above the parameter controls and drag left or right.

  • Q: This is the range of frequencies that your EQ will affect. The higher the number, the narrower the range that gets EQ’d. In Pro Tools, you adjust this setting either by moving the knob or by clicking in the text box and typing a value between 0.33 and 12.

    In Logic, you can point your mouse over the parameter and click and drag up or down to get the Q value you want. Your settings can be anywhere from 0.10 to 100.

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