What are compression & EQ and how do they work?
1. Review the concepts of compression:
2. Learn about EQ:
Download the EQ map:
3. If you have EQ Eight (included in Live Standard & Suite), watch Liina’s video on it. The video goes into more depth as it progresses, so don’t worry if the second half is confusing!
3. The only way to really learn how to mix is to actually mix! Open the Project you prepared last week. Solo each Track, one by one, and apply EQ and compression. You may wish to use the following ‘recipes’ as guidelines. When you’re beginning, it’s good to apply EQ first, removing all unnecessary frequencies, then add a compressor. This way, your EQing process will be easier because you’ll get rid of unnecessary frequencies first rather than compressing them and possibly making them more audible!
4. Now use Gain Staging to ensure that there is no clipping in your project. Remember – red is bad! The notes below give an overview of Gain Staging, and this article goes into more depth.
5. Now you’ve processed each individual track, add EQ and compression to each Group Track, so you can find the appropriate location for each instrument and group in the mix. Gain Stage your Group Tracks as you add Effects, or do this as a separate stage after applying them. As you become more experienced at mixing, you’ll find which workflows work best for you.