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What Is EQ?

Equalization (EQ) refers to cutting or boosting the volume level of specific frequencies of an audio signal. EQ is used to open up frequency ranges, and thus enhance the clarity, spaciousness, and blending of sounds in a mix.

Every instrument occupies its own frequency range (Figure 13.18). When you record multiple tracks of audio, the frequency ranges of various instruments overlap, often creating a unique blend of sound. But overlapping frequencies can also interfere with each other and produce frequency build-ups that make a mix sound unbalanced, cloudy, and flat.


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