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Chapter 19. Mastering > Applying EQ

Applying EQ

One of the main reasons to pay for professional mastering is to gain access to bending-end EQ and compression hardware. A good mastering house may have EQ modules pulled from famous British consoles, modern EQs specifically created for mastering full mixes, and a collection of famous old compressors worth more than a nice house. Your mastering engineer ought to have some really special units available to tailor the sound of your tracks. EQ can be used in a huge variety of ways when mastering, but there are usually two main reasons for using EQ.

First, a song may be generally weak in high-end or low-end sound. This may not be obvious when mixing each individual track, but one or two tracks may stick out sonically in a way that is unpleasant when they are compared as a group.


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