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Chapter 11. Mixing Audio > Understanding EQ

Understanding EQ

EQ, or equalization, is used to change the frequency characteristics of an audio signal. Software-based EQ did not have an easy youth. For years, most digital audio programs had EQ that sounded almost fingernails-on-the-chalkboard bad. To get around this, many people used expensive and CPU-hungry third-party plug-ins or outboard hardware to do the job. Luckily for you, Cubase now includes flexible, good-sounding EQ on every audio channel.

Working with EQ is an art and a long-time learning experience that can't be immediately explained. All EQ boosts or attenuates sound, which means that EQ can also properly be called filtering. Cubase includes three filters:


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