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DCC Archive BAD EQ

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Doug Hess Jr., Dec 27, 2001.

  1. Doug Hess Jr.

    Doug Hess Jr. Active Member

    Belpre, Ohio
    During a discussion of Rhino and Mr. I, it was stated that, "Steve also said that it's VERY hard to undo bad eq. Much easier to sharpen up a dull recording than toning down a ear bleeding one.' This was in reference to you speaking at a Legacy Speaker forum. Please elaborate on your statement.
  2. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Audiophile Mastering Your Host


    Bad EQ can come from several sources in a mastering and recording room:

    Digital EQ (ecch)

    Parametric EQ: (Sontec) (GM Labs) (Manley) etc.

    Older style EQ: (Pultec) (Universal Audio) etc.

    Graphic EQ: (1/3 octave) etc.

    Recording desk EQ: Broad sweep three band EQ like Trident, etc.

    Who knows what a mastering or recording engineer might use?

    Although I can usually tell what has been used and have a similar unit to undo the damage, most folks can't.

    So, their "treble" control won't work to get rid of the damage. See? It's not specific enough.

    Now, on the other hand, if a CD is a little dull, just a tiny tweak up with a home treble knob usually works, and it sounds better, the way the consumer wants it to.

    So, easier to add, than subtract.

    [ December 27, 2001: Message edited by: Steve Hoffman ]
  3. Angel

    Angel New Member

    Hollywood, Ca.

    Steve, you forgot one:

    The mastering engineers "special" secret homeade EQ device, cobbled together from many different units to make one Frankenstein unit. Right? ;)
  4. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Audiophile Mastering Your Host

    Well, I didn't want to get too technical...

    The thing is, the machines (except Digital Death EQ) are fine, and can do great things.

    It is the people who drive them that sometimes overdo it..

    [ December 27, 2001: Message edited by: Steve Hoffman ]

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