Posts Tagged ‘eq’


Guys I am thrilled to write this post today. I never been to Moscow before and I need to admit – I love it. The city is insane, the food is fantastic and the jingles recordings are just great fun….(The only thing makes it hard is the weather….so freaking cold and way too much wind and snow.) (more…)

EQ Top

Hey guys it’s Andre.

Getting started in mixing sure is not the easiest part of production. Especially clashing signals in the same range can be a problem, which not always can be solved by simple volume adjusting.

To make you start with a bit of help, I did a little example picture showing some common frequencies and how boosting or lowering them will affect your mix. Also some EQ-ing tricks, I learned from friends, own experience and tutorials.


These techniques are very common to most mixes, but of course you need to adjust your values to your mix. These are just a few tips for quick edits, but if you want to get the best result, you need to trust your ear.

Another tip: Mixing with references will help you get close to that professional sound and provide a quick A/B comparison.

Cheers and have a great weekend.

FabFilter Pro-Q

Hey guys, it’s Andre.

EQs are pretty much one of the basic tools in every producer’s arsenal and come with every DAW out there. Pro Tools users are blessed with the pretty good Digirack EQ 3.  Most tasks, I’m solving with the Digirack EQ, but still another manufacturer made it into my list of favorites – FabFilter with their Pro-Q.

Check why this EQ is so special for me and why it managed to get in every session of mine. (more…)

Our reader Kyle wrote us an email with the following question:

“Hello Benztown Boys and Girls,
Was wondering if you could ask on your blog for the Adobe Audition Users (Version 1.5 to 3.0), what the best compression and EQ settings are in Adobe’s own effects panel.

Now it’s up you, Adobe Audition experts on this blog. Share your wisdom with us help us to answer Kyle’s question and help him to rock his productions!

Thanks in advance and have a great weekend….Your Benztown Blog Crew

When I was skimming through the latest issue of Music Tech Magazine, I stumbled over an old question I have been asked a thousand times while doing personal trainings with imaging guys, sound designers or webinars. EQ, before or after compression? It’s a tricky question, which is dividing the production community since years. Everyone got his own opinion. Here at Benztown, we never use compression before EQing, but over the years, I’ve seen many producers, with quiet big names in the industry, who use the EQ after compression and they swear that’s the only way to do it. Others do both, EQ, then compressor, then a second EQ. I think it is personal taste and depends strongly on the goal you want to achive.

So here’s my question for you guys: How do you do it? Which way do you EQ and compress your audio (f.e. your VO)?

Vote in the poll below or tell of your experiences with compression and EQing in the comments.

Hi guys, it’s Andre.

It’s now my 33rd week here at the Benztown studios, where I learn everything about radio, production and imaging.

With all the great EQs available, it’s hard to chose the right one, but sometimes you don’t need a subtle EQ. You just want to get rid of sections, you don’t want. That’s where you need the AIR Kill EQ, a Plugin that comes free with Pro Tools 8 & 9.

Like the name says, the AIR Kill EQ kills whole sections. That’s perfect it you want to get rid single parts of songs or loops if you want them to stand alone. The three buttons on the left kill certain frequencies, which you can determine in the ‘FREQ’ window. In the ‘GAIN’ window, you can (of course) gain single frequencies.

The AIR Kill EQ works great for beatmatching songs. By killing a section of the first song and replacing it with a single section of another song, you can create great remixes.

Choose a beat, put the AIR Kill EQ into the track. By using automation on the three kill buttons, you can quickly add and remove certain frequencies and bring them in just when you need the… only with one track

The ‘Sweep’ knob is a funny tool to play with. It controls the bandwidth on all of the bands. With automation, you can create some sweeping effects with no big effort.

The AIR Kill EQ is perfect for quick jobs without adjusting a lot of parameters and a really underestimated Plugin.

In older posts you’ve seen several of my templates, so you know I really dig Aux tracks for Delay and Reverb use. There is nothing faster and easier to me manipulating Audio and create incredible delays and reverb effects. Most of the time I use beat related delays in combination with Filters, Amps, EQs, Flangers and many other plugINs. In this short tutorial I want to show you how I create a nice distortion delay. Remember AUX is POWER!I recorded the video on the fly, so I add the treated VO as audio to the post as well.

Hi guys, it’s Andre.

It’s now my 19th week at the Benztown Studios, since I started as volunteer.

When you start with Pro Tools, you’ll be massively overwhelmed by all the different functions and possibilities. There are so many techniques, shortcuts, plugIns and functions that need to be learned to control them. You might not need  every function, but there are definitely a lot of functions, which have to be learned to increase your workflow and your production.

In the following video, I combined two essential functions: Routing tracks to a bus and using automation.

In an earlier tutorial, Ryan already showed you how to create a bus, which helps you to save system power – (not everyone’s got a twelve core Mac Pro 🙂 – and allows you to have the same settings for multiple tracks withould inserting loads of plugIns in the tracks.

Another great function is automation. It’s activated by holding command + option + controlfor mac and control + alt + start for pc and clicking on the parameter you want to automize.

To switch to the track with the automation data, hold control + command – click for mac and control + start – click

Almost everything in Pro Tools can be automized. If you can click it, try to automize it 😉 – okay, not every clickable object in Pro Tools can be automized, but a lot of them.

By combining routing to an Aux Track and using automation, I was able to create the following video in a few minutes, instead of wasting a lot of time, using the same plugIn in every track and automizing every little parameter.

So enjoy the video. (more…)

Last week we introduced our brand new category “The Nic Kelly Files” featuring one of the new generation of Imaging guys.  Nic Kelly from Australia!

After showing us how to create stunning beatmixing techniques in Adobe Audition, he’s got something special for you, no matter if you’re using Adobe Audition, Pro Tools, Logic or any other DAW.

Today he shows us his self created Cosmonaut Voice:

Cosmonaut Voice is a stunning plugin which includes telephone voice, CB radio distortion, noise, squelch and even interplanetary effects…

Check out an example by David Konsky himself: just click here

Of course such a great plugin has it’s price which may be to exorbitant for a young producer, which just has started.

So, Nic Kelly created his OWN Cosmonaut Voice:

This example is created without Cosmonaut Voice! You don’t believe it? Then check out Nic’s plugin chain screenshots and take off to outer space. (more…)

You all know Brendan Tacey as the Head of Imaging for MMM in Melbourne. He is also known as the PRODGUY and runs his own Youtube channel showing YOU tipps & tricks for great radio production. A few days ago I asked Brendan to do a work shop on Compression and Eqing and he came up with an unbelievable detailled post, showing you step by step how he creates an unbelievable VO sound in his daily productions.  This post IS the ultimate roadmap to make you blow your speakers. Enter Brendan!