Subtractive vs Additive EQ: The Ultimate Showdown

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6 Responses

  1. Rob Mayzes says:

    Great article, .

    I find that people have become far too obsessed with subtractive EQ, and I think you’ve hit the nail on the head. It’s entirely situational!

  2. Michael says:

    I think it’s a good thing to just go from cutting to adding frequencies. First you cut to clean and “repair”, and get tracks and sounds out of each other’s way.
    Then next you can consider boostin at some points to add some excitement.
    It of course depends how full a raw mix is. If it’s very full or crowded sounding, I would never boost anything to start out with. But if it’s already thin-sounding, you could already start looking into boosting some frequencies. I would still consider filtering rumble, overly high peaks, and perhaps too much high-end out first, though. And adding can still be done significantly through mastering the finalized mix, you can never get rid of something too much in a finalized mix anymore.

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