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Approaches to EQ in the old days
Old 6th July 2018
Approaches to EQ in the old days

G'day Geoff,

Can you tell us a little about approaches to EQ back in the 60's? With plugins, these days, it could be argued that it's all too easy to go down the rabbit hole sweeping the spectrum with a sharp Q searching for 'rogue/ bad sounding' frequencies of a given source...and notching out all over the place. The more you sweep around, the more you think you find.

Was EQ something that was pretty straight forward in the early days?
Old 24th August 2018
Hello there, EQ in the sixties, our eq. was very limited, there was no selectable eq. on the mixing console just treble and bass, there was an equalizer called the RS127, that could be used to enhance the vocal, these frequencies were plus or minus 10 DB at. 10K, 2.7K and 3.5K. You have to remember our job was to record music, if it didn't sound rite we changed the instrument, our job was not technical. Just think if you were asked to record an opera would you use plug ins NO you wouldn't. I hope this sets your mind working into a more constructed way of working rather than painting by numbers. Geoff


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Old 25th August 2018
Thanks for your reply and yes it does. I've been thinking there's far too much eq going on and have leaned to a simple approach more and more, including getting the source right.

Thanks again and all the best

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