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6 basic trouble zones for EQ

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Today I received a email notification of a new blog post from Bobby Owsinski’s website:

You might know Bobby from his very popular book “The Mixing Engineer’s Handbook” now in its 3rd edition. It is a great reference. He has plenty of other publications as well.

Today’s post was about 6 trouble zones for EQ (or maybe you could call them “opportunity zones” because they can make you mix sound a lot better with correct attention).


Bobby O


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It divides the frequency spectrum into 6 zones:

200 Hz

300-500 Hz

800 Hz

1 kHz to 1.5 kHz

4 kHz to 6 kHz

10 kHz +

When you are referencing your Work In Progress (WIP) against some commercially available reference tracks, it helps to pay attention to how much of these various EQ zones are popping through in your mix versus your references.  If you work enough with your eq, you will start to recognize these areas just by hearing. It really speeds up making your finished mix.

NOTE: These zones exist in mix, as well as individual recordings / tracks in a session. Have a listen from this standpoint next time you are working with your music.


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