Ian Shepherd from ProductionAdvice.com has made this video to give his own take on EQ perception and mastering EQ tips. In the video he demonstrates how to EQ music for increased volume with less compression.

Mastering should be simple – at it’s heart, it’s just about levels, EQ and dynamics. Measuring levels is straightforward, so it must all be about EQand dynamics, right?Well, not quite. Because EQ affects our perception of level. Change the EQ, and you change the way we hear it’s loudness - the way we perceive the level. So once you change the EQ, you may need to tweak the level – and vice versa.

This creates a challenge – but also offers an exciting opportunity. The challenge is to get the balance of EQ and level just right – and the opportunity is to make your music sound louder, but using less compression and limiting to get there. Which has to be a good thing, right?

More information

The video demonstrates this on a real-life example, but if you’d like to really dig deep into the topic of using EQ in mastering, then check out the Home Mastering EQ video pack from Ian Shepherd available here.

About Ian Shepherd

Ian Shepherd is the founder of Production Advice and a professional mastering engineer and owner of Mastering Media Ltd, specialising in High Definition audio services, Blu-ray and DVD authoring.

Over the last fifteen years Ian has worked on literally thousands of CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays for major record labels, TV stations and independents, including several number one singles and award-winning albums.

His extensive artist and client list includes: Keane, Tricky, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Deep Purple, The Orb, Leslie Garret, Culture Club, Porcupine Tree, Andy Weatherall, The Las, Ozric Tentacles, Christine Tobin, New Order and King Crimson amongst many others.

For more info and music tutorials visit http://productionadvice.co.uk/


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