So Wednesday I was at Elevation church’s studios observing Jeff Sanchez mix a Lauren Daigle track. I noticed he did a trick you often see Dave Pensado do where you stack 3 different EQ’s and have each one of them do a little bit of work. Since several Waves admins and product specialists were also standing around, I meant to ask this question afterwards, but as hectic as things were that day, I just forgot. From what I’ve observed, Chris Lord Alge is the opposite (in his Slate videos and in the MTWM classes) and seems to make much more aggressive broad sweeping EQ strokes.
Of course I understand the difference between surgical EQ at the front of the chain and tone shaping EQ at the back. And I see the purpose of a chain like this
Surgical EQ/Filter -> Surgical Dynamics -> Tone Shaping EQ -> Tone Shaping Dynamics -> More Tons Shaping EQ
But why this? Basic compressor -> EQ -> EQ -> EQ
Unless you run out of bands, why can’t you take an 8 band EQ and just make all the adjustments from one EQ? The dude was using the same EQ?
Forget about dynamics for a sec. Lets say we have this on a vocal chain:
EQ1: (HP Filter @ 120) + (-2 db low shelf cut @ 240) + (-1.5 db cut bell cut at 700) -> EQ2: (-3 db cut at 400)
How is that mathematically any different than this:
EQ1: (HP Filter @ 120) + (-2 db low shelf cut @ 240) + (-1.5 db cut bell cut at 700) + PLUS + (-3 db cut at 400)
…the difference being that the second thing was done with the same EQ?
…and also. What happens here:
EQ1: -2db @ 400 hz. EQ2: -2db @ 400 hz.
EQ: -4db @400 hz
@bozmillar, can you chime in here on how an EQ algorithm works? Or how some of this might make sense?