So I was reading an article about itunes and trying to figure out what the sound enhancing does and came across the equalization option. The article gave some information about the eq bands and where they lie which I thought was decent but I did not think it gave very good suggestions on base eq levels.
Here is a picture that includes their suggestions for eq on itunes (it is the smaller little box) and then I did a sample of what I think would make a lot more sense for itunes or a PA setup for a wedding dj or other event.
Notice that they do a lot of boosting of frequencies or should I say ALL boosting which I think is actually the worst thing you could do. You want to subtract and cut bad frequencies more than you want to boost.
If you take a look at the bigger chart it looks a bit different. This is the one that I played around with. I wouldn’t say this is perfect and it partially depends on what the style of music is, the song or what you are trying to accomplish. It is also dependent on what you are playing it through but here is a good start.
First thing is that I don’t suggest boosting more than a few frequencies.
Second thing is never boost above 6db which here on itunes is the 2nd little line above 0 db. On the example from the other website they boosted all of the frequencies and many were above the 6 db mark. Rather it is better to keep them all at zero and boost the few frequencies that were highest. In that case the 125 and 8k could be boosted and the rest kept the same or lowered.
Third thing, I realized in recording, mixing and just in general the mids are the area that adds up, makes things muddy and leads to loss of clarity. as you can see in my example I cut some of the mids like 250, 500 and 1k frequencies. I boosted a little at 4k and 8k but that can be played with by ear. Notice that they were only boosted like 1 or 2 db.
Fourth, adjust small and then click the on off (on itunes or a PA or amp or whatever, or hit bypass in some instances) and see if it actually sounds better or just different. If it doesn’t sound better then change it obviously.
Fifth you can raise each band independently to find bad frequencies. For instance raise up 500 and if you realize (which you probably will) that it makes it muddier, then drop it down. Do that for each frequeny and find the bad ones or the ones that you want more of but keep it under 6 db and even under 3 db. Cut rather than raise if you can.
Sixth you can use the itunes presets which look WAY better than the example of the other blog but try them out. Click them while a song is going, scroll through and see what you like. If you are looking at rock it will look different than dance, hip hop, or electronic. Remember also that bass frequencies might not sound that great if your speakers can’t handle it.
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