Graphic Equalizers

Among the three most common types of equalizers we use when working our beats we have the so-called “Graphic Equalizers”. They are like a Swiss army knife and as such we must learn to use them correctly.


Ableton Live – EQ Eight (Great example of a Graphic EQ)

The trick to start with those who will be our best friends during production is to understand their main key parameters:

  • Q (Bandwidth):

    The bandwidth (BW) determines the amount of adjacent frequencies to either side with respect to the center frequency of the filter. It is usually expressed in octave values, corresponding to a large bandwidth value, very smooth slopes in the band pass filter.

  • Frequency:

    This is the anchor point that we are choosing to affect a frequency package. There are many “Magic Tables” that serve as a reference to work some instruments / voices and thus achieve a particular color. But nothing will beat your ear!

Ableton Live – EQ Eight with a frequency of 200HS and a bandwidth of 3.45
  • Gain:

    This is a value usually mishandled by those who do not know the power of subtlety. It is the amount of energy to add (or subtract) over a given frequency package. As advice it is always better not to abuse these values ​​and use subtle values ​​such as +/- 3db.