Shape the spectrum intelligently with these program-dependent processing tools, and get a super-smooth mix as a result
Resound teaches the advanced art of dynamic EQ
The dynamic EQ is the stealthy hitman of your mixing toolkit, carrying out its missions with pinpoint precision while perfectly blending into the surroundings. It can take on many different roles and knows how to deal with tough situations!
So what exactly is the difference between a dynamic EQ and a conventional EQ? You’re probably familiar with how a conventional EQ works – set a filter to boost or cut, and it does exactly that until you tell it to do something else. A dynamic EQ is set up in a similar manner, but it has a set amount of freedom to react harder, softer or not at all, depending on the program material. A filter in a dynamic EQ listens to the incoming audio and gradually begins to cut or boost after the gain in the specified frequency range has reached a set threshold.
Dynamic EQ is often used to fix intermittent problems. The EQ only works when required and leaves things be the rest of the time. De-essing a vocal is a typical example; and it’s great for transparent wide-range tone shaping, too. It works with the music, doing its thing while letting the mix breathe. It’s also fantastic for sidechaining – you could, for example, set up the midrange of your synths to duck any time the snare hits. This technique allows you to set up an elaborate network of interaction between your elements, creating space for parts to sit in.