How to Find Troublesome Frequencies By Sweeping EQ

When I first start working in recording studios I really struggled with EQ. If you struggle like I did have no fear today’s post is for you! I have one simple trick. Sweep the EQ to quickly and easily find troublesome frequencies. Keep reading to find out how…

Tuning your ears takes time

If you are just starting out in a home recording studio your ears likely aren’t yet tuned to identify frequencies quickly. I really struggled with this for a long time. It took years to learn how to zero in on what I was hearing and where it was. Then there was what to do about it.

Training your ears and your brain takes time, but don’t fear. I am here to help you speed the process up as much as you can.

Use a eq sweep to find bad spots fast

Using a parametric EQ you can quickly find and deal with troublesome frequencies. This is how you do it. Start with a narrow Q and boost it 5-10db so that you are able to hear the changes. Now take the frequency and move it from low to high. go back and forth slowly till you hear what you want to get rid of. Once you find the spot simply lower the gain of that frequency until you are cutting and the sound of the instrument smooths out.

Does that sound too easy?

It really is that easy! You can sweep and cut out annoying frequencies in minutes. No more hunting of fishing around. Now while it is easy you will still need to train your ears. The good news is doing this will help train your ears. As you sweep pay attention to what frequencies sound like what. The more you do this the faster you will get. Pretty soon you won’t even need to guess.

Here is a quick video demonstrating using EQ sweep to find and get rid of bad frequencies.

Don’t forget to check out my other blog post on high pass filters for controlling low end here or my guide to use low pass filters here

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