Equalization 101: What Musicians Need to Know about EQ

EQ is a massive subject for audio engineers. It’s so fundamental to the process that the majority of your time mixing music is probably spent tweaking EQ plugins.

For such a big topic, it’s important to have a firm grasp on the basics. EQ is a powerful tool and you can easily do more harm than good.

In this article I’ll go over everything you need to know to start using EQ like a pro—from the ground up.

What is EQ in music?

EQ (or equalization) in music is the process of changing the balance of different frequency components in an audio signal.