How to EQ a Trombone

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The acronym EQ, in music terminology, typically stands for "equalize." Find out how to equalize a trombone with help from an experienced audio producer in this free video clip.

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Hi, this is Aaron Wolpin with AWOL Audio, here at The Track Studio in Dallas, Texas, and I'm going to show you how to EQ a trombone. Here we have just a clean trombone without any processor. So, it sounds good, but we just want to kind of enhance the frequencies that we think, it's really trying to bring out. We want to cut down on some of the annoying frequencies. First what I hear is, we don't need any other, really low end stuff. So, let's cut some of that, I've an EQ right here. I'm going to cut about 70 to 80 hertz. Sometimes what I do, is I purposely make it thin, bring it back to where it begins to sound full again. So, I'm happy with that, we don't need anything lower than this. So then, next, we can try to enhance. This is kind of a deeper trombone, it all depends too, on what kind of trombone and what kind of song and what, you know, what they're playing, they're playing low notes, or high notes. Here's it's a little lower, so let's boost some of those fundamental frequencies around 125 or so. That's already a lot better, and you can kind of, it's a much fuller sounding, thicker sounding. Let's get rid of some of the annoying, there's some kind of splatty sounds, when we hit some of the higher notes, I kind of want to tame those down. You can boost it to hear it, That really kind of sounds, so I'm going to cut that down a little, bring some air back into that. Let's listen to before and after, here it is before, before EQ, and here it after, the EQ enhancement here. So, you know, it's all relative, it all depends on the rest of the song and how it fits in. But these are just some general guidelines, I hope this helps. I'm Aaron Wolpin with AWOL Audio, thank you for watching.


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