I learned a lot of rules about equalization, compression and limitation. But it seems like one of the most important things is our perception. It doesn`t matter how much plug-ins we use when we swim from “bad” to “good” and back. Our mind and sound – a really delicate couple. I was very confused after having this. Excellent insight and very imaginative. I never thought logic would have its own equalization matching function. It will have been very useful to me from now on. Never stop learning. Thank you!! Obviously, something is out of balance with the lower end. Each of these match equalizers shows a dramatic increase at 100 Hz and below.
The boost varies from 10 to 30 dB. I agree with you, Jimmy! The match equalizer could definitely help identify key areas that need improvement and then dive back into the mix from there 👍. But I don`t understand how to do it How can I do it in Logic Pro X? Visuals, if possible please The good news is that in general, none of these boosts and cuts exceed +/- 5 dB. Even wild equalization parameters are not present in all 3 curves. My mixture is therefore not too far from my references. And it`s never advisable to use Match EQ as a “simple” equalizer solution for your stereo output. The problem is that appearance means nothing at all! Does that sound good to you??? And now, Match EQ analyzes your reference in seconds! I bet you haven`t watched Match EQ since I opened Logic. And he added: “I send both tracks to a bus and put the compressor on the rail of the bus.” And as if that were not enough, Channel EQ proposes: based on these differences, it discovers how to match these two sounds. And he does this by removing the devil from one of these sounds to adapt it to the other. If you`ve already loaded it into your project, look for it in the Project tab.
But you can`t just analyze 1 reference track to find out. The fact is that your blend will be different from a reference no matter what. Now click the red Learn button in the Current tab to disable the EQ Match Analyzer. What for? Why are we so anxious when it comes to comparing our mixes to the pros? What you should have are 3 match equalizers that have analyzed 3 different references. These 3 references should be similar to your mix of genre and style. Here`s my question I play guitar via an old guitar processor axis 2 XL + So I have an audio track with live guitar ready to record And then copy and paste 2 other instances of the same Match equalizer into your stereo output. To do this, hold down the option and drag your match equalizer to the next free plugin location: Because these killer mixes now sound flat. They seem muddy and lack clarity. Or if there are no editing capabilities, perhaps add an equalizer to your mixer and mimic the frequencies to form the corresponding EQ diagram.
While I certainly see other uses for this, I keep seeing it in some sort of mastering app when you`re trying to get closer to the reference tracks. A few weeks ago, I was sad about some of my mixes because I found them boring and uninteresting. I spent too much time on them, and it became a problem. It was time to wrap up. But they still sounded bad. Once I downloaded them to my phone and went on the subway, and when I listened to these tracks, I was shocked at how good they are. Something changed in my head when I wasn`t on screen, with tons of curves, controls, and tracks. Hi Brian, thanks for visiting the website! Match EQ is ideal for matching the sound from one track to another. Can I use this method of this MatchIng EQ to adjust my guitar sound to fit the backing track during playback? Or I can say that everything is fine and let the mastering engineer decide if something needs to be fixed. I didn`t think it would work well, but I also couldn`t help but think it out loud. Maybe then the paired equalizer could become a reference point to say, ok, let me see where I can beat a little over 100Hz, or can I cut something else in the mid-range, add a high-end here or there to get the right results.
“Normally, I adjust the levels quite carefully because the levels of the recorded guitar are opposite to the backing track. If the guitar is too loud, it will never mix. and then I`m going to have both the guitar and the backing track played in the same compressor with some sort of bus-style settings (2:1 ratio, 30ms attack, 300ms release or auto, soft knee and 2-3dB gain reduction)” SEO is when you compare your mix with other professional mixes. They refer to hear what you do well and where you could do better. Today`s article was originally published in 2018. It has been updated to include a video tutorial that demonstrates the following procedures. If I only increased 100Hz on the stereo output, I would increase 100Hz for everything in the mix. Do you see any striking similarities? In other words, it took me a few years to buy tons of extra plugins (hard lesson to unlearn!). But eventually, I came to the conclusion that I didn`t need 3rd party stuff anymore.
I just had to focus on simplicity and structure. They tear the packaging and find this. Thing. You don`t know why you have it. You wonder why anyone would think of giving it to you. If you want to adjust the guitar track in this Steve Vai song, I suggest you find a segment where no instrument other than guitar is played. When you`re done, click the Match button on the EQ Curve tab. The result looks like this: Repeat step two with your second and third match equalizers with 2 other reference tracks. If each match equalizer lowers or amplifies the same frequency by such a high value, your mix balance is disabled.
Now you need to analyze your reference leads. Rock Ballad Guitar Backing Track Steve Vai Style Em by VitoAstone Since you copied and pasted the first match equalizer, everyone should have your mix analyzed under the Current tab. The channel equalizer is the epitome of the Logic Pro experience. Big and blue, the Channel EQ does one thing, and it does that thing well. And that`s precise, digital equalization. Load an instance of Match EQ onto your stereo output. Then open the match equalizer and press the red learn button in the Current tab: But who can blame you? It took me years to figure out how Match EQ would change my logical mixes forever. Use the Finder to access your reference tracks by pressing the F key.
You`re different, aren`t you? This tells you that no two mixtures are the same. Since you have already done step 3 by matching each reference track, we can move on to step 4. You know how to reference. Every mixing blog in the world tells you to do it. Unfortunately, I don`t have access to these other tracks isolated from this guitar-only accompaniment track. What you should have now are 3 match equalizers bypassed on your stereo output. Usually, trying to match the equalizer to a mastered track doesn`t work well. EQ curves tend to make entire mixes too filtered. From your description Brian, I guess: – An accompaniment track on one track – Your guitar track recorded on another track – You adjust the level of your recorded guitar so that it does not stand out too much – Select both tracks and use the key command “Shift-Command-D”, to open the Track Stack dialog box – Select “Summative Stack” – This will create a bus through which both lanes will pass – Set the compressor the new channel bus with these parameters Hey Roman, I totally agree with you! For the first few years of using the channel equalizer in Logic, I kept asking myself, “Does this look good?” I was impressed by how visual things can affect my audio perception. I`ve found that some plugins “sound better” than others simply because I like their big, beautiful buttons. Your blog is very interesting and explains so many really useful things.
Thank you! Logic Pro has no less than 7 equalizers in its EQ folder. From the equalizer, which emulates the shapes and sounds of analog hardware, to the equalizer, which can match the sound of one signal to another. Few DAWs can match Logic`s equalization capabilities. Start with individual instruments. Progress to instrument buses, then to stereo output. What Match EQ has done is that it is “listened to” of your mix. Then he “listened” to your reference track. Hi Chris That`s really cool I love your advice, it`s so helpful and not so common Thanks for your selfless work For me, Match EQ sat in the plugin folder and collected the digital dust. The software equivalent of a gift you didn`t want or didn`t ask for. Balancing your blend is a complicated thing! Throwing such a wild EQ curve on your stereo output can do more harm than good.
Unfortunately, my mixes were not solved with new plugins. It was quite an embarrassing experience. When you find your first reference track, open the first instance of Match EQ. Let`s say you`re recording your guitar today and you want it to match the sound of a guitar track you recorded 3 years ago. You can use Match EQ on today`s guitar track and refer to the track from 3 years ago. And then Match EQ will try to adapt today`s guitar to the old guitar track by adjusting the EQ curve. So, you know SEO always feels like a guessing game? But if you add a reference track to compare your mixes, your heart collapses. If not, what type of commercial plugin should I use? This is very important. What you`re trying to figure out is if your mix has frequency imbalances. I wonder if they have editing features in Match EQ so you can change some frequencies or maybe add them to the mixing bus as a final “mastering” equalizer. Once the scanner stops moving, press the spacebar to stop playback. Of course, it is worth knowing that this mixture is unbalanced.
But thanks to Match EQ, it`s now 100% easier to fix! I find myself a little more in the mid-range somewhere between 700-2k on bass guitar tracks to support it and beat it a little more through playback devices like cell phones, which is the new stereo system with portable Bluetooth speakers, car stereos, etc. The EQ Match can serve as a roadmap or guide to “match” the reference route.