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EQing the room - pros & cons

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21 years 1 month
I know there are pro's and con's of EQing your room, but I wanted to get some feedback. I've been moving my monitors around, putting Auralex up (and bass traps), but I don't know if the overall effect of putting in a parametric or graphic EQ (with inherent phase shifts) is overall, better than dealing with frequency inadequacies and having to "learn the room".

Any comments? I thought I saw somewhere that you (Julian) had a Behringer unit that automatically EQ'ed the room. Opinions on that box?

The first studio I worked in (back in the 80's) had an EQ'ed control room using White equalizers with Tannoy "Big Red's" and it seemed to translate mixes very well.


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Scott Gould Fri, 11/02/2001 - 14:15
Ummm... how the heck is a piece of electronic equipment going to EQ a room? It can tell you what the problems are that need treating, but the only way to EQ a room is by changing the dimensions and materials in its construction. You really need a professional to help you find solutions to resonant frequencies, cancellations, standing waves, flutter echo etc. Once you've cured the room's EQ problems, you'll find instruments, microphones, speakers & so on will all sound better. There's no magic box in your signal chain that can do this.


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Guest Fri, 11/02/2001 - 17:27
Funny you should mention it... I have JUST fired up my Ultracurve again..

The box and it's mic are so cheap...

It produces pink noise then picks that up with a mic (placed in the listening position) then eq's the speakers to a 'target curve' specified by the user (usualy a 'sad mouth' shape... cause getting it to make the room "flat", produces shitty mixes)

I found it usefull as a freelancer in many different control rooms.

If you are unable to add sound treatments to a room, it is a handy tool but has 3 drawbacks

1) it has to convert the sound to digital
3) it's a little complicated to learn to use..

It goes between the desk and the amp & speakers..