the Yin and Yang of EQing

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by goldmine_mastering, Dec 23, 2005.

  1. It is often talked about the Yin and Yang of EQing (eg. Bob Katz in his book): Boosting a frequency has the same effect as attenuating another frequency in another range.

    Is there a relation between Yin and Yang frequencies that could be expressed in musical intervalls like boosting a frequency gives a similar result as attenuating for example one octave above or below?

    Anybody willing to share Yin and Yang examples?

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  2. jahtao

    jahtao Guest

    its all in Bob's book, i can't remember the specifics, its all intuitive now. Why don't you try and work it out for yourself? You'd probably learn a billion times more than if someone told you. Wheres the fun in that eh?! As a starting point... cutting bass has the effect of brightening up a sound and vice versa, try it! Thats the basic idea but it works with other frequencies. Sometimes thats all you need if you feel something needs to be toppier, sometimes not. Have fun : )
  3. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    I know engineers that primarily boosts numerous frequencies. Conversely, I know other engineers that primarily attenuated numerous frequencies. Both ways create different results partially based upon phase shift. You can both cut and boost on a single equalizer on a single sound source for whatever your purposes. I do all of the above. It's the same as being a cook. I won't give you any of my recipes!

    A little bit of this, a little bit of that and voila!!!

    Remy Ann David
  4. I have understood the principle of Yin and Yang frequencies and I am experimenting.

    But one question in my first post was if somebody has made observations about Yin and Yang frequencies relating to each other in musical intervals or in other words in integer ratios of frequencies (octave 1:2, fifth 2:3 etc.)?


  5. dcollins

    dcollins Guest

    I'm not so sure about the phase part. I guess there might be some yin/yang frequencies, like cutting 250 also sounds like adding 4k, but it's not a very useful way to view eq'ing, IMO.

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