Vocal EQ

This blog is about vocal equalization. In most music today, the vocal is the key element of a song. This means that it is really important that the vocal sounds good and that it fits in to the mix, in a way, that’s it is easy to hear and not sounds muddy ore to sharp.

Parametric EQ

When I am doing vocal equalization, I am always using a parametric EQ. I use this type of EQ because it is very flexible and it’s a great tool, which helps me making the vocals sound great.

The Low End

When I am EQ’ing a vocal, I always start with removing the sounds that I think sounds bad. This could, for an example, be too much low end, and this makes the vocal sounds muddy and boomy.

High Pass Filter

Vocal EQ, High Pass Filter

To fix this I use the High Pass Filter and a Low Shelf Filter. I use the highpass filter with a slope of 12dB per octave. I always start cutting too much of the low end. Then I’m “ backing of” until I nearly can’t hear the effect of the filter. In this way, I am cutting a way some potential sub rumbling, and I am keeping the low end of the vocals.

Low Shelf Filter

Vocal EQ, Low shelf filter

The next step is to use the low shelf filter. I start by boosting, so is easy to hear were the filter is “working” then I sweep through the low end until the filter is focused on the part that I wants to attenuate. Then I lower the filter until the vocal doesn’t sound muddy any more. Make sure you don’t attenuating the low end too much, if you do so, the vocal will start sounding thin and sharp.