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  • Mr. Lifto
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    Joined: Feb 15th, 2010
    Compression/EQ
    Hi I realize this is a very broad question, but I'm wondering if anyone can help me find out where to start to learn basics of compression/EQ, ie anything from basic theory to methods. I'm on GB 09 (5) and having a good time, would just like to go further. Cheers
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  • Rounik Admin
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    Joined: Dec 16th, 2006
    Re: Compression/EQ
    Hi Mr Lifto & welcome to the mpv forums! Compression: This is often used to even out the dynamics of a performance. e.g. if you record a vocal part where some parts are pretty loud and others too soft... and you want to even out the levels. A compressor can be used to make the quiet parts louder and the loud parts softer. There's a great tutorial about the effects for GB'08. The vast majority of plugins are exactly the same in GB 08 and 09, except 08 didn't have the GTR plugins... [url]http://www.macprovideo.com/tutorial/GarageBand08202[/url] Hope this helps! Rounik
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  • Mr. Lifto
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    Joined: Feb 15th, 2010
    Re: Compression/EQ
    hi thanks for the quick response. this looks exactly like what i was looking for. your quick thumb-nail explanation helped too. in a way, obviously, the terms are self-explanatory but, as an absolute rookie to recording, i'm still a little at sea on how it's done and why, in a practical sense. i'm sure this'll move me along. cheers
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  • Rounik Admin
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    Joined: Dec 16th, 2006
    Re: Compression/EQ
    Hey, No probs! I forgot to mention EQ: In essence, the audible sound we can hear is between 20-20,000 Hz approximately. The EQ plugin allows us to raise or lower certain frequency bands... e.g. to take out some deep bass that may be making your song sound muddy... or raise the higher frequencies to give the song more 'life'. We use EQ to give each instrument it's own area / frequency band within the mix. e.g. to make sure the Kick drum and bass guitar don't completely overlap each other... Do let us know if you need any further help! Rounik
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