quote of the day

Personally, I really don’t like equalizers much. I’ve always felt that if you’re a really good engineer, and you choose your microphones and their positions wisely, equalization is unnecessary.

– Fletcher



  1. I can’t agree with this, sorry.
    No matter where you put the mic, you can’t get enough bottom-end out of a kick drum without EQ.
    This is genre dependent, of course. Jazz would be one example where the kick drum traditionally doesn’t have a lot of sub frequencies, but I’m my point is still clear.

    Having said that, there is certainly a necessity to stop teaching the phrase “oh, we’ll fix it in the mix” and start working on getting good sounds from the beginning, instead of placing the responsibility of ‘salvage’ onto the next engineer in the chain.

  2. Thank goodness there’s equalization for us sub-par engineers without the ability wisely to select microphones and positions! : -)

    I do agree, however, that mic choice and placement are key skills that are foundational to achieving a good sound.

  3. SourBattery says:

    I think he should have mentioned the importance of a good arrangement in context with that. Clashing frequencys is hard to controll with the use of mic placement and mic choice alone.

  4. that’s like a chef saying: i don’t beieve in spices

    • That’s a good example. If you make a bad, tasteless meal and try to make it delicious by throwing loads of different spices into, the meal will still tastes bad. But if you make a good meal, the right spices can make it even better.

      If you make a good mic’ placement and use the eq only for creative purpose (spice!), then it’s okay.

  5. Can’t agree with that sorry. Especially if you produce electronic music…

  6. If you make sole electronic music, substitute “patch selections” for “mic placements.” I agree with this quote only very slightly because you could substitute “reverb,” “delay,” “compression,” “noise gates,” and “digital pitch tuning” for “EQ” just as easily.

  7. I like the point of trying to not need eq.

  8. That is such a load of poop comment. Modern recoded music IS ALL ABOUT EQ AND COMPRESSION. This is an “i’m better than you” engineer slap down if you ask me.

    If this dude is such a sonic purest – tell him to put his compressors away…they corrupt the sonic purity he’s supposedly after too.

    Here’s another one – ever see each mics frequency response charts? Well guess what? if it’s not 100% sonically FLAT, then you are ADDING EQ WITH THE MICROPHONE. The BEST mics in the world ARE NOT FLAT – they BOOST or CUT frequencies in various points in the sonic spectrum…

    So why is boosting and cutting the ORIGINAL sound with mic choice any better than doing the very same thing AFTER the mic’s capsule? IT AIN’T.

    This is an “i’m better than you” engineer slap down

  9. EQ is not just “spice in the meal” for me but an important tool, as well.
    A few examples:

    – For removing subsonic frequency parts from the tracks,
    – For making the mix more transparent by removing frequencies in the competitive frequency range of track instruments,
    – For layering.
    It was a needless statement, eq’s are in use in all serious studios and will be used also in the future.

  10. Dr. EQ:

    Keep in mind that this blog belongs to someone that writes compressor and EQ plugins (among other things) – obviously he believes they are useful and important.

    I think the value in the statement is that one should consider the source first. With a little care, a little patience, and a little trial and error, one can do amazing things with microphone selection and placement. Even if you don’t have access to a lot of tools, simply throwing an SM57 in front of a guitar amplifier will give you a tone that you may feel like adding EQ to later. Putting a little thought into how it’s placed, however, can yield surprisingly different results. Adding quality to a recorded signal after the fact is hard, so it’s important to get it as far back up the signal chain as possible.

    Don’t interpret this quote (or most quotes, for that matter) as a law that someone says you should follow, but rather food for thought the next time you’re setting up a mic.

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