MusiQ EQ - FOR YOUR SOUND
Whether you're playing live or recording at home, EQ is one of the most important tools when it comes to mixing sound.
We’ve been building mixers since 1969, so we know what makes a great sounding EQ.
Our analogue engineers designed the MusiQ EQ especially for ZED Compact and ZEDi mixers, carefully optimising the curves and target frequencies to deliver a simple to use, musical EQ that works equally well on stage or in the studio.
HF SWEETEN YOUR SOUND
HF controls the high-frequencies in your signal, where you can find the treble and "air".
Use the HF control to add brightness and sweeten the sound. This is perfect for giving vocals and acoustic instruments some sparkle to help them stand out.
Struggling with a harsh sounding source? Use the HF control to dial out some of the harshness and smooth things out without losing clarity.
MF MIDDLE GROUND
MF controls the middle-frequencies in your signal, an area that can get congested if there's lots of instruments playing simultaneously.
Balancing out the middle-frequencies in a mix can be challenging if your EQ isn’t centred around the right frequency. The ZEDi-10's MF control - with its carefully chosen 600Hz centre frequency - is useful with all sources.
Vocal sounding boxy?
Scoop out the boxiness and allow the vocal to breathe.
Guitar sounding thin?
Dial in some body to add weight to the sound.
Bass sounding muddy?
Make a cut to clean things up, and allow the low-end to shine.
LF HEAVYWEIGHT PUNCH
LF controls the low-frequencies in your signal, the frequencies that deliver bass and fill out your mix.
With a frequency response specifically chosen for punch, you can use the LF control to dial in bass that you can hear, and feel.
A quick turn of the LF control can emphasise the low octave of a bass guitar or the thunder of a kick drum, with enough precision to dial in just the right amount of chest-shaking low-end.
The LF control’s specifically chosen 80Hz corner frequency also comes in handy if you need to remove boominess from a source.
LO-CUT CLEAN UP
When you’re working with microphones, it’s common to pick up low frequency noise: vibrations travelling through microphone stands during a gig; the rumble of traffic when you’re recording at home; or plosives when recording your podcast.
Simply activating the Lo-Cut function - located on every mono input channel - eliminates these low-frequency gremlins before the sound reaches your speakers.
As well as cleaning up your sound, it also increases headroom making it easier to blend all your sounds together.
MusiQ EQ QUICK TIPS
- HF – add brightness and air or remove harshness.
- MF – remove boxiness, or add warmth
- LF – remove rumble
- Lo-Cut = ON
- HF – add brightness and air or remove scratchiness
- MF – remove boxiness, or add body
- LF – remove boominess
- Lo-Cut = ON (OFF if using lower tunings)
FOR BASS GUITAR
- HF – remove finger noise and hiss
- MF – cut for modern scoop, or add vintage growl
- LF – add punch, or remove boominess
- Lo-Cut = OFF
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