Originally Posted by paterno
No, you may not be. This is definitely not always the case. As a mixer, you sometimes get things that have been recorded with a certain sonic character that permeates all the sounds -- depending on who did it, how it was done, and the type of equipment used. Sometimes it is better to get everything to work together as a whole and then fine tune the whole thing with EQ, as opposed to trying to dig it out of every individual sound. Sometimes hitting the stereo buss hard to get a desired effect rounds off the top end too much, so adding an EQ to brighten it up makes sense. Sometimes it just SOUNDS better when you add or remove a touch of something at the very end.
It's only wrong when it doesn't sound good in the end.
I always thought that was the job of the mastering engineer. Maybe some of you folks could bring in a chart showing what EQ was applied so if the mastering guy wants to undo it, he knows were to apply reverse EQ? Or better yet, bring in a mix with and without that EQ so the mastering guy has something to choose from?
Perhaps suggested EQ listening curves could be supplied in the album notes so the end listener could fine tune the the whole thing?
When did the fashion of buss mix EQ begin? I don't remember anyone doing this 25 years ago. Is it to compensate for low cost recording gear or the losses running through it?