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Old 13th June 2017
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EQ Philosophy?

First - THANKS so much for doing this. I'm a big fan of your work and of many of the artists you've produced. (Tom Waits' 'Alice' is such a gorgeous masterpiece).

My question is about your EQ 'philosophy'. I used to subscribe to the notion that 'subtractive eq is better', until I took a look at some of those Chris Lord-Alge EQ presets on the Waves SSL channel strip -- so many extreme boosts!

Some engineers like CLA seem to crank the knobs all the way until it sounds good, but I've heard others say that if you need that much EQ then you should move the mic or switch mic/pre/comp. (Maybe CLA would agree with that, but he's mixing not tracking...)

Do you have a 'standard' approach to EQ, any "do's and don'ts," or any particular 'tricks' when it comes to EQ'ing specific instruments, like kick or snare, for example?

thanks again.