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What will give you a better sound?
Old 27th August 2007
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What will give you a better sound?

What will give you a better sound? A mic-pre with hardware eq or a mic-pre with plug-in eq?
Old 27th August 2007
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Originally Posted by pikapikapi View Post
What will give you a better sound? A mic-pre with hardware eq or a mic-pre with plug-in eq?
It depends on which compressor you're using.
Old 27th August 2007
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Old 27th August 2007
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With good mic selection and placement, eq is not always necessary. That could sound better than sub-optimal mic selection or placement with eq of any sort.

Basically, you won't know exactly what eq curve you want until mix time. So why eq while tracking?

Analog eq can add noise. Digital eq doesn't add any noise. But then, maybe it's the noise we miss.

A great analog eq is hard to beat - but whether it's worth the trip outside the box is another thing to consider if using it a mix time.

Both will do a good job in the hands of a good engineer, or a stink job in someone else's hands. It comes down to how much money you've got in the end.
Old 27th August 2007
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depending on the mic pre and eq you could well get better quality from hardware but remember that a lot of plugins are much better and more versatile than hardware eq's costing around $1000 so only as you start to exceed that limit will hardware eq's maybe start to get better and as versatile as plugins. some plugins eq's are incredibly amazing, consider the tcelectronic stuff and the GML in the sonny oxford so for that price, you're getting near the equivalent from software for about a third the price...i'm not sure about the figures here!

if you're inexperienced, i would suggest not equing at all until mix stage and then just use plugins. equing while tracking can be risky unless you know exactly what you're looking for and sometimes you only really know when you start mixing - even for an experienced person! equing while tracking can be ok if you're recording a band and you know what you're going for tonally and you're hearing all the elements together.

if you do want to eq while tracking then i would suggest to only do some mild tonal shaping rather than anything surgical...i'd say the exact same thing about compression

if you're experienced, you probably have the picture in your head already in which case go for it and eq your heart out :-)
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