#1
I'm in the studio for all of this weekend recording an EP and need some guidence on my EQ settings. Normally I'd just **** about with them until I get a nice tone, but I don't have that much time to.

Basically, I'd just like some recommendations of which bands I should boost/cut on a 10 band EQ to produce a nice metal tone, and then I'll customise from there.
I want to cut through the mix, but not to be too muddy, or too trebley.

Help me please, Comrades
#2
i don't know about a ten band EQ, but my amp has a 4 band and for metal I boost the lows a tad, I have the low mids about 2 o'clock, the high mids about half past 2, and the highs at one o'clock. Hope I helped
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#3
What kind of sound are you going for? Alot of different tones are found in metal.
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#4
Something that sounds like the bass on The Sound of Perseverance, Individual Thought Patterns or Symbolic by Death.

Cuts through nicely, but isn't too much to muddy the other tracks
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Something that sounds like the bass on The Sound of Perseverance, Individual Thought Patterns or Symbolic by Death.

Cuts through nicely, but isn't too much to muddy the other tracks


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Yep, but I think he likes to boost his mids and we all know he plays with his fingers...Haven't listened in a while though.
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EQ adjust you!!!


to be on topic, i'd say boost the bass and treble bands and scoop the mids a bit. thats how i like it. nice and rumbly, but still crisp.
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#9
First, start off with your EQ at 0.

Most people will think I'm nuts for saying this, but if you want a clear, agressive tone that's thick but not boomy, you need to cut 150-180Hz (whatever it is on your EQ) by about 3db. That's where all the muck is. That's where all the volume is, too, but that's one of the reasons bass amps are so powerful.

Now, you'll definitely want to boost the bands below the one you cut to compensate for lost bottom (no more than 3db). If the tone sounds clear but hollow, boost 250-350Hz a little, or until the life comes back.

Now, people say scoop "the mids" (whatever the hell they are), but I say if you scoop out 500Hz, you're missing something. I like a slight boost at 500Hz - it makes the sound really agressive and in-your face without clouding the signal up, and most importantly, not making your tone brittle. Don't go crazy though, as that frequency makes you sound like a car horn if you boost it to much.

Now, I personally ignore from 600 - 1500 Hz, or at least on a graphic EQ, I boost or cut them to make a smooth curve with the bands below and above it. However, from 1kHz to 10kHz, this is where YOU carve out your sonic signature. You can fiddle around (again, not making more than +/-3db adjustments) here until you get your sound. Personally, I boost at around 2kHz (that's where THE attack is) and at 8-10kHz for some air.

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#10
I think one of the key things to keep in mind here is what Fitz said in his last statement. Make sure your gear can do the tone justice. If you're using a small combo with an EQ pedal, it won't sound anywhere near as good as an SVT stack. EQ will point you in the right direction, but it also depends on your pickups, the woods your bass is made of, your amp, your attack style, etc. There are really a lot of factors. Personally, I have found that in almost all metal situations a boost at 450Hz does a world of good. It really improves your presence in the mix, and adds some "growl" to your tone; perfect for Death.
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#11
Ah, Fitz, you legendary incarnation of some holy bass god, thank you very much.

Cheers to everyone. You've all made me feel happy and confident now