Subtractive or Additive EQ

The question was asked earlier this week.

Is it recommended to use subtractive EQ or additive EQ when mastering audio?

In audio mastering, it is generally recommended to use subtractive EQ rather than additive EQ. Subtractive EQ involves reducing the level of specific frequencies in order to shape the overall tonal balance of the audio. This can help to create a more cohesive and polished sound by removing any frequency conflicts or imbalances. Additive EQ, on the other hand, involves boosting the level of specific frequencies, which can often result in a more cluttered and unnatural sound.

When using subtractive EQ, it is essential to be careful not to remove too much of a particular frequency range, as this can result in a thin or hollow sound. It is also essential to listen to the audio in context, as the desired EQ settings will depend on the specific characteristics of the audio and the overall sound that you are trying to achieve.

In general, it is a good idea to start with a subtle approach when using EQ and to make small, incremental adjustments rather than trying to make significant, dramatic changes. This will help to preserve the natural character of the audio and avoid any adverse side effects.

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