Experienced engineers often know intuitively how to order effects. Depending on the source, the order of EQ and compression can vary greatly. Placing an EQ before a compressor can either weigh down the compressor and make that element sound distant and week, or it can bring it out and make it pop in the mix.

This episode is just a start of a series, and as always, I open it up with some listening. I’ll have more examples on different types of sources in future videos.

These examples are kind of tough. I didn’t go easy on your guys. The amount of compression is the same in both examples, and the EQ is also doing the same task.

Feel free to comment below as to how you like to use EQ and compression, and in which cases you place one before the other.



Hello, my name is Ryan Earnhardt. I am a personal mentor to audio engineers, and a debt free studio owner, Lumen Audio, located in the mountains around Asheville NC.

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