EQ and monitoring
Posted: Sat May 23, 2020 4:21 pm
Okay, I came late to recording and have spent many previous hours listening to pop music with the 80's obligatory smile EQ curve. Now I have a conundrum. I bought my monitors online without listening to them. I don't particularly like how they sound with flat EQ. They do have a good SOS review however. I try to listen to reference CDs with a flat EQ curve - but I don't really enjoy them until I dive into Totalmix and tweak the EQ on the main monitors. Apply a subtle smile EQ curve and I'm in audio heaven. Nothing too drastic, a 3 dB boost at 80 Hz and a 3 dB boost at 5 KHz. Now rightly or wrongly I feel terribly guilty about this and switch the EQ back to flat when I am recording and mixing. However I am generally unsatisfied with the music I produce when I listen to it on Soundcloud via my iPad. I wondered if I might produce music that sounds better if I left the EQ curve on? I feel there is the correct response - having Totalmix set with flat EQ but I struggle with the fact I prefer my reference tracks with EQ applied.