There’s no one proper way to EQ and there are certainly no rules. But there are methods and subtractive EQ is one that works really well for me.
Our brain tends to automatically assume louder is better even when it isn’t. This is why we easily end up boosting when EQ:ing.
A lot of the time we are better off cutting rather than boosting though. This is especially true for a lot of the cheaper EQ’s.
Cut and re-gain.
Take away what you don’t want and you’re left with a nice clean sound.
It takes discipline if you’re used to boosting, but you’ll find that many times it’s much easier to fix things this way.
Next week we will look into how to identify the frequencies you want to cut.