Should You Use An Automatic Equalizer When Mixing?

Should you use an automatic equalizer?

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Automatic equalizers? Every so often a plugin comes along that is truly unique and different from anything else on the market and when that happens I’m naturally curious about how such a thing might help me in my daily work in the studio.

Gullfoss Intelligent EQ

The Gullfoss plugin by Sound Theory was introduced to me recently by a fellow audio engineer on the Production Expert podcast and I was intrigued, so much so that when I was given the opportunity to try it out I couldn’t say no!

Now, I’m the last person who needs “another” EQ plugin but that’s why this caught my eye because it’s certainly not that.

It’s been developed using quantum theory and a whole heap of clever mathematics and claims to be able to analyse music in the same way as we humans.

To name just 3 of its features, it claims to:

  • improve the clarity, detail, spatiality and balance of a mix or recording in a matter of seconds
  • fixing balancing issues between different sound elements without access to the individual tracks
  • identify and resolve problems in the frequency balance of your signal

Watch the video to see me take the Gullfoss EQ plugin for a test drive, first on a muffled acoustic guitar and secondly on a full mix. I explain how it works and give you my opinion on its claims.

Do you have the Gullfoss plugin? What do you think of it? Let me know!

For more information about using EQ when mixing music, check out my post: Mixing kick and bass for a full yet clean low end

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