All the EQ Information You’ll Ever Need in One Handy Chart

EQ Chart

Independent Recording has the most useful EQ chart I’ve ever seen. I’ve stumbled upon this EQ chart many times on the internet, but I don’t want any of you to go without it.

Not only does it tell you the frequency ranges of a multitude of instruments, but it’s also interactive. By sweeping over the various instruments you can see where some of their more important frequencies are.

How to Use the EQ Chart

You can see the full chart here below, but check out the interactive part of it here as well for extra information.

As you can see in the chart below all the instruments have a specific place in the frequency spectrum. The orange color represents the fundamental frequencies of each specific instrument while the yellows signify their harmonics. Low fundamentals are the blacks on the left while the black surrounded by yellow represents Air.

EQ Chart

EQ References

By looking at the various instruments you can see where their most important frequency information is. Here are a few simple things you can do to make it help you EQ better.

  • You can see what instruments can potentially clash, and where you might need to trim and cut their frequencies.
  • All the technical jargon from ‘thump’ to ‘air’ is there for you to learn.
  • All the instruments are conveniently grouped into their corresponding ensembles.
  • With the handy keyboard layout you can see what frequency range each note represents.

Have you seen this chart before? What did you learn from it?

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    • 11 concrete chapters on solving your EQ problems
    • A rundown of the complete frequency spectrum, showing you the characteristics of each frequency range
    • Dedicated guides to drums, bass, guitar and vocals
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  • Dogbreath

    I’ve had this EQ chart bookmarked for a couple of years now. It’s really helped me to figure out where my “mud” was and why. The “why” is a big deal for me cuz I figure if I don’t understand that part, I’m doomed to repeat. It also helped me to train my ears to what the different frequencies sound like and to decipher them in the mix. I “met” Glen (at Independent)…at home recording a few years ago and he’s a great guy who has probably forgotten more about this stuff than I’ll ever know.
    Good find boss…..

    • http://audio-issues.com Björgvin Benediktsson

      Thanks. When I stumbled upon it again I was like “oh I don’t know if everyone has seen this” So I hope I introduced it to at least someone.

      • http://twitter.com/derFunkenstein Ben

        It introduced me to it, so I do appreciate the re-post.  :D

    • http://audio-issues.com Björgvin Benediktsson

      Thanks. When I stumbled upon it again I was like “oh I don’t know if everyone has seen this” So I hope I introduced it to at least someone.

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  • Wyatt Patterson

    Hi Björgvin,

    I love your site, and thanks for putting up all this information. I’ve played drums for many years, but I am new to recording and this site is an amazing guide. One quick tip – your site doesn’t seem to check that I’ve already signed up for the book and emails so I just keep getting that pop-up sign up page. Otherwise, the site is great, and it has helped me become a much better studio recorder/mixer in an amazingly short amount of time! Skál!

    Wyatt

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  • http://disturbis.nl Disturbis

    Thanks for pointing me to this chart! I’m relative new to producing and trying to clear things up in the spectrum that i used.. Guess it would still take some time for me to master but its a good start! Nice site btw and thanks for the info you provided :)

    • Björgvin Benediktsson

      Thanks. I’m glad you find it useful.