This can always be a tricky thing to get right and is quite often a beatboxing nightmare, so it’s useful to have a bit of knowledge as to what the EQ settings actually mean and do.
Lets start with the basics… Using the EQ is a way of turning up and down the different frequencies on a channel (Mic, input, line.. whatever!) so you can make it sound nicer. A high frequency (HI) would be something like a hi-hat or shaker and a Low (LO) frequency would be a bass guitar or bass drum. Therefore turning up these frequencies make them sound different… you’re not actually turning the volume up or down for these actual instruments!!!
So the idea of beatboxing is to make music as close to the real thing as possible and this is where using the mixers EQ settings can be used to your advantage. You can increase or decrease certain frequencies to make yourself sound different or in fact exaggerate some sounds.
Generally on a mixer the knobs will give a flat line signal when turned to 12 o’clock. If you want more hi-end or low end then turn them up. This can give the nice bassy sound like a bass drum would or the top-end of a hi-hat. But this isn’t just it…
Quite often you, or the sound engineer can have the EQ spot on but it still isn’t having the same impact like it should. so…
– – DON’T BE SCARED OF THE ‘GAIN’ – –
The gain is whats going to help get the ‘boom’ that you want from the microphone. So here’s what I generally do when sound checking myself.
1) Start by having all the EQ settings flat and the fader completely down.
2) Do a bass drum sound into the mic until you see it start to peak on the mixer. This means you’re at the maximum it can be for the mics sensitivity.
3) Then gradually increase the fader or volume until your happy with the power you’re getting.
4) From here it’s just a minor tweaking process on the EQ’s to get the nicer sound you want. Don’t go too much otherwise you will get feedback.
Once you’ve mastered your mixer it will take you literally seconds to sound check next time. It’s not that difficult. It is more about knowing what to listen for and where the line is for the system you are using.
Any more issues or problems then ask a question below..