ToneMatch Mixer ToneMatch Presets, zEQ, ParaEQ

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Here is a video to show you how to set the ToneMatch Presets, zEQ, and ParaEQ. You may not hear the differences in sound that I'm discussing in the recording, but follow along on your ToneMatch mixer, and you'll be able to hear them in your environment.

Overview Notes

The way the Presets, zEQ and ParaEQ work together ...
  • Set the Preset first.
  • Adjust with zEQ if necessary.
  • If you still want to modify the EQ to solve problems or do things that you couldn't with zEQ, then use the ParaEQ.

Longer explanation

The zEQ is your basic three band equalizer (Low Mid High), but it's smarter than most because the actual frequencies affected by Low, Mid, High are changed to match the Preset you are using.

You can read more about that here: zEQ

If you've adjusted the sound with the zEQ and you still need to adjust the EQ then use the ParaEQ. You can read more about how that works and how you can use it here: ParaEQ and note the links at the bottom of that article for related information.

Let me explain how these things work together to affect the sound of an input by walking you through how I do things for a new source.

When setting up a new source (e.g. new microphone)

  1. Set all the zEQ settings to Bypass
  2. Set ParaEQ to Bypass
  3. Mute all effects (use the FX Mute button or go through all the effects and set them to bypass)
  4. At this point, the only thing that can affect/alter the sound is a Preset.
  5. Select the best Preset for the source. I start with the best match by name, e.g. If I'm using a Shure Beta 58, then use that Preset. If there isn't a Preset then I will audition other Presets until I find one that sounds good.
  6. THEN use the zEQ to fine-tune the sound if required.
  7. If the sound still needs some help the use the ParaEQ to solve problems. See ParaEQ for details.

After I've got things sounding great with the Preset, zEQ if necessary, ParaEQ if necessary, then I might add some effects like Delay or Reverb.

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