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2. What is EQ?

The term equaliser - we’ll use the abbreviated form ‘EQ’ from hereon - originates in telephony where it was used to compensate for the tonal side
EffectsGeneral term applied to audio processors for dynamics, time, ambience and equalisation whether in the form of 19" rack units, guitar floor pedals, or software plug-ins.
effects
of early
PhoneAlternative term for the 1/4" (6.3mm) jack connector, though the definition is a little vague, sometimes incorporating more esoteric jack-like connectors.
phone
systems. On a modern day
ConsoleA device through which audio signals are routed for mixing, monitoring, processing and re-routed for either recording, amplification or both. A console contains a number of channel strips and a selection of auxiliary, monitoring and main outputs.
mixer
, EQ is designed to alter the tonal quality of any
AudioGenerally used to mean "sound"; technically it describes periodic fluctuations of air pressure or electrical energy at frequencies and amplitudes within the human range of hearing; sound, or electrical energy that represents sound; acoustic, mechanical, or electrical frequencies corresponding to normally audible sound waves.
audio
passing through, whether it is a traditional analogue
ConsoleA device through which audio signals are routed for mixing, monitoring, processing and re-routed for either recording, amplification or both. A console contains a number of channel strips and a selection of auxiliary, monitoring and main outputs.
console
or a computer-based mixing system. EQ alters the sound, either by applying
TrimThe initial gain control on a mixer or other audio device such as a mic preamp, often labelled 'gain'. Trim/gain adjustment is crucial to maintaining a clean gain structure and good signal-to-noise ratio.
gain
(or ‘boost’) to the signal over the selected frequency range, or by applying ‘cut’ and instead reducing the level of frequencies within the specified band. The amount of
BoostIn audio mixing this refers to increasing the gain or amplitude of an audio signal. Usually employed in equalisation.
boost
or
CutTo make a break or split in a piece of audio. Traditionally this was done with a razor blade where magnetic tape was physically cut.
cut
is usually scaled in decibels (dB).

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