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All activities within the Signal Processor Emulation module require the use of a Macintosh G3 computer (or better) and Digital Performer 2.7 (or higher) software. To conduct the following activities in their entirety, you will need to download a StuffIt archive containing sample audio files and a Quick Time movie. Clicking on the link below will begin the download process.
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Download the StuffIt Archive for Topic 1: Parametric Equalizers
[File size: 19,327 KB Contains all files associated with Topic 1 Activities]
If you do not have StuffIt, you can download a trial version at http://www.stuffit.com
Download an Adobe Acrobat file titled "General Instructions for Signal Processor Emulation" used by all activities in the module.
Parametric EQ Demonstration
Demonstrate common uses for equalizers.
The instructor prepares sound files that contain excessive rumble, hiss or hum. The Pro Tools or Digital Performer (PT/DP) files include plug-in settings that effectively remove these artifacts. Students experiment with these settings to hear their effect.
The demo sheet discusses the use of equalization (EQ) to correct the defects.
Parametric Equalizer Drills
Match one EQ setting in a prerecorded example.
Using a single audio file source and plug-in automation, the instructor prepares:
The drill instruction sheet poses 11 questions concerning the EQ frequencies, bandwidth or gain of each example. The student identifies the specified parameter by matching the EQ plug-in of a ‘flat’ file to the example.
One commercial mix that is equalized 11 times, serving as the examples to be matched by the students;
QuickTime movie giving the instructions aloud;
EQ Drill instruction sheet (.doc or .pdf)