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Configure an EQ plugin as a standard mixer equalizer section in Ableton Live 9

Hi, I am Julien Nicault from Annecy, France. I am following the Coursera class “Introduction to music production”. In this post, I’ll demonstrate the configuring of an EQ plugin to function like a large format mixing console EQ section, in my DAW, Ableton Live 9, as part of the fifth week assessment.


What is the mixer EQ section used for

The basic equalizer section of a mixing board channel strip would include the following types of filter.

  1. High Pass filter: used to remove noise and rumbles
  2. Low shelving filter: boost the bass to have a fuller sound, boost a bit around the 100 Hz frequencies
  3. Mid range filters: a boost in mid frequencies can be very obvious and disagreeable, but cutting some of the midrange frequencies helps to attenuate some undesirable resonances
  4. High shelving filter: helps to give the focus to one element, brightens the element you want the listener to focus on (eventually lower the other instruments high frequencies)

How to replicate a standard mixer eq section in Ableton Live 9

In the Coursera materials, the teacher Loudon Stearns gave an example of a commercial mixer that included the following filters:

  • a 75 Hz 18db/oct high pass filter
  • a 12 KHz high shelving filter
  • a mid frequency bell filter varying from 400 Hz to 8 KHz
  • a mid frequency bell filter varying from 100 Hz to 2 KHz
  • a 80 Hz low shelving filter

In Ableton Live 9, the standard tracks mixer doesn’t have a mixer, so we’ll have to use a plugin, add an “eq eight” plugin to your track, and set it up as shown below.


Save this standard equalizer setting as a preset

To save the standard equalizer as a preset, simply click the little floppy icon in the top left corner of the equalizer window.


This will create a new preset in the library view, type a name for your preset, and then hit enter.

saving preset

Now your saved preset appears in the library view.


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