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Sessions are our range of video tutorials that are dedicated to helping producers understand the most indispensible and commonly used plug-ins and synthesizers employed in the production of electronic dance music.

The ability to use your production tools efficiently and properly forms the rudimentary difference between an amateur and professional but relies on completely understanding both the theory and practice of application. Each sessions tutorial offers a complete breakdown and explaination of the unit in focus so if you're struggling to understand the theory and applications of compression, EQ, Delay or want to understand the parameters on offer in the Virus Ti, our sessions tutorials are essential.

For Sessions 06 and due to popular request, we discuss and examine EQ in the detail you’ve come to expect from DMP. With a focus on its use in the production of electronic dance music we lift the lid on one of the most useful yet most mix destroying processors ever conceived…

EQ is one of the fundamental tools in music production and the main ingredient for producing a great final mix. However, it also happens to be one of the most misunderstood, misused, over used, under used, abused processors available. On the surface EQ is little more than a tone control and at its simplest level it offers you the ability to either boost or cut a specific range of frequencies. However, whilst it doesn’t take an awful lot of research to learn what each parameter does and the effects it will impart on audio, this is very different from being able to use it with any real skill.

Running over 3 hours in length, we examine all the aspects of EQ. Starting with with an examination of the science of sound, fundamentals and harmonic generation we examine how our perception changes with volume and frequency and how this applies to EQ. We look at the bandwidth Q factor and why an understanding of octaves are so important when it comes to the application of EQ. We also examine both IIR and FIR (minimal phase and linear phase) and how they are created. We also take a look at the response curves of musical and surgical EQ, shelving filters, overshoot, the Nyquist theorem and the problems of frequency cramping. But most important of all, we discuss how all of the theory is employed in practice to create a mix with clarity and depth.

This review actually summarizes every other DMP tutorial as well, but as I have just finished watching the EQ Sessions I dedicate it to this latest release: Another tutorial that opened my eyes, another one after which I wondered where I could be today if I had this information earlier. I guess it would have saved me a lot of time that I wasted in order to only get half knowledge. Although I already knew parts of the information presented in the tutorial, I always missed the full picture to use it properly. It`s the presentation of this full picture and the realism (the emphasis that it needs time, hard work and practice in order to become better and better for example) that makes all of the DMP tutorials so worthwhile. As others have already said, Rick not only possesses great knowledge, he also is a very good teacher who knows how to present the information in a way one can understand it pretty easy. Many others only have one of these two abilities.

 Runtime: 3hr 30 minutes

 DVD Contents:

An introduction to the DVD
Session 01: EQ History:: 18 minutes.
In this first session, we discuss the history of EQ, how it was developed and the father of EQ – Dr. Charles Boner.
Session 02: Acoustic Science:  23 minutes
Before introducing EQ we must first examine the theory of acoustics, introducing the viewer to the fundamental and harmonic series, exponential octaves, frequencies and the loudness control curve.
Session 03: EQ Parameters: 27 Minutes.
For this session we take a look at the parameters on a typical EQ, including Q and why we refer to Q in values rather than frequencies.
Session 04: IIR, FIR and Phase: 19 minutes
Here we discuss FIR and IIR filters, which is best for a given situation and also discuss the phase and pre-echo (ringing) ‘problems’ introduced by EQ.
Session 05: Musical Vs Surgical: 31 minutes!
Any discussion about EQ leads to the subject of musical and surgical EQ’s along with cutting and boosting. Here we examine the differences between EQ considered to have a musical EQ to a surgical EQ – how we determine musicality of EQ and the problems with frequency cramping.
Session 06: The Octave Range: 17 Minutes
We take a look at the octave range of frequencies and the most commonly used frequencies in those octaves when working with EQ.
Session 07: Practical Use: 49 minutes!
We now apply the theory to more practical uses. Here we discuss some techniques and tactics you can apply when using EQ to create a coherent spacious mix. This includes topics such as focus, complimentary EQ, bracketing and the age old question of EQ or compression first.
Session 08: Creative EQ: 17 minutes!
In the final session, we take a quick look at a couple of the more creative applications of EQ.

It finally cleared up my understanding phase characteristics within Eq design, and the analysis of Eq behavior really opened my eyes to the difference of musical vs. surgical Eq. All in all, another outstanding tutorial as usual. Due praise to the Snowman

Price: £19.95

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Established in 2003, DMP is an established studio and ghost production facility for international artists and DJ's, specialising online in tutorial videos. It is also home of the "Dance Music Manual", the critically acclaimed textbook on the production of electronic music published by Focal Press.



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