Alan Parsons EQ Quiz

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Alan Parsons started his career as an assistant engineer at EMI's 'Abbey Road' recording studios. Here he worked as an 'apprentice' for engineer Geoff Emerick, helping to record the 'Let it be' and 'Abbey Road' Beatle albums. In 1973 he engineered Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon', later forming the 'Alan Parsons Project' and becoming an artist in his own right. Please watch the Alan Parsons EQ video. Look at the first question and replay the video. Answer the questions. Feel free to make any notes that you think will assist you in your recording project.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Acoustically, sound is created by:
    • A. 

      A vacuum in air

    • B. 

      An absence of pressure variations

    • C. 

      Pressure changes of varying frequency moving air in 'waves'

    • D. 

      Mime

    • E. 

      Waving a feather

  • 2. 
    Frequency response in audio equipment states:
    • A. 

      How loud a piece of equipment can record

    • B. 

      How expensive a piece of equipment is

    • C. 

      What the 'Bit depth' is in a piece of equipment

    • D. 

      How much noise is added by the microphone

    • E. 

      How faithfully the recorded sound is reproduced by equipment

  • 3. 
    What 2 features of the sound of the breaking sea waves change as Alan alters his distance from the sea?
    • A. 

      The volume decreases with further away from the sea, as does the amount of high frequency

    • B. 

      The volume of the breaking sea waves increases with distance from the sea. High frequency content increases too.

  • 4. 
    EQ or 'Equalisation' was originally used:
    • A. 

      In radio broadcasting to prevent signal overload

    • B. 

      To improve guitar amplifier tone

    • C. 

      To make up for the poor quality of telephone communications

  • 5. 
    An EQ like the 'Pultec EQP1' is a passive tone control.  What does passive mean?
    • A. 

      It does not really make any difference to the tone of a signal

    • B. 

      It requires a power supply for its transistor amplifiers

    • C. 

      It has no need for an external power supply as its circuits have no amplifiers

  • 6. 
    Frequency is measured in:
    • A. 

      Nano Webers

    • B. 

      Decibels (dB)

    • C. 

      Herz (Hz) or Cycles per second

  • 7. 
    Which of the following IS NOT a type of EQ:
    • A. 

      Shelving

    • B. 

      Parametric

    • C. 

      Graphic

    • D. 

      High pass filter

    • E. 

      Barry Manilow

  • 8. 
    How does Mr Parsons remove 'Popping' from his vocal?
    • A. 

      Editing it out

    • B. 

      By crying

    • C. 

      Using a compressor

    • D. 

      Using a 'Low Pass filter' to remove high frequency

    • E. 

      Using a 'High Pass filter' to remove bass

  • 9. 
    A 'Low Pass Filter' could be used to:
    • A. 

      Increase the high frequency 'Sheen' on a vocal

    • B. 

      Decrease rumble from a bass amplifier

    • C. 

      Remove high frequency 'Hiss' from guitar amplifiers

  • 10. 
    What 3 controls are found in a 'Parametric EQ'?
    • A. 

      Win, loose or draw

    • B. 

      Left, right and fire

    • C. 

      Range, decay, gain

    • D. 

      Threshold, ratio and attack

    • E. 

      (Frequency selection), (cut or boost) and (bandwidth (or 'Q')

  • 11. 
    Removing a very narrow band of frequencies is called:
    • A. 

      'Notch Filtering'

    • B. 

      'Crotch filtering'

    • C. 

      'Scotch filtering'

    • D. 

      'Vox Filtering'

  • 12. 
    With 2 things can alter an electric guitar tone, other than EQ?
    • A. 

      Length of the guitarist's hair

    • B. 

      Day of the week

    • C. 

      Alignment of the moon

    • D. 

      Pick-up selection and microphone positioning

  • 13. 
    Recording 'Flat' means:
    • A. 

      Applying no EQ during recording

    • B. 

      Putting plenty of EQ on, during recording

  • 14. 
    How can you get to know the 'tonal character of a studio you've never used before?
    • A. 

      Stand on your head

    • B. 

      Don't use any equipment you don't know

    • C. 

      Bring a CD of music that you know well, or bring your own monitor speakers

  • 15. 
    Why should you check the effects of EQ on a mix using headphones?
    • A. 

      Headphones are always more accurate

    • B. 

      Headphones have more bass

    • C. 

      A large percentage of the listening public have portable MP3/iPod music players

  • 16. 
    What frequencies does Alan Parsons recommend to add attack to a bass guitar?
    • A. 

      20-40 Hz in the sub-bass

    • B. 

      16-18 KHz in the very high frequency range

    • C. 

      1-3 KHz in the Mid frequency range

  • 17. 
    How does Alan suggest removing a 'boomy' sound in the bass guitar
    • A. 

      A boost in the 50-100Hz range

    • B. 

      A cut in the 50-100Hz range

    • C. 

      A cut in the 1-3KHz range

    • D. 

      A cut in the 12KHz range

  • 18. 
    Where does Mr P suggest the main 'body' of the kick drum is?
    • A. 

      40 - 250 Hz range

    • B. 

      12-20 KHz

    • C. 

      20-40 KHz

  • 19. 
    1-3 KHz covers what characteristic of a kick drum?
    • A. 

      The rumble

    • B. 

      The 'Thump' or body

    • C. 

      The 'Click' of the beater (the transient 'snap' of the kick)

  • 20. 
    Cutting 200 -400 Hz will remove...?
    • A. 

      The indistinct 'wooly' sound

    • B. 

      The 'Click'

  • 21. 
    Where is the resonant 'depth' of a snare?
    • A. 

      300 Hz

    • B. 

      1 KHz

    • C. 

      10 KHz

    • D. 

      100 Hz

  • 22. 
    Notch filtering in the mid range can be used to eliminate 'ringing' in a snare.  What other dynamic effect could be utilised?
    • A. 

      Flanger

    • B. 

      Echo

    • C. 

      Reverb

    • D. 

      A 'Compressor'

    • E. 

      A 'Noise Gate'

  • 23. 
    How do you improve the 'snap' or 'crack' of the snare sound?
    • A. 

      Cut at 40 Hz

    • B. 

      Boost at 350 -700 Hz

    • C. 

      Cut around 7.5 KHz

    • D. 

      Boost an EQ between about 7.5 - 10 KHz

  • 24. 
    Cymbals are picked up by  'Over head' mics which reflect the over all sound of the drum kit.  What frequency range does Alan suggest affects the balance of cymbals in the over heads?
    • A. 

      2.5 - 5 KHz

    • B. 

      800 Hz

    • C. 

      40 Hz

    • D. 

      8 - 10 Hz

    • E. 

      8 - 10 KHz (around the 'air' range)

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