Ableton EQ8 Tips | Production Tips

EQ8 is probably the most used and useful Live device: It’s extremely powerful, super easy to use and provides plenty of great features.⁠

However there are a few less obvious ones you may not be taking advantage of, that are time-savers and – in some case – game-changers.⁠

⁠Most of the following Ableton EQ8 Tips are really underated or underused: Let’s check them out !⁠

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M/S mode

If you’re familiar with Mid/Side processing, activating M/S mode will split the incoming signal into Mid and Side channels:You can then apply up to 8 different filters and EQ points to each.

L/R Mode

Switching to L/R mode lets you EQ Left and Right channels separately:

This can help you create differences in the content of both channels to apply stereo imaging to selected frequencies only.

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Like a few other stock Ableton effects, EQ8 offers an hidden additional, high quality processing option at the cost of some extra CPU.

Right-click on the device title bar to open up the menu and enable ‘Oversampling’.

Audition Mode

Click the headphone on the top right side to enable Audition Mode:

Clicking and holding a filter EQ dot will now allow you to hear only that particular filter and fine tune its width and gain with increased precision.

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Scale control

EQ8 scale parameter allows you to tweak all gains together:

Increase, decrease, double or even invert all gains with a single click.

Useful if you’re happy with your settings but feel you’ve been a bit too shy with your EQing for instance.

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Wide display

Click the small arrow next to the bypass button to open up a widescreen display and allow a much more precise control and display of the spectrum.

‘Gang’ controls

EQ8 provides a useful ‘gang’ feature for both mixing and sound design.

Click and drag over multiple filter points to select and adjust their frequency, gain or EQ settings all at once.

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