10 EQ Modes Explained: Introduction

I have outlined 5 specific types of Equalizers in my previous Posts. There are different ways to categorize EQ’s and these are not the only types that one could separate to classify or define, but I believe I’ve provided a viewpoint that serves us best.

Now, I’d like to share what I would outline as 10 EQ options, or modes, that you’ll come across. This can help you select the right tools for the job that you will need the most and to know what to use at a given time. The term “mode” is used in a broad context for this series of articles to make the idea the most beneficial to you.

These 10 EQ Modes are the following:

  1. Boost and Cut
  2. Fixed versus Variable Frequency
  3. Linear Phase versus Minimal Phase EQ
  4. Clean or Colorful
  5. Fixed “Q” width versus Variable “Q” width
  6. High Pass, Low Pass
  7. High Cut, Low Cut
  8. Band or Bell Shape
  9. Shelf 
  10. Graphic or Parametric

In Part Two of this series, I will discuss Boost and Cut EQ Modes.