Create spectral balance in single tracks with smart:EQ 3

May 5, 2021 | Tutorial

smart:EQ 3’s AI engine will automatically establish spectral balance in your sound. In this tutorial we show you how you can enhance the transparency of a single track within a matter of seconds.

Note: We replaced smart:EQ 3 with smart:EQ 4! The intelligent equalizer now spectrally balances both single tracks and entire mixes, and sports auto gain, dynamic standard filters,… and much more. 

As know from its predecessor smart:EQ 2, in the EQ view you are able to let smart:EQ 3 analyze any given audio track in order to compensate for possible spectral imbalances. The result is the ideal basis for further creative steps.

The driving force behind smart:EQ 3 is sonible’s now even more powerful smart:engine. This AI-based, content-aware system incorporates signal statistics, psychoacoustic principles and extensive hands-on mixing experience and can be further enhanced by applying specific profiles for distinct audio sources.

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Learn how to use the smart:filter of the EQ view in the video below or the step-by-step instructions further below. For more detailed instructions please take a look at the smart:EQ 3 manual.


Step 1: Choose a profile

Choosing a profile in sonible's smart equalizer

First, choose a profile to prime the AI processing for your incoming signal – if there’s no specific profile for your particular signal, ‘Universal’ will work well.

Step 2: Let smart:EQ 3 learn

Let the AI learn in a smart equalizer

Next, you need to start the playback and click on the learn button.

Step 3: Adjust the smart:filter to your needs

Adjust sonible's smart filter

Moving the weighting curve of the smart:filter inside the EQ window changes its influence on your signal as well as the affected frequency range.

Changing the width of the weighting curve in sonible's smart:EQ 3

Scrolling your mouse wheel while hovering over the thumb will change the width of the weighting curve.

Adapting values in the parameter box of smart:EQ 3

All of these parameters are also controllable via the parameter box – or the filter widget, which you can access by right-clicking on the thumb.

Step 4: Dynamic adaption

Increasing the “Dynamic” value in smart:EQ 3

By popular demand, we‘ve also added continuous learning and adaption. Increase the “Dynamic” value to allow smart:EQ 3 to dynamically adapt its filtering to the incoming signal.

Step 5: Standard filters

Using a filter in smart:EQ 3

Of course, smart:EQ 3 comes with all the features you’d expect from a professional-grade EQ. You can add up to 24 standard filters by double clicking anywhere inside the EQ window.

Changing the Q value in a standard filter

You can change the Q value of a standard filter by scrolling while hovering over the filter thumb. Its filter type and M/S mode can be changed in the parameter box – you can delete your band here as well. All of these controls are also available in the filter widget – accessible by right-clicking on the thumb.