10-03-2013 03:34 AM - edited 10-03-2013 03:37 AM
For stuff like that I use a frequency analyzer in the mains bus, solo tracks and use the track EQ's when I need it. A plugin like Span is a dual trace analyzer and you can pan tracks hard left and right and get both spectrums to work independently in stereo mode.
Its a lot like using a reference track in Har bal except its in real time.
Last time I did this was to get two guitar tracks EQed similar. One was a DI track using an amp emulator plugin against a miced amp to get a complementary sound. It was real torture though. When the guitarist played a different song and had different amp tones and drive, any kind of EQ presets were useless. I did get the tracks to sound right though with the aid of span.
Span isn't very fast and there's no meter peak holds.
Haven't checked out that X3 version yet, but I'd say the ideal analyzer would be a multitrack version of span. Something you could stick in the mains bus and have maybe 6 or 8 tracks of different colors going. You could assign tracks to each band and use the channel EQ's to get your desired results. Have the view of the analyzer resizeable so it can be placed say along the top and allow you to use your channel EQ's or even place it on another computer monitor is you have a dual screen.
Peak holds is a key item though. You'd go nuts trying to view multiple traces in real time. If you had a solid peak hold, adjusting a second and third band to complement the first would be doable.
If you're looking for a good single band EQ analyzer, I'd have to say Voxengo Voxformer is hard to beat, especially for vocals. Besides the EQ that built into the analyzer screen, its got compressors, Gate, and DeEsser, plus some really decent drive settings for presence. Plus as you know, a normal EQ will boost or cut track DB levels, so having the in and out levels right there is a key item to have.
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