Tone shaping is when an engineer alters the frequency content of audio, usually to add body or clarity, or to match tone with other instruments in a piece. It’s usually accomplished with a mix of equalization and harmonic reinforcement.


The following video shows a few examples of this principle using subtractive EQ, wide-band boosts, harmonic generation, vintage gear modeling, and multiband compression. Usually, each plug-in adds a little bit to the sound, then they all work together to form something cohesive and considerably improved.

Plug-ins shown are: PreSonus ProEQ, Waves API 560, Waves Vitamin, Waves NLS Non-Linear Summer, and PreSonus Multiband Dynamics.

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