SlickEQ M and some tricks for it

Trick #1.

  1. Go to http://www.tokyodawn.net/tdr-slickeq-m/ and download demo version of SlickEQ M.
  2. Create new project, add you track and use SlickEQ M in mastering chain.
  3. Render the project.
  4. If you reopen the project all changes for SlickEQ M demo version will be lost (no persistence) so either forget this project and use the settings from scratch for next time or go “true analog experience” and use recall sheet like on hardware EQ.

Here’s recall sheet for SlickEQ M. But you also can find it on the last page of the [manual].

SlickEQ M recall sheet

Trick #2.

As I’m not professional mastering engineer it always pretty hard for me to get starting points for mastering EQ. Neither using common points (for example 6k for clarity and so on) nor searching the frequencies by boost and sweep work for me. But in SlickEQ M its “learn” ability gives pretty nice starting points!

  1. Add SlickEQ M to your track
  2. Rewind to most representative part of the track (usually chorus works best)
  3. Play audio
  4. Press “Learn” in SlickEQ M.
  5. Wait until “Learning” becomes “Action” and select “AutoEQ”.
  6. You may open the display to inspect the resulting curve.
  7. If the result is too much, play with “Range” control to reduce it a bit.
  8. If you dislike the result, try another parts of the song and press “Re-learn”.
  9. Now close the display to shift your focus on listening and use just “Gain” knobs as on simple graphical equalizer! To reduce your freedom you may even turn on stepped mode and apply stepped gain changes!
  10. And finally add some of “analog” touch by randomizing “pan” controls for 0.1..0.3 dB in both sides.


SlickEQ M Learn


8 responses to “SlickEQ M and some tricks for it

  1. Alex 2016/05/15 at 21:26

    Might be cool to have a button (or a secret button) to randomize the pan controls in small amounts and add some nonlinearity for an “analog” touch.

    • vladgsound 2016/05/16 at 09:34

      It actually exists. Try double click on SlickEQ label (shh, don’t tell anyone). Also Alt + click on Flat to return all pan/width controls to center position

      • Lesha 2016/05/16 at 16:23

        Nice, thanks for the tip!
        I have one question though – some of the randomizations introduce LPF near Nyquist frequency on one of the channels, but it doesn’t show on your display. Is that intentional?

      • Ezequiel Morfi 2016/05/17 at 03:41


  2. Lesha 2016/05/16 at 02:13

    “Learn” mode is great, really useful, not just for mastering.

  3. nik1991 2016/07/26 at 02:29

    Recall Sheet is not bad for demo using, but I use screenshots of adjustments and frequency display to recall settings. Better, faster and much easier.

  4. Kinono 2018/08/27 at 09:59

    Just curious, is it legal to use the demo version to master an album? What about Limiter 6 GE? I suppose not but that “true analogue experience” words are like “go use it, bro.” Sorry if this is an impolite question.

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