Originally Posted by BeeMan458
Why does anybody EQ another person's mixing board effort, so as to salt/pepper their listening experience to their personal tastes.
This may be true for an individual (like yourself) who is manually tweaking to deal with personal deficiencies to get the sound to PERSONAL optimum.
Most people EQ to compensate for room and other deficiencies to return the reproduction back to ORIGINAL.
The convention is, everything must be flat. Okay, everything must be flat. But the question must continue, whom or what is flat; yours, mine, the mix master or the politician's hearing on the corner? Flat is a subjective term when it comes to application.
Flat is absolutely not subjective. It is completely objective - you use a mic, you measure response at different frequencies, it is either flat or it is not.
If you want flat, you make adjustments for playback environment deficiencies.
Now PERSONAL optimum is completely subjective.
Example: I have a 40dB hole in my hearing at 4kHz. Obviously, I don't have flat hearing. So as to obtain "flat," I must jack up my personal mixing board (EQ) by 40dB. Now I'm hearing flat like the crew who mixed the sound track intended the sound track to be perceived: their way.
You are correct, you would be making source adjustments to compensate for listening device deficiencies. And for you it would sound fantastic - sort of as if you had a vision impairment and were only allowed to wear glasses in one room, nowhere else. YOU would love being in that room.
Now for everyone else, your room would likely sound like sh*t. To play on the analogy, it would be like forcing everyone to wear your prescription glasses whenever they came into that room with you - only those with your same affliction would ever choose to go in that room with you, for everyone else it would be a horrible experience.
This is no different then what a room analyst programs like Audyssey does; EQ out the highs and lows to create a "flat" room response.
Audyssey tries to remove room impacts so that the source will sound the same regardless of environment.
Modifying to YOUR PERSONAL FR response is changing the sound to enhance for INDIVIDUAL deficiencies (experienced by the individual everywhere), not COMMON deficiencies that would be experienced by everyone in the room (but also specific to that room).
Using your logic, EQ'g a room, negates the normal and natural acoustics characteristics of a room and should not be allowed.
Re-read all of the above and see if that is still your notion of common logic.
Like Kal said many posts ago, compensating for environment deficiencies creates an improved listening environment for ALL listeners - compensating for personal deficiencies creates a improved environment for ONE listener and a worsened environment for most.
Feel free to do it, just don't invite me over