The “MID” and “TONE” EQ knobs are different in the Omni Channel EQ… More different than what is suggested in the manual.
The manual says:
The Mid and Tone sections are identical in the Narrow and Parametric modes. (incorrect!)
When the Wide bell shape is selected, the character of the two EQs diverges.
• Mid is a relatively wide, clean filter, best suited for enhancing the characteristic sound of the source.
• Tone is a bit narrower and can really help a source pop out of the track without too much EQ. Since it’s somewhat
smeary, it’s good for coloring and gluing a track together.
The mid & tone sections are not identical in the Narrow mode. Pushed to extremes, Tone:Narrow has a Q of 1.6 and Mid:Narrow has a Q of 2. They are same/similar at +12/+15db but they diverge at lower settings as well.
In the end, just use your ears, of course, but for anyone interested in the Q shapes as you dial through the EQs, I tested them incrementally and here are the results, with TONE on the left and MID on the right: (click the link below to see it in a table)
If I’m not mistaken – this behavior, especially in the MID eq, is similar (but not the same) as an API style EQ. Maybe they both are.
I did confirm that when set to P, both are identical.
My QUESTION would be:
What does Waves mean when they say “TONE is smeary, it’s good for coloring and gluing a track together”?
Can someone explain “smeary” to me, and give me an example of how to use this, hear it, and maybe even test for it?