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subtractive vs additive equalization

Subtractive EQ vs Additive EQ in Mixing

Ah yes, the source of a great number of debates... additive versus subtractive EQ. The forums and blogs are filled with contradictions and confusions. We're here to lay it all to rest once and for all with nothing but the facts. Is there a difference, and if so, why does the difference exist, and which is better?