High Shelf EQ

Descript's High Shelf EQ (equalizer) lets you boost or cut high end frequencies in your audio. The High Shelf EQ provides a simple way to quickly shape your sound - tame shrill recordings by with a high-shelf cut, or clear up a muddy vocal with a high-end boost.


Getting Started

If you haven't yet already, check out our Effects Overview for details on adding / removing effects, as well as a breakdown of the various stages you can insert effects into your Composition.


Effect Overview

A high-shelf EQ equally affects all frequencies above a specific frequency value (the cutoff frequency), and gets its name from its flat, shelf-like appearance:




The High Shelf EQ comes with an array of starter presets to choose from:

  • Brighten
  • 12 kHz Cut
  • 12 kHz Boost
  • 12 kHz Medium Boost
  • 12 kHz Medium Cut
  • Neutral


To choose a preset, click on the "Select Preset" dropdown selector:



Manually adjusting effects settings

You can adjust the High Shelf EQ's parameters by clicking on the Show details button:



  • Frequency: Also called the cutoff frequency, determines the point at which frequencies will be adjusted
  • Gain: The amount that the signal will be amplified or attenuated (in dB)