Before you start adding 6dB of 100Hz and 7dB of 10kHz make sure you cut out the frequencies you don't want! Doing this at the start of the signal chain will save you time in the future. Find out some more great tricks in the article below...
Nowadays I work primarily as a live, Front of House engineer, having previously worked in studios. One thing I’ve taken from my workflow in the live environment and applied to recorded mixes, whether live or purely studio is the use of subtractive EQ first.
I remember when in my teens, in my quest for learning, reading articles such as “cut 100hz from your bass, to help your kick cut through,” and whilst these quick soundbites may help engineers discover using subtractive EQ to clean up instruments and a mix and making space for elements, I wish I’d had someone telling me how to really use it.
Don’t get me wrong, I do use additive EQ, but I always cut what I don’t want, first.