The Biggest List Of EQ Plugins Ever
112dB Redline EQ
Yes, it can be very expensive, but 112dB’s redline EQ is impressive because of its intuitive interface and a built-in spectrum analyzer option.
But the true stand-out here is auto-gain.
We’ve seen plenty of equalizers with those auto-gain functions when you’re changing frequency gains, but this fixes the perceived loudness at the same decibel as the bypassed signal.
If you’re familiar with those “true bypass” rack effects, yep, this is its digital equivalent, EQ-style.
Transparency or “true bypass” is everyone’s craving when it comes to equalization.
Often compared to EQuilibrium, AOM’s tranQuilizr focuses on the quality of reducing unwanted sound coloring.
It may look like a conventional equalizer with automatic gain compensation, but the transparency is impeccable.
I would comment though that you would need oversampling if you would want to hear the transaparency it offers.
Better get a good CPU for this one.
Acon Digital Equalize
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Accuracy and precision aside from transparency is everything I need for an equalizer.
While the last two have done me so much to improve the sound I need, Acon’s offering does not only save me time with its easy-to-understand interface, Digital Equalize allows you to have variable control over filter slopes while being transparent in doing so.
If you’re pretty nit-picky about your equalizer options or you need direct control over your filters, this one is indeed for you.
Acustica Audio Acqua EQ Series
You get the Trinity or Blue and you still get a huge bang for your buck. Many believe that Trinity was based on a vintage console.
Meanwhile, Blue is based on a germanium-based EQ in the past.
Emulation doesn’t really matter.
While shelving options are limited, you get parametric bands with wide ranges from low to high-mid.
This won’t be useful for anyone looking for a transparent equalizer.
But both have coloration that delivers a musical sound.
The Blue’s GDrive stage introduces this in a very distinct and useful manner, somewhat.
Acoustica Magenta Mastering EQ
Compared to Acustica’s Mammoth EQ, Magenta has given me less of a headache so far.
While based on a vintage console that Acustica hasn’t specified yet again (just like Trinity), Magenta sounds the best and more relaxed than its other counterparts.
But that’s just my ear.
Magenta can work as a mastering equalizer, it can also work as an individual EQ processing unit. However, it takes lots of CPU power, so beware.
Acustica Audio Nebula 3
The ultimate reason this plug-in received high praise among reviewers is its capability to emulate its classic hardware exactly as it was intended to have. It’s going to fry your CPU though, so if you’ve got a slow interface, I suggest you get a better workstation.
Nebula3 is an “effects sampler”. Like a ROMpler, it peddles not amplifiers or drum sounds, but digital effects of vintage hardware effects. The fun part? It can emulate speaker cabinets and microphones.
Why Nebula3? It has 338 simulators waiting for you at 6GB. Still a steal for your hard drive, but maybe painful for your CPU.
Barrat Audio Equavescent Equaliser
Yep, it might look like nobody ever bothered to make an interface, but what’s the use of movable knobs and shiny looking interfaces if you could figure out your work flow quickly using the plug-in?
Equavescent 3.1 from Barrett Audio has a unique feature that uses a slope that uses an algorithm based on mathematical equations that Barrett Audio made sure to have optimum usability.
Brainworx BX Digital v2
Brainworx’s BX digital v2 takes the M&S mixing to a whole new level. For mono mixing or a steady audio image ensuring the middle is prominent as desired, this is the equalizer for you.
Yep, it is a bit complicated. I took a week until I figured out how the plugin actually works. It also takes a bit of know-how with sum and diference mixing.
Also known as DDMF DirectionalEQ, it combines equalization and planning. Initially inspired by a Neve Portico 6144 EQ, it adds the feature of equalization and panning, which allows you to modify specific parts of your stereo image. Not that it’s a stereo imager, but being able to modify certain parts of your audio is a great thing to have.
But it’s easy to phase your audio with this plug-in, so beware.
DDMF IIEQ / IIEQPro
Fine tuning, accuracy and everything in between, the DDMF IIEQ and IIEQPro is definitely the most affordable in the category. While preserving low-mids really well, you get a warm sound that has no muddiness.
If that’s not enough to wow you with this, you have some classic filters to play with. Pretty nice, wouldn’t you say?
Linear phase, synonymous with mastering, takes up lots of CPU power. DDMF’s LP10 gives you 10 bands to play with. In my experience, you could use it around 250 to 2khz and add a certain character to your recording.
While I mainly use this to cut off some high pass frequencies, it gives a great character before it goes into my analog equipment.
DMG Audio Equality
There are just five EQ modes, an integrated analyser, A/B memory locations and auto-listen but using the DMG Audio EQuality is as versatile as you would want it.
Perhaps auto-listen is my favorite from this equalizer. It gives you a digital EQ feature to listen to while adjusting your equalizer. Right after, you could A/B test your settings to find the best one for you.
DMG Audio EQuick
What makes an EQ quick, anyway? If developers create an optimized process that getting an effective mix really quick, that’s what quick is for me.
Well, people at DMG Audio may have just made that possible with EQuick, which delivers a powerful gain sound. It features a bit of band control linking and eight A/B (or maybe A/B/C onwards) comparison slots for testing.
DMG Audio EQuilibrium
If there’s one EQ you need to have and many of these other equalizer plugins compete with, it would be the DMG Audio EQuilibrium. That typeset might be a bit hyper for your taste, but it’s really powerful.
Having a piano key display at the bottom of your frequencies help you determine the pitch your instrument has. The best thing about it? You can build your own EQ emulation!
SSL Duende Channel Strip/ Duende C Strip EQ
Aside from not having a five-star plug-in appearance, Duende’s channel strip is only Mac-only. Also, it’s slow when you’re bouncing audio. So why should you get this?
Well, for one, the sound is liquid. In my opinion, it can control EQ and dynamics as quick as the original SSL hardware versions of C-Series consoles. Doubt my idea? Try it for yourself!
SSL Duende X-EQ
X-EQ is infamous for being able to slice your audio, helping you get the bass and treble while having six bell-type EQ bands spanning 20hz-20khz for ultimate accurate surgical tone manipulation.
Probably the only qualm I have with X-EQ is the A/B testing of your sound. There’s no copy all settings function here. You’ll have to save and load it up the other channel manually.
But all in all, this is a producer’s best friend!
eaReckon Analog 87 PR-EQ
Aside from the sleek channel strip appearance of this plugin and it might cost a bit less than the usual, the only thing I find troublesome with the Analog 87 PR-EQ is having no individual EQ band bypass and having no mono support.
However, it has a great sounding limiter for its price. Its flexible sidechain and an EQ along with compatibility for both Windows and iOS users make this a great channel strip useful for any situation.
Eiosis AirEQ Premium
Eioisis is a plug-in developer most never really heard about. Maybe because most of its products are marketed through word-of-mouth or forums. But then again, Eiosis’ products takes a lot to get used to. But like a Swiss knife with plenty of features you thought you couldn’t use, its EQ can sculpt audio like a surgeon’s knife.
You have nine bands to play with. But it concentrates on five central EQ bands, namely the character slider based on the elements. And yep, it captures the feel of those elements (air, water, fire to name a few) accurately.
You probably know this as a hardware type rack-mount equalizer. Elysia is awesome for its high-quality, transparent sound, simple usability and powerful mid/side controls. However, the only problem is you have no visual reference for your level meters.
The hardware and software versions work and sound impeccably similar to the original harwdware. Versatility would be the best part for me!
Except for that little iLok and License Manager problem, UltraChannel is everything I’ve been looking for in a channel strip/EQ.
With two high-quality compressors, a powerful but micro pitch shifter and a stereo delay mode for those stereo-imaging needs you might have, you also have the Eventide Omnipressor, named as O-pressor, is a toned-down version of that high-quality beast.
Not bad right?
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It’s a big problem when your EQ can only view one band parameter at a time. But it works for me. Just like iZotope’s Dynamic module, FabFilter PRO-Q 2’s abilities are powerful. Spectrum Grab is my most favorite.
It allows your mouse pointer to pick out and pull peaks you don’t like into the proper position you’d like them to be in the spectrum.
Flux:: Epure v3
It’s just a simple five-band EQ plug-in. Right. That’s until you push the small button below the Master Gain Controls where you can choose the type of channels you could group with other channels.
You get a graphical display of the plug-in window that becomes a powerful signal routing matrix. You could change the routing, giving you lots of choices aside from the usual M/S coding on your input and M/S decoding on your output. Pretty amazing if you ask me!
HOFA IQ-EQ v3
To be honest, HOFA’s Plug-ins are some of the best and most affordable I’ve tried. It can go to channel strip mode, give you stereo or M/S equalization and the most useful Set as Default preset.
Perhaps it was the confusing resource request that made me turn away from this plug-in a bit. It’s also a multi-compressor. It’s most useful as a dynamics corrector in plenty of situations.
The HoRNet SW34 EQ was based on the Otari Soundworkshop 34B Series console’s EQ section. I know it’s not really that famous, but if you had the chance to hear the sound of that equipment, it’s very transparent and accurate.
Like most vintage equipment emulation, I love driving this EQ to rip open its true sound. It works and works on almost anything, including acoustic instruments.
IK Multimedia EQ 432
The EQ 432 from IK Multimedia really emulates the awesome sound of the vintage Master EQ 432. However, to make it sound accurate, you’re going to need lots of CPU heavylifting.
But in exchange, you get a quick setup, a transparent sound, three parametric bands and two shelving filters. Oh, and the option to do some accurate left, right, mid, sides, mid/sides, mono and stereo equalization.
IK Multimedia EQ 73
EQ 73 is an emulation of a Neve EQ and its preamp. Having a preamp well, you know what to expect. It’s going to have the qualities and character of the 1073. But unlike the original, IK Multimedia separated the gain and frequency selector controls of the 1073 emulation. You also have microphone/line switches than a dual control knob for A/B testing when you need it.
IK Multimedia EQ 81
This is an EQ section of the Neve EQ once again. However, it has more options than the 1073. Yes, it retains the original EQ81 sound there is. But now, instead of three, you have four parametric equalizers and you can take your high EQ section from 10 to 15k.
While it might have a slightly modern sound than the 81, this is one of the best emulations of the 1081 I’ve ever heard.
IK Multimedia EQ P50A
As part of IK Multimedia’s American EQ emulations, this plug-in version of the original API Neve 550A is accurate as it sounds. I’m sure Waves has its own version, but what makes IK’s version a bit more than the trusted Waves plug-in emulation is that it is capable of sounding musical at all times. It does add extra character to most tracks it touches.
IK Multimedia EQ P50B
The 550B of Rupert Neve is beautiful-sounding and powerful. IK Multimedia’s P50B is an emulation of the 550B, a variant of the Neve 550A. Its preamp option allows you to get a beautiful preamp gain, adding subtle harmonics to your sound without compromising the overall transient and characteristic it has, just like the original.
IK Multimedia Vintage Tube Program Equalizer
Based on the original Pultec EQP1-A from 1951, it emulates the original 12AU7, 12AX7 and 6X4 tubes the rack effects had, which makes it possible to get all types of musical tones as soon as you load it side by side the tracks you’re working on.
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This Neve emulation of the 1081 might sound different from IK Multimedia’s versions, but Kuassa’s own version is powerful. It matches the EQ settings of the original 1081. However, it tries to lessen the overwhelming appearance of the original 1081 to make it easier to navigate.
Also, it’s because of the lack of preamps that makes this version different from IK Multimedia’s iteration but it does not make it any less useful.
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An iteration of the 1084, which is the enhanced version of the 1083, Kuassa’s iteration has everything in check. When compared with Kuassa’s 1081 version in the Kuassa Eve-AT1, the AT-4 captures the accuracy of the 1084.
I find it very beautiful to use with acoustic guitars, vocals and boosting bass frequencies. I call it a ‘sweetener’ because of its powerful sound.
Kush Audio Clariphonic DSP mkII
This plug-in takes lots of CPU power. But is it worth it? I’d tell you right now it is. If you just drive it up a notch around 22khz, the overall band interaction or crosstalk and the musicality of the top-end is glamorous.
Calriphonic DSP MKII have two modules named Focus and Clarity. Focus’ lift settings help even out the lower mids while open is something I found useful with guitars and bass with a bit of a bad tone, somewhat.
Clarity adds those additional vocal and acoustic guitar presence I couldn’t find in most Waves plug-ins.
Kush Audio Electra DSP
Electra is a full-range EQ with the ultimate transparency you need if you don’t want to color your sound. Radical shaping allows for great surgical modifications to the tone despite the lack of a narrow Q width or master gain control.
While this works effectively as a mastering equalizer intended for broad attacks, the radical shapes help even out even individual instruments.
Logic Pro Channel EQ
Logic Pro’s own plug-ins deserve their praise and its EQ is phenomenal. Interface is amazing. While it adds a bit of a midrange character, it does well to provide the much-needed warmth in the frequencies of 800khz.
Perfect for vocal warmth additives, it does less to muddy your mix. Sadly though, it’s only available for Mac.
Plugin Alliance Maag Audio EQ4
The Air band is definitely the cherry or even the entire fondant on this cake of an equalizer. While most of the bands function at a fixed frequency, the six-band EQ does well to add its own flavor. The Air band is a shelved high-end, but it adds a bit of gain, which can be easy to overload, but can add musicality once you get used to it.
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With four bands and high pass/low pass filters, you could distort this and still get a musical sound off the retro equalizer. It also has some classic EQ curves that make it useful as a brightening asset.
Probably the best thing I’ve used it on was guitars. It sounded beautiful on almost every distorted guitar sound I have recorded. Especially for lead guitar sounds.
McDSP AE400 Active EQ
It’s an equalizer and a compressor at the same time. A multiband compressor capable of unlinking the band side-chain, it’s something useful in certain situations. This is useful when you’ve got guitar feedback and you want to hide that.
It’s a great fixer-upper for badly-recorded tracks. The AE400 can fix up some weird tonal changes with microphoned instruments or vocal performances, if any.