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Best EQ plugin

Post by DT » Thu Dec 27, 2018 3:25 am

Sounds like a noob question but what's your fav EQ plugin out there?

I use Logic Pro X, the built in one is quite good / simple

What about your go-to EQ?
UAD? Slate? FabFilter seems interesting with that "solo" button on the frequency you cutting / adding

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Post by jimfowler » Thu Dec 27, 2018 8:59 am

If I have to use a plug-in eq it’s fabfilter.

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Post by ngarjuna » Thu Dec 27, 2018 9:27 am

Acustica Pink for broad cuts and boosts: the combo of the included units (550a, 550b, 5500 & some vintage CAPI I barely use) and easy UI make it a quick way to get great sounding broad moves in a hurry. I mix for a living so I’m eq’ing pretty much all day long and Pink is my go to for sound and speed. The low shelves (killing proximity effect) and presence (3khz) are usually my biggest problem areas and Pink makes really fast work of those cuts while still sounding terrific.

TDR Nova for subtle cuts and boosts: if I have to get surgical with the Q or worry about blending I usually grab for Nova. The parallel action can keep things gentle while the UI and feature set make it easy to zero in on stuff and fix it with minimal intrusion. Has the solo per band, spectrum analyzer, dynamic eq. Very advanced and transparent.
ETA: somehow I neglected to mention that Nova is FREE!

Honorable mention to the Sie-Q from Soundtoys which is another great example of a great sounding EQ that makes very fast work of eq’ing.

One thing I’ve learned is that for me, when it comes to EQs, more features just get in the way more. It’s rare cases that require special features so I reserve my use of such devices for the cases where they’re needed.

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Post by Tunatoboggan » Thu Dec 27, 2018 7:13 pm

I really like the Sonnox EQ for 90% of use cases. Quick and clean, easier on the eyes than Avid EQ III

It doesn't have a spectrum analyzer though, so for that I like the Ozone EQ. You can do the fabfilter band solo thing too. Even lets you see the changes in phase, very handy

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Post by Chevron87 » Fri Dec 28, 2018 5:42 am

You have to try the Fabfilter Pro-Q3, for most EQ jobs it covers eveything and also very good for mastering Linear Phase mode. Plus all the extras like a good spectrum analyser, EQ match, tilt curve, extreme slopes, M & S, level match and now dynamic EQ as an option too..

I also really like the Brainworx EQ V3.

For more of an analog sound I really like the Softube E & K Series SSL.

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Post by martinjuenke » Fri Dec 28, 2018 8:09 am

The EQs (LinearPhase, Vintage) in LogicPro are covering all you need. I would not buy something additional. The money can be used for something more useful...
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Post by cretaceousear » Fri Dec 28, 2018 9:31 am

As a Reaper user I'm fine with the built in Cockos Eq for most things - I also use Nova sometimes.
Not mentioned yet is the free http://photosounder.com/splineeq/ SplineEQ by Photosound - lets you draw the curve with er.. splines.
It can do very sharp cuts and has a groovy colour based spectrum display - useful for surgical removals and nice to look at.
Linear phase if that's important to you. Free version is 4 band - paid for up to 60.
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Post by mritenburg » Fri Dec 28, 2018 1:44 pm

martinjuenke wrote:The EQs (LinearPhase, Vintage) in LogicPro are covering all you need. I would not buy something additional. The money can be used for something more useful...
This is good advice. Knowing the difference between transparent (linear phase) and colored (vintage) EQ's and how to use them is more important than having any one "go to" EQ.
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Post by DT » Fri Dec 28, 2018 4:58 pm

mritenburg wrote:
martinjuenke wrote:The EQs (LinearPhase, Vintage) in LogicPro are covering all you need. I would not buy something additional. The money can be used for something more useful...
This is good advice. Knowing the difference between transparent (linear phase) and colored (vintage) EQ's and how to use them is more important than having any one "go to" EQ.
Both great advices.
Incredible I wasn't even aware of the Vintage EQ series in Logic!
Sometimes solution is under your nose.

Would be great if you could explain me difference between linear and colored?
Maybe linear is more suitable to "remove" frequency and vintage to "add"?

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Post by induktor » Fri Dec 28, 2018 5:13 pm

jimfowler wrote:If I have to use a plug-in eq it’s fabfilter.
Agreed. For mastering I generally use my hardware EQ's but the Pro Q is great for surgical stuff. I've been using the Pro Q 2 for quite a while and just picked up version 3.

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Post by Panason » Sat Dec 29, 2018 2:35 am

ngarjuna wrote: One thing I’ve learned is that for me, when it comes to EQs, more features just get in the way more.
For me this ends up applying to all plugins. If I'm presented with a crapload of controls, tiny buttons (often unlabelled) , drop down menus, tabs, back panels etc... i end up simply not using that plugin.

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Post by Mantaray » Sat Dec 29, 2018 11:28 am

I also like Fabfilter Pro Q, all the features and visual feedback make it indispensable.

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Post by chvad » Sat Dec 29, 2018 11:20 pm

Voxengo Gliss. It's basically the only EQ I use anymore.

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Post by Mantaray » Sun Dec 30, 2018 11:56 am

chvad wrote:Voxengo Gliss. It's basically the only EQ I use anymore.
This one slipped under my radar. Will check it out, looks very cool. Have you compared it to Fabfilter Pro Q 3 which also has dynamic EQ?

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Post by chvad » Sun Dec 30, 2018 12:08 pm

ive never used the fab eq so its hard to compare. i have the fab saturn and i think fab has the better GUI in some cases in general but under the hood... the voxengo stuff does a lot for me.

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Post by Chevron87 » Mon Dec 31, 2018 8:27 am

You know you most likely can do a lot with the Logic stock plug ins, and I am a big fan of using proprietary plug ins - but I find the tactile nature of Pro-Q3 and range of cool features makes the cost well worth it. It's also great that I can sue the same EQ across different DAWs.

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Post by TXBDan » Thu Jan 03, 2019 2:37 pm

Cubase has good channel strip EQs and even the FrequencyEQ (very FF Pro-Q-like) is solid, but i STILL got FF Pro Q because the UI is so good.

I like in Pro-Q3 how you can monitor the spectra of all the EQs in use and it highlights hotspots, etc.

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Post by tuttlerecall » Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:16 pm

I would recommend using a range depending on the use. I like using something like Fabfilter to strip away unwanted frequencies but also use something with analog emulation to add character.

Fabfilter like everyone has mentioned is a good choice for a modern surgical EQ, it has a very good interface.

Softube's tube tech and the sie-q in soundtoys is also great. These emulate different analog EQs.

DMG's EQuilibrium combines both of these in one plugin. You can mix and match different techniques with different analog emulations on each band if you like.

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Post by Chevron87 » Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:03 am

tuttlerecall wrote:I would recommend using a range depending on the use. I like using something like Fabfilter to strip away unwanted frequencies but also use something with analog emulation to add character.

Fabfilter like everyone has mentioned is a good choice for a modern surgical EQ, it has a very good interface.

Softube's tube tech and the sie-q in soundtoys is also great. These emulate different analog EQs.

DMG's EQuilibrium combines both of these in one plugin. You can mix and match different techniques with different analog emulations on each band if you like.
Wise words. I use Fabfilter for cleaning up and shaping sounds, then more 'analog' style for adding character or weight, cripsness, bite etc

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Post by DJMaytag » Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:37 pm

Fabfilter Pro-Q and Maag EQ4 are my most used EQ’s.
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Post by josaka » Sat Jan 12, 2019 7:00 am

no mention for the DMG Equlibrium... ?
sounds very close to my hardware..

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Post by Chevron87 » Mon Jan 14, 2019 2:55 am

There was a time when DMG Equlibrium was battling with Pro-Q V1 for users, I demoed both and came away with Pro-Q only because the interface seemed marginally more intuitive. I know there have been some updates sonce then on Equlibrium so I may revisit as I really like DMGs plug ins.

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Post by chiavere » Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:39 pm

DJMaytag wrote:Fabfilter Pro-Q and Maag EQ4 are my most used EQ’s.
+1 to both of these - also my most used eq plugins. All the fabfilter stuff is great, super functional, and the best GUI in the business, for my taste.

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Post by Monotremata » Fri May 31, 2019 4:23 pm

Most of the time its the standard old stock Logic EQ for me. I can get away with very little subtractive EQ'ing in my own stuff because its mainly synth/sample based. I know where stuff is going to sit in the mix while Im writing it so I can just shape those tracks themselves with any filters/eqs they have. That way Im not wasting any precious CPU running a bunch of 'simple' high pass shelves or the giant -everything@400hz you use on drums and things like that. If I run out of bands on something, I have Fabfilter around. Its an amazing surgical tool.

If I ever boost with an EQ, I want something thats going to add color because I can just boost it the same way I cut things on the synth itself. I have the good old Waves Studio Classics. I usually grab the APIs, sometimes the SSLs. The V series hasn't really done anything for me so eh. Just tried Overloud's API 550 demo this morning and I might have to grab that. I only tried it on a couple of guitar tracks in a mix this morning but I liked it alot better than the Waves one.

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