Equalizers (Mixing/Mastering)

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  1. mild pump milk

    mild pump milk Russian Milk Drunkard

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    Here is the list of top mixing/mastering grade software equalizers (EQ plug-ins).
    They provide either analog-emulated vintage quality with saturation and warmth up to surgical precise quality with cleanness and transparency
    There are equalizers for mixing, mastering, post-production as well as equalizers sections emulated from "channels" for tracking/mixing.
    As well as some dynamic equalizers are here, but there will be another topic dedicated to them (maybe).
    This list will be constantly expanded/edited.

    So:

    Universal Audio UAD plug-ins:
    Manley Massive Passive EQ Plug-in
    Pultec Passive EQ Plug-in Collection (EQP-1A, MEQ-5, HLF-3C)
    Massenburg DesignWorks MDWEQ5 Parametric EQ Plug-in
    Neve 1081 / 1081SE / 31102 / 31102SE Classic Console EQ Plug-ins
    Neve 1073 Preamp & EQ Plug-in Collection
    API 550A Parametric EQ / API 560 Graphic EQ
    Harrison 32C / 32C SE Channel EQ Plug-ins
    Cambridge EQ Plug-in
    Precision EQ Plug-in
    Helios Type 69 EQ Plug-in
    other UAD stuff (API/Neve/SSL/UA/channel strips with eqs etc.)

    Acustica Audio's Nebula and Acqua Plugins
    + Libraries for Nebula by AlexB, CDSoundMaster, Henry Olonga etc. etc. etc.

    DMGAudio EQuilibrium
    DMGAudio EQuality
    DMGAudio EQuick
    FabFilter Pro-Q2
    PSPaudioware PSP Neon HR2 / Neon STD2 / Neon MIX2
    PSPaudioware PSP MasterQ2
    PSPaudioware PSP NobleQ / NobleQex
    PSPaudioware PSP ClassicQ
    PSPaudioware PSP ConsoleQ
    PSPaudioware PSP McQ
    PSPaudioware PSP RetroQ
    PSPaudioware PSP preQursor
    Plugin Alliance: Brainworx bx_digital V2
    Plugin Alliance: Brainworx bx_hybrid V2
    Plugin Alliance: Brainworx bx_dynEQ V2
    Plugin Alliance: Millenia NSEQ-2
    Plugin Alliance: Elysia museq (mix/master versions)
    Plugin Alliance: SPL Analog Code Passeq
    Plugin Alliance: Maag EQ4 / Maag EQ2 (esp. for vocals)
    Algorithmix Classic PEQ Blue
    Algorithmix Linear Phase PEQ Red
    Algorithmix Linear Phase PEQ Orange
    Refined Audiometrics Laboratory / Acudora PLParEQ2
    Waves API550a / API550b / API560
    Waves PuigTec EQP-1A / PuigTec MEQ-5
    Waves Linear Phase EQ
    Waves Q10 Equalizer
    Waves Renaissance Equalizer
    Waves GEQ Graphic Equalizer
    Waves H-EQ Hybrid Equalizer
    Waves RS56 Passive EQ
    Waves SSL G-Equalizer
    Waves SSL E-Channel / SSL G-Channel (EQ section)
    Waves V-EQ3
    Waves V-EQ4
    Waves Q-Clone (based on impulses from hardware EQs)
    Waves REDD (Equalizer section)
    Waves EMI TG12345 (Equalizer section)
    Waves Scheps 73 (Equalizer section)
    Waves Kramer HLS Channel (Equalizer section)
    Waves Manny Marroquin EQ
    Solid State Logic (SSL) X-EQ
    iZotope Ozone 5-6 (Equalizer section)
    iZotope Ozone 6 (Dynamic Equalizer section)
    iZotope Alloy 2 (Equalizer section)
    Sonible frei:raum
    HOFA-Plugins IQ-Eq 2
    Sonnox Oxford EQ
    MeldaProduction MEqualizer
    MeldaProduction MEqualizerLinearPhase
    MeldaProduction MAutoEqualizer
    MeldaProduction MFreeformAnalogEq
    MeldaProduction MFreeformEqualizer
    MeldaProduction MDynamicEq
    MeldaProduction MAutoDynamicEq
    MeldaProduction MBandPass
    MeldaProduction MFilter
    Voxengo CurveEQ
    Voxengo GlissEQ
    Voxengo HarmoniEQ
    Voxengo Overtone GEQ
    Voxengo Marvel GEQ
    Eiosis AirEQ
    IK Multimedia T-RackS CS 4: Master EQ 432
    IK Multimedia T-RackS CS 4: Classic T-Racks Equalizer
    IK Multimedia T-RackS CS 4: Linear Phase Equalizer
    IK Multimedia T-RackS CS 4: Vintage Tube Program Equalizer
    IK Multimedia T-RackS CS 4: EQ PA
    IK Multimedia T-RackS CS 4: EQ PB
    IK Multimedia T-RackS CS 4: EQ PG
    IK Multimedia T-RackS CS 4: EQ 73
    IK Multimedia T-RackS CS 4: EQ 81
    IK Multimedia T-RackS CS 4: British Channel (Equalizer section)
    IK Multimedia T-RackS CS 4: White Channel (Equalizer section)
    Acon Digital Equalize
    Tokyo Dawn Labs/Variety of Sound TDR VoS SlickEQ (Gentleman's Edition/Free Standard Edition)
    Sonoris Parallel Equalizer
    Sonoris Mastering Equalizer
    Cockos ReaEQ
    Cockos ReaFIR
    AbbeyRoadPlugins TG12412 TONE, TG12414 FILTER
    AbbeyRoadPlugins/Softube Brilliance Pack (RS127 Rack, RS127 Box, RS135)
    Softube Tube-Tech PE 1C Mid-Range Equalizer
    Softube Tube-Tech ME 1B "Pultec" Equalizer
    Softube Summit Audio EQF-100 Full Range Equalizer
    Softube Passive Equalizer
    Softube Active Equalizer
    Softube Focusing Equalizer
    Softube Tonelux Tilt / Tonelux Tilt Live
    Softube Trident A-Range
    Slate Digital FG-S "Brit 4k" EQ
    Slate Digital FG-N "Brit-N" EQ
    Native Instruments/Softube Passive EQ
    Native Instruments/Softube Enhanced EQ
    Native Instruments Solid EQ
    apulsoft apQualizr
    FLUX Epure
    Nugen SEQ-S
    Sonalksis SV517 EQ / SV517mk2 EQ
    Sound Radix SurferEQ
    LiquidSonics Filtrate
    Cakewalk LP-64
    A.O.M. Factory A.O.M. tranQuilizr
    112dB Redline Equalizer
    DDMF LP10
    DDMF IIEQPro
    DDMF IIEQ
    DDMF 6144
    DDMF ColourEQ
    DDMF DirectionalEQ
    Photosounder SplineEQ
    OvertoneDSP AF2-10 v2 (Graphic EQ with FFT)
    OvertoneDSP EQ500 (Channel EQ)
    OvertoneDSP PTC-2A (Vintage Pultec EQP1A emulation)
    OvertoneDSP PTH-2A (Pultec EQH Style Program EQ)
    ToneBoosters TB Equalizer
    ToneBoosters TB FlX / TB FlX4 (Dynamic EQ)
    ToneBoosters TB EZQ
    Kuassa EVE-AT1
    Kuassa EVE-AT4
    Kuassa EVE-MP5
    rs-met EngineersFilter (free - best filters ever, superior quality, a lot of filters up to extremely steepest)
    rs-met EasyQ (free - high quality)
    Sonimus Sweetone
    Sonimus SonEQ Pro
    Sonimus SonEQ Free
    Boz Digital Labs equalizers
    AIXcoustic Creations Electi-Q
    SoniqWare PE-1 Linear Phase Parametric Equalizer
    Variety Of Sound BaxterEQ (FREE, High Quality!)
    Variety Of Sound BootEQ mkII (FREE, High Quality!)
    Slim Slow Slider LinearPhaseGraphicEQ 2 (mixing edition / mastering edition) (FREE)
    Blue Cat Audio equalizers
    Focusrite RED 2
    Focusrite Midnight EQ
    Focusrite Scarlett EQ
    Focusrite Saffire EQ
    RNDigital FIREQ
    RNDigital UNIQUELIZER
    SKnote equalizers
    URS (equalizers from their bundle)
    Mellowmuse equalizers
    Nomad Factory equalizers
    TriTone Digital equalizers
    Kjaerhus Classic EQ
    Kjaerhus Golden Audio GEQ7
    G-Sonique equalizers
    J1000 equalizers (FREE)
    eareckon PR-EQUA87
    AuioTeknikk Equilibre (FREE)
    Fnequalizer (FREE)
    PreSonus EyeQ
    Antress equalizers (FREE)
    Sonic Timeworks Equalizer V-1
    NCL Phase EQ (FREE)


    Maybe later I will sort them as "mixing EQs", "mastering EQs", "clean", "analog-emulation" etc. Now just only list
    Later I'm going to create Limiters/Maximizers, Compressors, Saturators/Exciters/Preamps, Analysers, etc.
    It is useful for newbies and for us.
     
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  3. MYCbeats

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    Wait, your post description says "must-haves".

    You expect us to have all of these installed? (even though I probably have at one point or another)

    Theres really like 6 types of eq's you need (and thats being generous a parametric is really the only one you need).
    -Neve emulation
    -SSL emulation
    -Pultec emulation
    -Fully Parametric
    -linear phase Parametric
    -dynamic

    Maybe we categorize your list with the headings I mentioned (and maybe more).
     
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    Yes, I will try to classify them as I can.
     
  5. Studio 555

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    @ Mild pump milk,

    Here, I can only be agree with 'MYCbeats', because at my humble opinion, it will be more easily understandable by many Users, but also due to the exhaustive list you provided... *yes*

    As an example :

    For the 'Compressors' ('Expanders') :

    * Analog (Emulation)
    * Digital (purely Digital)
    * FET
    * Opto
    * VCA
    *...

    The same can be applied for 'Equalizers' (by 'Type of EQ', 'Filters',... )


    :wink: *yes* All tastes are in the nature ! :rofl:

    But I must to confess that for some of the Plugins included, I'm agree that 'TC PowerCore' Card sounds even better than the 'UAD-1'... *yes* (my opinion ! *yes* )
     
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    I trust my ears not some made up list. My Go to is not even on the list. My fav. E.Q. is the Lindell PEX-500. However I doubt many of you have even heard of it unless you've seen one of the Hardware units in a Studio somewhere. IMHO it is better that most I've heard over the last 20+years and the VST version is cheap as hell compared to what else is out there

    Hardware version


    VST Version


    SoS article on the company
     
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    @ Mykal,

    I don't know your exact location... but if you're near Europa, and more exactly close to 'Switzerland' (the little European Country full of Banks, Cheese, Chocolate and Watches ! :rofl: ), you could buy a 'Lindell Audio' Compressor. *yes*
    Not exactly the 'PEX-500', the '7X-500' instead, but both are Great Hardware Units ! :thumbsup:

    [​IMG]

    'Lindell Audio 7X-500' Compressor on 'olx.ch'

    That price of CHF 200,-- equals about 190 Euros (as second hand).
     
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    Yo Studio 555. Shush!! You're giving away all the secrets. :dont: :rofl:


    I know this is off topic and sliding into Channel Strip territory but WTF maybe some other have never heard of it before. This is what I rock on my tracks and the VST only costs $ 250 bucks

    [​IMG]
     
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    @ Mykal,

    Yes, it's impressive ! :thumbsup:

    ...and I feel that I come too late :rofl: , because about "all the secrets", well, their Software counterparts were revealed within this Forum a few ago...

    ' LSR Audio New Plugins 'Series' announced...'
     
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    Start a google doc or something and I'll give you a hand.
     
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    mild pump milk Russian Milk Drunkard

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    So do you wanna help me?
     
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    I PM'd you the link to the doc
     
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    @ MYCbeats,

    Great initiative ('Google Doc') ! :wink: :bow:

    Some 'Add-Ons' ('Info') have been made by myself... to check ! *yes*
     
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    cheers dude.
     
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    Work In Progress! During 3-5 days we will finish
     
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    Hey Mykal,
    I've got a question about cpu used with this channel strip.
    Let say for a descent 24 tracks, is it ok ? Or just to much in Cpu demanding ? I know it depends a lot of our gear but let say approximatively it's enough at least ;-)

    Seems really interesting anyway, will gave it a try asap, and be back wth feedbacks 'cause I've owned Softube Summit Audio Grand Channel & Tube-Tech Classic Channel.

    Cheers
     
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    Very well coded, I barely notice any REAL cpu usage on a typical project. I suggest you try the demo version


    The Demo
     
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    The EQ list is being classified, a lot of changes every day. I am going to post the final version of document on May (possibly first week, now I have no enough time because of my usual work, but it will be released as soon as possible, don't worry guys).
    It's being checked (new equalizers added, some of eqs has been removed, new classification columns in the tab, sorting by "quality and popularity" based on my opinion, other typos fixed etc.). The list will be always updated when new GOOD equalizers appear. Very bad EQs (extremely bad or very suspicious processing quality, eqs with a lot of digital aliasing, buggy-as-hell coded(some exceptions only)) as well as old'n'rare'n'forgotten stuff are not considered.
    P.S. Thanks a lot of people for contribution!

    molokosos
     
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    work in progress again, I'm back guys. Sorry for delay
     
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    Over the years, I have stopped downloading so many EQ's. I mainly only use 2 EQ's now. Equilibrium mainly, becuase it sounds good, and its low CPU, or if I need drastic filter cutoff Q's, I use Fabfilter ProQ 2. Occasionally I will use Vitamin from Waves for colored EQ to add a bit of character or grit, and If I need to do something really simple and cpu efficient I use Studio One's Pro EQ.

    I have tried them all, even Nebula's stuff. ( I used to pay for Nebula) And was o nthe Nebula bandwagon back in the day. But today, there are EQ's that sound just as good as them, and I have found I can accomplish pretty much anything I need with the above 4, and even that is a little excessive, In my opinion. My opinion changes yearly though. Even monthly, daily. :wow:
     
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    Just a question out fo curiosity: Ignite Amps PTEq is not there because is bad or because is it too old?
     
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