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The EQuality story

I've been building EQs for nearly a decade. From Focusrite to Sonalksis, I've learned a lot about EQs; how they should sound, how they should work, and I'd always wanted to build an EQ from the ground up, incorporating everything I've learned.

When I first started telling people I was going to do this, the response was a mixture of encouragement, tempered against the question "why do we need another EQ?". I'm pleased to tell you that now, at the end of the development process, everyone who asked that question has their answer. It's an answer that's hard to explain in words, and much much easier to find by just using the plugin. You can click the installer and the "send demo" link, and find out right now.

Most people have quite a collection of EQs - some are models of hardware, some are workhorse EQs for surgical correction, or for guiding a track into a mix, some are for mastering. First off, EQuality is not a model of a specific piece of hardware; it's more ambitious than that. EQuality aims to be a great replacement for all your EQs. That's been the driving factor.

From the bottom up, EQuality sounds as good as an EQ can sound. By that, I mean the prototypes are as close to the consistent analogue shapes as can be achieved digitally, without spending extra CPU. When you want to spend extra CPU to close the deal, you can do that too, but so far not many people have reported finding occasions where the difference is perceptible.

From the top-down, EQuality is designed to allow you to make it work the way you want it to. At every stage, we've sought out any idiosyncrasies in the design, and replaced them with solutions that make sense, and with options to allow you to have things the way you need them.

 

Overview

    Very low CPU usage for every track of your mix
    Generates super-high-quality prototypes. Clear undistorted top.
    Digital+ mode; turns awesome into perfect.
    Linear/Analogue/Minimum phase modes for master and special channels
    6 bands, 2 shelf/bells, 4 bell/notches, Q 0.1->50, +/-36dB range
    2 fully parametric filters (high and low-pass), 6/12/18/24/30/36db/oct Q 0.1->20
    Three different UI modes to taste - full, graph and knobs.
    M/S processing modes
    Windows VST,VST3,VST 64,VST3 64,RTAS,AAX 32, AAX 64. Mac VST,VST3,VST 64,VST3 64,AU32+64bit,AAX 32+64bit,RTAS

Sound

    Bells and notches, with a +/-36dB range, and a Q range from 0.1 to 50.
    Shelves which let you move the resonance above or below the curve.
    Filters at 6/12/18/24/30/36/42/48 db/octave, sweepable resonance.
    Extra hi-pass, so you can remove rumble on every channel without spending a band on it.
    M/S processing mode, allows you to process Mid, Side or the Stereo image.
    Adjustable gain-q interaction for 'musical' usage.

Vision

    Big, clear, antialiased graph
    Hi-res Spectrum analyser
    Range, to scale the EQ response, both +ve and -ve.
    Frequency shift, to allow you to retune the response
    Large, configurable spectrum-analyser with readout
    Control linking for all EQ parameters
    Configurable VU, supporting K-metering and variable ballistics
    8 banks of A/B
    Full preset management system
    Undo/redo
    Autolisten mode, for quick finding/adjustment of frequencies
    Flat button on UI for rapid reset
    Clip LED

 

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