Thomann's Cool Online Guides: Equalisers

7. EQ Plug-Ins

The majority of musicians now use software to process audio signals rather than hardware, and there are a wealth EQ plug-ins in existence – all DAWs include at least basic EQ, and there are also many third-party plug-ins available. Although the use of software has many benefits, one of the key advantages of hardware is the tactile control surface with real knobs - if you’re trying to eliminate 50Hz mains hum for instance, then it’s easy enough to double-click your mouse, type in the frequency, and then drag the gain slider to make a -20dB cut, but not quite as immediate if you’re sweeping through a range of frequencies to target a specific timbre.

EQ from Steinberg Cubase 4

A big plus for plug-ins though, is that they usually have a graphic display of the frequency spectrum (like the one shown above) showing the combined effect of all the frequency bands you have chosen to cut or boost. This can give a good indication of what the correction might sound like, and often allows you to adjust the frequency and gain simultaneously while the audio is playing. If you have a control surface for your DAW, then this can be mapped to the plug-in, giving you knob control of the EQ, bringing it closer in ‘feel’ to the hardware equivalent. Another benefit is that a standard features in any DAW are the ability to save presets for later recall, so that your favourite vocal or kick drum EQ can be applied to other audio, and also the automation of the plug-in’s parameters.

Waves Renaissance-EQ

EQ Emulation Plug-Ins

Many plug-ins of all kinds emulate existing hardware units, and the area of EQ is no exception. Simulations are created in minute detail, often down to the component level of resistors and capacitors, examining the quirks and defects of an actual EQ circuit, so that each can be accurately represented in code, and the graphic front-end that controls the code is then matched as closely to the original as possible. Models of API, Pultec and Neve Eqs are just a few of the many very accurate representations of original models currently available.

Sony Oxford EQ
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Equalisers overview

Arturia DrumBrute Impact Daslight Light Rider Wifi DMX Interface Gator iMac 27" Tote Bag Arturia KeyLab MkII 61 Black Korg D1 Aston Microphones Swift Audient iD44 EQ Acoustics Spectrum 2 L5 Tile Black Universal Audio Apollo Thunderbolt 3 Card Cameo Studio PAR DTW IK Multimedia UNO Synth Presonus Studio 1810
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Arturia DrumBrute Impact

Analog drum computer; 10 sounds: Kick, Snare 1, Snare 2, Tom Hi, Tom Low, Cowbell, Cymbal, Closed Hat, Open Hat and FM; 64 patterns with up to 64 steps each; accentuation and switchable color tone coloring per instrument and step;...

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Daslight Light Rider Wifi DMX Interface

Daslight Light Rider Wifi DMX Interface, Tablet-based DMX control, intuitive operating concept allows quick access to all functions and simplifies use, free App "Light Rider" for iOS, Android and Amazon Fire Tablet, perfect for DJs thanks to beat synchronization via...

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Gator iMac 27" Tote Bag

Nylon bag for 27" Apple iMac Good hold and protection with adjustable foam blocks and hard-panel reinforcement in the front cover, Foldable sun and dust protection, Double zipper, Cable bag inside, Outer accessory pocket for keyboard, mouse, SD cards...

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Arturia KeyLab MkII 61 Black

Arturia KeyLab MkII 61 Black; USB Midi-Keyboard with 61 Keys; velocity and Aftertouch; 16 RGB-backlit performance pads; 9 fader, 9 rotary knobs, LCD-Display; Category Function; Pitch- and Modulation-Wheel; Chord and Transpose Function; Transport Buttons; Connections: 5 Expression Control Inputs; 4x...

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Korg D1

Digital Piano 88 Keys weighted RH3 keyboard (Real Weighted Hammer Action 3), 5 Sensitivity curves, Stereo PCM sound generation, 120 Voice polyphony, 30 Sounds, 30 Demo songs, Key-Off simulation, Damper resonance, 3 Effects, Metronome, 2x Line out 6.3 mm...

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Aston Microphones Swift

Aston Microphones Swift; Universal Mic Mount without Rubber Bands; fits Mics from 40 bis 60 Diameter; two quick release spring clips; made of Aluminium, grade glass-fill nylon polymer and medical grade latex ("ShockStar" suspension); Dimensions: 145 x 60 x 170...

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Audient iD44

20-in / 24-out desktop audio interface Fully metallic desktop housing, Control knobs made of solid, hand-milled aluminium, 4 Class A Audient console mic preamps, 60 dB gain, AD / DA converter of the highest class, 2 ADAT inputs and...

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EQ Acoustics Spectrum 2 L5 Tile Black

Acoustic Absorber Material of the absorber's core: 100% polyester with textile cover, Very robust, Non-allergenic and doesn't contain irritants, Odour-free, Good efficiency in the medium and high frequency ranges, Wall and ceiling mounting is possible with the flexi-system (hook...

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Universal Audio Apollo Thunderbolt 3 Card

Universal Audio Apollo Thunderbolt 3 Card; Expansion Card for Apollo Rack Interfaces; two Thunderbolt 3 Ports, 5 W bus power for all connected Thunderbolt 3 peripherals; up to 40 Gbit/s; System requirements: macOS Sierra/High Sierra or Windows 10 with Fall...

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Cameo Studio PAR DTW

White light LED PAR With variable colour temperature and dim-to-warm function, Professional LED PAR for use on theater and drama stages or for object lighting, Dim-to-warm function ensures a dark orange light colour in the low brightness range by...

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IK Multimedia UNO Synth

Monophonic analog synthesizer with step sequencer, arpeggiator and effects section Classic setup with 2 VCOs and noise generator, multimode filters, amps, 2 envelopes and LFO, Waveform VCOs Triangle, sawtooth and variable pulse width rectangle, Multimode filter with 12 dB...

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Presonus Studio 1810

18 x 8 USB 2.0 audio interface 24 bits / 192 kHz, 2 front combo inputs Mic / Line / Inst (XLR / jack), 2 front combo inputs Mic / Line (XLR / jack), 4 XMAX Class A mic...

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