Posts Tagged ‘eq’
Thought this needed it’s own place:
Workthrough on how to enable Sonar’s EQ.
If not already on view you’ll need to edit your display in track view,
Look in following image,
Click white triangle on ‘Display’ to bring up menu,
Add a tick next to ‘Eq’
You should now be able to see an extended ‘Track’ strip with the EQ at the top just above ‘FX bin’
You can now enable your Eq,
Click the Band Semi Circle Thing and it will light up green.
By double clicking on the area shown in the image below you will bring up Sonars built in EQ.
You can then enable each band.
Free Equalizer VST Plugins: WWAYM NWEq,
WWAYM NWEQ is a free plugin, perfect for mastering and sound designing.
- 5 parametric bands (low shelf, band 1-2-3, high shelf)
- high quality filters (10 Hz – 22 KHz)
- 2 cross fadeable filter models for band 1-2-3
- works as a filter a bank, too
- templates for most common EQ applications
- aesthetic and easy to use interface based on a clear concept
- band reset buttons
- A/B switch
Download for free from here
Possibly not the ultimate list of the best free VST equalizer plugins but hopefully as it get’s updated it will get close.
The following plugins are in no particular order, they’re all available as free downloads
Please if you use free vst plugins of any flavour, support them in any way that you can, even the smallest donation will be appreciated. If you can’t find a way to do this via their individual sites then try and contact them via email.
Free EQ VST Plugins List
Classic EQ is a 7 Band Stereo Equaliser with a warm analog sound, well suited to make non-surgical tonal corrections on all instruments, vocals and final mixes. The passive and additive structure, together with unique “Warm” and “Saturation” algorithms, produces warm and pleasant sound, just like some of the most expensive vintage gear. The left and right channels can be adjusted individually or linked together.
Posihfopit – Free EQ Equalisation vst plugin – Scroll down to find!
The precursor to the ‘Electric Q’ this is a pretty easy to use equaliser vst plugin.
Just drag and shape your eq.
Although probably best if you understand what your dragging and shaping ahem.
Posihfopit – Free EQ Equalisation vst plugin – Scroll down to find!
This is a pretty cool VST plugin form Leftover Lasagne.
Needs a bit of work to understand, works in a similar way to the Pultec.
It is free but please if you find yourself using it please donate to the authors.
Remember they need to eat as well…
“Fast and easy” 7-band digital graphic equalizer. It uses FIR filtering delivering a very nicely-sounding linear-phase equalization. EssEQ uses 128 point filter kernel. This plug-in is very good at quick frequency balance adjustments.
7-band harmonic (overtone) graphic equalizer with multi-channel operation support (supporting up to 8 input/output channels, host setup-dependent). Overtone GEQ offers extensive internal channel routing capabilities, and supports mid/side channel processing.
Also can be found as part of the Blue Cat Freeware Plugin Pack
Blue Cat’s Triple EQ is a 3 bands semi-parametric equalizer that can be controlled as a single filter with customizable shape. It includes a low shelf filter, a high shelf filter and a boost/cut peak filter. Its wide range of gain (+/-40 dB per band) and bandwidth (.01 to 5 Octave) makes it very versatile to create any filter shape. The three filters are linked together so that when you change the center frequency or the bandwidth, the parameters of the three filters are modified accordingly: you can control the entire equalizer characteristics with a single mouse click.
FREE QUEUE EQ PLUGIN: Another excellent addition to your free VST plugins folder from VescoFX.
This free VST plugin is an equalizer. The sound of this EQ will very much remind you of many classic analog designs. You get access to four bands of equalization with two shelving filters and two peaking filters, a design which matches that of many sought after high-end console equalizers. Many mix recipes are included as saved settings which can be loaded through your VST host.
Download it here for free
EQ Killer – Free VST Plugin,
‘EQ Killer is a switchable EQ module vst plugin in the style of DJ “Kill Switches”.
There are 3 adjustable bands of EQ (Hi, Mid& Lo).’
Pretty nifty simple eq form Scuzzphut
Download for free here
The Linear Phase Graphic EQ 2 by Slim Slow Slider is a free VST plugin comes in two different flavours but actually seem to be the same effect, maybe I’m missing something?
Anyway the controls are quite simple the frequency adjustment in the graphic equalizer stage itself are adjusted by a simple drag using the mouse.
I really like the dragging control for some reason,whilst you adjust as you click on the ‘screen’ the freq and gain amount are shown below.
Free VST Plugin – Linear Phase Graphic EQ 2
Other controls include:
Reset, MasterGain and Bandwidth.
There’s also a Compare button.
Free VST Plugin – Linear Phase Graphic EQ 2(Mastering)
Download for free here
This is a really nifty equalizer vst plugin that seems to have quite a small CPU load.
How it compares with other VST eqs is up to your ears really.
Try it out here
KarmaFX Plugin Pack is a collection of quality effect plugins that are small, simple and easy to use. Plugins that simply get the job done without too much knob tweaking.
The pack includes a simple filter plugin, a tempo controlled delay, a 31 band graphic equalizer, a reverb and a User’s manual.
Check out the sound demos and view the full specs below.
You’ll need to scroll down Marcus’s page there to find it.
Parametric graphic equalizer with excellent response all the way up to Nyquist. It never clicks, and it handles deep bass well too. The Nyquist frequency is the highest representable frequency for a given sample rate. The trebliest of the treble. Most other digital eqs have great problems producing a natural sound here.
Hopefully some of these Free Plugins will add to your mixing arsenal. This list will be updated as new Equalizer plugins become available.
Bass guitar: tricks, tips and advice on getting the most out of equalization and compression.
Home recording and DIY production is a tricky old business for the newly initiated.
With each new software program, vst plugin, hardware and technique their comes a new challenge.
As with the other instruments I’ve talked about on this site, getting your bass to respond in your mix is every bit as important and needs just as much care and attention as anything else.
Your track can live or die by getting these things right.
I’m not an expert but I’ve picked up a few tips and tricks along the way.
Some may seem to contradict each other, but these are received wisdoms and as such should be treated as guidelines.
Every recording is different, there are no set in stone presets to fix what you need fixing.
Use your ears as guides and treat each recording as new material.
Get your mix right in the first place the mastering will be easier in the long run.
These settings are guidelines only, use your ears it’s important that you get a sound that you feel fits with your material. Driving the compressor hard with create distortion, if that’s what you intend then go for it
Compression can also be used to control muddiness and level changes, peaks and dips.
If you’re new to bass then compression can help control the uneven peaks and dips in your playing volume.
Set your Threshold to the level where your compressor starts to work.
Ratio: 2.5:1 or 3:1 – increase this as you need to really but try and be careful with your settings, aggressive settings here will introduce distortion.
Attack: 40ms to 50ms – the attack of your bass is important, if the attack rate is too short you’ll create a muddy sound, less definition.
Release: Around 180ms – as always with your release settings you need to set it long enough to work but short enough so that when the instrument plays again the compressor is allowed to work. This way you’ll get the pumping so you want.
Gain: As always try not to add too much gain if any, make up any difference between your input and the output volume.
To add a fullness to your bass try a boost of between 1 and 2db in the 100 to 200hz frequency range.
To get rid of mud from your bass try a cut of around 3 to 4db in the 200-300hz range.
To add punch a boost of 2 to 3db between 500 to 1000hz should do the trick.
To give your bass more attack try boosting the frequency range between 2.5 and 5khz by 2 or 3db
A shelf to remove the lower end, around 40 to 50hz is always a good way to start with Bass guitar. It’s the part we can’t hear and most stereo systems can’t deal with.
Be aware that most mud occurs in the 200-300hz range, try small cuts if your instrument lacks definition.
Avoid if you can adding boosts below the 100hz but boosting between the 100 and 200hz range can fix a thin/flat sounding bass.
If your bass lacks punch then adding a little boost between 500 and 1000hz can increase this.
To bring in more attack and add sparkle try a boost inbetween the 2.5 and 5khz range.
When you work with the bass guitar bear in mind your kick drum, adjusting the frequncies of each instrument can allow each instrument to exist and be heard, when your cut from the bass try boosting the same frequency in the kick.
The snare if done correctly can be part of your signature sound, if you take a listen to a lot of 80s hair rock you’ll hear a very definite style of snare.
Using presets for your compression and eq can be a good starting point, but if you’re interested in learning to sculpt the sound, experimenting with your eq and compressor can be very rewarding.
Set your Threshold/Input to start the compressor working.
The following settings will all depend on taste and your music, they are general settings to give you a starting point to find your sound
Ratio: 4:1 to 6:1ms
Attack: 5 to 10ms
Release: 125 to 175ms
Gain: As with all compression, you want the volume to match the input volume
As with the above settings for compression use the following as a general starting point and work with them until you get what you need for your mix.
To add warmth try a 1 or 2 db boost in the 100 – 150hz region.
A similar boost in the 250hz region will add depth or body.
To reduce boxiness a cut of between 2-3db in the 800 to 1000hz region should be a good start.
A boost in the 3-5khz region of about 1 to 3 db will add attack.
And a boost in the 8 to 10khz area of 1 or 2 db will add crispness.
As stated before these eq and compression settings are starting points and should be treated as such.
Use your ears as always.