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Old 22-11-2015, 07:28 AM   #1
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Favourite "character EQ"?

Recently, I discovered VibeEQ by Stillwell Audio and I'm impressed with what it's doing to my sound... it says on the homepage "This is one of those mythical plugins that makes things sound better just by plugging it in. Really." and I kind of have to agree... It really sounds good on many tracks and adds some fine warmth and saturation to the sound. (Another good thing about it is that you can use the demo without restriction.)

Some other EQs of this kind I sometimes use are SlickEQ by TDR (this one is free) and Uhbik-Q, but I like VibeEQ best so far. Thinking about buying it.

Are there any better out there? What are your favs?

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Old 22-11-2015, 08:30 AM   #2
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Re: Favourite "character EQ"?

I don't know if it's character per se, but SonEq is a freebie with some curves that can always seem to bring what you want out of a synth with just a few knob twists. You get hi and lo pass filters, a low, mid, and high band, and a saturation section that I pretty much don't use.
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Old 23-11-2015, 08:51 AM   #3
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Re: Favourite "character EQ"?

I like to stack shelving and parametric and graphic EQ's on top of each other. I find that you can sculpt and "tilt" the EQ to sound a lot of different varieties of ways. Also I do some mid-side EQ.

You can really get alot done with EasyQ freeware.

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Old 24-11-2015, 12:58 AM   #4
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Re: Favourite "character EQ"?

Well, recently I found out that my beloved pq33 had been supplanted by a new eq, mq55. Trying the new one, I found that the original actually had a very dirty characteristic that just adds something special to a bass synth when overdriven, something the new eq seemed to lack.

Slick EQ is really heavy on cpu usage. I don't really use it for anything other than mastering.

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Old 25-11-2015, 11:54 PM   #5
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Re: Favourite "character EQ"?

Thanks for the input! I have been using EasyQ a lot but not anymore since the EQ8 was improved (in Live 9 I think?). Also, I agree that mid/side EQing is a nice tool. Gonna check the other plugins mentioned out soon, thanks!

Somewhat related, I use EQ8 automation for all kinds of stuff ranging from comb filter effects to adding subtle movement or sidechain-type mix adjustments. A kinda similar tool I sometimes use is VolumeShaper by Cableguys in which you can quickly add (simple) movement to 3 frequency bands.


Since SlickEQ by TDR was mentioned, I just have to link to this awesome and free EQ/MB-comp by TDR called Nova I just started using, mainly for mixing:
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"NOVA is a parallel dynamic equalizer. Appearing in the familiar layout of a parametric equalizer, each band also includes a full featured dynamics section allowing the processor to cover an impressively wide range of applications."
Not a "character EQ", but very clean sound and really useful

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Old 26-11-2015, 12:38 AM   #6
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Re: Favourite "character EQ"?

multiband saturation/distortion

Probably buying brainworx m/s two band saturation and drive vst on pay day.

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Old 26-11-2015, 12:49 AM   #7
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Re: Favourite "character EQ"?

not an eq but noveltech character plugin is a god send
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Old 26-11-2015, 02:56 AM   #8
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Re: Favourite "character EQ"?

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multiband saturation/distortion
Just what I was thinking. I mention Trash all the time, so Trash.

There, I said it. Give me my $10, Izotope.
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Old 26-11-2015, 03:23 AM   #9
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Re: Favourite "character EQ"?

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Just what I was thinking. I mention Trash all the time, so Trash.

There, I said it. Give me my $10, Izotope.
Trash 2 is on sale as well... tempted to get both now

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Old 26-11-2015, 03:42 AM   #10
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Re: Favourite "character EQ"?

just wondering is it worth picking up trash if i already have fab filter saturn
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Old 28-11-2015, 05:23 PM   #11
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Re: Favourite "character EQ"?

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fab filter saturn
This right here.

I use it on most things, sometimes I just drop it in and touch nothing for that little bit of goodness it applies to anything it touches. Sometimes I use it as an EQ. Sometimes for distortion. Most of the time though it's just minor tweaks to the default setting.

Best plugin I own, including stuff from UAD, which I think is highly over-rated.

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Old 28-11-2015, 08:46 PM   #12
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Re: Favourite "character EQ"?

Some of you guys might like freeware Equilibre as a VST EQ. It's vaporware now, but if you can find a version it's pretty good. Here's where I got it from last: [Only registered and activated users can see links. Click here to register]

It has Mid-Side abilities. It might have some technical issues, but it's still useful here and there.
Supposedly it doesn't properly report it's plugin delay for compensation, so don't use too many instances of it.

Another good one is freeware FiltrateLE. I think it's a linear phase EQ. Very stable and the delay/bass precision can be adjusted.
It has good quality sound and good visualization of the curves.
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Old 29-11-2015, 04:36 AM   #13
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Re: Favourite "character EQ"?

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just wondering is it worth picking up trash if i already have fab filter saturn
Yes, no question. Trash kills it. Even if you have Ohmicide the sound you get from Trash is quite distinct.

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Re: Favourite "character EQ"?

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Some of you guys might like freeware Equilibre as a VST EQ. It's vaporware now, but if you can find a version it's pretty good. Here's where I got from last: [Only registered and activated users can see links. Click here to register]

It has Mid-Side abilities. It might have some technical issues, but it's still useful here and there.

Another good one is freeware FiltrateLE. I think it's a linear phase EQ. Very stable and the delay/bass precision can be adjusted.
It has good quality sound and good visualization of the curves.
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Fucking kudos for the share on this. I really like the overall design on this piece

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Old 29-11-2015, 07:22 AM   #15
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Fucking kudos for the share on this. I really like the overall design on this piece
If for any reason those don't work out, multiple instances of EasyQ can pretty much do the same things without the dynamic LED graphing. it's freeware also and can also do Mid-Side processing...

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Re: Favourite "character EQ"?

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Yes, no question. Trash kills it. Even if you have Ohmicide the sound you get from Trash is quite distinct.
What are some of your favorite things to use trash on? I have both but I tend to use Saturn for light saturation/ warmth and mixing purposes (bus processing) and ohmicide for dirty bass distortion character on individual sounds.

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