EQ VST Super Ultra Thread: The Final Frequency


I’m actually looking for a decent, perhaps free, EQ. Currently only have the use of auto filter and EQ 3 in live. Haven’t looked at eq8, if available for cheap or independently from upgrading, though. Used it before and like it though.

Any thoughts? Anyone?

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FWIW, if I were going to pay for an EQ, I’d go to Izotope Neutron (I’m still on Alloy 2 myself, but Neutron adds some nice quality of life features basically). It’s got lots of different response options, I love that you have a dedicated sweep button, and when you find somewhere you want to eq a double click will drop a band right there at the level you have your mouse on. Adjust the q and level a bit and you’re on to the next thing. Bonus that you get some of the other stuff like a saturator, a compressor, a de-esser, and more. I don’t have to use that stuff often, but when I want a quick generic version of that processing it is nice to just have it there. 95% of the time I just use the EQ, and it’s still totally worth it.


If we are talking spend cash?

Hell go with FabFilter Pro-Q -

24 bands of eight types of filter, sidechaining functionality, EQ Matching, Linear Phase, Natural Phase and Zero Latency modes, left/right and mid/side operation, a piano keyboard X axis, analyzer freeze and spectrum grab, full-screen mode

UAD Pultec EQP-1A
EQP-1A Program EQ, MEQ-5 Mid-Range EQ, HLF-3C Filters
Models entire electronic path, including tube amplifiers and transformers, for musical distortion
Silky, vintage highs and tight, focused lows using combined boost/cut resonant shelf dip with EQP-1A
Broad, overlapping frequency selections for fine peak and dip midrange filter control with the MEQ-5
12 dB cut filter tonal sculpting or special effects with the HLF-3C

Or go full on pro with a SSL channel eq…feel like a hypocrite bringing a free plugin back into the conversation, but there’s a few ssl imitation eq plugs out there.

Neutron does kick butts though!


doesnt EQ8 come with Live standard?

its not got a lot of “flavor” for that reason i like it for cutting frequencies, I’ll follow EQ8 with something that has some overtones like SoundToys SIE eq to boost and add some color.


Yeah think it does.

A lot of people love EQ8! I think I played around with ableton lite just to check out the EQ8 haha


im still using my super awesome,mega mongo,izitope plugs.The very last eq ultra jizz word in frequency masturbation…yeah…man!


EQ8 isn’t included in lite or intro (same thing now). If Ableton is gonna be your primary DAW you should definitely upgrade to standard or Suite if you can afford it, packed with good stuff.

A really popular option is Fabfilter pro-Q for the previously mentioned features. It has a visual representation of peaks which makes it simple to zero in on the freqs you want, takes a lot of the guesswork out. But once you start getting a memory for what tones go where you won’t actually need that. My issue with proQ is how much you need to boost or cut to start really hearing what you’re changing, especially for surgical cuts. The plugin will show I’m cutting something by 10dB but the same cut with EQ8 has more effect, at least to my ears. Luckily, proQ can do wayyyy more than 10dB changes so you can eventually get the same thing out of it, but to me it’s just annoying that it’s not as “quick”.

Even protools’ stock eq does cuts better and it’s just not as easy to use as most other modern sweepable eqs because of the limits to freq selection of the bands. It’s just that proQ feels gentler, which is why a lot of people like it, and all that flashy linear phase junk is cool too.

also, here’s something about phase shift: http://ethanwiner.com/EQPhase.html Phase shift is how any eq works, try not to get too caught up in that kinda talk.