Best EQ VST Plugins of 2017 [GUIDE]


The Biggest List Of EQ Plugins Ever

Best Equalizer VST Plugins


112dB Redline EQ

112dB Redline EQYes, it can be very expensive, but 112dB’s redline EQ is impressive because of its intuitive interface and a built-in spectrum analyzer option. But the true stand-out here is auto-gain.

We’ve seen plenty of equalizers with those auto-gain functions when you’re changing frequency gains, but this fixes the perceived loudness at the same decibel as the bypassed signal.

If you’re familiar with those “true bypass” rack effects, yep, this is its digital equivalent, EQ-style.


A.O.M. tranQuilizr

A.O.M. tranQuilizrTransparency or “true bypass” is everyone’s craving when it comes to equalization. Often compared to EQuilibrium, AOM’s tranQuilizr focuses on the quality of reducing unwanted sound coloring. It may look like a conventional equalizer with automatic gain compensation, but the transparency is impeccable.

I would comment though that you would need oversampling if you would want to hear the transaparency it offers. Better get a good CPU for this one.


Acon Digital Equalize

Acon Digital EqualizeAccuracy and precision aside from transparency is everything I need for an equalizer. While the last two have done me so much to improve the sound I need, Acon’s offering does not only save me time with its easy-to-understand interface, Digital Equalize allows you to have variable control over filter slopes while being transparent in doing so.

If you’re pretty nit-picky about your equalizer options or you need direct control over your filters, this one is indeed for you.


Acustica Audio Acqua EQ Series

Acustica Audio Acqua Blue & TrinityYou get the Trinity or Blue and you still get a huge bang for your buck. Many believe that Trinity was based on a vintage console. Meanwhile, Blue is based on a germanium-based EQ in the past.

Emulation doesn’t really matter. While shelving options are limited, you get parametric bands with wide ranges from low to high-mid.

This won’t be useful for anyone looking for a transparent equalizer. But both have coloration that delivers a musical sound. The Blue’s GDrive stage introduces this in a very distinct and useful manner, somewhat.


Acoustica Magenta Mastering EQ

Acustica Magenta Mastering EQCompared to Acustica’s Mammoth EQ, Magenta has given me less of a headache so far. While based on a vintage console that Acustica hasn’t specified yet again (just like Trinity), Magenta sounds the best and more relaxed than its other counterparts. But that’s just my ear.

Magenta can work as a mastering equalizer, it can also work as an individual EQ processing unit. However, it takes lots of CPU power, so beware.


Acustica Audio Nebula 3

Acustica Audio Nebula 3The ultimate reason this plug-in received high praise among reviewers is its capability to emulate its classic hardware exactly as it was intended to have. It’s going to fry your CPU though, so if you’ve got a slow interface, I suggest you get a better workstation.

Nebula3 is an “effects sampler”. Like a ROMpler, it peddles not amplifiers or drum sounds, but digital effects of vintage hardware effects. The fun part? It can emulate speaker cabinets and microphones.

Why Nebula3? It has 338 simulators waiting for you at 6GB. Still a steal for your hard drive, but maybe painful for your CPU.


Barrat Audio Equavescent Equaliser

Barrat Audio Equavescent EqualiserYep, it might look like nobody ever bothered to make an interface, but what’s the use of movable knobs and shiny looking interfaces if you could figure out your work flow quickly using the plug-in?

Equavescent 3.1 from Barrett Audio has a unique feature that uses a slope that uses an algorithm based on mathematical equations that Barrett Audio made sure to have optimum usability.


Brainworx BX Digital v2

Brainworx BX Digital v2Brainworx’s BX digital v2 takes the M&S mixing to a whole new level. For mono mixing or a steady audio image ensuring the middle is prominent as desired, this is the equalizer for you.

Yep, it is a bit complicated. I took a week until I figured out how the plugin actually works. It also takes a bit of know-how with sum and diference mixing.


DDMF 6144

DDMF 6144Also known as DDMF DirectionalEQ, it combines equalization and planning. Initially inspired by a Neve Portico 6144 EQ, it adds the feature of equalization and panning, which allows you to modify specific parts of your stereo image. Not that it’s a stereo imager, but being able to modify certain parts of your audio is a great thing to have.

But it’s easy to phase your audio with this plug-in, so beware.


DDMF IIEQ / IIEQPro

DDMF IIEQ ProFine tuning, accuracy and everything in between, the DDMF IIEQ and IIEQPro is definitely the most affordable in the category. While preserving low-mids really well, you get a warm sound that has no muddiness.

If that’s not enough to wow you with this, you have some classic filters to play with. Pretty nice, wouldn’t you say?


DDMF LP10

DDMF LP10Linear phase, synonymous with mastering, takes up lots of CPU power. DDMF’s LP10 gives you 10 bands to play with. In my experience, you could use it around 250 to 2khz and add a certain character to your recording.

While I mainly use this to cut off some high pass frequencies, it gives a great character before it goes into my analog equipment.


DMG Audio Equality

DMG Audio Equality

There are just five EQ modes, an integrated analyser, A/B memory locations and auto-listen but using the DMG Audio EQuality is as versatile as you would want it.

Perhaps auto-listen is my favorite from this equalizer. It gives you a digital EQ feature to listen to while adjusting your equalizer. Right after, you could A/B test your settings to find the best one for you.


DMG Audio EQuick

DMG Audio EQuickWhat makes an EQ quick, anyway? If developers create an optimized process that getting an effective mix really quick, that’s what quick is for me.

Well, people at DMG Audio may have just made that possible with EQuick, which delivers a powerful gain sound. It features a bit of band control linking and eight A/B (or maybe A/B/C onwards) comparison slots for testing.


DMG Audio EQuilibrium

DMG Audio EQuilibriumIf there’s one EQ you need to have and many of these other equalizer plugins compete with, it would be the DMG Audio EQuilibrium. That typeset might be a bit hyper for your taste, but it’s really powerful.

Having a piano key display at the bottom of your frequencies help you determine the pitch your instrument has. The best thing about it? You can build your own EQ emulation!


SSL Duende Channel Strip/ Duende C Strip EQ

SSL Duende Channel Strip EQAside from not having a five-star plug-in appearance, Duende’s channel strip is only Mac-only. Also, it’s slow when you’re bouncing audio. So why should you get this?

Well, for one, the sound is liquid. In my opinion, it can control EQ and dynamics as quick as the original SSL hardware versions of C-Series consoles. Doubt my idea? Try it for yourself!


SSL Duende X-EQ

SSL Duende X-EQX-EQ is infamous for being able to slice your audio, helping you get the bass and treble while having six bell-type EQ bands spanning 20hz-20khz for ultimate accurate surgical tone manipulation.

Probably the only qualm I have with X-EQ is the A/B testing of your sound. There’s no copy all settings function here. You’ll have to save and load it up the other channel manually.

But all in all, this is a producer’s best friend!


eaReckon Analog 87 PR-EQ

eaReckon Analog 87 PR-EQAside from the sleek channel strip appearance of this plugin and it might cost a bit less than the usual, the only thing I find troublesome with the Analog 87 PR-EQ is having no individual EQ band bypass and having no mono support.

However, it has a great sounding limiter for its price. Its flexible sidechain and an EQ along with compatibility for both Windows and iOS users make this a great channel strip useful for any situation.


Eiosis AirEQ Premium

Eiosis AirEQ PremiumEioisis is a plug-in developer most never really heard about. Maybe because most of its products are marketed through word-of-mouth or forums. But then again, Eiosis’ products takes a lot to get used to. But like a Swiss knife with plenty of features you thought you couldn’t use, its EQ can sculpt audio like a surgeon’s knife.

You have nine bands to play with. But it concentrates on five central EQ bands, namely the character slider based on the elements. And yep, it captures the feel of those elements (air, water, fire to name a few) accurately.


Elysa MusEQ

Elysa MusEQYou probably know this as a hardware type rack-mount equalizer. Elysia is awesome for its high-quality, transparent sound, simple usability and powerful mid/side controls. However, the only problem is you have no visual reference for your level meters.

The hardware and software versions work and sound impeccably similar to the original harwdware. Versatility would be the best part for me!


Eventide UltraChannel

Eventide UltraChannel 2Except for that little iLok and License Manager problem, UltraChannel is everything I’ve been looking for in a channel strip/EQ.

With two high-quality compressors, a powerful but micro pitch shifter and a stereo delay mode for those stereo-imaging needs you might have, you also have the Eventide Omnipressor, named as O-pressor, is a toned-down version of that high-quality beast.

Not bad right?


FabFilter PRO-Q 2

FabFilter PRO-Q 2It’s a big problem when your EQ can only view one band parameter at a time. But it works for me. Just like iZotope’s Dynamic module, FabFilter PRO-Q 2’s abilities are powerful. Spectrum Grab is my most favorite.

It allows your mouse pointer to pick out and pull peaks you don’t like into the proper position you’d like them to be in the spectrum.

Wow.


Flux:: Epure v3

Flux Epure v3It’s just a simple five-band EQ plug-in. Right. That’s until you push the small button below the Master Gain Controls where you can choose the type of channels you could group with other channels.

You get a graphical display of the plug-in window that becomes a powerful signal routing matrix. You could change the routing, giving you lots of choices aside from the usual M/S coding on your input and M/S decoding on your output. Pretty amazing if you ask me!


HOFA IQ-EQ v3

HOFA IQ-EQ v3To be honest, HOFA’s Plug-ins are some of the best and most affordable I’ve tried. It can go to channel strip mode, give you stereo or M/S equalization and the most useful Set as Default preset.

Perhaps it was the confusing resource request that made me turn away from this plug-in a bit. It’s also a multi-compressor. It’s most useful as a dynamics corrector in plenty of situations.


Hornet SW34eq

Hornet SW34eqThe HoRNet SW34 EQ was based on the Otari Soundworkshop 34B Series console’s EQ section. I know it’s not really that famous, but if you had the chance to hear the sound of that equipment, it’s very transparent and accurate.

Like most vintage equipment emulation, I love driving this EQ to rip open its true sound. It works and works on almost anything, including acoustic instruments.


IK Multimedia EQ 432

IK Multimedia EQ 432The EQ 432 from IK Multimedia really emulates the awesome sound of the vintage Master EQ 432. However, to make it sound accurate, you’re going to need lots of CPU heavylifting.

But in exchange, you get a quick setup, a transparent sound, three parametric bands and two shelving filters. Oh, and the option to do some accurate left, right, mid, sides, mid/sides, mono and stereo equalization.


IK Multimedia EQ 73

IK Multimedia EQ 73 & 81EQ 73 is an emulation of a Neve EQ and its preamp. Having a preamp well, you know what to expect. It’s going to have the qualities and character of the 1073. But unlike the original, IK Multimedia separated the gain and frequency selector controls of the 1073 emulation. You also have microphone/line switches than a dual control knob for A/B testing when you need it.

Noice!

IK Multimedia EQ 81

This is an EQ section of the Neve EQ once again. However, it has more options than the 1073. Yes, it retains the original EQ81 sound there is. But now, instead of three, you have four parametric equalizers and you can take your high EQ section from 10 to 15k.

While it might have a slightly modern sound than the 81, this is one of the best emulations of the 1081 I’ve ever heard.


IK Multimedia EQ P50A

IK Multimedia EQ P50A & P50BAs part of IK Multimedia’s American EQ emulations, this plug-in version of the original API Neve 550A is accurate as it sounds. I’m sure Waves has its own version, but what makes IK’s version a bit more than the trusted Waves plug-in emulation is that it is capable of sounding musical at all times. It does add extra character to most tracks it touches.


IK Multimedia EQ P50B

The 550B of Rupert Neve is beautiful-sounding and powerful. IK Multimedia’s P50B is an emulation of the 550B, a variant of the Neve 550A. Its preamp option allows you to get a beautiful preamp gain, adding subtle harmonics to your sound without compromising the overall transient and characteristic it has, just like the original.


IK Multimedia Vintage Tube Program Equalizer

IK Multimedia Vintage Tube Program EqualizerBased on the original Pultec EQP1-A from 1951, it emulates the original 12AU7, 12AX7 and 6X4 tubes the rack effects had, which makes it possible to get all types of musical tones as soon as you load it side by side the tracks you’re working on.


Kuassa Eve-AT1

Kuassa Eve-AT1This Neve emulation of the 1081 might sound different from IK Multimedia’s versions, but Kuassa’s own version is powerful. It matches the EQ settings of the original 1081. However, it tries to lessen the overwhelming appearance of the original 1081 to make it easier to navigate.

Also, it’s because of the lack of preamps that makes this version different from IK Multimedia’s iteration but it does not make it any less useful.


Kuassa Eve-AT4

Kuassa Eve-AT4An iteration of the 1084, which is the enhanced version of the 1083, Kuassa’s iteration has everything in check. When compared with Kuassa’s 1081 version in the Kuassa Eve-AT1, the AT-4 captures the accuracy of the 1084.

I find it very beautiful to use with acoustic guitars, vocals and boosting bass frequencies. I call it a ‘sweetener’ because of its powerful sound.


Kush Audio Clariphonic DSP mkII

Kush Audio Clariphonic DSP mkIIThis plug-in takes lots of CPU power. But is it worth it? I’d tell you right now it is. If you just drive it up a notch around 22khz, the overall band interaction or crosstalk and the musicality of the top-end is glamorous.

Calriphonic DSP MKII have two modules named Focus and Clarity. Focus’ lift settings help even out the lower mids while open is something I found useful with guitars and bass with a bit of a bad tone, somewhat.

Clarity adds those additional vocal and acoustic guitar presence I couldn’t find in most Waves plug-ins.


Kush Audio Electra DSP

Kush Audio Electra DSPElectra is a full-range EQ with the ultimate transparency you need if you don’t want to color your sound. Radical shaping allows for great surgical modifications to the tone despite the lack of a narrow Q width or master gain control.

While this works effectively as a mastering equalizer intended for broad attacks, the radical shapes help even out even individual instruments.


Logic Pro Channel EQ

Logic Pro Channel EQLogic Pro’s own plug-ins deserve their praise and its EQ is phenomenal. Interface is amazing. While it adds a bit of a midrange character, it does well to provide the much-needed warmth in the frequencies of 800khz.

Perfect for vocal warmth additives, it does less to muddy your mix. Sadly though, it’s only available for Mac.


Plugin Alliance Maag Audio EQ4

Plugin Alliance Maag Audio EQ4The Air band is definitely the cherry or even the entire fondant on this cake of an equalizer. While most of the bands function at a fixed frequency, the six-band EQ does well to add its own flavor. The Air band is a shelved high-end, but it adds a bit of gain, which can be easy to overload, but can add musicality once you get used to it.


McDSP 4020 Retro EQ

McDSP 4020 Retro EQWith four bands and high pass/low pass filters, you could distort this and still get a musical sound off the retro equalizer. It also has some classic EQ curves that make it useful as a brightening asset.

Probably the best thing I’ve used it on was guitars. It sounded beautiful on almost every distorted guitar sound I have recorded. Especially for lead guitar sounds.


McDSP AE400 Active EQ

McDSP AE400 Active EQIt’s an equalizer and a compressor at the same time. A multiband compressor capable of unlinking the band side-chain, it’s something useful in certain situations. This is useful when you’ve got guitar feedback and you want to hide that.

It’s a great fixer-upper for badly-recorded tracks. The AE400 can fix up some weird tonal changes with microphoned instruments or vocal performances, if any.


McDSP Filterbank

McDSP FilterbankMcDSP’s original Filterbank set recently received a 64-bit vesion, making it easier on your CPU. The filterbank includes the F202, which have some smooth filters with useful, adjustable slopes, giving you a great workaround for brickwall equalization and working with your cut-off points.

If you need a hard bass drum to do some softening, you can use the P606, which can remove the boxiness of your recording and create weight and power.


Melda MAutoDynamicEQ

Melda MAutoDynamicEQIt’s a bit high in price at $159, but what you get in return is a useful interface complete with every little frequency bit you need for surgical to broad strokes on your equalization.

However, it’s a bit difficult to master partly because of its general-purpose capabilities. Because of its highly-customizable dynamics, you might have to juggle between sound sculpting and dynamics.


Metric Halo CS

Metric Halo CSMetric Halo’s Channel Strip is dirt cheap at just $70. But if you’re feeling a bit skeptical, you should take a listen to the actual hardware version. The hardware sounds as good as the software, to be honest. But it’s cheaper because you’re going to pay $699 for the hardware.

Let’s stick to the software, which has an expander/gate, compressor and six-band EQ with the capabilities of the original for good measure.


Native Instruments Enhanced EQ

Native Instruments Enhanced EQIt’s a bit of a long throw when you say you have an enhanced EQ without making clear what really changed. NI’s Premium Tube Series features its powerful Enhanced EQ. Despite its lackluster appearance, you get a very unique compressor design without compromising your CPU.


Native Instruments Passive EQ

Native Instruments Passive EQAnother part of NI’s Premium Tube Series, the Passive EQ is found by many to look like Manley’s Massive Passive, another useful equalizer. With four bands using a parallel configuration, this is primarily a mastering-purpose equalizer. That Q though, pretty useful in many instances!


Overtone DSP PTH-2A CM Pulteq

Overtone DSP PTH-2A CM PulteqHonestly, this had me say “not another Pultec emulation…” But perhaps this is the cheapest but most efficient EQ plug-in I’ve ever come across.

The Overtone DSP PTH-2A CM is an emulation of Pultec’s infamous EQH equalizers, which you can purchase around $15 only. What’s more is that it’s got the same quality as the iterations of IK Multimedia and Waves!


Izotope Ozone 7 EQ

Izotope Ozone 7 EQI’ve always been a fan of iZotope’s Ozone because of its simple functionality and iZotope’s split channel strip option, which allows every segment of the strip load as individual plug-ins in your DAW. Ozone 7 delivers the same capabilities, except you get modeling options for your tape saturation, equalizer, vintage compressor and more.

The codec preview would help anyone in the industry that I know immensely!


PSP Audioware ClassicQ

PSP Audioware ClassicQThe PSP ClassicQ is part of PSP Audioware’s PSP sQad, which features the emulations of classic equipment with extensive use in the industry. The PSP classic is inspired by British equalizers, suspiciously Rupert Neve’s equalizers. They sound suspiciously close too!


PSP Audioware MasterQ2

PSP Audioware MasterQ2Many engineers universally acclaimed the masterQ as a very versatile equalizer. It was the time when PSP Audioware begun creating their own set of plugins. The MasterQ2 aspires to do better against the original, and you get a more transparent sound with the FAT mode engaged.

I won’t spoil it for you. Try it for yourself and hear the difference.


PSP Audioware NobleQ / NobleQex

PSP Audioware NobleQ

The NobleQ and the NobleQex are both another Pultec EQ that are an excellent emulation of the original Pultec EQP-1A equalizer.

The main difference between the two is that NobleQ strives to be the original Pultec EQP-1A. NobleQex has an additional midrange 150-5000Hz range, which helps complement the original EQP-1A’s treble-focused bell.


PSP Audioware ConsoleQ

PSP Audioware ConsoleQThis is another part of PSP Audioware’s sQuad. Sounding genuinely like a British Amek EQ in my opinion, it preserves even the Q presets of the original hardware. The best thing about it is it also preserves the original coloration introduced by the Amek EQ.


PSP Audioware RetroQ

PSP Audioware RetroQAnother part of PSP Audioware’s sQuad, RetroQ was only intended to filter highs and lows accordingly, but if you play around, you could make some interesting sonic changes without the unnecessary harshness.


Slate Digital FG-N

Slate Digital FG-NThe Slate Digital FG-N is part of Slate Digital’s Virtual Mix Rack. Slate Digital is well-known for its compressors, but its FG-N is based on the Neve 1073. Unlike the IK Multimedia and Waves iteration, this 1073 has enhancements that have two parametric bands with identical frequency ranges, a quality high-pass filter and low-high shelves.


Slate Digital FG-S

Slate Digital FG-SA part of Slate Digital’s VMR, this is based on the classic SSL E-series EQ. The best thing about it is the powerful narrow Q, which helps add more subtle coloring to your sound where needed.


Softube Abbey Road Brilliance Pack

Softube Abbey Road Brilliance PackWho doesn’t love the sound of Abbey Road? Well, it depends. Everyone loves its ambience. But if you want its traditional vintage sound, you’ll need the Brilliance Pack from Softube.

Engineers who wish to have a modern approach to their sound may be disappointed with the vintage equipment’s limitations, but I believe that’s the fun of it. They sound exactly as the rack equipment Abbey Road used when The Beatles recorded their early songs.


Softube EQF-100

Softube EQF-100Softube’s prime EQ lacks some more control on the narrow Q on its EQ as well as a broad-stroke EQ frequency control. But it immensely adds some useful character to your instruments. The EQF-100 is part of the Summit Audio emulation package from softube which includes a TLA-100 Compressor and the vintage equipment manufacturer’s Grand Channel.


Softube Passive-Active Pack

Softube Passive-Active PackNow, for analog lovers out there, the passive-active pack has three plug-ins that uses active circuitry modeled from the Filtek Labo Mk5 Desk EQ. The passive circuitry, which I find more useful in most high-gain character instruments such as guitars or saturated synthesizer. A third plug-in combines the best of both in one equalizer, introducing a powerful emulation that gave me the best of both worlds.


Softube Trident A-Range EQ

Softube Trident A-Range EQEmulating the desk EQ Trident A-Range, which became part of the pronounced British sound during its time, Softube’s iteration includes additive high and low-pass filters that helps trigger the Trident’s extreme characteristics. Guaranteed natural crosstalk between ranges, and an easy to use interface too!


Soniums Bunley 73

Soniums Bunley 73Another emulation of the 1073, this one is great because it includes the two Line and Mic saturation models of the Neve 1073. But unlike previous iterations of different developers, it has zero latency and I can confirm it has low CPU usage.


Soniumus ProEQ

Sonimus ProEQThe ProEQ is part of Soniums’ SonEQ Pro pack that features several analogue EQ emulations of the Pultec EQP-1A, Manley Massive Passive, the API 550B and Neve 1073.

I’ve known Sonimus for finding the balance between a great sound and lessening the CPU hit on computers. While there are some limitations because of this, I’ve found this set completely useful.


Sonimus Sweetone

Sonimus SweetoneSweetone is a vintage equalizer that adds some subtle coloration through its high and low-pass filters. Using a knob-based approached as with most traditional vintage equipment. What I find lacking though is an output trim knob which would be useful if I want to cut off some added gain or reduce clipping in some section.


Sonnox Oxford EQ / UAD-2 Sonnox EQ

Sonnox Oxford EQWhile many would say the Sonnox Oxford EQ’s sound is awesome, I absolutely found the CPU hit horrible. However, it doesn’t mean I wouldn’t use it. The equalizer itself is capable of adding to drums some additional thuds without the occasional frequency spillage.

However, it can be limiting for some because of the algorithm, and again, that CPU hit.


Sonoris Mastering Equalizer (SMEQ)

Sonoris Mastering EqualizerIt has an outdated interface that looks like a built-in plug-in in your DAW, but the Sonoris Mastering Equalizer has an algorithm that enables it to be the best, most flexible EQ you could have. With seven bands and if you notice some distortion, it’s something to your advantage. I found it musical, myself.


Sound Magic NeoEQ

Sound Magic NeoEQThis isn’t your traditional EQ. The NeoEQ lives up to its name by automatically detecting and locking in the harmonic of the frequency instead of using sweeping filters. This gives the audio engineer less time to analyze the input and gives him or her the time to quickly find the right frequency.

Yes, I still use it today.


Sound Performance Labs SPL / Analogue Code EQ Rangers Vol. 1

Sound Performance Labs SPL Analogue Code EQ Rangers Vol. 1SPL’s EQ Rangers Vol. 1 is a package of powerful graphic equalizers that work for your bass and vocals. It also has a full-range equalizer to guarantee the package’s versatility. That is, if you haven’t a pet vocals or bass equalizer.

This is easy to grow into, to be honest. Try it!


SoundRadix SurferEQ

SoundRadix SurferEQWhat’s the next step for equalizers plug-ins? It would be them doing the adjusting and analyzing for you. Meet the Surfer EQ, which tracks pitches instead of having you adjust them in the traditional sense. It might have five-band parametric equalization, but its Harmonic Filter circuit helps enhance filter shapes that add some unique character to your audio.


SPL Audio PassEQ

SPL Audio PassEQAs a passive equalizer, it has 72 freaking passive filters, just like the hardware version. The filters guarantee a smooth sound for your tracks.

It closely mimics the hardware and has a beautiful character that proves useful for any audio situations.


Steinberg Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5033

Steinberg Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5033This RND package from Steinberg can be very expensive, but you are guaranteed low CPU feed and you can get some great character as it emulates the Neve Portico 5033 EQ and 5043 Compressor, which works in tandem to introduce a larger sound.


Variety Of Sound BaxterEQ

Variety Of Sound BaxterEQThe BaxterEQ is based on the old-time Baxandall circuit. The analogue sound of its source is greatly present is great for some bass and kick modifications. This is because the equalization options are a bit limiting. But they have that great character for individual-intended uses.


Voxengo Curve EQ

Voxengo Curve EQThe Curve EQ is powerful because of its what-you-see-is-what-you-get capability to adjust equalization curves and apply them effectively. The notable display gives me an idea where the spikes might hit, and you may guess, the Curve EQ does very well to help your tracks avoid these.


Voxengo GlissEQ

Voxengo GlissEQWhat makes the GlissEQ different from its competition because of its seamless workflow. Well, that’s for me. You can adjust the curves right at the spectrum analyzer and has that transparency we’re all looking for.


Warm Audio EQP-WA

Warm Audio EQP-WAAnother Pultec Tube EQ emulation, the EQP-WA copies the original EQP-1A, software-style. There’s a hardware version of this one, but the emulation does the trick very, very well in my opinion.


Waves Audio API 550 EQ A/B

Waves Audio API 550 EQ A & BFinally, we get to the Waves part of the list. The API 550 is an acclaimed piece of studio equipment and Waves’ version, while not an accurate representation of the 550A and 550B, has its own musical sound, which is the most important aspect of plug-ins.


Waves Audio H-EQ

Waves Audio H-EQThese hybrid equalizers from Waves Audio are completely useful for their multiple filter capabilities. Easy to use and having a “Peakhold” option, this plug-in is something I found useful for musical distortion by employing radical settings in my tone-sculpting sessions. Let me tell you, it’s really awesome.


Waves Audio PuigTec EQP-1A + MEQ-5 EQ

Waves Audio PuigTec EQP-1A + MEQ-5 EQPultec emulators are a dime a dozen and the EQP-1A and MEQ-5 EQ are not so different from their competition, but it was done by mix engineer Jack Joseph Puig, who had created the two sets of equipment in the first place. They sound decent, but they’re also more affordable than most packages.


Waves Audio RS56 Passive EQ

Waves Audio RS56 Passive EQWaves tries its hand at Abbey Road equipment and succeeds very well with this useful plug-in. Again, like most Abbey Road equipment emulations, The RS56 Passive Equalizer has some limitations with frequency selection and introduces a not-so-musical clipping with radical settings.


Waves Audio SSL 4000 Collection

Waves Audio SSL 4000 CollectionThis collection features the beautiful sounds and filters of music recorded in the 80s and 90s. They are not transparent, mind you, but they introduce beautiful musical harmonics in your tracks. If you’ve loved the sound of 90s recordings regardless of genre, you’ve noticed the aggressive nuances in most tracks during the time. You’re not alone if you love these because I myself own this set and I love every minute of using them whenever I can with my tracks.


Waves Audio SSL G-Equalizer

Waves Audio SSL G-EqualizerThe SSL G-Master Buss Compressor models the obvious. While not very accurate, it’s in a league of its own. It helps “glue” together your instruments and sound. I found it most helpful with most sub-mixes as well. It works adequately with individual instruments, even vocals. But it’s best when it comes to combining everything in your mix.


Tokyo Dawn Labs SlickEQ + GE

Tokyo Dawn Labs SlickEQ GESlickEQ is a free plug-in and GE stands for gentleman. The SlickEQ features a tilt-filter that uses some low and high pass filters. You get five nation-named EQ models that can help you change the shape and sound of your source.


Toneboosters TB Equalizer + FIX

Toneboosters TB Equalizer + FIX 2It’s a dynamic equalizer or what you could say a multiband compressor. It does well in finding the right frequency setting for your track and manipulate your audio to almost 100 parameters. Wow.


T-racks Pultec

T-racks PultecDespite its great analogue sound and having the best way to find the best sound with virtually unlimited slots for testing settings, you also get a high hit on your CPU. But that’s all worth it when you hear the final sound from your mix.


UAD Universal Audio API 500 Series

UAD Universal Audio API 500 SeriesCan be very expensive, has the original unit’s limitations, but if you know how to use it, it’s very accurate as an emulation of the API 500. It adds the original color too. Recommend you use this for your instruments and anything that needs some useful coloration pre and post processing.


UAD Universal Audio Cambridge EQ

UAD Universal Audio Cambridge EQIt may look simple but it has five bands that helps you get that accurate frequency response curve. The only problem with the plug-ins in this series is the need for a DSP Accelerator Card from UAD DSP


UAD Universal Audio Harrison 32C

UAD Universal Audio Harrison 32CStill UAD only, the sound is highly colourful. If you loved recordings in the 70s and 80s, this one’s for you!


UAD Universal Audio Manley Massive Passive EQ Plug-In

UAD Universal Audio Manley Massive Passive EQ PluginPerhaps this can eat up most of the resources available on your UAD or Apollo Interface. But you have characteristic bandwidth shelving features that give more personality to your sound.


UAD Universal Audio Neve 1073 / 1073SE Classic Console EQ

UAD Universal Audio Neve 1073SE Classic Console EQCute and sassy is the plug-in design. But used with Apollo (and that is only where you can use it), the Unison technology from UAD is clear and powerful. Again, you’ll need that UAD card. With the power of that hardware though, the Neve 1073 couldn’t be more alive.


URS N4 Series

URS N4 SeriesWhile it doesn’t mention which kind of British rack EQ it emulates, the URS N4 series was made for mastering sweeps that introduce great character at every corner.


Final Words

I hope you’ve found the EQ plug-in you’re looking for from this extensive list. But then again, it would be best to begin with the plugins you already have in your interface to notice the differences mentioned here and to find the character and sound you’re looking for from your mix.

Be sure to check whether the prices have gone down as well. Some developers offer a sale from time to time, it would be best to watch out for these too!

I’ll try to prepare this as an e-book or at least have a printable version of this list for your convenience!

Good luck!