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Today I am going to talk a bit more about equalisation. After talking about my favourite compressors for mixing, in this article, I'd like to tell you what are my favourites EQs for mixing and why they are my favourites. I'd like to clarify that out there there are lots of plug-ins and of course, I didn't have the opportunity to test and work with all of them. By the years I found what I like the most and today I'd like to share them with you.
1. FABFILTER PRO Q3
I have been using it since Q2, and now Q3 is my favourite go-to eq for cleaning sounds. I basically have one of this on any channel. There are many features that I love:
it has a lot of bands available
it can work in Stereo, Mid-Side, only R or only L mode
it can work as dynamic eq
it can work at Zero Latency or Linear Phase mode
In a few words, it's super flexible.
2. IK MULTIMEDIA EQP-1A
This is an emulation of the famous passive equaliser.
What do I like is its character, richness, the harmonics content it brings in and the tight low end.
I always have one of this guy on the master channel but also on vocals, bass and kick. This plug-in is also capable of working in Mid Side more.
3. FOCUSRITE RED 2
The original hardware unit comes from the ISA 110 circuit what I like of the plug-in version is it's smooth and warm tone. Another thing that I love about this eq is the design. Focusrite didn't put a detailed scale on each pot, and this force the user to use the ears rather than looking for numbers.
4. SLATE DIGITAL FG A
This is the emulation of the API 500 A, one of my favourite EQ ever. I like the philosophy behind this eq: the frequencies knob goes straight to the essential frequencies, and the 2db steps boost/cut knobs doesn't leave headroom for doubts. No compromises. The plug-in emulates very well the original unit and the OPAmp button brings in all that analogue flavour. Also Slate Digital doubled the mid ban making it a four-band Eq. There is a feature which I don't use at all, but someone might like it. By hitting "cmd", you will turn the pots from fixed to continuous.
Other equalisers I like for mixing
(I'll try to keep the list updated)
Waves: Renaissance EQ, SSL G channel, Puig Tec EQs
Slate Digital: Custom Series EQ
IK Multimedia: British Channel
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