When looking for new plugins to add to your DAW, you can get caught down the rabbit hole. There are hundreds of different variants of each plugin type, many of which are no better than the stock plugins bundled with your DAW of choice. Very rarely do we find plugins which offer something new, or a better workflow. Today is a day where the Skapade crew have found a plugin which may qualify as a gold find.
Today we are looking at EQ Wise+, the images we are showing you are of the demo version, which for many, may even suffice for basic needs. The demo offers three bands, a High-Pass Filter, an adjustable band, and a Low-Pass filter.
The full priced version, at $49.99 (time of writing), offers three more bands, as well as adjustable high and low shelves. These offer more advanced mixing potential and really allow you to carve the sound. For basic touches and beginners though, the demo will suffice until you discover a bit more theory behind the plugin.
I could go into detail about the standard controls, such as band frequency, boosts, and Q controls, but these are the same in pretty much any paid plugin, and the minor subtleties rarely make or break an EQ until you get to the hardware mastering EQs with a “K” in their price tag.
This brings us onto one of the most original parts of the plugin. The part that truly sets this plugin aside as the perfect plugin for beginners. What we are looking at is the defined bands that EQ Wise+ offers the user. Each frequency range is identified and labelled accordingly depending on what instrument preset you have. This immediately gives you a guide to exactly which frequencies contribute to what parts of each instrument. The presets are not just limited to dance music, there are ones for orchestral instruments as well as your standard rock band instruments. You can see below the difference between the frequency profiles of a cello and a dance bass drum. You will also see that the boost which I have applied on band 4 will have very different effects to the sound for each instrument even though it is at the same frequency.
In addition, if you hover over a specific frequency range, a description comes up under the main window which describes what that frequency offers to the sound. It also offers small tips on how to improve the sound at these frequencies. These tips are really handy for not just beginners, but everyone who is using the plugin.
The Scope is responsive to the track and the bands update at a speed which is ideal for tracking frequencies, this is something we like because if it is too fast, it can be hard to find rogue frequencies which disappear at the screen update rate, likewise too slow a response and the frequency content of fast transients can be averaged out with other sounds and lost.
Both the full version and the demo version can be found here on the Abletunes page.