Top EQ VST Plugins
Top EQ VST Plugins

Top 10+ EQ VST Plugins 2021

We have created for you a rating of the Best 10 EQ VST Plugins as the most downloaded and according to the excellent reviews of musicians

VST list navigation:

  1. ShaperBox 2
  2. Things – Tilt
  3. OSL Side Effects
  4. Master Suite
  5. Smooth Operator
  6. FabFilter Pro-Q 3 EQ
  7. smart:EQ 3
  8. PlexiTape
  9. Need 31102 Console EQ
  10. proximity:EQ+

1. ShaperBox 2

 
ShaperBox 2
 

With all-new versions of seven powerful Cableguys effects:

ShaperBox 2 is the state-of-the-art effects plugin for modern mixes and infinite inspiration.

What’s New in ShaperBox 2.2

  • New: Stereo Offset control for FilterShaper Core 2. Shifts left/right filter cutoff in opposing directions, up to 60 semitones, for exciting stereo effects.
  • New: Easy 1-slider Envelope/Compressor Editing. The Amount/Ratio and On/Off controls are now always accessible.
  • New: Skew selection. Ctrl-drag a corner/side handle of the selection to adjust it vertically. Great for adjusting the intensity of your LFO over time.
  • New: Draggable LFO parameters for Volume/Pan/Width Shapers. Shift the LFO waveform up/down in a click, and see the average LFO value at a glance.
  • New: ‘Move points to grid’ command in Wave Editor menu, for snapping every point inside the selection onto the grid.
  • New: Right-click any preset for ‘Use as startup preset’ option. Disable in the Main Menu’s Startup section.
  • New: Wave Switch Smoothing, for preventing clicks/pops when switching Waves via MIDI, automation, or clicking in the interface.
  • New: MIDI Trigger LED to visualise MIDI note input, aiding setup.
  • New: Reset Shaper via Main Menu, initialising to default empty preset or a Quick Preset.
  • Improved: Snap to grid is now a toggle option and works for selections too. Hold Shift to temporarily toggle Snap.
  • Improved: TimeShaper resampling algorithm is 2x lower in CPU, with even quieter interpolation artefacts.
  • Fixed: TimeShaper Step Mode could change the sound of non-stepped audio-rate waveforms.

The plugin is already in use by David Guetta, Ferry Corsten, Showtek, Deniz Koyu, BT, AnonXmous (Timbaland, Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj), Mark Byrd (Kanye West, 2 Chainz, Travis Scott), Hussein (808 Mafia), Mark Ralph (Clean Bandit, Hot Chip, Jax Jones), Wallis Lane (Drake, Post Malone, Travis Scott), Nard & B (Future, Migos, Lil Uzi Vert), Rik Simpson (Coldplay, Jay-Z, Kasabian), and many more.

ShaperBox 2 gives you control over filtering, volume, panning, stereo width – even the flow of time. Simply load any Shaper effect and draw the modulation shapes you need with Cableguys’ easily editable LFOs – now with three powerful Pens for drawing lines, arcs and S-curves at a stroke.

Or, use the new envelope followers in Filter, Pan and WidthShaper that react to beats, basslines, melodies – anything.

Get inspired: turn loops, beats, vocals, melodies and basslines into addictive hooks to kickstart your next track. Explore new curated Preset Packs filled with wild transformations, tension-building FX and studio staples.

For mixing, perfect your sound with sample-accurate sidechain ducking, zero-delay feedback filters, stereo expansion, and more. All in multiband.

Expand your sound design with new visual compression in VolumeShaper 6, eight lush phaser modes in FilterShaper Core 2, tape/vinyl ‘wow’ and custom flanger/chorus with TimeShaper 2’s Fine Mode, and psychoacoustic Haas panning in PanShaper 3.

Work at the speed of inspiration with ShaperBox 2’s 1-click Quick Presets, Retina/HiDPI support, smoother graphics, redesigned interface with larger editing areas, improved editing tools, and many more workflow enhancements.

All new ShaperBox 2 features in detail:

Seven Cableguys Effects

Time, Drive, Crush, Volume, Filter, Pan and Width Shapers come together in ShaperBox 2. Experience analogue-like filters, glitchy stutters, multiband distortion, punchy compression, super-tight sidechain ducking, mid-side expansion, lo-fi bitcrushing, and much more – all in one CPU-efficient plugin.

LFOS That You Design

At the heart of every Shaper is an LFO unlike any other. From choppy rhythms to organic pulsations, any wave shape you can imagine is just clicks away with Cableguys’ famous editing tools. Lock your LFOs to DAW tempo with sample accuracy, or trigger in any rhythm with MIDI notes.

Powerful Pens

Designing your dream ShaperBox LFO has never been easier! Grab three powerful, easy-to-grasp Pens and draw crisp lines, smooth arcs and flowing S-curves directly into the LFO waveform editing area. Redraw transients in a click, rapidly build rhythmic patterns, and more. Switch back to classic single-node editing anytime.

Flexible envelope followers

Filter, Pan and Width Shapers can now react automatically to the dynamics of your beats, loops, melodies – anything. Make filters open with each snare hit. Widen synths as they grow louder. Pan percussion dynamically. Use internal filtering to focus the response, and trigger from other tracks using sidechain routing.

Visual compression

With a high-quality, British-inspired compressor now inside VolumeShaper 6, you can dial in perfect punch and multiband control for drums, basslines, vocals and more. Still not perfect? Grab a Pen and refine the gain curve till it is, with the compression shown on the same large graph as your volume edits.

Pumped-up filters

Use 3 filters at once with multiband mode now in FilterShaper Core 2. Dive in deep with 8 lush Phaser modes, with up to 8 peaks/notches. And experience even more fluid, analogue-like response with zero-delay feedback (ZDF) designs for all resonant filters, and internal saturation and resonance compensation for Clean filters.

Mighty Fine Mode

Manipulate time on a microscopic level with TimeShaper 2’s new Fine Mode. Choose from 3 range settings: 2.5, 10 and 20ms. Create vintage vinyl pitch wobbles and subtle retro tape flutter. Mix in the dry signal to create huge flanger swooshes and crisp chorus effects.

The Haas effect

Blend regular and Haas panning right inside PanShaper 3. Using ultra-short delays, Haas panning creates a rich illusion of stereo placement while maintaining a full sound in both speakers. Create the perfect stereo balance – or go extreme for pitchbending Doppler effects.

Quick Presets

Work faster than ever with 1-click Quick Presets right on ShaperBox 2’s startup screen, giving instant access to production essentials like mono bass and sidechain ducking. Just add ShaperBox, click and create.

Packs of Inspiration

Want that perfect creative stutter? Need a pro compressor setup for your drum bus? Scratches or tape-stops for a fill? There’s a Pack for that! From Compression Toolbox and Sidechain City’s essential studio settings, to the wild sound-warps of Instant Remix and Simple Stutter, each Pack is a curated collection of the very best presets for that task.

PLUS:

  • Redesigned interface with larger editing areas
  • Retina/HiDPI support for crisper, clearer graphics
  • Clearer oscilloscope waveforms
  • Magnitude mode for easy Envelope Follower setup
  • Smoother, more accurate spectrum view
  • Dedicated selection tool for multi-node editing
  • 2x button – double up patterns with a click
  • Trigger Smoothing to reduce clicks when MIDI Triggering
  • Increased band-split range, now from 20Hz-20kHz
  • External sidechaining and internal filters for Envelope Followers
  • Envelope Follower Threshold – exclude quiet signals from triggering the envelope
  • Depth x2/x4/x8 for Envelope, to amplify modulation strength
  • Steep 24dB multiband crossovers join the classic 6 and 12dB models, for even greater precision.
  • Output Gain control in VolumeShaper 6 – ideal for transient boosting
  • Rhythmic Bitcrusher
  • Vintage Lo-fi FX
  • Multiband Enhancement
  • Sample-rate Reduction

2. Things – Tilt

 
Things - Tilt
 

TILT EQ

Things Tilt is an easy to use tilt EQ plugin with mid/side mode. Turn the main knob to the right, and you get more highs and less lows; turn it to the left, and lows are boosted while highs are attenuated. You can choose the cutoff frequency of the EQ with the Cutoff control, or increase the gain of the EQ with the Boost button.

Things Tilt can also be applied to either the mid or side of a stereo signal to further enhance the stereo depth.

MAIN FEATURES

  • Tilt EQ
  • Mid/Side Operation
  • Cutoff and Boost controls
  • Resizable Window

MID / SIDE – What is Mid / Side?
In a stereo signal, the Mid channel is considered the center, and contains both Left and Right channels. Boosting the Mid channel results in a more mono sound.

The Side channel instead contains the difference between the Left and Right channels. Boosting the Side channel results in a more spacious or wider sound.

Mid / Side Mode
Tilt can be applied to the mid or side part of the signal. This can be useful to create a wider stereo image on a full mix or individual tracks.


3. OSL Side Effects

 
OSL Side Effects
 

MID/SIDE PROCESSING AND STEREO WIDENING

OSL Side Effects is a versatile audio plugin that allows the stereo field to be manipulated in both subtle and creative ways.

It separates a stereo signal into Mid and Side channels which can be independently equalized, compressed, saturated, boosted, attenuated and panned using an intuitive processing chain.

This makes it possible to alter the width of a mix in ways that would be impossible using conventional stereo processing techniques.

FEATURES

  • 4 band Mid/Side EQ with interactive graph
  • FFT spectrum analyser
  • Mid/Side compressor with transfer curve graph
  • Gain reduction meters
  • Tape-style saturation
  • Mid/Side stereo panning
  • Input and output gain controls
  • Stereo visualiser (goniometer)
  • Phase meter
  • Mid/Side and Left/Right output meters
  • Oversampling up to 16x
  • Preset system including 17 factory presets
  • All parameters can be automated from the host DAW
  • Light on CPU

4. Master Suite

 
Master Suite
 

Anyone Can Master!

Master Suite by Initial Audio is a Mastering plugin for windows and Mac and comes in VST and AU format.

With Master Suite mastering becomes as easy as 1-2-3. Simply adjust the loudness and finalize your track with the 3 band equalizer and stereo image controls.

Sending out Songs and Instrumentals to clients, record labels, online stores and streaming services requires them to have a industry standard loudness in order to have a state of the art sound.

The LUFS display indicates a industry standard loudness by turning green and warns you when you start getting too loud.

An intelligent algorithm applies the right amount of limiting and compression which can be controlled with soften and mix. The HD interface looks clean, feels great and can be seamlessly resized to match your screen resolution.

Features:

  • THD: Total Harmonic Distortion, this can ‘fatten’ up the master and help increase the perceived loudness.
  • Loudness: Increase or decrease the loudness of your master in decibels. Uses an intelligent compression and limiting algorithm to ensure maximum loudness with minimal distortion.
  • LUFS Meter: The LUFS meter (Loudness Units relative to Full Scale) is an industry standard representation of perceived loudness. The meter goes green when in the ‘sweet’ zone of a loud master without over compressing the dynamics of your mix.
  • Soften: This softens the compression curve, also known as a ‘soft knee’.
  • Mix: Mix the compressed audio with the original. If you are pushing the loudness hard and the master is sounding over compressed with a loss of dynamics, this control can help restore some dynamics while still keeping the master loud.
  • Analog: Changes the frequency response of master suite to sound more Analog.
  • 3 Band Equalizer: Cut or boost the low, mid and high frequencies by up to 6dB.
  • Stereo Image: The Mono control works by making the audio completely mono below the set frequency. This can help to tighten up the low end and ensure it is coming only from the center of the stereo field. The Stereo control enhances the stereo field for the frequencies only above the mid range, leaving the lower frequencies untouched. This can be used to add extra ‘space’ in the master by pushing instruments even wider in the stereo field.
  • Ceiling: Sets the maximum loudness for peaks. Your master will not go louder than this.

5. Smooth Operator

 
Smooth Operator
 

Introducing clarity on demand.

Smooth Operator combines equalization, spectral compression and resonance suppression into a singular creative experience that’s instant and intuitive. Use it to perfect your tonal balance and add a touch of ‘hifi’.

Our spectral detection algorithm adapts to your audio 44,100 times per second and automatically eliminates fatigued frequencies. This gives you full control to shape your signal and bring out more definition.

Highlights:

  • Brings out clarity and smoothness across instruments, vocals and mix busses.
  • Allows for creative tone shaping without artifacts or harsh resonances.
  • Intelligent algorithm that automatically detects and resolves fatigued frequencies.

What is Spectral Processing.

The easiest way to understand Spectral Processing is to think of it as manipulating the building blocks that make up a digital signal – rather than the actual signal.

Our algorithm uses Fast Fourier Transform – or FFT – to break the incoming audio into tiny particles, which are analyzed and processed separately, before being put back together as audio. This all happens in realtime and allows for a much more surgical approach to resonance detection and rebalancing than what would be possible with traditional audio effects.

While most spectral tools focus on audio restoration, we wanted Smooth Operator to be all about creative expression. The plugin is meant for shaping your tone.

Use it to compress, EQ and ‘purify’ in one simple process – and know that Smooth Operator has your back when it comes to automatically eliminating artifacts.

Smooth Operator comes loaded with 63 presets created by friends of BABY Audio – including:

  • Preston Reid (Ciara, Toni Braxton, Lil Uzi Vert)
  • David Nakaji (Post Malone, Aminé, Lil Eazzyy)
  • Rob Kleiner (David Guetta, Sia, Britney Spears, Giorgio Moroder)
  • Steven Holness (Adele, Jason Derulo, Paul Weller)
  • Neenah (Winne, Mr. Probz, Nana Fofie, Joe Budden)

Display options.

  • Switch between three color modes (Pink / Green / Blue)
  • Plugin window fully resizable

6. FabFilter Pro-Q 3 EQ

 
FabFilter Pro-Q 3 EQ
 

Unrivalled Sound and Workflow

An equalizer is probably the tool you use most while mixing and mastering, so you need the best of the best! With FabFilter Pro-Q 3, you get the highest possible sound quality and a gorgeous, innovative interface with unrivalled ease of use.

Mixing and Mastering Features

Pro-Q 3 offers everything that a demanding engineer could wish for: top quality linear phase operation in addition to the zero latency and unique Natural Phase modes, Mid/Side processing, variable stereo placement of EQ bands, an intelligent solo feature, optional Auto Gain and a built-in, fully customizable spectrum analyzer.

Effortlessly Sculpt Your Sound

FabFilter Pro-Q 3 is designed to help you achieve your sound in the quickest way possible. Via the large interactive EQ display, you can create bands where you need them, enable dynamic EQ for any band, and select and edit multiple bands at once.

Unique features like Spectrum Grab, Full Screen mode and EQ Match will speed up your workflow even more. Try it yourself!

FabFilter Goodies

Of course, you also get all the usual FabFilter goodies: perfectly tuned knobs, interactive MIDI Learn, undo/redo and A/B switch, Smart Parameter Interpolation for smooth parameter transitions, an extensive help file with interactive help hints, sample-accurate automation, advanced optimization and much more!

MAIN FEATURES

  • Highest possible sound quality
  • Up to 24 EQ bands
  • NEW – Optional Dynamic EQ mode for all bands (Bell and Shelf shapes), using any slope setting and with perfect analog matching
  • IMPROVED – Gorgeous Retina interface with large interactive EQ display, multi-band selection and editing for maximum ease of use and efficiency
  • NEW – Ultra-steep ‘Brickwall’ slope setting for LP and HP filters
  • NEW – Full surround support (up to Dolby Atmos 7.1.2) with intelligent speaker selection
  • NEW – External spectrum visualization from any other Pro-Q 3 instance, including collision detection
  • NEW – Per-band mid/side or left/right processing, so you can EQ the mid, side, left or right signals separately
  • Operates in zero latency mode, linear phase mode with adjustable latency or the unique Natural Phase mode
  • NEW – Flat Tilt filter shape, a flat tilting correction curve over the whole audible frequency spectrum
  • IMPROVED – Spectrum Grab: just grab and adjust a peak in the real-time spectrum analyzer right away!
  • Different interface sizes and additional Full Screen mode
  • IMPROVED – Filter shapes: Bell, Notch, High/Low Shelf, High/Low Cut, Band Pass, Tilt Shelf, Flat Tilt
  • Universal filter slope support for all filter types, up to 96 dB/oct
  • IMPROVED – EQ Match feature to automatically match the spectrum of another Pro-Q 3 instance or an external signal
  • IMPROVED – Built-in spectrum analyzer with Pre-EQ, Post-EQ and external spectrum visualization, adjustable range, speed, resolution, tilt, freeze and collision detection
  • Auto Gain and Gain Scale
  • Optional piano roll display to quantize EQ frequencies to musical notes
  • Different display ranges: 3 dB and 6 dB ranges for mastering, 12 dB and 30 dB for mixing
  • Intelligent solo mode makes it easy to find problem frequencies and hear the effect of a band
  • Phase Invert option to change polarity
  • Large output level meter with peak level readout
  • Extreme CPU optimization: Pro-Q 3 uses very little CPU and memory, so you can use hundreds of instances in a session
  • GPU-powered graphics acceleration
  • Double-click text entry of parameter values
  • IMPROVED – Supports stereo, mono and surround channel layouts (up to Dolby Atmos 7.1.2)
  • Supports common Pro Tools hardware control surfaces
  • IMPROVED – MIDI Learn with option to control the currently active band
  • Undo/redo and A/B comparison
  • Smart Parameter Interpolation
  • Sample-accurate automation of all parameters
  • Extensive help file with interactive help hints
  • Available in VST, VST3, Audio Units, AAX Native and AudioSuite formats (all both 64-bit and 32-bit)

7. smart:EQ 3

 
smart:EQ 3
 

The Intelligent Equalizer

Your Key to Spectral Balance

smart:EQ 3 enhances detail, clarity and transparency in single tracks and in arrangements of up to six channels. Establish spectral balance in your sound within a few seconds.

  • Intelligent cross-channel processing
  • AI filter to automatically correct tonal imbalances
  • NEW: dynamic adaption, minimum phase mode, filter widgets

MAIN FEATURES

High-resolution Precision at the Push of a Button

Achieve spectral balance with smart:EQ 3 within seconds – whether you are working on a single track or a mix. The AI-powered equalizer will clean-up unpleasant resonances and unwanted notches, leaving you with a well-balanced sound – and therefore an ideal basis to take further creative steps.

Spectral Mixing via Drag & Drop

Intelligent cross-channel processing will aid you in your quest to create a transparent arrangement of up to six channels in which each track plays exactly the role you want it to. By analyzing the spectral information of all the channels you’ve added to your group, the algorithms make sure that each track gets its assigned space within your mix. You just have to determine the sonic hierarchy according to your vision. It’s as simple as that.

Newly Designed Profiles and a Splittable smart:filter

Adapt the impact of the A.I. powered processing of smart:EQ 3 to your liking: In EQ view, you can select the frequency ranges which should be affected, change the shape of the green weighting curve of the computed smart:filter and define the duration of the learning process. In group view, you can control the level of impact the intelligent cross-channel processing has on your tracks.

You can have it all: Enjoy the incredible abilities of the smart algorithms and stay in control.

Filter Widgets, Spectral Mixing via Drag & Drop, Multi-Channel Analyzer

Sonible have designed smart:EQ 3’s intuitive, sleek interface and user-centered features to make every move count: Tweak your audio material efficiently by utilizing the filter widgets, create a sonic hierarchy by dragging and dropping your tracks in group view, and choose which tracks of your mix you want to monitor simultaneously with the comprehensive analyzer. And there is so much more – explore all that smart:EQ 3 has to offer.


8. PlexiTape

 
PlexiTape
 

PlexiTape is a faithful analog modeled simulation of a vintage tape echo that made THE SOUND of the ’70s for its tone and reliability.

Audiority put special care on modelling this unit on every aspect: motor, tape, FET preamplifier, heads and even the infamous “Sound On Sound”. SOS allows you to use bypass the echo and therefore use the tape as a looping recorder.

Furthermore, Audiority expanded it with new features including a full stereo double delay line, tempo sync and more.

MAIN FEATURES

  • Analog Modeled Vintage Solid State Tape Echo
  • Auxiliary Echo with Echo Pan for full stereo effects
  • 3 Echo Modes: Echo, Off (Preamp + Tape colour only) and Sound On Sound
  • 2 FET Preamp models: Early and Late
  • 2 Playback Modes: Regular (with Varispeed) and Sync
  • Varispeed from 3 to 15 IPS
  • Echo Tone equalizer
  • Internal hum noise (fully adjustable, for increased realism and self oscillation)
  • Resizable interface

9. Need 31102 Console EQ

 
Need 31102 Console EQ
 

ICONIC CONSOLE TONE

The iconic 31102 preamp/eq (featured in the Neve 8068 consoles) has been used to mix many hit records for years. Guns N’ Roses, Bruce Springsteen, AC/DC, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana, Metallica… etc.

We’re proud to present the true analog emulation for one of the best-sounding class A mic pre/EQ modules ever produced. Need 31102 Console Eq, with same character and enhanced with a great modern workflow!

The Need 31102 is holding each small detail and true vintage tone of the original unit. Iconic console tone has been reborn!

MORE POWER

We’ve expanded the original 3 band EQ unit with an extra mid band, so you will have a 4 band Need 31102 console eq. NoiseAsh Mid / Side processing engine has been added to let you apply individual equalization to mid and side stereo content individually.

SIGNATURE ATTITUDE & ZERO HARSHNESS

Need 31102 opens up the sound with it’s unique signature behaviour and legendary musical curves without sounding harsh. Tighten up kicks with signature attitude, boost the treble with legendary zero-harshness tone. Give all of the tracks personality with adding color and dimension.

ANTI-ALIASING ENGINE WITH LIGHT CPU USAGE

Innovative cutting-edge NoiseAsh technology procedures have been used in order to give the reality with a very light cpu usage and maximum accurate Anti-Aliasing Analog tone behaviour.

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS

  • Truly accurate circuit reproduction of the famous classic console eq / preamp unit
  • Second mid band enhancement
  • Original Mic Pre-Amp model with Drive Mode in 30 dB range (From –20 dB to +10 dB)
  • Complex signature interaction between filters with legendary smooth and musical curves
  • Anti-Aliasing Engine with Oversampling option
  • Mid / Side, Stereo, Mono-Sum, Left and Right channel procesing matrix
  • Friend of CPU
  • Built-in Tutorials
  • Effective Resizable GUI workflow

10. proximity:EQ+

 
proximity:EQ+
 

The eq plug-in that repositions audio sources in post-production. Whether music or speech – proximity:EQ+ lets you edit sound spaces as never before.

  • Edit natural reverb
  • Frequency-selective de-reverberation
  • Isolate and remove room modes

Closer to the source Often enough when interviewing, the recording microphone got placed too far from the source; or the grand piano turns out muddy because too much reverb was recorded. In these situations, proximity:EQ+ lets you draw the voice significantly closer and give the muddy piano a crisper sound in postproduction.

Add space to the mix

Of course it is also possible that the microphones ended up getting too close to the sound source. Your mix then lacks spaciousness. proximity:EQ+ seamlessly distances the sound source without affecting its original character. This makes your entire mix more transparent and opens new ways of creating sonic depth.

Optimal room acoustics at the touch of a button

Even when you meticulously plan a setup and perfectly position the microphones – the acoustics of a given room simply are what they are. The sophisticated technology of proximity:EQ+ opens entirely new possibilities for amending detrimental room modes in post-production while leaving the direct sound entirely untouched.

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