MAAT Incorporated has announced the release of thEQred, a cross platform plugin for equalization and enhancement of digital audio. The new product bookends the release of MAAT’s first member of their thEQ family, thEQorange.

The new “Red” builds on the foundation of Algorithmix’s much heralded Linear Phase PEQ Red, transforming that reference quality into a contemporary, cross–platform product.

thEQred digital audio equalizer fulfills the promise of extraordinary smoothness through frequency–based equalization. As with other members of MAAT’s thEQ family, its complex 80 bit floating point internal architecture, sophisticated signal windowing, and applied calculation precision all contribute to uncompromising quality and exacting fidelity.

Several features of thEQred attest to MAAT’s philosophy of maximum workflow efficiency, such as MAAT’s exclusive Contribution Control™. New to the product family is VariSlope™ technology, proprietary to thEQred. With VariSlope, shelving and cut filters offer continuous adjustment of slope from near zero to 24 dB/octave. Unlike other equalizers that let you define or draw the “curve,” VariSlope offers unique versatility while preserving the sound quality MAAT’s EQs are known for. The combination of linear phase and VariSlope affords very smooth, controlled spectral changes without any phase shift or group delay.

Nobody understands the significance of this newly rearchitected software and VariSlope more than legendary audio engineer Robert “Bob” Olhsson. For him, the ability to recall projects was an important reason to “…bid goodbye to the (legacy) Algorithmix plug-ins.” Olhsson mused that he was not alone in “…wishing for new compatible versions of these extraordinary plugins. What I love about thEQred is being able to combine this utterly transparent equalizer with my (outboard) hardware. It simply doesn’t screw anything up while adding whatever EQ tweaks I can imagine. Also, the continuous-slope shelving is pretty amazing, especially with very natural sounding acoustic recordings.”

The plugin is available in VST/VST3, AU and AAX formats, priced $489 USD for a perpetual license. An annual subscription including both thEQred and thEQorange is $119 USD.

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