Tone Empire has announced an update to its artificial intelligence-based equalizer and saturation plugin Neural Q.

Version 2 of the plugin introduces a new AI/machine learning system, lower CPU usage, new reworked presets, and a retrained model of the preamp section, and an option to resize the user interface. Neural Q 2 more accurately reproduces the original hardware units it is modeled after.

This plugin faithfully captures the dynamic behavior and sound of a well-known Vintage German Equalizer and a modern Solid State Pre-Amp featuring cinemag transformers. Push the parameters to the limits and be “stunned” by the results.

Circuit Modelling is a technology of the past and can never produce as authentic an analog emulation as RNN (Recurrent Neural Networks). Our new applications based on AI technologies, literally train a model and parameters of an analog device by feeding it samples of real music material. We train the system with vocals, drums, guitars, full mixes, and other instrument phrases. The Neural Network then creates a model based on weights by replicating the “effect” of the analog gear on the sound. This results in more accurate analog behavior.

Available in VST3, AU and AAX formats for Windows and Mac, Neural Q is on sale for the intro price of $29 USD for a limited time (regular $49 USD). Owners of the original Neural Q can upgrade for free. Note that version 1 is currently on sale for only $19 USD at Plugin Boutique.