ViatorDSP has announced the release of a free equalizer plugin that combines the sound and curves of two different hardware EQ’s that have defined music studios across the decades.
This EQ is inspired by real EQ’s, but it definitely has its own flavor. It sounds great on anything, but I think it’s great on the master bus, especially since the high and low filters are inspired by a famous mastering hardware EQ.
- Oversampling of 8x when oversampling is turned on from the top-right dropdown menu. This makes a huge difference on the top end frequencies.
- 4 EQ bands with proportional Q and 12 dB of boost and attenuation.
- When the gain of a band is set to 0 dB, the filter circuit disables, which saves loads of CPU if you aren’t using the band anyway.
- Saturation algorithm on the output, the EQ pushes into it. When the drive is set to 0 dB, the circuit disables to save on CPU.
- The low and high bands can be a shelf or bell depending on the state of the button under each band.
- Reset button to set all band’s gains to 0 dB.
- High and low pass filters to filter out the very top and bottom frequencies that aren’t super useful. Toggle the filters button under the drive. These filters really make a huge difference when oversampling is on.
- Phase inversion button to flip the phase of the entire circuit. This is useful for parallel processing.
- Trim gain to boost or attenuate the volume of the entire plugin.
LV50A is free to download for Windows and Mac (VST3/AU) from Landon Viator’s Patreon page, where you will also find the LV-60 analog-inspired graphic EQ, Overdrive, Reverb, and Diode Amplifier.