FabFilter New Pro-Q 3 Equalizer Plug-in with Dynamic EQ

December 4 2018, 00:10
Once again, the Amsterdam-based software company FabFilter provides a great example of high quality audio processing software. The now available FabFilter Pro-Q 3, a major update to the acclaimed Pro-Q equalizer plug-in, improves on its predecessor in every area, introducing dynamic EQ, surround support, per-band mid/side processing, and much more, while maintaining the pristine sound quality and exceptional ease of use for which Pro-Q is known.

The updated Pro-Q 3 adds the ability to switch any of its 24 bands to Dynamic EQ mode, with a simple, elegant workflow, allowing users to just raise or lower the Dynamic Range ring around the Gain knob to apply smooth compression or expansion to that band. An intelligent algorithm automatically chooses program-dependent attack, release, and knee settings, while the Threshold can be set automatically, according to the input signal level, or manually. And, of course, dynamic EQ bands continue to operate with perfect analog matching and support Linear Phase mode.

Pro-Q 3 now works with all major surround formats, up to Dolby Atmos 7.1.2. The plug-in automatically configures itself to the multichannel format of the hosting surround track, and an intuitive selection panel enables EQ adjustment of multiple channels together.

FabFilter has long allowed Pro-Q to work its equalization magic on the mid or side channels in a stereo signal, as well as left and right, and this functionality becomes even more flexible with Pro-Q 3. Each individual band can now be set to process only the Mid, Side, Left, Right, or Stereo channels, so users can get truly surgical with their stereo frequency-shaping on a band-by-band basis.

Pro-Q 3 adds to Pro-Q 2’s multitude of filter types with the all-new Flat Tilt shape, applying a flat tilting correction curve to the entire audible spectrum. And for those occasions when even the super-steep 96dB/octave roll-off slope isn’t precise enough, the Low and High Cut filter types can now be set to Brickwall mode for the ultimate in top/bottom attenuation.

Finally, Pro-Q 3’s spectrum analyzer makes it easier than ever to find and correct problem frequencies in the mix. Users can activate the new collision detection to view clashes between the source signal and the spectrum of any other Pro-Q 3 instance in the session, and get an instant handle on the most important peaks in Spectrum Grab mode with frequency/note labels.

This updated professional mastering-grade EQ plug-in from the Dutch company continues to offer exceptional sound quality, up to 24 bands with a huge range of filter types and now with Dynamic EQ option for every band, in a software that is extremely efficient in its processing and low in memory usage with a beautiful, GPU-accelerated graphical interface with full-screen mode. The mentioned real-time spectrum analyzer now allows for external spectrum visualization from any other Pro-Q 3 instance in the session, including collision detection and EQ Match for imposing the tonal characteristics of one signal on another. There's also a Piano Display that switches the frequency scale to musical note values

The interface allows selective metering for mastering, with a 3/6dB display range, or a mixing environment that displays 12/30dB range. Users will also enjoy the undo/redo and A/B comparison possibilities and the fact that Pro-Q 3 supports Retina displays on macOS and High DPI support on Windows and can be controlled from common Pro Tools hardware control surfaces.

FabFilter Pro-Q 3 is now available for EUR 149 or USD 179, supporting both Windows and macOS in VST and VST 3, Audio Units, AAX, and AudioSuite plug-in formats.
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