Elysia, the German company who brought us the highly desirable Mpressor and Museq processors, have been busy with the software side of things lately. A plug-in version of the Mpressor, developed in collaboration with software developers Brainworx, was released last year to great acclaim, and they have just announced a new free plug-in, the Niveau Filter.
This nifty little device is basically the Mpressor’s filter section; a ‘tilting’ EQ that allows you to set a centre frequency (between 26Hz and 22kHz), and then adjust the relative amounts of high- and low-frequency content around your defined centre frequency. Such EQs seem to be all the rage at the moment, with similar designs being released in both the hardware and software worlds by manufacturers like Tonelux and TAL, although, as is often the case with these kinds of trends in the audio industry, the basic principle is far from a new one.
Of the Niveau Filter, Elysia say that the EQ Gain control behaves in a non-linear fashion, so that when it is in its fully clockwise or anti-clockwise position, the EQ will effectively become a low-pass or high-pass filter, respectively.
Available in VST, AU and RTAS formats, for both OS X and Windows, the Niveau Filter is available to download now, for free, from Elysia’s web site.