Wavesfactory’s latest plug-in takes an new approach to equalisation, carrying out much of its work on an incoming signal automatically and then allowing users to fine-tune the resulting output. Equalizer promises to deliver transparent results without any artefacts, all whilst speeding up the mix process.
The plug-in divides an incoming audio signal into 32 bands, calculates the gain of each of them, and then determines a target level. It then applies cuts or boosts to every band as necessary with the goal of ensuring all frequencies end up at the same level. With this processing carried out, users are then provided with a set of controls that adjust the amount of processing applied to the whole spectrum, or individual frequency ranges.
Cut and Boost parameters allow the level of the effects to be decreased or increased as a percentage, and the overall reaction time of the algorithm can be altered using Attack and Release controls. An Amount dial allows the effect to be manipulated by altering the gain of each band, and it is possible to favour high- or low-frequency content using a Tilt control. It is even possible to draw directly onto the spectrum display within the GUI to define the amount of processing applied to specific frequency ranges.
A M/S parameter allows the processing to be focused purely on the mid or sides elements of a stereo signal, set anywhere between, and both low- and high-pass filters are provided to restrict the processing to a set frequency range. Parallel processing can be applied quickly and easily thanks to the inclusion of a Mix control, and an Auto Gain feature allows the plug-in to apply gain compensation in response to any level changes introduced by the processing.
Helpfully, Equalizer also allows users to audition the difference signal between the processed and unprocessed signals (independently for both Cut and Boost parameters) to reveal what they are adding or taking away.
Equalizer is supported on PCs running Windows 7 and above, and Macs running macOS 10.13 and higher. VST, VST3, AU and AAX plug-in versions are available.
Pricing & Availability
Equalizer is available now, and is currently (7 July 2023) being offered for an introductory price of €59, reduced from its full cost of €99.