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 EQuality by DMG Audio is a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, a VST 3 Plugin, an RTAS Plugin and an AAX Plugin.
EQuality
Product EQuality
Developer DMG Audio
Price (MSRP)
£99.99
Type / Tags
Plug-in, App & Soundware Format(s)
Effect(s)     
Operating System Availability
Operating
System
Latest
Version
Download Released
 
1.31
 
Downloads Released
 
1.31
 
Downloads Released

As its name suggests, EQuality is an EQ plug-in. It is not a model of a specific piece of hardware - it's more ambitious than that. EQuality aims to be a great replacement for all your EQs. From the top-down, it's designed to allow you to make it work the way you want it to.

DMG Audio says that "from the bottom up, EQuality sounds as good as an EQ can sound. By that, I mean the prototypes are as close to the consistent analogue shapes as can be achieved digitally, without spending extra CPU. When you want to spend extra CPU to close the deal, you can do that too, but so far not many people have reported finding occasions where the difference is perceptible.".

Sound:

  • New technology for generating EQ coefficients that gets you an undistorted, clear analogue-matched top-end.
  • Linear phase processing.
  • Analogue phase-matched processing.
  • Bells and notches, with a +/-36dB range, and a Q range from 0.1 to 50.
  • Shelves which let you move the resonance above or below the curve.
  • Filters at 6/12/18/24/30/36 db/octave, sweepable resonance.
  • Extra hi-pass, so you can remove rumble on every channel without spending a band on it.
  • M/S processing mode, allows you to process Mid, Side or the Stereo image.
  • Adjustable gain-q interaction for 'musical' usage.

Workflow:

  • Three different UI modes, to suit your taste.
  • Range control, to allow you to scale the gain of the EQ response with one control, both positively and negatively.
  • Frequency shift, to allow you to retune the response.
  • Large, configurable spectrum-analyser with readout.
  • Configurable VU, supporting K-metering and variable ballistics.
  • 8 banks of A/B.
  • Full preset management system.
  • Undo/redo.
  • Autolisten mode, for quick finding/adjustment of frequencies.
  • Flat button on UI for rapid reset.
  • Clip LED.
Latest User Reviews Average user rating of 4.00 from 1 review

Reviewed By AudioGuy720
September 22, 2012

Interesting that yet another plug-in that is talked about wildly in the KVR Effects forum has zero reviews.

I'll just make it simple. EQuality sounds great, it's flexible and it's easy to use. It's pretty much every thing you could ask for in a software equalizer. You won't be disappointed just try it!

Oh...I have to use at least 500 characters? OK...here goes:

EQuality features 5 EQ types. "Digital" to analog to Linear Phase options are available. Variable slope (6dB to 48 dB) high and low pass filters. Low shelf, 4 parametric, and a high shelf filter as well.

The spectrum analyzer makes using this a breeze. There are tons of settings to change things up including K-system metering. If you're looking for a clean EQ this is a great option. Combine this with a nice "character EQ" plug-in for boosts and you're good to go.

The reason I gave the plug-in an 8 is because the minimum and analog phase modes aren't analog-spunding enough for my tastes. That and I wish the GUI was larger/expandable to accomodate big resolutions. Spectrum analyzers are easier to use with larger windowed plug-ins. Other than that I love this software!

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Discussion: Active
ariston
ariston
23 September 2012 at 5:51pm

The dev has stated in an interview that he has intentionally NOT modelled any saturation characteristics of analogue hardware, which is probably what you mean by "not analogue enough". That shouldn't reflect on the quality, however, so marking it down for that doesn't seem right. But it's good that it finally got a review here. ;)

AudioGuy720
AudioGuy720
19 October 2012 at 10:44pm

When your product literature says:

"EQuality has been designed to be the perfect EQ to let your mixdowns shine. Something for every track of your session. For it to sound at least as good as any high-end console or rack gear,..."

And then your product doesn't have saturation as an option I have to mark it down. It's not a "perfect" equalizer without those options, IMHO. So I deducted 1 point for that and another for the GUI being small. This makes using the spectrum analyzer a little harder. Examples of better implementations are Fabfilter Pro-Q and Waves H-EQ.

In the case of Pro-Q the analyzer takes up the width of the plug-in window. Equality's analyzer feels cramped in comparison.

DuX
DuX
23 September 2012 at 8:07pm

In my view, no saturation and/or noise modelling actually gives you the flexibility of choice, so you can use what you want before or after the EQuality for that. ;) Speaking of analogue modelling, the great thing about EQuality is that it does try to emulate the analogue phase behaviour, not just frequency curves. However, it doesn't introduce any non-linearities as far as I know. Phase always jumps up-down a little in analogue EQ, as well as the frequency curves.

sonicpowa
sonicpowa
24 September 2012 at 9:42am

DuX: -"In my view, no saturation and/or noise modelling actually gives you the flexibility of choice, so you can use what you want before or after the EQuality for that."

Yes indeed! It's very flexible. I rate EQuality 10.

Lenticular
Lenticular
27 September 2012 at 11:38pm

You're giving it rating of 8 for being a transparent eq rather than a color eq?

That's one of it's key features, especially for mastering chores. For that alone I give it a 10.

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