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Crave EQ
Crave EQ by Crave DSP is a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin for macOS and Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, a VST 3 Plugin and an AAX Plugin.
Windows 7+
macOS 10.9+
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Key Features:

  • Four beautifully smooth, lovingly crafted EQ models for mixing and mastering.
  • 32 parametric bands with a choice of peaking, high/low shelf, high/low cut, notch, band pass and tilt filters.
  • Directional EQ for peaking and shelving filters.

  • Combined M/S and L/R channel processing for all filters.
  • Solo listen (double-click a band to activate).
  • Configurable high-resolution spectrum analyzer.
  • Fluidly scalable frequency, filter and meter axes.
  • Resizable interface.
  • macOS Retina and Windows high-DPI support.
  • Velocity sensitive knobs.
  • Automatic gain compensation.

  • GPU accelerated graphics.
  • Light on CPU.
  • Piano keyboard input.

  • Presets and user defined defaults.

What's New in Version 2

Precise Stereo Positioning (Directional EQ)
Peaking and shelving filters can be precisely placed in the stereo field. Use the new M/S and L/R filter knobs in combination to apply width to adjust focus followed by panning to change direction. A new direction bar around each band shows the amount of focus and direction.

Improved Spectrum Analyzer
The new spectrum analyzer supports higher frequency resolutions, features improved ballistics and can be configured to display any of the M, S, L, R (and combined L/R) channels of the input and output signal. The analyzer can be zoomed up to 4x by dragging up/down on the frequency axis. Dedicated preset management for saving/loading analyzer presets.

Linearly Spaced Frequency Lines
Option to switch from logarithmically spaced frequency lines to a new linearly spaced frequency display. Enabled by right clicking the editor background and choosing Lines -> Linear from the context menu.

Sample Accurate Automation
Supports sample accurate automation for offline bounces with compatible hosts and plugin formats.

Phase Inversion
The phase of the signal can be inverted by clicking the Φ button.

Up to 4x Lighter on GPU
The new graphics engine uses 8x less GPU memory and is up to 4x lighter on the GPU processor.

What's New in Version 1.3

Transparent Phase Model
Transparent phase combines the best of both the analog and digital worlds. At lower filter frequencies it employs an analog phase model and at higher filter frequencies uses an innovative phase suppression algorithm to deliver precision at low frequencies and transparency at high frequencies.

Improved Metering
Decibel meter scalable from -90dB/+30dB to -12dB/+12dB. Input levels added alongside output levels.

Peak Hold
Above the decibel meter is a new peak hold indicator (click to reset).

Adjustable Linear Phase Latency
Linear phase latency is now adjustable.

What's New in Version 1.2

Automatic Gain Compensation
Automatic gain compensation adjusts the output gain to compensate for the effect of filtering on perceived loudness.

Input Gain
Input gain controls complement the existing output gain controls.

More Control Over Presets
Use the extended preset functionality to specify exactly what parameter subsets a preset will affect.

Default Settings
Use the extended preset functionality to specify default settings for new plugin instances.

Bypass Automation
The filter bypass is now exposed as an automation parameter.

Cursor Tracking
The gain and frequency display of the current cursor position are highlighted on the axes.

AAX Support
The AAX format is now supported for Pro Tools users.

What's New in Version 1.1

Crave EQ is now available for macOS 10.9 and above.

Spectrum Analyzer Enhancements
The spectrum analyzer now has a smoothing control. Also, the resolution and latency of the spectrum analyzer is clearly marked.

Solo Listen
You can solo a band from the context menu.

Mouse Wheel Support
Filter bands, knobs and axes can be controlled via the mouse wheel.

More Shortcuts
Filter slope can be controlled via Ctrl mouse wheel on Windows and Command mouse scroll on macOS. You can make finer adjustments to bands by holding Shift while dragging.

Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 5.00 from 2 reviews
Crave EQ

Reviewed By dissofiddle [all]
March 22nd, 2021
Version reviewed: 2.0.30 on Windows

I am wondering why this plugin is not more popular....

I was looking for a general purpose EQ with the following features :

- High quality sound (transparent EQ, no aliasing, handling natural/analog phase around nyquist).

- Low CPU.

- automatic gain compensation.

- Convenient to use.

- cheap (less than 100 euros).

When you want all these features, there are not much options :

- TDR NOVA, hotnet total EQ and Acon Equalize are heavy on CPU.

- DDMF IIEQ and DMF Equick have a buggy GUI on my computer.

- Melda EQ, KiloHeart CarveEQ, VOxengo EQs, toonebooster equlize have cluttered gui and feels a pain to use.
I still prefer using my DAW stock EQ than these....

- PRO Q, Equilibrium and other "premium EQ" feels too expensive.

In the end, I think craveEQ fits all my needs and even more .

It really sounds amazing, is really transparent and is impressively light on CPU. I found no bugs until now.

and is almost as convenient to use as ProQ 3.
Also, it has some very interesting phase modes :

- Analog phase : which handle the phase like an analog EQ, that is without messing up with the phase around nyquist frequency.

- Linear phase : which is a nice option to have.

- Transparent phase : which is a genius crossover of analog phase (in the low part of the spectrum) and linear phase (in the high part of the spectrum). Indeed a pure linear phase mode tends to add a lot of pre-ringing, in the lows. So this modes allows you to maximize transparency .

- Digital phase : which is the worse sounding mode But is also latency free, which is ideal when used in a software that doesn't have latency compensation (maschine or else).

It is the best for the money, really.

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Crave EQ

Reviewed By refinedgoals [all]
March 6th, 2020
Version reviewed: 1.4.13 on Windows

Crave & Gullfoss, the best of the best. Most ironically cost more, phase, and/or taint the sound with saturation. As I'm EQ'ing orchestral instruments (film score), I want as transparent and natural a sound as possible. Gullfoss for sampled instrument problem fixing. Crave for everything just in general. The difference is heard pretty instantly when you first demo it. Most companies are clearly doing something to the sound.

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