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GBand is a band-pass filter. It removes frequencies from the input that are above or below the specified cut-off points.
GBand uses a high- and a low-pass filter in series to remove the unwanted frequencies. It is equivalent to using GHi and GLow, one after the other.
Band-pass filters are useful during mixing to remove unnecessary frequencies from a track. A track that sounds fine on its own can sometimes be difficult to fit into a mix. Narrowing its frequency range will often help.
Resonance boosts the volume of frequencies around the cut-off points. This can create large peaks in the output. Because of this, the GUI features a peak display showing the maximum peak output level. The peak display is reset by clicking on it.
Reviewed By Sycopation
October 16, 2015
This is another great, free, simple, extremely CPU-efficient plugin from GVST.
The resonance sounds great, from barely noticeable to screaming, and having both the low cut and hi cut in one plugin really simplifies things when you're trying to dial in just the right amount of resonance at just the right frequencies. On a bass instrument try setting the low cut at anywhere from 40-60, and the high cut somewhere around 400-600 and then dialing up the resonance. Or do an aux/send and do more extreme settings plus adding some distortion. Either way, it's often a great way to help your bass cut through a mix in the low mids. Just keep in mind that lots of resonance will increase the "peakiness" of your bass signal, so you may want to address that with a compressor post-filter.
I know a lot of people, myself included, often high pass (aka low cut) almost everything in a mix that is not really a bass instrument, or more accurately, anything that doesn't have a whole lot of energy under 200 hz, plays more of a supporting role, and doesn't really need to sound "real" and/or full-bodied. Synth pads, backing vocals, upper register melodies, higher-octave tuned percussion, pretty much all percussion except possibly membranophones etc. It just frees up so much room on the bottom end for bass, kick, piano, guitars, vocals etc. This is where having a low-CPU bandpass filter is indispensable. And having a simple interface with easily tweakable controls makes it all that much easier to get in the habit of automating filters to open and close as the mix dictates.
One thing that I think could greatly improve this product is a trim that goes down to complete silence, as GFader does. I currently have either GBand, GFader or both, loaded on the majority of my audio and instrument tracks. It sure would be really nice to reduce that to just one. Maybe in the next version?Read more