Overall: 2561 1979 2469
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HoRNet TOTAL EQ is a precise and versatile equalizer with a handy spectrum analyzer. The peculiar feature of TOTAL EQ is that every parameter of each equalizer band can be controlled from the control point on the frequency chart, this simply means that you will never have to look around to find the controls for the band you are editing, but everything will be there right at your mouse pointer reach.
The equalizer itself is very versatile providing up to 12 different bands, any of them can behave like digital precise EQs or can have analog character. The analog emulation in this plugin is the most advanced we have ever made, of course it emulates the saturation of analog gear but also the component tolerance so that no band behaves like another. In a few words it means a slight level of unpredictability that make things more interesting and "alive".
Each band can work like any of the 17 different available filter type, including low pass, high pass, band pass, high shelf, low shelf and the classic fully parametric peak equalizer.
In addition to the standard eq controls specific to the filter type, every band can work as a dynamic filter borrowing the automatic attack and release and the automatic threshold from our HoRNet DynEQ, this approach gives you easy control on the dynamic behaviour of the each band without needing many controls and making dynamic EQ as easy as dragging a dot on the screen.
The plugin also provide global controls that allow you to enable or disable analog emulation and saturation globally, and the ability to link input and output so that when you change one the other gets updated accordingly and you can easily drive the analog engine of the plugin without changing its output level.
To take EQ decision more easily we also added the "EQ LOUD" button that stands for "equal loudness", borrowing the code from our CLMS plugin we are able to keep the loudness level constant no matter what you do to your eq bands, this in turns gives you the ability to judge your EQ decisions removing the infamous "loudness bias"
The description is not lying, and it's really a top quality EQ, sounds pure and clean, but also very much alive when needed. It's hard not to use it all over the projects, replacing other ones, even big name ones.
The interface is pretty good, pair or above today's standards, nothing really exceptionally good, but certainly not bad either, it's pretty standard, which is actually a pretty good thing.
Feature wise Total EQ is showing just the right amount of useful tools for the every day work and then some. The "equal loudness" is something every plugin should have, but sadly not essential, when active, Total EQ has the same volume after eq as before, so you are not fooled by the "louder is better" phenomenon. There's also per filter analog emulation and saturation which is adjustable, and it's easy to activate and deactivate both analog and saturation on all filters at once. There's lots of filter types and its pretty easy to change if needed, there's a few ones missing to be perfect, but not something I'll give one star less for.
Overall, I was a bit surprised about how well this EQ sounds and functions, not that Hornet Plugins are mediocre, quite opposite, but the market of EQs are booming and I didn't think that there's room for one more, but I have been mistaken, there's definitely room for Total EQ.
So, Total EQ is for the ones who want's an EQ that is top notch in quality and can do the dirty saturations on demand, easy to use and with just the right utilities.Read Review