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 HydraTone by TriTone Digital is a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin for macOS and Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin and an RTAS Plugin.
Product HydraTone
Developer TriTone Digital
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Type / Tags EQ
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HydraTone is a five-band convolution EQ with fixed-curve bass and treble bands and true parametric low-mid, mid and high-mid bands. Additionally, HydraTone offers separate bass and treble filter sections featuring the unique ability to provide both filter-cut and filter-expansion processing.

HydraTone allows the user to do more than simply select a single classic analog circuit for their EQ model; HydraTone also allows the user make this selection on a band-by-band basis. This allows the user to, for example, simultaneously use one EQ model on the bass band and a separate model on the high-mid band.

HydraTone's output stage provides several additional algorithms. The first is a unique signal warming and mild compression algorithm called "Fire". The second is the ability to perform frequency-specific phase manipulation similar to that of hardware boxes popular for aligning multi-signal pairs. Finally, HydraTone allows the user to select a completely separate signal-path model for final output coloration.

HydraTone operates up to 32 bits/96 kHz and is compatible with VST, RTAS and AU plugin formats through the Pluggo runtime.

Made with Max/MSP for Pluggo
Latest User Reviews Average user rating of 3.00 from 1 review

Reviewed By SongMonkey
February 6, 2006

Simple test. Put Hydratone on any track. Boost at the frequencies of choice (let's leave aside boost/cut issues for the moment). Play with the "Fire" knob. Play with the Phase knob. Bring down the volume so you can engage it without a noticable increase in overall volume. Now bring in any other software eq you have, at any price, make the same boosts, adjust the level...and A/B them.

I think you'll be shocked at how flat even your most expensive software eq will sound in comparison. I was, for damn sure. It's that obvious. I've never had an eq that brought such a 3D sound to my tracks. The difference is night and day.

Drawbacks: Plenty of 'em. CPU hog. You have to install Pluggo runtime for it to work. The eq curve display is only roughly accurate, and more distracting than anything else. The action is anything but smooth.

But I'd go through a MUCH darker hell to get that SOUND. This is not a surgical eq, nor is it clean. It's all color, all mojo. You can choose any of four hardware eq models with each band, but the Fire and Phase controls really put it head and shoulders above any other colored eq. Being able to adjust the phase of each track while the mix is in full swing will bring amazing results. It continually surprises me how much easier it is now to get certain tracks to sit into the mix.

This is a great tool. If you think your tracks need an injection of life and vibe, you would be doing yourself a disservice not give this eq a serious look. Highly recommended.Read more


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Average user rating of 3.00 from 1 review

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