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Luftikus has an average user rating of 4.83 from 6 reviews

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User Reviews by KVR Members for Luftikus

Reviewed By laurensius_steven [read all by] on July 8th, 2023
Version reviewed: 1 on Mac

I used this for 2 years now, its help me alot, the carachter suitable to me for band and everything like orchestra .

thank for making this EQ .

Reviewed By Fantozzi [read all by] on January 10th, 2023
Version reviewed: 1.3 on Windows

Warm and energetic - sound reminds me of the old Kjaerhus EQ. Wouldn't use it on the master, maybe sounds a little bit blurry there, but on the bus - if you know what you want - it can be a versatile workhorse making parts richer, fuller. Not the only EQ you will need but the "special one" you will be glad to have it.

Reviewed By 2NDMOUSE [read all by] on December 5th, 2019
Version reviewed: 1.3.0 on Windows

After hearing it was better than the Maag, I had to try it.
I don't know if it's better than the Maag as I've never tried that plugin, but it does exactly what I needed it to do.
It boosts the part of the top end that you actually want boosted, without any artifacts, harshness or nasally resonance.
It treats top end with respect.
The keepgain switch is brilliant as you are then making EQ decisions made firmly on frequency rather than on volume and the trap of thin king something is better because it sounds louder.
I have EQs for low end, general EQs for everything else, but this is now my go-to for detail and clarity in the top end. Great find !.

Reviewed By andrewklimek [read all by] on August 21st, 2019
Version reviewed: 1.3 on Mac.
Last edited by andrewklimek on 22nd August 2019.

The curves match up exactly to the endorsed Maag EQ4 at Plugin Alliance, just the numbers on the dials are a little different. This one also gets a tiny bit more air boost at max setting.

Luftikus is superior because of double-click-to-reset knobs; and the gain compensation, which this EQ seriously needs, it's pretty insane without it. Also appreciate the mastering mode, this should be in all plugins.

Reviewed By escalona [read all by] on August 7th, 2019
Version reviewed: 1.3.0 on Windows

Well, the plugin works very solidly in my Windows 7 and Windows 10 systems with Studio One Pro 4 and 4.5. I am so happy with it that I sold my maag eq4 plugin. While there are minimal sonic differences between the two, I find the Luftikus better sounding and more pleasant overall.

Reviewed By fese [read all by] on March 22nd, 2014
Version reviewed: 7 on Windows.
Last edited by fese on 22nd March 2014.

Some people claim that you cannot have enough EQs, while others say that one fully parametric EQ is usually all you need. I belonged to the later group for some time, because let's face it, there is not much you cannot do with those modern highly flexible EQ monster plugins. But this one has several arguments that speak for it:

  1. It has a nice, big GUI that is clear and legible and features friendly colors that say "Come on, use me, turn my knobs, it's fun and I don't bite!".
  2. It is limited to four bands, one shelving and one boost filter. No myriads of options, Q factors, M/S en/decoding or analyzers. Simple and easy.
  3. It has a "mastering" mode which emulates stepped knobs on a hardware device. Doesn't do much for the sound itself, but helps make fast decisions in my experience.
  4. "Keep gain" is a neat function that prevents your ear from believing something sounds better just because it is a tad louder.
  5. Sound. Well, there's an old but ongoing discussion about digital EQs and sound quality. Fact seems to be that programming digital EQs is not exactly rocket science and the sound of an EQ is mostly determined by its curves. Personally, I haven't found a modern EQ plugin that destroyed my sound, if at all, it is my fault for making the wrong decisions. So yes, I'll say this plugin sounds good...
  6. Cool name. "Luftikus" was the name of an old sailing boat my father once owned. Totally not important, but now you know it :-).
  7. And last but not least, it is free, it is even GPL which is still relatively uncommon in the plugin world. So you can download the source code and extend it, if you like (an can).

So what can one use it for? Well, the limitation to six bands and the broad Q clearly states that this is is a classic sweetening EQ for use on selected channels or on the stereo bus. Personally, I like it very much on the bus, just a slight dip on the 160 or 640 Hz can help remove some muddiness, add to that maybe a small increase at 20kHz and you're done.

Are there any cons? Well, considering you pay nothing, not really. The "analog" button's effect is kind of homeopathic in my opinion, I didn't really hear any difference. According to the dev, it adds a slight overall noise floor and a tiny difference between the left and right channel. Use it or leave it, it won't make your mix better or worse.

Personally I would have liked another band at around eight to nine-ish kHz for having the option to removing a bit of sharpness in that area, but then the next guy wants another band at 473 Hz and you have to stop somewhere.

All in all a very welcome addition to the freeware EQ world. Thumbs up.

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Comments & Discussion for lkjb Luftikus

Discussion: Active
9 December 2014 at 6:26pm

One of my favorite consoles to mix on had fixed frequencies and sounded amazing. This plug sounds great and has some good choices.

Lord Walnutwhip
Lord Walnutwhip
9 September 2015 at 3:44pm

Hi, I wonder if anyone can help me please!
I'm trying to download the Luftikus plugin Via KVR to use with Ableton Live, but I receive an error message saying "The achieve is either in unknown format or damaged" I've tried repairing the zip file, I've tried using Jetbrains DotPeek Decomppiler but none of this works.
I'm running 64-bit Win 7 OS.

18 February 2021 at 7:58am

The one on the download doesn't work for Windows. Tested With FL Studio 20. These ones work: https://code.google.com/archive/p/lkjb-plugins/downloads

13 July 2021 at 6:25pm

Who compiled the version available for download here? As far as I can tell from the GitHub page, the developer released this plugin as source only; no binaries.

20 April 2022 at 3:24pm

Anyone knows if there's a version working on macOS Sierra with Logic Pro X 10.4.4?



5 November 2022 at 5:32pm

Has the developer updated this to work with Mac OS Monterey and also be M1 native? Love this EQ and after moving to an M1 machine, it won't authorize anymore and sadly can't use it now.

luis rogelio iza cando
luis rogelio iza cando
15 November 2022 at 10:59am

a mi me descarga pero no me deja abrir es para mac alguien que ayude.

18 February 2023 at 3:07am

does not have a instalation file.

26 May 2023 at 4:55am

Eh, read M2?

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