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 Pro-Q 2 by FabFilter is a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin and a Mobile Audio App. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, a VST 3 Plugin, an RTAS Plugin and an AAX Plugin.
Pro-Q 2
Product Pro-Q 2
Developer FabFilter
Price (MSRP)
€149 / $179 / £114 (iOS $29.99)
Type / Tags
Plug-in, App & Soundware Format(s)
Effect(s)     
Operating System Availability
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System
Latest
Version
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2.12
 
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32-bit: Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP
64-bit: Windows 10, 8, 7 or Vista (x64)
VST 2/3 host or Pro Tools
 
2.12
 
  Download Released
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OS X 10.6 or higher
AU or VST 2/3 host or Pro Tools
Intel processor
 
1.0
 
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The FabFilter Pro-Q 2 equalizer plug-in combines high sound quality and a gorgeous, innovative interface with unrivalled ease of use.

Effortlessly sculpt your sound

FabFilter Pro-Q 2 is designed to help you achieve your sound in the quickest way possible. Via the large interactive EQ display, you can create bands where you need them and select and edit multiple bands at once. Unique features like Spectrum Grab, Full Screen mode and EQ Match will speed up your workflow even more.

Mixing and mastering features

Pro-Q 2 offers everything that a demanding engineer could wish for: top quality linear phase operation in addition to the zero latency and unique Natural Phase modes, Mid/Side processing, variable stereo placement of EQ bands, an intelligent solo feature, optional Auto Gain and a built-in, fully customizable spectrum analyzer.

Key Features:

  • Highest possible sound quality.

  • Gorgeous interface with large interactive EQ display, multi-band selection and editing for maximum ease and efficiency.

  • Different interface sizes and additional Full Screen mode
    Up to 24 EQ bands.

  • Operates in zero latency mode, linear phase mode with adjustable latency or the unique Natural Phase mode.

  • Spectrum Grab: just grab and adjust a peak in the real-time spectrum analyzer right away.

  • Filter shapes: Bell, Notch, High/Low Shelf, High/Low Cut, Band Pass, Tilt Shelf.

  • Universal filter slope support for all filter types, up to 96 dB/oct.

  • Intelligent solo mode makes it easy to find problem frequencies and hear the effect of a band.

  • EQ Match feature to automatically match the spectrum of another track via the side-chain input.

  • Each band can operate on the stereo signals or on the left or right channels independently for per-channel EQ-ing.

  • Phase Invert option to change polarity.

  • Highly improved CPU optimization: Pro-Q 2 uses less memory and is more than twice as efficient as its predecessor.

  • Mid/side mode where you can EQ the mid and side signals separately
    Optional Gain-Q interaction.

  • Auto Gain and Gain Scale.

  • Built-in spectrum analyzer with Pre-EQ, Post-EQ and SC modes, adjustable range, speed, resolution, tilt and freeze.

  • GPU-powered graphics acceleration.

  • Optional piano roll display to quantize EQ frequencies to musical notes.

  • Double-click text entry of parameter values.

  • Different display ranges: 3 dB and 6 dB ranges for mastering, 12 dB and 30 dB for mixing.

  • Large output level meter with peak level readout.

  • Stereo and mono plug-ins available.

  • Supports common Pro Tools hardware control surfaces.

  • MIDI Learn.

  • Undo/redo and A/B comparison.

  • Smart Parameter Interpolation.

  • Sample-accurate automation of all parameters.

  • Extensive help file with interactive help hints.

  • Available in VST, VST3, Audio Units, AAX Native and AudioSuite formats (all both 64-bit and 32-bit), as well as RTAS (32-bit only).

{See video at top of page}

Latest User Reviews Average user rating of 5.00 from 2 reviews

Reviewed By stardustmedia
May 20, 2014

10/10 for a clean EQ for technical and surgical usage with up to 24 (!!!) bands.

I use that clean, very versatile EQ every day on almost every channel at least as the LPF/HPF. It is my standard channel strip EQ right in the beginning before any other plugin.

Very helpful are the "solo" buttons to listen to the frequency range you're actually tweaking. Also awesome is that you can mark several bands at once and move them together in frequency and/or gain, whether you do it with the mouse or the knobs.

Thanks to the wonderful GUI, I also always use it to reduce resonance frequencies.

Want to work on MS? Easy done. Just change the whole EQ from L/R mode to M/S mode. Every band can be set separately to M, S or both, or respectively L, R or both.

The analyzer can be set to different settings (resolution) and on different signal path points: pre, post and pre&post. Very helpful.

On top of that, you can also choose between non linear phase with zero latency to different linear phase modes with different latency settings.

Although not my first choice for musical Eqing, the possibility to go up to 30kHz and work with a Baxandall bell curve can bring some nice high end shine.

For surgical and correction issues I wished you could switch every band independently to LR or MS. Let's hope that's possible in v2, although I'm not even sure if this is possible within one plugin ;)

And maybe Fabfilter starts to implement different GUI sizes in future versions.

Nevertheless: This is a must-have-workhorse-EQ for every DAW.

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Reviewed By xtrax
October 31, 2013

Pro-Q Vers. 1.23 is amazing channel eq, and on zero latecy mode sounds like it is in analogue phase mode. Sounds smooth, clean, transparent, and has nice stereo vibe. For cutting extremely useful, and has GUI one of the kind in the world of plugins. Also linear phase modes are under your command, if you need them. Practical, and flexible eq with unique possibilities of splitting bands between M/S, L/R what is very useful in the painting with sound over the sound picture. When you working with Pro-Q you always want to watch his display like magic is happening that moment. Analyzer is also very good without noticeable latency, and can be assigned to Pre, Post or Pre+Post. Pro-Q can be automated thru MIDI with great precision and flow without any audio artifacts. Highly recommended workhorse eq that sounds very good in the mix. Very focused sound, and in correction cut's keeps source's integrity very well. The most important fact is that is light on your CPU. For the next update V2 we expect to find 18db/oct. low cut slope inside hopefully.

10 out of 10 without any thinking.

Pro-Q V2 is now one of a kind with all possibilities that offers. Fabfilter did it again and released V2 of the well known eq with a lot of improvements in all ways. New mode "Natural Phase" gives extreme transparency and smoothness while retains cleanness and preserves transients even better from V1. Linear phase mode is also improved with quality settings up to the Max. Mastering on this mode is a pure joy. Zero Latency mode is also improved sonically. Full screen mode is so good to go into smallest details, and keyboard with notes that shows frequency of every note with +/- cents if you don't work on 440 tuning (sick) standard is really helpfull. Auto gain compensation, Optional Gain-Q interaction, Filter shapes: Bell, Notch, High/Low Shelf, High/Low Cut, Band Pass, Tilt Shelf, Different interface sizes and additional Full Screen mode, EQ Match feature to automatically match the spectrum of another track via the side-chain input, Phase Invert option to change polarity, Highly improved CPU optimization: Pro-Q 2 uses less memory and is more than twice as efficient as its predecessor! Built-in spectrum analyzer with Pre-EQ, Post-EQ and SC modes, adjustable range, speed, resolution, tilt and freeze, Spectrum Grab: just grab and adjust a peak in the real-time spectrum analyzer right away.

This eq is something that you will like at the first try.

Again 10 out of 10.

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Discussion

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Discussion: Active
stardustmedia
stardustmedia
28 August 2014 at 9:15am

Is that an update? Since it installs parallel, it should be seen as a product of its own.

Eclectus
Eclectus
29 August 2014 at 10:13am

Yes and no, I think. They are no longer selling Pro-Q 1 on their website, so according to Fabfilter I would think that it really is an update. I believe that the parallel install is a compatibility measure. It prevents us from having to update our existing projects.

mackietron
mackietron
2 March 2015 at 2:56pm

'Upgrading to Pro-Q 2

Upgrading from Pro-Q version 1 to the new Pro-Q 2 is safe and easy: installing Pro-Q 2 willnot replace or delete the previous Pro-Q 1 plug-in. Both versions will co-exist and can both be used at the same time. This ensures that you can open old songs that use Pro-Q 1 without problems! Of course, FabFilter Pro-Q 2 opens all presets from Pro-Q 1 without problems. See Upgrading to Pro-Q 2 for more information.'

http://www.fabfilter.com/help/pro-q/

audiosabre
audiosabre
28 August 2014 at 4:29pm

The price is actually £124, not £149.

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moonchunk
moonchunk
16 January 2017 at 4:08am

Anyone have both this and Spline EQ by Photosounder, and have an opinion on whether this is better/equal/worse? Both have linear EQ capabilities and I'm curious if anyone feels that one is more transparent than the other, more useable or preferable in some way, etc.

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Pro-Q 2

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