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SPL Free Ranger

SPL Free Ranger
SPL Free Ranger by Plugin Alliance / SPL is a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin for macOS and Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, a VST 3 Plugin, an RTAS Plugin and an AAX Plugin.
System Requirements
Intel-compatible CPU with SSE2 instruction set (Pentium 4 compatible or higher; we recommend at least 2 GHz)
Windows XP or higher (Windows 7 or higher recommended)
Pro Tools 9 or higher or a VST/VST3-compatible host
Display resolution of 1440 x 900 px / 1280 x 960 px or higher
System Requirements
Intel CPU only (we recommend at least 2 GHz)
Mac OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or higher
Pro Tools 9 or higher or a VST/VST3/AU-compatible host
Display resolution of 1440 x 900 px / 1280 x 960 px or higher
Copy Protection
Online Activation (Challenge / Response)
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The Free Ranger is based upon the Full Ranger-EQ from our EQ Rangers series. It is limited to four – we think very useful – bands:

  • 16 kHz center frequency – Boost: Glitter, brilliance, air.
  • 1,8kHz center frequency – this is THE EQ test frequencies. An EQ that sounds good here is a good EQ. Therefore it makes a lot of sense to compare EQs in that range. Applications examples: Boost for more bass definition and presence, cut reduces metal for brass.
  • 150 Hz center frequency – Boost: more warmth for everything, main impact of bass instruments, fuller, fatter snares. Cut for vocals: avoids collision with bass.
  • 40 Hz center frequency – Boost: in general fuller sounds, deep bass punch (kick drum). Cut: reduces booming sounds and sub harmonic interferences.

Mo Volans demos four awesome free plugins from Plugin Alliance.

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Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 2.00 from 1 review

SPL Free Ranger
Reviewed By RobertSchulz
September 20th, 2022

Not as useful as I thought:

  1. The plugin offers only 4 adjustable bands (40hz, 150hz, 1.8k and 16k), not all of the 8 which are shown in the interface. Less bands are common to me as I use a lot of analog modelled plugins, but why even wasting the already barely given GUI space with 4 not usable sliders? This isn't even an updatable plugin, the free version is a standalone plugin. Just to make the user hungry for the paid version? No, not in this way.
  2. The sliders can be adjusted only by horizontal dragging (which is a little incomfortable) or by hovering over and using your mousewheel, but is problematic due to point 3.
  3. The GUI is very small and sliders are hard to pinpoint if you want to adjust the frequencies. Not sufficient enough for modern desktops.
    The interface should have been updated a long while ago to be resizable.
  4. Also for being a passive EQ, it actually introduces a gain change by boosting a frequency. So no really a change to an active EQ here.
  5. Sliders do not reset at double click - only at Ctrl/CMD + click. - Yes, it's nitpicky, but if you try to use the plugin frequently, you will have a problem with this.
  6. No Mute, no solo for band nor do the bands even show values or can be adjusted to a certain value.
  7. Last but not least: No coloration or anything special to the sound. :P.

Only cool feature I like is that you can have 4 preset states for the sliders and even automate between them, but that doesn't equalize the disadvantages with this one.

Resume: Even as free plugin, this thing isn't worth to download and authorize it. Hugely Overrated plugin.

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Comments & Discussion for Plugin Alliance SPL Free Ranger

Discussion: Active
14 November 2014 at 10:33am

1.8 kHz band is not operating at that frequency, spectrum analyzer shows 900 Hz. Please correct that.

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