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EQ Plugin by lkjb
TinyQ by lkjb is a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin for macOS and Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin and a VST 3 Plugin.
System Requirements
Windows 7 or later
System Requirements
macOS 10.7 or later
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TinyQ is - as the name suggests - a rather tiny EQ. There are lots of good large EQs around but nothing versatile if simply a few adjustments are needed. The EQ provides the following features:

  • 4 bands 20 Hz to 20 kHz, two of them switchable between peak and shelf.
  • Butterworth hi- and lo-cut with orders between 6 and 48 dB/octave.
  • Toggle (Tiny/Large/Huge) to make it a bit less tiny. Huge mode is new in version 1.5.
  • As some may notice the user interface is inspired by a DAW's channel EQ.
  • Set a default size for new instances (new in version 1.5).
  • Set default settings for new instances.

  • Included frequency analyser.

To set default settings or enable the analyser (factory-default is disabled) use the menu shown by right-clicking on the frequency plot.

Version 1.5 now uses IPlug-Youlean and thus doesn't have the JUCE Personal License splash screen or the usage analytics any more. Please be aware of the following knwon issues:

  • VST3 seems to not show the user interface after a resize on macOS Mojave.
  • While the VST2 version 1.5 is compatible with the previous (JUCE) version of the plugin the VST3 and AU plugin isn't. While the VST3 plugin simply isn't compatible, the AU plugin will load blank projects that used JUCE versions of the plugin. For that reason, use the JUCE version when working with old projects. These can be downloaded below.

Up to but excluding version 1.5 the plugin was made with JUCE (juce.com) and used JUCE's Personal License. Due to this it shows a splash screen when it's opened. Also, the JUCE Personal license requires the product to send (anonymous) usage data to google-analytics. In the download's zip file is a text file with a few more details. This is only relevant if you use these versions for compatibility. The downloads are available here for macOS and Windows.

Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 3.67 from 3 reviews

Reviewed By heavymetalmixer
April 23, 2019

Finally I can use an free EQ with HPF/LPF with slopes higher than 12dB (MEqualizer doesn't count, its filters are garbage), without needing to spend a lot of CPU (yes, I'm looking at you TDR NOVA 2).

I can also boost the high-end without getting a "digital sounding" high-end, because of how it manages the bands close to 20kHz, still not as good as NOVA 2, SlickEQ or Pro-Q 3 in that regard but way better than most of free EQs.

Now my third favorite for everything.

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Reviewed By djkybernetik
September 4, 2018

i like the work from lkjb, luftikus was one of my favorite eq's. tinyQ is good but have any issues, the gui is a little bit to small to adjust the eq parameters exactly and the knobs are not precise enough.

when this changed it can be a great little daw helper, i look forward for upcoming versions;-).

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Reviewed By viceverser
September 3, 2018

Very nice little tool... Only thing/s I can see need addressing is level matching for A/B'ing... Maybe Auto gain? or just an output gain would really bring this one home for me... Other than that... Well done.

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Comments & Discussion for lkjb TinyQ

Discussion: Active
3 September 2018 at 7:29pm

if it was m/s it was stellar.

4 September 2018 at 8:50pm

This is a dead-ringer for Cakewalk's native mixer eq. Nice job.

5 September 2018 at 3:49pm

So what does the Large button in the Centre do, Fly graphic with analysis if so I would say that it is a direct ripoff of SONAR/CbB Quad Curve EQ.

5 September 2018 at 3:59pm

So what does the Large button in the Centre do, Fly out graphic with analysis?

If so I would say that it is a direct ripoff of SONAR/CbB Quad Curve EQ.

They say it is inspired by a DAW's EQ channel why not be honest and name the DAW?


5 September 2018 at 4:00pm

it's obviously ripped from the sonar gui, but does it sound the same?

9 September 2018 at 2:30am

google-analytics ?
fuck no.

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25 May 2019 at 8:43pm

Not with the version 1.5..


24 September 2018 at 2:38am

to me it sounds quite nice, while a number of free EQ plugins may have a ringing or telephone sound quickly when we start to boost something, and some yawning sound when we cut a frequency range.

the "phone home" thing is a bit sick, yet to test whether it runs at all on an isolated lab computer..

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