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 Toned-MAX by LVC-Audio 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.
Product Toned-MAX
Developer LVC-Audio
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Type / Tags Mastering EqualizerAnalog EmulationDynamic EQEQEqualizerMid-Side EQ
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VST, VST3, and AAX plugin formats. Toned-MAX requires Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8 machines with a processor that supports SSE2 (AMD or Intel processor from around 2004 or later). An iLok device is required to use the AAX format.
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AU, VST, VST3, and AAX plugin formats. Toned-MAX requires OS X 10.8 or later, and an Intel Core2Duo processor (or better). An iLok device is required to use the AAX format.
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Toned-MAX is a versatile digital equalizer plugin with analog modeling. Although Toned-MAX can be used creatively on individual tracks, it shines at mastering and bus tracks. More than a basic EQ, Toned-MAX includes many different visual features for monitoring the signal, and controls for shaping the output.

Toned-MAX includes 15 different filter types including standard high pass, low pass, shelf, and bell filters. Toned-MAX also includes a tilt filter, a constant-q bell filter, a band shelf filter, and filter types that mimic analog shelf filters. Filters include additional options such as a "Q-Link" control for further mimicking of analog filter types, and two different dynamic EQ options for dead-simple dynamic equalization. All filters can function in stereo, left, right, mid, or side mode.

Beyond the various analog filter types that can be accomplished with combining different filters and the Q-Link feature, Toned-MAX includes LVC-Audio's analog modeling as found in PreAMPed and T-Chain (preamp models and vintage compressors). Toned-MAX includes separate input and output analog modeling of clean analog gear. There are 7 distinct input models and 6 output models. An overall Drive control can be used for gently increasing saturation and dynamic aspects of the analog models.

In addition to all of the tone-shaping controls and analog modeling, Toned-MAX includes the following:

  • Stereo controls: Controls for shaping low and high width, balance, and a stereo vectorscope view for monitoring.
  • Output Soft Clipper for controlling the signal without traditional hard clipping.
  • Oversampling modes: Minimal and Linear phase, HQ and LQ modes, and selectable rates (2x, 4x, 8x, 16x).
  • Configurable colors and options for Spectrum Analyzer, Waveform View, and Stereo Vectorscope.
  • Knob controllers with fine- and superfine- control, built-in A-B comparison, and selectable limited ranges for fine control under mastering conditions (e.g., +/- 3dB or 6dB for EQ gains).

System Requirements and Specifications:

  • Windows: VST, VST3, and AAX plugin formats. Toned-MAX requires Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8 machines with a processor that supports SSE2 (AMD or Intel processor from around 2004 or later). An iLok device is required to use the AAX format.
  • OS X: AU, VST, VST3, and AAX plugin formats. Toned-MAX requires OS X 10.8 or later, and an Intel Core2Duo processor (or better). An iLok device is required to use the AAX format.

Purchase Toned-MAX

Toned-MAX is available to purchase for $64.95 USD. To purchase Toned-MAX, visit the Purchase Page at LVC-Audio.

Latest User Reviews Average user rating of 5.00 from 1 review

Reviewed By Wishoff
August 26, 2020

It's time for me to write a review of this one, as I've used it for quite some time, on off in between testing other EQs, always trying to find that thing that just works. I think I've bounced between Toned-MAX and others because it had minor bugs some time back, they are all fixed and more features have been added as well, so yea, here it comes.

First off it's said to shine most at mastering, and while it's excellent for that, i actually almost only use it for mixing. The reason why is because it's just so fast and easy to work with while being complex if needed. It has lots of filter types with as many slopes as possible (or usable), with 96db in pass and shelf, it has analog styled types, a new vibe style, also an analog emulation, all pass also up to 96db, constant-Q bell, notch, tilt, and of course band pass. I find it very sufficient and has not met a barrier here, no matter what i want to do, from classic analog low shelfs to super precise surgical bells, it is very handy and sounds top notch while being that.

BUT, it's not only an EQ, it's also a analog circuit emulation, with various types and saturation methods, variation in L<->R and added noise which both can be activated/deactivated according to the job and purpose. The emulations sounds pretty good, and the variation is nice, but the naming is hard to understand, at least for me, as i have no clue what it does or what it's emulating, but i can hear a difference when shifting between the emulations, so i'm forced to use my ears when selecting, which in the end is all that matters.

BUT, there's more, it also has a good gain stage toolbox, with pre or post clipping and drive gain, that effect the analog emulations as well, input and output controls is also there, making it easy to master the volume pre and post effect.

BUT, yes, even more, it also as a stereo toolbox, with width control, a low mono filter to force the low end to roam in mono, a panner, channel switcher R<->L, and a phase flipper.

And to top it all of, the EQ bands can work dynamically with an adjustable threshold, attack and release. It's not as versatile as what i would like, as there's only one dynamics control that controls all the bands that's set as dynamical EQ band, so no one band one threshold mechanics unfortunately, but it's still useful in some situations, mainly in mastering.

The interface is easy, dark mode in clear colors (adjustable), and i like it, it's not trying to look like anything else than a versatile EQ, and i love that. Its spectrum analyzer is showing current and average spectrum, but it's a bit slow, no not slow, it's just not updating as fast as i would like it to be updating, like it's running 30hz or so; it's not really a problem, it's not annoying, but still something i would change and make faster.

Adding bands is done fast by double clicking in the spectrum, like you would imagine, changing type, fine tuning and so on is easy in the bottom box, which can be hidden if needed, or by right clicking a band. They are easy to drag around, easy to adjust Q with middle mouse button, double click again and it's deactivated, very standard controls and industry demanding, so standard is good in this case.

It also has oversampling in minimum and linear modes, in LQ and HQ modes, but i never use them, never really felt the need.

I want to say it has a sound, and not really, it depends how you use it, which is the beauty of it, and i cant hear any quality issues; with that said, I've tested it in PluginDoctor, and it has a rather high noise floor compared to other top quality EQs, but when using it in a mix, and a lot, this is not audible at all, i actually find it opposite, the mix sounds crisp a clearer compared, and trust me, I've compared, as i started out saying, I've compared it with almost everything.

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