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DMG Audio : VST/AU EQ, Compression & Dynamic Processing



The EQuilibrium Story

Besides adjusting gain, EQ is the most commonly used process in any audio workflow. Yet it's been years since there was a radical change in how EQs are designed. I've been a student of EQ design my entire career - I was even designing EQs before I started at Focusrite!

I wanted to make a bold statement about what the future should look like - about reclaiming all that was good about the past, and simply adding more.

The EQuilibrium design process started with thinking about what the different facets of an EQ are. We decided that the different facets are these: Curves, Audio fidelity, Interface, Routing. So we looked at each facet individually, and took them deeper.

The Curves are fascinating - I've spent years poring over schematics, collecting transfer functions to find out what it is that makes certain EQs so special. Gain-Q interactivity is one, Gain-frequency interactivity another. Or just interesting settings that bring some vibe. Understanding what curves and interactions have stayed with us over the decades tells us a lot about what we use EQs to achieve. Parallel and series configurations are fascinating too.

Audio fidelity is a real passion of mine - so I revamped the EQuality audio engine to allow a further layer of control; the IIR mode replaces Digital mode in EQuality - that was a bad choice of name, since the entire point of it is that it sounds indistinguishable from the analogue, whilst using the minimum possible amount of CPU usage. Digital+ now has a resizable +, in that you can configure the degree of compensation, and freely tune it. The Phase modes have been revamped entirely - now you can assign phase for each band independently, tune the windowing, and there are graphs for everything, so if you're a mastering engineer wanting to control ringing, you can see the ringing clearly, and what's affecting it!

Interface we've gone perhaps a little overboard with. There's really no grand consensus on how you want to interact with an EQ, so we made it fully configurable. Graphs, knobs, keyboards, textboxes, tooltips, the whole gamut is in there, and can be arranged to suit you. The degree of UI reconfiguration is so extreme we've built a setup wizard, which must be a first for an EQ.

Routing is interesting too. There are scant few fully surround-capable EQs, and it seemed silly not to support routing flexibility to its fullest. For stereo usage there's the simple familiar M/S or L/R configuration, but for surround there's full channel grouping support. We've added per-channel metering, with gains, phase, solo/mute and linkage, so you have half a mixer in there too.

For a few years, I've felt like it was time for a revolution in EQ - no more being held back by the bizarre requirement for rack-ears and photorealistic knobs. It's not photos of gear that bring vibe - it's the soul, the curves! So that's what we've built. A surfeit of functionality predicated on the curves of the greatest EQs from times past.
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Equality is already my go-to... glad to see a somehow even more P E R F E C T version is coming.
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Hey Dave looks great! What's the price? It's not on your purchase page.
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I'm not Dave.
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Downloading...
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where is the install file ?
the installer link in my email just goes to DMG homepage
and nothing in my account, either...
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where is the install file ?
the installer link in my email just goes to DMG homepage
and nothing in my account, either...
it is not officially released yet.
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I'm not Dave.
LOL! Well I'm not Phil.
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Real soon now...
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Real soon now...
Ready when you are Dave. Looking forward to it.
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Slightly irritating that you can apply for the demo then receive a email with links then find its not available, is it coming today or what?
Give him a break. He was setting up his website for the release & somebody spilled the beans.
It will be here soon enough. Wait for the official announcement from Dave.
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Give him a break. He was setting up his website for the release & somebody spilled the beans.
It will be here soon enough. Wait for the official announcement from Dave.
I would wager that this will be available before Softubes new plugin.
Slates VBC is scheduled for May 2013 and that got announced in October 2012.

Dave should be given 24 hours at least, "anon" (if that is indeed your real name)
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Slate - The King of hasty Annoucements (tm)
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wow, thats a nice easter egg !
can you talk a bit more about this:
plus circuit models of vintage EQs, and engineering filters

I also like the keyboard

do you already have an update price ?
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Have you finished that hot hot chocolate yet Dave?
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We have a new king of EQs!

ALL HAIL THE KING!!!
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Demo is now available, as well as for purchase.
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Bought! (gambing [ha] a little on the exchange rate, not that it matters)
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Get off no need to push let the front door open fully wtf oy




Make sure you log into your account first if you own Equick or equality or both logging into your account gives you a discount.


Overview
•Massively flexible EQ suitable for all critical professional applications
•Audio Engine can be incredibly low CPU usage, or incredibly high for mastering applications
•EQ features pristine digital curves, plus circuit models of vintage EQs, and engineering filters
•Completely reconfigurable UI with set-up wizard to suit to your specific workflow
•Extensive routing, grouping, channel and metering control
•Extensive analyser functionality, including 1/3 octave, 1/12 octave, spectrograph
•Even in lowest CPU mode, generates super-high-quality prototypes - clear undistorted top-end
•In FIR mode, Linear, Analogue, Minimum, Zero-Latency Analogue or even Free phase control
•32 bands of EQ, Q 0.1->50, +/-36dB range
•Each band can be Peak, HPF, LPF, High Shelf, Low Shelf or Notch
•In stereo, each bank can process Mid, Side or the full stereo image
•Surround support for channels groupings in DTS
•Fully parametric filters (high and low-pass), 6/12/18/24/30/36/42/48db/oct
•Windows VST, VST3 and AAX as 32+64bit, RTAS 32bit
•Mac VST, VST3, AU and AAX as 32+64bit, RTAS 32bit

Sound
•Circuit models of vintage EQs from history, model numbers including: 4000, 3 (4 modes), 110, 550, 88, 32, 250
•Filters include: Coincident, Butterworth, Chebyshev, Bessel, Critical, Legendre, Elliptic, Allpass types
•First-order, second-order, vintage, and tilt shelves
•Classic DMG Bells and notches, with a +/-36dB range, and a Q range from 0.1 to 50
•Classic DMG Shelves which let you move the resonance above or below the curve
•Classic DMG Filters at 6/12/18/24/30/36/42/48 db/octave, sweepable resonance
•M/S processing mode, allows you to process Mid, Side or the Stereo image
•L/R processing mode, for independent Left and Right EQ
•Surround sound support upto 7.1 DTS, with channel grouping matrix, and per-pair M/S processing
•Per-band phase control, plus quick access to Linear, Analogue and Minimum phase modes
•Extensive Impulse Response design controls, including a selection of parametric windows, length and padding

Vision
•Flexible, modular, configurable UI
•Big, clear, antialiased graph
•Hi-res Spectrum analyser with multiple modes
•Range, to scale the EQ response, both +ve and -ve
•Frequency shift, to allow you to retune the response
•Configurable multi-channel metering, supporting K-metering and variable ballistics
•8 banks of A/B
•Full preset management system
•Undo/redo
•Autolisten mode, for quick finding/adjustment of frequencies
•Clip LED
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Hi all,

So, after an extraordinary two years of development, I have a new EQ to offer.

Before I slink off for a celebratory cigar (R+J Churchill, if you must know), here's a
few things to whet your appetite.

1. I overhauled the EQuality engine. It sounds even better, and the degree of control has gone way above and beyond.

2. I've been modelling EQ circuits, and there's a few years of 'em in here.

3. Rather than just having a few UI modes, it's completely reconfigurable now, and there's tonnes more stuff.

4. Surround support went in, and a zillion more features.

Grab the demo, or check the manual for a run through.

Proudly, I present: EQuilibrium

DMG Audio : VST/AU EQ, Compression & Dynamic Processing

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Congrats Dave and Krzysztof looks great feature list is great I'll give a go in a bit just need more coffee.
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Looks great Dave....Congratulations! Equality owner here....JUST PURCHASED!
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Downloading the demo...!
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how come when i play the keys nothing comes out for sounds ?
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This thing is amazing! Thanks for making such an incredible EQ!
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I've already contacted DMG support about this...but posting for others.

I never buy a program without demo-ing first, but Equality was flawless for me from the start so I purchased Equilibrium without testing the demo.

In Samplitude 11.2.1 - I'm getting crashing just trying to open the plug for the first time and navigate the setup wizard. I tried 3 times and my DAW crashes every time so I'm unable to even run the plug at this time.

Dave's support has always been top notch and very speedy so I'm sure this will get resolved fairly soon.....but ya'll should DEMO IT FIRST!
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This was me an hour ago, celebrating

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I've already contacted DMG support about this...but posting for others.

I never buy a program without demo-ing first, but Equality was flawless for me from the start so I purchased Equilibrium without testing the demo.

In Samplitude 11.2.1 - I'm getting crashing just trying to open the plug for the first time and navigate the setup wizard. I tried 3 times and my DAW crashes every time so I'm unable to even run the plug at this time.

Dave's support has always been top notch and very speedy so I'm sure this will get resolved fairly soon.....but ya'll should DEMO IT FIRST!
I shall, of course, get this fixed asap

Dave.
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I love the new EQ, doing side by side comparisons with eQuality and I could really hear the difference. I do miss the right click side-ways drag to adjust Q from eQuality though, any chance you could add that as one of the right click options?
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