Universal Audio Cambridge EQ Plug-In by Jack Morgan
I’ve defected from Oxford to join Cambridge. I’m talking about something much more important than university courses or boat races: EQ! Ok, that was geeky, but so is EQ. Especially this one.
UAD’s Cambridge EQ is very similar to Sonnox’s Oxford EQ in terms of its colourful graphic layout as well as functionality. Cambridge wins me over with its pristine yet warm sound quality. This EQ is often described as being “surgical”. Indeed it does provide a really detailed, flexible set of parameters, which are pretty intuitive to handle. But the analog sweetness that can be achieved with just gentle curves is what really impresses me with this plugin.
Unlike many other UAD plugins, this is not modelled on a vintage hardware unit. It’s a precise, digital EQ, minus the digital sound. According to UAD each of the 17 high and low pass filter types is designed to approximate the response of classic analog filters. It’s a very impressive effort and sweeps away other parametric competitors (sorry Oxford, even you).