I own several SPL hardware products but finances don't allow for the purchase of the Passeq. I have rented the Passeq hardware version several times and I am always impressed with the fidelity and mid range control. I did not hesitate to purchase the plugin version as I figured that, at minimum, 90% similarity to the hardware version would be more than enough to justify adding this software to my permanent template. I have been extremely pleased with this product since it does indeed reproduce the same mid range control that the weighty hardware version produces.
Mix bus duties or summed return equalization are the Passeq strengths and it has become indispensable in my template.
The first couple of months (if not a whole year) after I bought SPL Passeq I didn't know how to use it, because it has a different user interface than what I was used to and M/S processing was also new to me. Now I get it and use it whenever I do mastering. The low end get much better now, but its important to check your masters with subwoofers, because if you master with speakers or headphones that don't play low frequencies below 100hz very well, then its easy to over do it, like I did, because SPL Passeq really improves the low frequencies, but just don't add too much. I don't know if SPL Passeq is an improvement to bx_digital v3 (also M/S EQ), so I use both.
It takes a while to get good with this comp but when you do the sound can't be beat. Will it do surgical? No. Is it musical? Yes. Even with all controls at neutral there appears to be some gain to this; need to back off the output levels a dB or so. Would love to see the channel processing controls be a true mute/ solo instead of just removing the processing. The numbers are hard to read on the controls - a popup flag with the control position would be nice.
There should be seven stars with five being really really really good because this EQ is the best EQ I've ever used hands down!
As a software EQ there is nothing that touches it in the passive area. I have just finished doing over 60 35 to 45 minute audio products and I've used Passeq as the master bus EQ on every single product because...Well just because!! Hahahaha
I have been using the Passeq plug-in for several years now. I still love it and it is always my first choice for difficult recordings. The selection of frequencies is wise, making this a very musical passive EQ.
Don't let your inner engineer get frightened by the huge amount of knobs: once you take a closer look you will find everything to be laid out very logically.
The M/S functionality is making this superior to the hardware version and does a great job when you have to give back transparency to not-so-well-done stereo mixes. This is a marvelous tool.
In my opinion 90% a mastering tool.
Very smooth and not for all purposes but extremly gentle sounding.
A great tool in your arsenal. Exellent !
Even if you do have another passive eq, this one is still unique.
The workflow itself lends to interesting results that can't be easily replicated with anything else.
The sound is perfect for electronic music (that smooth Hi-end)
I was looking for a high quality EQ plugin for mastering. I tried maybe 10 of them and this was the best for me. As a musician playing modern heavy rock stuff, I want my music to be heavy yet clear, powerful yet subtle, punchy yet clean. How can you achieve those contradicting goals? Passeq lets you do that, with some extraordinary magic. It has 3 boost & 3 cut sections. Let your ears decide and chances are you will end up using all of them, both cuts and boosts. It's true sometimes you need another EQ to treat low end or just one more band (I found Maag EQ4 is a great complement.), but this thing can do it all, revealing the sound of each instrument in the mix somehow. There is no Q adjustment available (except for high boost) and at first you may hear some filter-like effect, but all will be good in the end when the job is done right. This EQ has almost everything, clarity, edge, body and class. Surely it looks complicated and intimidating, and I admit it's not easy to use. Secret weapon I don't have to keep secret. It's not for everybody and it probably takes a while to figure out how everything works. Don't let the look of it scare you. Give it a try, take time and figure out. Once you understand, you will see this is a well designed mastering tool. To me this EQ is Yokozuna, heavyweight champion of EQs.
This EQ is the best tool for shelving (boost & cut) and Mid boosts.It sounds so clean and natural in the mids like nothing ive ever had.This Heavyweight mastering sound sculpter has incredible characteristics in terms of depth. It brings up the depth in a mix or Master by simply adding a bit of midrange with the mid band (love the lower Mid Boosts).Bassboost: Wow! Never heard any EQ like this. You have to listen by your own.Basscut: In certain ways inaudible. I am always wondering how much you can dip with no loss in sound quality. It sounds unique.All in all: The MS option and the ABCD makes this EQ one of my favorite one for shelving and mid boosts.SPL - Thanks a lot for this Analog Code !!!!!
Initially this EQ is a bit intimidating. Opening it up for the first time I felt like a padawan staring into the void hoping some jedi master would manifest and give guidance. In these cases the manual is really helpful, and I was just about to start reading when I glanced back at the plugin and started noticing the logic of it. After squinting for a little while I started turning the knobs and immediately found myself grinning. It sounds fantastic! I find myself using it for both wider and more surgical tasks, and it excels at both. It has a wonderful smooth sound to it and doesn't harshen up the sound when given even the most ridiculous tasks.The M/S features are also very welcome. With the smooth sound and usability of this plugin enhancing stereo imaging or fixing problems is easy and always gives great results. I am quite selctive with my plugins. I do not have 100 EQ's in my collection, I often find that too many options clog my workflow. I just buy the once I like the most and this one is a no brainer for me. I can't see ever not having this in my favourites-folder.