Overview

Unlock a parametric EQ plugin that delivers the sound of early hardware

The AMEK EQ 200 is an EQ VST that emulates the classic parametric equalizers that started it all. Renowned for their musicality and surgical precision, the early parametric EQs of the 70s and 80s became mainstays in the world’s top mixing and mastering studios. To this day, they continue to set the standard for analog mastering EQs.

Adjust each band’s center frequency and bandwidth

Engineers George Massenburg and Burgess Macneal created the first-ever parametric EQs. They initially worked together and then perfected their designs at separate companies. These paradigm-shifting EQs offered groundbreaking new features, including parametric control: the ability to adjust each band's center frequency and bandwidth.

Work with a timeless mastering EQ plugin

The innovative controls introduced by Massenburg and Macneal marked a groundbreaking shift in audio engineering. Despite technological advancements, these original equalizers still excel in sound and build quality, often commanding prices over $7,000 for well-maintained units. The sound of these early EQs is now available as a parametric EQ plugin in your DAW.

Add a defining piece of EQ history to your DAW

Drawing on decades of experience in analog emulation, Brainworx has captured the unique DNA and iconic sound of the first parametric EQs as a parametric EQ VST. The extraordinary resolution, extreme transparency, and incredible detail of the original EQs were painstakingly modeled, bringing their sound and workflow to your DAW.

EQ your mixes with precision, transparency, and analog vibe

The AMEK EQ 200 has an analog vibe that sets it apart from surgical digital EQs. It also enhances the sound of its analog predecessors by incorporating useful plugin features. These upgrades include mid/side processing, a Mono Maker knob, a Stereo Width control, and comprehensive meters for input levels, output levels, phase correlation, and left-right balance.

Features

  • Transparent, precise, and detailed analog sound
  • Five wide overlapping parametric EQ bands
  • High/low-pass filters and shelves
  • 7/15 dB switchable boost or cut for each band
  • Tolerance Modeling Technology (TMT)
  • Adjustable Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)
  • Mid/side processing
  • Sum your low-end into mono
  • Automatically solo bands when making adjustments
  • Scalable user interface
  • Factory presets

Audio Examples

Industry Reviews

  • Howie Weinberg

    Howie Weinberg

    15 Grammy Awards, 32 Grammy nominations

    Every session I open has the AMEK EQ 200 in. It's not just the perfect layout or the additional Mono Maker & Stereo Width, but the sound, it has the sound of an INCREDIBLE EQ.

  • Glenn Schick

    Glenn Schick

    Mastering Engineer (Future, J. Cole, Missy Elliot)

    Plugin Alliance obviously put in a lot of thought when designing the Amek 200 EQ. Based off a gold standard classic EQ known for its transparency, they added tons of new, really useful features… Read More

  • Matt Schaeffer

    Matt Schaeffer

    Recording Engineer (Kendrick Lamar, Bakar, A$AP Rocky)

    I've been trying the AMEK EQ 200 out on drums and mix bus for a couple weeks now. It sounds great and is loaded with features. I love the added hi/lo pass filters. Although the EQ sounds great,… Read More

  • Eric Racy

    Eric Racy

    Mixing Engineer & Producer (Katy Perry, Pharrell, Lil Wayne)

    There are so many EQ plugins out there but the AMEK EQ 200 is one of the best EQs I’ve ever found for bringing out and enhancing the most musical elements of sources. The overlapping bands,… Read More

  • Fabian Mazur

    Fabian Mazur

    Music Producer, DJ

    I’m crazy about this EQ. First of all, the GUI is incredible and very intuitive for beginners as well as pros. The Auto-Listen feature makes it easy to dial in your different bands and… Read More

Customer Reviews

  • This is great.

    ★★★★★
    by Joost
    I've been using this EQ now for almost as long as it's out and I still love it. It is just very ergonomic and works well especially on vocals and on the mixbus. It's just that kind of EQ that you can… Read More
  • eq 200

    ★★★★★
    by Prm
    like a gem and it's my go to tools. can't go wrong with it
  • Great EQ

    ★★★★★
    by Saturn Voyager
    Great for sweetening in the mastering process
  • Probably the best plugin Plugin alliance have made

    ★★★★★
    by Governmentfun
    Easy to use and very warm sounding. I use this more than other big branded EQs on the market, perfect for homing in on those frequencies that need to be taken out for a clean warm sound.
  • Smooth

    ★★★★★
    by MiamiDude
    Super smooth eq that gets the job done. Nice!

Specifications

Supported Plugin Formats
AAX DSP, AAX Native, AU, VST2, VST3

Supported Operating Systems
macOS 14 down to macOS 11
Windows 11 down to Windows 10

Mac
Intel, or Apple Silicon

PC
x64-compatible CPU

System Requirements
Display resolution: 1440 × 900px or 1280 × 960px or higher
Memory: 2 GB RAM

Downloads

With the Installation Manager you can select, download & install all the Plugin Alliance products. Select any and all formats you need for your system! Mac & PC.

ChangeLog

EQ 200

AMEK EQ 200 - Changelog

Version 1.4.1 (Oct 9, 2023)
- General: fixed CPU spikes on Mac OS

Version 1.4.0 (Aug 15, 2023)
- General: added native Apple Silicon compatibility for AAX
- General: added macOS Ventura support
- General: improved plugin loading time in the DAW
- General: fixed issue causing Logic to crash when closing the plugin UI
- General: improved font drawing behavior

Version 1.3 (Mar 15, 2022)
- General: added native Apple Silicon compatibility for VST3, VST2 and AU
- General: added macOS Monterey support
- General: added Windows 11 and Windows 10 21H1 support
- General: discontinued Windows 7 support
- General: discontinued macOS 10.9 and 10.11 support
- General: fixed metering behavior in block sizes of 2048 samples and higher

Version 1.2 (Mar 22, 2021)
- General: Compatibility with Logic on Apple Silicon devices via the Rosetta-2 layer
- General: Fixed possible artefacts when freezing or bouncing tracks in Pro Tools
- General: Fixed automation highlighting disappearing in Studio One
- General: Improved license dialog visibility in dark mode

Version 1.1
- skipped

Version 1.0 (May 15, 2020)
- Initial release