McDSP AE400 Active EQ
McDSP AE400 Active EQ features four fully overlapping fixed and active EQ bands, with independent control over all active EQ parameters for each band.
A New Way To Think About EQ
You get the EQ sounding just right, but over the course of the performance, the audio changes timbre.
For instance, many singers sound great when they are singing high and loud, but when they are singing softer and in a lower register you end up with muddy frequencies, often made worse with close proximity to the microphone.
All this can build up quickly in a mix and make certain words tough to hear and understand.
Your EQ settings for the loud part may be perfect, but for the quiet part of the track, it may no longer be right settings.
Or maybe you have guitars and a lead vocal taking up a lot of the same space in a mix. If you cut a few dB out of the guitar bus and boost the same frequency on the vocal track, you’d be left with guitars that under-deliver when the vocal isn’t present. This can really mess up and otherwise great sounding mix.
Of course, automation is one solution – you can go in and vary the EQ gain but this can be time-consuming and can create more problems if the automation isn’t accurate enough.
What if you had an EQ that can vary its gain based on incoming signal levels?
Introducing The McDSP AE400 Active EQ
To properly understand the genius of the AE400, you have to be familiar with how EQ has traditionally worked in the past. Until very recently, EQs were “fixed”, meaning that once applied to a sound source, the change would affect the frequency response of the entire track, unless applied manually or using automation. The AE400 was the first active EQ available on the Pro Tools platform. This TEC award nominated plugin is made up of 4 bands of both fixed AND active, or “dynamic”, equalization. It’s like EQ crossed with a compressor, where EQ only gets applied where and when a certain threshold is reached, making an engineer’s workflow faster and easier. The AE400’s active EQ response is determined by each band’s threshold, attack and release settings. Additionally, a thoughtfully designed ratio control determines input signal level sensitivity to further articulate how the active EQ will reach maximum active equalization.
Now You Can...
Speed Up Your Workflow
Let the “active EQ” intuitively do the work, so you don’t have to!
Discover Endless Options
Quickly and easily set up each band’s active EQ threshold using peak signal text readouts for each active EQ band’s key signal!
Get Maximum Control
Get maximum band control inside the EQ response plot itself, or from the text readouts above and below!
Mix Without Limits
Tweak your EQ perfectly with controls for width, fixed gain and active gain on each band!
Expand Your Tonal Possibilities
Get the exact sonic character you want with 4 overlapping bands of both fixed & active EQ!
Use State-Of-The-Art Features
Use McDSP’s “ratio control” to determine input signal level sensitivity to further articulate how the active EQ will reach maximum active equalization!
How Does The McDSP AE400 Active EQ Work?
The AE400 is made up of 4 bands of fixed and active equalization. Each band is completely overlapping with all other bands and has its own Q (bandwidth), fixed gain, and active gain controls. A key filter for each band allows the active gain response to be as selective or broad as needed, based on the Q (bandwidth) control. Each band can use the input signal or selected side chain signal to trigger the active EQ response.
The active EQ bands can be controlled via the response plot itself, or from the text readouts above and below the response plot. The AE400’s active EQ response is determined by each band’s threshold, attack and release settings. Additionally, a ratio control determines input signal level sensitivity to further articulate how the active EQ will reach maximum active equalization – a feature unique to the AE400.
Peak signal text readouts for each active EQ band’s key signal allow quick setup of each band’s active EQ threshold and are located underneath band dynamics plots. Input and Output controls, individual band bypass, band control linking, and band key signal monitoring round out the features of the AE400.
Why The McDSP AE400 Active EQ Is Such A Big Deal
- Four fully overlapping fixed and active EQ bands
- Independent control over all active EQ parameters per band
- Unique active EQ ratio response control
- Side chain support
- Double precision processing
- Ultra low latency
- Mono and stereo versions
– Andrew Scheps (Black Sabbath, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Adele)
“…This is a really, really, lovely equalizer, especially to use on busses and mix busses.”
-Pro Tools Expert
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