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6 seriously smart EQ plugins you need to check out

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If you're looking for a more advanced EQ to take your sound sculpting to the next level then we've got you covered.

Here, we list six of our favourite smart EQ plugins.

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1. Soundtheory Gullfoss

An intelligent processor that continuously analyses tracks’ frequency content then equalises it based on human auditory perception - without any obvious artefacts.

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2. Wavesfactory Trackspacer

This listens to the frequency content of your sidechain signal, then applies the inverse curve to your target track – ideal for, say, cutting out your kick’s frequencies from a bass part.

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3. Acon Digital Equalize 2

The USP here is the mixed phase mode, which lets you adjust latency from 5ms to 120ms, preserving time alignment while reducing the perception of pre-ringing artefacts.

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4. Kush Audio Clariphonic DSP MkII

We all know parallel compression… but have you tried parallel EQ? Kush’s deluxe tool is tough to beat on that score.

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5. Sound Radix SurferEQ2

When EQing sounds that change pitch, static boosts/cuts are less effective. This, however, can track the input signal’s harmonic content and shift its bands with the music.

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6. Sonible smart:EQ 2

This traces the profile of your input signal, then suggests a custom filter curve to give you a suitable starting point for tweaking. You can then save profiles for later recall.

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