Some of us would rather see acclaimed plug-in developer FabFilter release a brand new product. For now, though, it’s releasing major updates to its existing and wildly popular plug-ins, such as the Pro-Q equalizer.
Today, FabFilter announced the upcoming release of Pro-Q 3. Alas, all we know about it is what little we can gather from the 55-second teaser video. New functionality includes dynamic equalisation, per-band mid/side processing, and the ability to view the spectrum analysis feed of any other Pro-Q 3 plug-in in your session. The latter sounds particularly convenient for identifying clashing sounds and poking the appropriate “holes” in the frequency spectrum.
Where it stands?
Compared to other modern EQs on the market, which stand out with novel AI features, Pro-Q version 3 keeps holding onto the concept of being a “Swiss Army Knife” equalizer. Indeed, there seems to be little, if anything, in terms of equalization that Pro-Q 3 can’t do. Still, the competition appears to be stronger than ever. For example, Gramotech Babylon packs 48 filters while sonible’s smart:eq 2 takes care of business through a self-learning AI.
The latter is one of 2018’s leading trends among studio plug-ins and I expect to see it continue well into 2019. Hopefully, FabFilter has something to offer in this regard, for it’s certainly among today’s leading plug-in developers and expectations are high. The developer must be on top of emerging technologies like audio-focused AI.
Price & Release Date
FabFilter released Pro-Q 3 today, November 29. The standalone price is USD 179/EUR 149 / GBP 134. Upgrade prices are available when you log in into your FabFilter account. Also, here’s the original teaser vid:
This post was updated on November 29 with the addition of price information.