Swedish developer Klevgrand has released GotoEQ, a hardware-inspired dynamic equalizer, a so-called “evolution” of an old passive tube EQ, expanded with dynamic bands.
While it does a Pultec with dual Boost and Attenuate controls for the low shelving EQ, it also handles the high end in a similar manner. There’s continuous frequency selection for zoning in onto a specific frequency, as well as dynamic attenuation on the two mid bands.
To get it cookin’, boost and cut the low shelf at the same time for a low-mid scoop on bass-heavy tracks. Have a go at de-essing vocals or low-passing overheads with the dynamic attenuation engaged and play with the mid band.
Klevgrand says you can use the high shelf filter for adding more air and presence, or scoop the high-mids the same way you do with bass. There are a lot of options to it, but this is, first and foremost, a character equalizer designed for subtle enhancements. The user interface is quite clean and nice to look at, so you should be rolling in no time.
Price and availability
A fully functional demo with occasional audio disruption is available. The plug-in is being sold in VST, AU, AAX, and iPad-compatible formats for an introductory discount price of USD 30, and USD 10 for the iPad version. Very reasonable! While you are at it, you might want to check out the Paradox push-pull EQ & parallel compressor from Soundspot. It combines a Pultec-like design with a an infinite gain reduction-capable compressor in a rather sleek package, but it loses out on iPad compatibility. It’s priced in the same ballpark as GotoEQ, so your personal preference will have to play a role in your decision.