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Q3D NTI Nightpro EQ3D emulation

Q3D NTI Nightpro EQ3D emulation  ·  Source: volkoaudio.com

In case you felt like adding just one more equalizer to your sprawling arsenal of glorified per-frequency volume boosters/attenuators – consider the Q3D. This is a newly released and fully free equalizer plug-in by Volko Audio, modelled after a peculiar vintage unit – the NTI Nightpro EQ3D rackmount EQ. There’s no shortage of obscure gear like this to keep strapping developers busy, huh?

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So, what makes this one special? Like most vintage equalizers, it sounds sweet and musical, rather than clinical and precise. The emulation has been made with a great deal of attention paid to processing efficiency, its makers say, who boast “proprietary topology” for low latency, low noise, and high dynamic range. The plug-in supports sampling frequencies of up to 384kHz, so it’s ready to handle the most demanding audio.

The EQ itself has six preset bands – covering 40Hz up to 2.5kHz – and offers up to -15/+15db cuts or boosts. There’s also an “air” band to give higher frequencies that all-important sizzle. That one goes from 0dB to 20dB. All bands have very wide Qs – meaning they cover a large bandwidth – so you’re better off using the NTI for “broad strokes” or mastering duties, and leaving surgical EQ to a modern plug-in.

If you fancy this free EQ, head to Volko Audio’s webpage and grab it by the horns. It’s available in VST, VST3, AU and AAX plugin formats for Windows (32 & 64-bit) and Mac.

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One response to “Grab this free equalizer plug-in simulating the revered NTI Q3D rackmount unit”

  1. excitron says:

    It’s only free for 30 days. 😉

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