You don’t see this every day: a USD 990 price tag for a single plug-in! And it’s not some fancy sound design tool, but an equalizer. A linear-phase EQ, like the one you have in Logic Pro. It’s called thEQorange, developed by Maat which is known for its DRMeter mix analyzer. What makes a software EQ justify a thousand dollars in 2018?
According to Maat, this is the only linear-phase EQ out there without audible pre-echo and decaying vibrations. The equalizer works surgically precise and completely without colouring, says Maat. That’s the way it should be with such a tool. Maat probably believes it can market this EQ to mastering professionals, and it might even succeed.
The graphical user interface looks extensively option-rich and almost scientific. For example, there is a tone generator to facilitate the real-time spectral navigation. Pretty cool, but can’t you get iZotope RX and go to spectral town on your audio for that USD 1000 price (saving some cash, even)? Hm…
Price and availability
Maat thEQorange is now being sold at an introductory price (USD 760) so there’s a window where you won’t have to pay USD 990. It is also possible to rent the equalizer through a subscription that is payable annually, but the prices are not yet determined.
The plug-in works on macOS 10.8 or higher and Windows 7 or higher as an AAX, AU, VST and VST3 in 32- and 64-bit formats. To authorize, you need an additional Wibu CodeMeter dongle, which may be an inconvenience for some. A limited demo version is also available, but there are no audio or video examples to check out.