MDWEQ6 is the latest version of the equalizer plug-in which carries the name of George Massenburg. Massenburg is an inventor and audio engineer who came up with the concept of parametric equalization back in 1972. That’s kind of a big deal in pro audio history.
Previously exclusive to Pro Tools users (AAX & DSP), MDWEQ6 is now available in VST and AU formats for the common folk.
Massenburg DesignWorks MDWEQ6
The MDWEQ plug-in has some 15 years of history and refinement behind it, with version 6 introducing an active spectrum display, new HP/LP filters, and high Q shelving filters with sharper transitions. The EQ engine is very advanced, processing audio in 64-bit floating point resolution and capable of EQ-ing frequencies between 10Hz to 41kHz with variable Q settings for up to 5 EQ bands. Now I’ll have to spend the rest of my life wondering what 41kHz sounds like.
That’s all very nice, but the competition doesn’t sleep. Other EQ makers may not have Massenburg’s brain after a lifetime of research in the field at their disposal, but they do have functionality like mid/side processing, unlimited EQ bands, and color/saturation options. Some of them also look a lot prettier, though MDW’s functionality-first approach to the user interface has to be respected. With MDWEQ6, you are getting an old-school digital EQ that’s still considered the best of its kind when it comes to sound quality.
Price and availability
MDWEQ6 is available in AAX, VST, and AU formats for Windows and Mac computers. Upgrade prices start at just USD 15, but upgrades from MDWEQ5 will run you at least USD 99. Regular prices are USD 199 for MDWEQ6-Native+ (Pro Tools AAX Native, VST, AU formats) and USD 329 for MDWEQ6-AAX+ (Pro Tools AAX DSP + Native, VST, AU formats). The plug-in requires an iLok USB dongle version 2 or 3 for authorization – just like old times, eh?