TBProAudio release a professional dynamic EQ Plugin: dEQ6
This isn’t really a plugin for the home recording musician, but more of an engineer’s secret weapon. However, the following introductory video by TBProAudio suggests an interesting and simple method for using the dEQ6 which should provide anyone with a very good head sstart. There’s a lot of functionality on offer here, presumably enabling a very high-level of control.
I have been a fan of iZotope’s Ozone 6 Dynamic EQ module for a while now, even though it’s not an everyday tool. The dEQ6 isn’t likely to be an everyday tool either, but very effective when employed correctly. However, I believe there’s some confusion over terms here, as this plugin looks more like a multi-band compressor to me. I believe they’re using the term ‘Dynamic EQ’ because of the extensive band control with EQ style functionality, the number of bands available, and the musical way in which you can use the spectrum analyser to help shape your settings/outcome. I don’t see an ‘inverse’ setting as found in the Ozone 6 plugin, which isn’t really the same as the dEQ6’s implementation of expanders. This isn’t a complaint, as the dEQ6 looks excellent and brings some nice features to the world of multi-band dynamics, with a very thoughtful and intuitive layout.
For me, I love the extensive spectral display – let’s be clear I’d rather use my ears over my eyes every time! However, besides visualising your source signal in various useful forms, once you’ve captured the response of your audio, this info can then interact with the compressor values for each band. I can see this providing a faster way to set up this type of dynamics plugin, which can prove to be very time consuming. Obviously, compressor settings such as attack and release values are where the magic comes from in a multi-band processor like this. Altering these will leave you with a more personalised sound, rather than a computer generated response. Manual input with artistic flare will win every time in my book.
Each band offers: filter type, frequency selection, bandwidth and gain under the more regular EQ-style parameters, followed by threshold, ratio, attack, release and range for the compressor settings. This is very comprehensive list, and when you couple this with the use of a side-chain input, expanders in place of compressors, and M-S functionality, this is a very powerful tool.
Available now, the dEQ6 works in VST, VST3, AU, RTAS and AAX formats for Windows or Mac users. The cost is a very decent 59 EUR + VAT.
More Information: http://www.tb-software.com/TBProAudio/deq6.html
Here’s a video from TBProAudio’s YouTube channel, introducing the functions of dEQ6 and a method for using it that’s very interesting: