Die besten EQ Plugins 2024 für Mixing & Mastering

The best EQ plugins 2024 for mixing & mastering

Discover the world of premium EQ plugins! From the newcomer Eventide SplitEQ to the studio classic FabFilter Pro-Q 3, the industry's most popular software equalizers 2024 are included!
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Welcome to our ultimate guide to the best EQ plugins in 2024 for mixing, mastering and music production! If you're looking for high-quality tools to fine-tune your music productions, you've come to the right place. In this blog post we take a close look at the most outstanding EQ plugins the market currently has to offer.

What does an EQ plugin do?

An equalizer plugin (also called EQ) is an essential tool in the world of music production and audio post production. It allows precise control over the frequencies of an audio signal. With an EQ you can specifically manipulate highs, mids and bass to shape the sound of your recording and are therefore able to make subtle nuances as well as drastic changes.

Stock plugins and EQs in DAWs

Many digital audio workstations (DAWs) already offer built-in EQ tools, also known as stock plugins , and are usually sufficient for basic tasks. So why use third-party EQs? Well, these often go far beyond the functionality of the standard plugins. FabFilter Pro-Q 3 offers dynamic EQ functions, Sonnox Oxford Dynamic EQ enables very precise control and iZotope Neutron relies on AI-supported algorithms for sound optimization.

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Quick overview:

The best EQ plugins 2024

FabFilter Pro-Q 3

It starts with perhaps the most popular software equalizer FabFilter Pro-Q 3. This graphic EQ has long since gained a permanent place in the studios of renowned audio engineers and is firmly established in the world of music production.

The FabFilter Pro-Q 3 is a graphic EQ with dynamics function, oversampling and many other useful features. From bedroom producer to Grammy winner - everyone knows the FabFilter Pro-Q 3.

  • Supported Formats & Compatibility: VST2/VST3, AU, AAX and compatible with most DAWs.

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  • Application tip: Hold the mouse under the displayed frequency band to display disturbing frequencies.

The application of the FabFilter Pro-Q 3 is a breeze. Whether you want to make subtle adjustments or dramatic changes, this EQ has your back. This equalizer not only offers precise control over the audio signal, but also unique flexibility thanks to its dynamic EQ and numerous useful features.

SSL Native X-EQ 2

The list of premium plugins was recently expanded with the SSL Native X-EQ 2 from Solid State Logic. This plugin brings the legendary studio quality of SSL directly into your setup. With its classic SSL sound quality and the ability to make subtle adjustments or creative interventions, the X-EQ 2 is well on its way to establishing itself.

  • Supported Formats & Compatibility: VST2/VST3, AU, AAX and compatible with most DAWs.

Eventide SplitEQ

An insider tip in the world of EQ plugins is undoubtedly the Eventide SplitEQ. This tool not only offers precise control over your mix, but also unique features that set it apart from other software equalizers. Although not yet widely used, this EQ sets new standards and is becoming increasingly important.

  • Supported Formats & Compatibility: VST2/VST3, AU, AAX and compatible with most DAWs.

The Eventide SplitEQ enables precise dynamic control with a unique division into frequency bands. It offers unique features thanks to the parallel operation of EQ bands, the integrated analyzer function and the intuitive user interface. The SplitEQ is on the rise in the audio world.

Sonnox Oxford Dynamic EQ

When it comes to a dynamic, ultra-precise and transparent EQ, you can't avoid the Sonnox Oxford Dynamic EQ. This plugin combines precision with flexibility and is appreciated by many professionals. It offers the opportunity to highlight individual elements in the mix without affecting the overall picture. A very popular tool among engineers, especially in mastering.

  • Supported Formats & Compatibility: VST2/VST3, AU, AAX and compatible with most DAWs

MAAT thEQorange

The MAAT thEQorange brings a unique color to the world of EQ plugins. With analog warmth, state-of-the-art algorithms and a wide range from crystal clear to warm and analog, it is extremely popular with audiophiles. The MAAT thEQorange offers a dynamic EQ, precise EQ curve, unique mid-side processing, of course oversampling, and, and and...

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  • Insider tip: Not particularly widespread, but audiophile connoisseurs swear by it. Particularly popular with high-end mastering engineers.

If you're looking for an EQ that will add a special sonic signature to your mix, the MAAT thEQorange could be just the thing for you.

  • Supported Formats & Compatibility: VST2/VST3, AU, AAX and compatible with most DAWs.

Weiss EQ1

The Weiss EQ1, named after the Swiss audio engineer Daniel Weiss, is known for transparent and precise signal processing. As a professional tool used in many renowned recording studios worldwide, it is particularly suitable for subtle adjustments in post-production.

  • Supported Formats & Compatibility: VST2/VST3, AU, AAX and compatible with most DAWs.

Oeksound Soothe 2

The Oeksound Soothe 2 EQ takes automatic resonance reduction to a new level. This innovative software automatically detects and reduces unpleasant frequencies without affecting the rest of the signal. Whether in vocals, guitars or other instruments - Soothe 2 ensures a clean and balanced sound. It is an essential tool for fine-tuning recordings and eliminating distracting frequencies.

  • Supported Formats & Compatibility: VST2/VST3, AU, AAX and compatible with most DAWs.

iZotope Neutron

iZotope Neutron is a comprehensive mixing suite that also includes a powerful equalizer. With intelligent functions such as Track Assist and Masking Meter, Neutron offers advanced options for sound optimization.

  • Supported Formats & Compatibility: VST2/VST3, AU, AAX and compatible with most DAWs.

Soundtheory Gulfoss

Soundtheory Gulfoss is an EQ that relies on intelligent algorithms to take sound optimization to a new level. It analyzes the audio material and automatically adjusts various parameters to ensure balanced and clear sound. Whether in production, mixing or mastering, Gulfoss ensures that your audio is always in the best possible condition. This smart technology makes Gulfoss a powerful tool for audio professionals.

  • Supported Formats & Compatibility: VST2/VST3, AU, AAX and compatible with most DAWs.

Mäag Audio EQ2

A look into the world of the Mäag Audio EQ2 shows a plugin with precise EQ settings and a unique "Air Band" that gives your sound an airy brilliance. Really small, but nice.

  • Supported Formats & Compatibility: VST2/VST3, AU, AAX and compatible with most DAWs.

Soundtoys Sie-Q

Soundtoys Sie-Q is also an equalizer with a compact set of controls but a great tool. Sie-Q is perfect for producers who are looking for a warm-sounding and easy-to-use EQ plugin.

  • Supported Formats & Compatibility: VST2/VST3, AU, AAX and compatible with most DAWs.

SPL Vitalizer MK2-T

Finally, we present you the SPL Vitalizer MK2-T , an EQ plugin that can be used incredibly versatilely in your mix and is a real cheat code for drums and vocals! Psst... don't tell anyone.

  • Supported Formats & Compatibility: VST2/VST3, AU, AAX and compatible with most DAWs.

Free equalizer plugins

Not everyone wants to invest in expensive EQ plugins. Here are some free alternatives:

Here you can find more free audio plugins as VST, AU and AAX: The best 50 free audio plugins 2024 for music production, mixing & mastering

Keep these tips in mind when choosing an EQ plugin

Choosing the right EQ plugin can make the difference between an average mix and an exceptional one. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Timbre: Consider whether you prefer a transparent EQ for fine adjustments or a coloring EQ for creative effects.
  • Flexibility: Pay attention to whether the EQ offers dynamic functions and is able to adapt to changes in the audio material.
  • Compatibility: Make sure the EQ plugin is compatible with your DAW and is available in the required formats (VST, AU, AAX).
  • Read reviews: Read reviews from other music producers to get insights into the use and results of the EQ plugin.

Try them out and find out which EQ best suits your individual workflow. Your sound deserves the best tools to shine!

The most frequently asked questions about software equalizer plugins

Which EQ plugins are most used by professionals?

Professionals swear by a variety of EQ plugins, including the FabFilter Pro-Q 3 for its dynamics and versatility, the Sonnox Oxford Dynamic EQ for precise dynamic control and the MAAT thEQorange for its audiophile coloring.

Why should I use third-party EQs when my DAW already has stock plugins?

Third-party EQs often offer advanced features beyond the standard plugins. For example, the Oeksound Soothe 2 automatically detects unpleasant frequencies, while the Soundtheory Gulfoss uses intelligent algorithms for optimal sound optimization.

How do I effectively integrate EQ plugins into my mixing and mastering workflow?

Effectively integrating EQ plugins requires practice and understanding of the specific features of each tool. Experiment with different settings, listen carefully, and note the unique features of each EQ. Combine different EQs to achieve a wider range of sounds.

Which EQ is best for beginners?

For beginners, we recommend the FabFilter Pro-Q 3 due to its user-friendly interface yet impressive features.

How do I choose the right EQ plugin for my needs?

When choosing an EQ plugin, you should consider your individual requirements. Consider whether you are looking for an equalizer with dynamic functions, special sound coloring or creative features. Test different plugins and find the one that best suits your workflow and is compatible with your DAW .

Are these EQs compatible with all DAWs?

Yes, all EQ plugins presented are available in VST, AU and AAX format and can therefore be used in most DAWs. Please be sure to check the respective product page in advance to see whether the current version already supports the format you need.

Where can I download free equalizer plugins?

Many software equalizers, as well as the iZotope Ozone EQ presented here, are available as a free VST/AU/AAX plugin download here at Plugin Boutique .

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