LAKE HIAWATHA, NJ, USA: Professional audio signal processing equipment designer and manufacturer/plug-ins producer Empirical Labs Inc. (ELI) is proud to announce availability of BIG FrEQ™ v1.3 — elevating its inaugural EQ plug-in inspired by its much-loved Lil FrEQ hardware parametric’s precision and warmth with a welcomed update bolstered by numerous new additions and improvements, including AAX-DSP and VENUE (S6L) support, the latter in particular playing a part in increasing the plug-in’s user base by bringing it into the live sound arena — as of September 7...
With no fewer than 12 powerful sections of processing to its appropriate appellation,BIG FrEQ™should single-handedly handle all tonal and spectral- shaping needs for single tracks, as well as busses, including use as a versatile mastering tool. As always, ELI itself strove to bring new functionality and creative twists to plug-in EQs with its first such release, having labored long and hard over making it easy to learn and plain fun to use.
But best of all,BIG FrEQ™is immensely useful, obviously, offering the ability to create modern ‘flat-top’ EQ curves with an analog workflow and added controls for more tone-shaping possibilities than a typical EQ plug-in. Put it this way: each of the six parametric bands has an additional SLOPE control that allows for flattening out the EQ shape and grabbing more frequencies equally, while switching on the focus (F) function lets users fine tune frequency adjustment — centering the selected frequency and reducing the range of the FREQ (frequency) knob — to hear exactly what frequencies are being affected with the simultaneously switchable solo (S) buttons available on each parametric band. Elsewhere, each parametric section’sGAINknob can be expanded from ±15dB to ±30dB with the range (R) button, while parametric section settings can uniquely be copied and pasted from one to another for quickly moving and duplicating bands, facilitating faster operation. On top of that, the unique FINISHER section adds warmth to any track with organic saturation and provides for up to 8x oversampling (tested up to 768 kHz operation).
Following in the footsteps of Arousor™—ELI’s first foray into the software arena as the only Distressor-derived compressor plug-in, produced by the creators of the award-winning hardware Distressor itself, BIG FrEQ™is another fine example of how the professional audio signal processing equipment designer and manufacturer/plug-ins producer brings the quality of its hardware to its software products and continues to offer things that cannot be done in the hardware realm to in-the-box mixing. Making room in any plug-in collection for BIG FrEQ™is to see and hear what it can do when single- handedly handling all tonal and spectral shaping needs for single tracks, as well as busses, including use as a versatile mastering tool.
Being bolstered by numerous new additions and improvements, it is fair to say, then, that the immense usefulness of BIG FrEQ™has, likewise, been improved, itself a reflection of the professional audio signal processing equipment designer and manufacturer/plug-ins producer putting in the hours to make things even easier to learn — not forgetting fun to use! After all, the word empirical— in its most positive interpretation — means fashioned from experience.
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