Our Top 5 EQ Plugins in 2021!

Our Top 5 EQ Plugins in 2021!

Written By: Eric “Realistic” Michael

Here is a list of our Top 5 EQs of 2020.

Let us know in the comments if you would like us to do a full blog on these & give detailed breakdowns of each one!

The more & more you get involved in mixing, having some good EQs in your collection will be useful & can help your workflow. Now, the most important thing though is knowing how to properly use any EQ you have & know what to search for when boosting or cutting frequencies. Simply buying an expense EQ won’t be enough to do the job; however, there are some great EQs out there that we think can make your life easier!

SSL Channel EQ

5 - SSL Channel EQ - this EQ properly has the least functionality of the others on this list; however, its has a classic tone & energetic bite & color to it. This has been one of the sounds of the industry for years. It allows includes a gate & compressor! Our favorite version is UAD's version of it, but WAVES & Plugin Alliance also make versions of it too!

Surfer EQ by Sound Radix

4 - Surfer EQ by Sound Radix - this an incredibly modern EQ designed by SoundRadix. Its biggest selling point is the ability to change what it’s EQing as the audio source changes over time.

Your DAW's stock EQ

3 - Your DAW's stock EQ - never underestimate the value of what you already have in your collection. Simply knowing how any EQ works & having proper ear training to know what to boost & cut is the most valuable thing when it comes to EQ.

Neutron by iZotope

2 - Neutron by iZotope - This EQ has the ability to do Mid/Side EQ, linear phase EQ, & dynamic EQ! Neutron also has the ability to communicate with other iZotope plugins!

Pro-Q3 by FabFilter

1 - Pro-Q3 by FabFilter - This EQ has it all! M/S, dynamic EQ, L/R linear phase EQ. This EQ also includes a useful piano roll at the bottom & the ability to show clashing frequencies between tracks.

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