7 Classic Hardware Character EQs in Software

The beauty of analog music hardware, especially EQs, is the unique character they can impart on your mixes. Fortunately, there's a number of faithful emulations in the plug-in world. Here's 7 for you.  

Joe is a musician, engineer, and producer in NYC. Over the years, as a small studio operator and freelance engineer, he's made recordings of all types from music & album production to v/o & post. He's also taught all aspects of recording and music technology at several NY audio schools, and has been writing articles for Recording magaz... Read More


A little odd to leave out obvious plug-ins in an article named "…in Software". I thought the idea was to give a view of the software range for plug-ins emulating these hardware EQs?

To me the Waves V-EQ3 (The 1073) is superior to Scheps 73. Both good, but it was left out as was the Waves V-EQ4 (The 1081). The REDD is available as a free model. The SSLs has many great implementations and some bad too. Some subjective more views also on these implementations would have been nice.
Joe A
Hi Mik -

For this particular piece, the idea wasn't to cover the range of emulations or do a survey of particular plug-ins, but more to describe some classic hardware pieces that are both widely respected and available in virtual form, for those who might not be so familiar with the originals, or might not know what hardware was being referenced by those plug-ins emulations that don't use the actual names/models. As for the images, I chose them mainly for their resemblance to the originals (so, for example, the V-EQ3, with its more generic graphics, wasn't pictured), and for this article I opted not to make value judgements on the relative quality of the emulations that were mentioned, since I didn't have access to enough different models to do a fair and suitably inclusive comparison (which would have been a different, and much longer, article).

@Joe, I understand, but as I said the headline creates expectations about modeled hardware EQs in SOFTWARE. As I knew most hardware units (except one), the article was a disappointment. I do understand writing about all would have been a great undertaking, but a link list to what's there today would have been nice enough to warrant the headline. I'm sure others still appreciate the content and I would had the headline been more reflecting of the content.

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