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Simple and effective (lkjb Plugins - Luftikus)

By Danbei, 08/10/2014
Nothing in particular. No stability problems. Available in 32 and 64 bits.
Resource-efficient and low latency.


It offers bands and quality factors set, so it is very simple to use, but still effective. It does not allow any time to get what you want, but in other cases allows to quickly and simply what we want.
The sound is good.
It has the function to automatically adjust the volume collected, which is very precious to me.


I use it for around a year. I'm always glad to hand.

Great Program EQ (Waves - V-EQ 3)

By tarrtime, 22/02/2013
I received the V-EQ3 as part of the V-Series Bundle, which actually came as part of the Gold Bundle. Installation was simple because I was able to install the entire Gold Bundle at once, and all the plug-ins were ready to go, including the V-EQ3. The plug-in can be purchased as a stand-alone processor. However, I would recommend getting the V-EQ4 to go along with the V-EQ3 because they complement each other really well.
Waves authorization in version 9 plug-ins does not require an iLok. Now any USB stick can be used as a dongle. Or, if you computer connects to the internet, you don't even need a dongle at all. You can just use the Waves Authorization application.
Waves included some decent presets with the V-EQ3. If you are not very familiar with equalization, you might want to at least check out their suggestions. I find that I actually don't need to use more than about 1 dB of boost/cut when I am using the V-EQ3.


I typically use the V-EQ3 on program signals (mix bus, drum bus, sub mixes, etc). For individual tracks, I think the V-EQ3 is better because it has more flexibility and more controls when I need to make more dramatic changes to an individual track. The V-EQ3 is better for program signals because the filter curves are very smooth. The high shelf is amazing for adding in the top-end 'air' on a mix without sounding harsh. Having the 'low-cut' or 'high-pass' filter is also great at the output. I almost always use the V-EQ3 on my mix bus and set the filter to the '45' frequency. This really helps clean up the low end of my mix, and makes sure any 'sub' frequencies aren't dominating my mix during the compression and limiting stage.
Supposedly, Waves modeled some of the 'analog' character (harmonics, color, saturation) in the V-Series plug-ins. I don't think it is very dramatic, especially compared to Waves NLS. The main analog thing I notice is that there is a noise floor based on 'noise' that Waves recorded from the hardware. This can be turned on and off.


The Waves V-EQ3 is an equalizer plug-in that models the Neve 1066 and 1073 modules. It has a high pass filter, a low shelf, a mid-range bell filter, and a high shelf. The original Neve hardware is known for having ultra smooth filter curves and for adding warmth to an input signal. The Waves modeled version resembles these characteristic, especially compared to other digital equalizers (Q10, Ren Eq, etc) that were meant to be super clean and capable of sharp filter resonances. I have never had the opportunity to use the real hardware, so I am can't make any comparisons between hardware and software. All I can say is that the V-EQ3 sounds different than a typical plug-in EQ, and in my opinion, it sounds better than a typical plug-in EQ.

Great Channel Eq (Waves - V-EQ 4)

By tarrtime, 21/02/2013
The Waves V-EQ4 is simple to use. If you aren't familiar with how to eq different instruments, just pull up one of the included presets. Waves does a great job of including presets that are usable with minor tweaks. This equalizer is also very easy to use because their aren't too many controls to worry about. There are only a limited number of frequencies to choose, and for the most part you don't have to worry about how wide/narrow/sharp/flat to make the eq curves. I love the high pass and low pass filters to clean up whatever signal I am sending through it. This is great if I want to take out low end on guitar tracks to make space for bass guitar and kick drum. Or conversely, take out the high end on a guitar track to make room for cymbals, etc.


The Waves V-EQ4 is part of the V-series which models Neve hardware. The Waves V-EQ3 is a similar plug-in but has different features. In practice, I prefer to use the V-EQ4 on individual channels, while using the 3 band eq on sub/bus mixes. The 4 band eq definitely has great controls and allows for more 'surgical' equalization. This is better for individual tracks. The 3 band eq is ultra smooth and adds a nice touch to program material like on the final mix bus.
All of these plug-ins in the V-series are supposed to add some 'analog' color to the signal besides just change the frequency response of the signal. To some extent, it is a little difficult to tell if Waves just modeled the analog noise, or if they included some other kinds of analog saturation with these plug-ins. Waves modeling has come a long way since these plug-ins were released. I really hope they go back and model these things again to update the V-series with more analog saturation (ala NLS, REDD).


The Waves V-EQ4 is modeled after the Neve 1081 console equalizer. I have never had the opportunity to use the actual hardware, but I can still appreciate the Waves model. This eq is very versatile with the options of high-pass and low-pass filters, high and low shelfs (these can also be changed to bell shaped filters), and mid-range boost and cut bell filters. The filter 'q' can be changed from narrow to broad for the mid-range controls.
Overall, what makes this equalizer useful is how smooth it sounds. It it especially useful for boosting high frequencies without sounding harsh. Low frequencies also sound smooth and round when boosting. Unlike some digital equalizers, boosting frequencies by a lot will not produce typical filter 'ringing' that is common among other eq's when you boost above 10 dB.

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