The Passive-Active Pack is a collection of three very different equalizers, each with its own character and quirks. The equalizers contain emulations of real workhorse equalizers, used on thousands of recordings from past to present.
Passive Equalizer is a three-band EQ with an unprecedented clear and open sound, a warm low end and sparkling top.
Active Equalizer is Passive's counterpart with three fully parametric bands and a tight and focused sound.
Focusing Equalizer is an untraditional take on the EQ concept where the low, mid and high bands move automatically and musically in relation to the high and low cut filters. It also features filters from the Passive and Active EQ's as well as an outstanding one-knob Saturation control.
At first glance it may seem like you're sacrificing versatility by using an equalizer with a limited set of options - why use a three-band equalizer when you can use your digital equalizer with umpteen bands, continous gain, selectable Q and different curves all built in? Well, equalization is all about sound design. Having an equalizer where the designer has already made some of the choices four you is like having an experienced sound engineer helping out and giving you directions.
All equalizers are modeled using the same state-of-the-art technology as we used to create our very popular FET Compressor and the Brilliance Pack plug-ins for Abbey Road.
Modeled from a famous German three-band passive equalizer, it features a wide band width with an unprecedented clear and open sound. The Low boost gives you a warm low end, perfect to fatten up a bass drum or bass guitar track. Cutting the highs give you a very gentle 6dB cut which allows you to remove some of the unwanted highs without too much intrusion in the sound. The High boost is open and crisp, excellent to live up an otherwise dead track
This is a more modern active design made somewhere in the Swiss alps in the seventies. This one has three full bands (Low, Mid and High) with selectable gain (2dB steps) and frequency. The width (Q) can be selected via a switch and each band can be bypassed. It also features High and Low cuts.
Whereas the Passive Equalizer is wide, clear and unintrusive, the Active Equalizer is more of a surgeon with a tight and focused sound. Some people prefer the high band, while others use it to control the mids of a track. The bands can overlap, and unlike normal equalizer plug-ins the notches and peaks overlaps without adding any extra gain to the peak or notch, just like the real analog gear.
Unlike the previous two, this one is our own bastard creation. The main idea is to have an equalizer where you first set the band width with the Low and High Cut faders, which will automatically re-set the frequencies of the High, Mid and Low bands to match your recording.
After that, you use the High, Mid and Low to create the sound of the track, focusing on the sound you're interested in. No need for separate frequency selectors for the different bands since these have already been set in a very natural sounding way by the High and Low Cut.
The sound of the Low and High cuts, as well as the Low, Mid and High filters come from the Passive and Active Equalizer models. In addition to this we have added a Saturation circuit, very much based on the distortion and compression from our famous FET Compressor.
Passive Equalizer is a clear, musical EQ which sounds especially pleasing on program material. The bandwidth (q) is really nice in the midrange (presence) section. Just a little can go a long way. I really like it!
Rob Chiarelli, Six times Grammy awarded mix engineer for Madonna, Pink, Christina Aguilera, Quincy Jones, Luther Vandross.
Mac OS X 10.9 or newer.
Windows 64-bit, versions 8 or 10. We have not qualified our plug-ins for Windows 10 Anniversary Edition.
Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 X2 or newer
Screen resolution larger than 1280x800
1 GB RAM or more, and at least 6 GB hard disk space for installation (individual plug-ins take less space)
Any VST, VST3, AU, or AAX (Pro Tools 10.3.7, 11.0.2 or higher) compatible host application
Gobbler application to manage license activation and plug-in downloads
Broadband internet access for downloading installer and registering licenses.
All Softube plug-ins support both 32- and 64-bit hosts, although a 64-bit OS is required. Supported sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz, in both mono and stereo.