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About FabFilter Pro-Q 2
An equalizer is probably the tool you use most while mixing and mastering. That's why there are probably around 1001 EQ plug-ins available. But the strange thing is: most of them don't meet top quality standards by far! Most just lack sound quality and the ones that do sound okay, often have poorly designed interfaces that obstruct your workflow and creativity.
Now here's where we come in. FabFilter Pro-Q 2 gives you the best of both worlds: the highest possible sound quality, and a gorgeous, intelligent interface that is designed to help you get 'that' sound quickly and easily.
New in version 2
At first glance, FabFilter Pro-Q 2 looks quite similar to its predecessor. But looks are deceiving! Of course, all the goodness and intelligence of Pro-Q's interactive interface is still there, but a lot of exciting new functionality has been added to improve your sound and workflow. And even more work has been done under the hood: Pro-Q 2 features a whole new processing engine, twice as CPU efficient, with improved analog matching and our brand new, unique Natural Phase mode. Here's a list of the most important new features and improvements:
- Introducing Natural Phase mode, which not only perfectly matches the magnitude response of analog EQ'ing, but also closely matches the analog phase response. It delivers the most accurate frequency response and best sound quality, even at the lowest frequencies and highest Q settings, without introducing noticable pre-ring or a long latency!
- Introducing Full Screen mode. With just the click of a button, Pro-Q 2 instantly fills the whole screen, making super-precise adjustments easy and fast.
- Introducing Spectrum Grab. Did you ever wonder how it would be if you could just grab that obvious peak in the frequency spectrum analyzer? That's possible now!
- Introducing universal slope support for all EQ filter shapes. Everyone is used to having different slope options for low- and high-pass filters. But Pro-Q 2 introduces the unique option of having control over the slope of any EQ shape. So for example, you can make ultra-narrow bell filters or very steep shelves. Also, Pro-Q 2 now supports filter slopes up to 96 dB/oct, including 18 dB/oct, 30 dB/oct, 36 dB/oct and 72 dB/oct.
- Highly improved linear-phase mode, now offering a better magnitude response while avoiding possible artifacts in the lower resolutions. Also, frequency, gain or Q changes in linear-phase mode will sound smooth, no zipper effects whatsoever. This might sound trivial, but it's actually quite unique in linear-phase processing!
- Introducing new EQ shapes: Tilt and Band-Pass, in addition to the existing Bell, High/Low Cut, High/Low Shelf and Notch filter shapes.
- Introducing Auto-Gain. When enabled, output gain is automatically adjusted to compensate for the audible gain loss or increase introduced by the active EQ bands.
- Introducing Gain Scale, which can be used to scale the gain of all EQ bands (that have a gain setting, i.e. Bell and Shelf filters) between 0% and 200%.
- Introducing Gain-Q interaction. When enabled, Q and gain influence each other in a pleasant way often found in analog mixing consoles.
- Introducing EQ Match mode, which can be used to automatically match the frequency spectrum of a signal routed to the plug-in's side-chain input.
- Introducing a piano display. When enabled, the frequency scale is replaced by a piano display, via which band frequencies can be adjusted/quantized by clicking and dragging.
- Introducing phase-invert option.
- Highly improved CPU optimization. Pro-Q 2 is more than twice as efficient as its predecessor!
- Improved analog magnitude matching in zero-latency mode.
- Improved spectrum analyzer with 60 dB, 90 dB and 120 dB range settings, horizontal zooming, freeze and tilt options, better smoothing and more speed settings.
- Various interface enhancements, like multiple interface sizes and optional output level metering, Retina support on OS X and High DPI support on Windows.
Other key features
And of course, all the goodness of the original Pro-Q is still there: highest possible sound quality, optional linear phase processing, gorgeous interface with a large display for easy and precise editing, up to 24 EQ bands, intelligent band solo mode, stereo or mid/side processing, intelligent multi-band selection and editing for maximum ease and efficiency, GPU-powered graphics acceleration, double-click text entry of parameter values, different display ranges: 3 dB and 6 dB ranges for mastering, 12 dB and 30 dB for mixing, Pro Tools hardware control surfaces support, MIDI Learn, undo/redo and A/B comparison, extensive help file with interactive help hints.
Upgrading to Pro-Q 2
Upgrading from Pro-Q version 1 to the new Pro-Q 2 is safe and easy: installing Pro-Q 2 will not replace or delete the previous Pro-Q 1 plug-in. Both versions will co-exist and can both be used at the same time. This ensures that you can open old songs that use Pro-Q 1 without problems! Of course, FabFilter Pro-Q 2 opens all presets from Pro-Q 1 without problems. See Upgrading to Pro-Q 2 for more information.
FabFilter Pro-Q 2 is available in VST, VST3, AU (Audio Units), AAX Native and AudioSuite formats (all both 64-bit and 32-bit), as well as RTAS (32-bit only), for Mac OS X and Windows.
32-bit: Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP
64-bit: Windows 10, 8, 7 or Vista (x64)
VST 2/3 host or Pro Tools
Mac OS X requirements:
32-bit: OS X 10.6 or higher
64-bit: OS X 10.6 or higher
AU or VST 2/3 host or Pro Tools
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