Plugin Boutique has announced Scaler EQ as a VST/AU/AAX plugin for PC and Mac. A spokesperson told us, "Following on from the award-winning Scaler music theory plugin, Scaler EQ offers a remarkable new way to EQ with musicality and colour."
Here's the details direct from the company...
By enhancing only note frequencies in key with your song, and reducing only note frequencies that aren't, Scaler EQ can provide a new spin on working with cuts and boosts, increasing the tonality behind your music and providing new harmonic avenues.
And for when you just want a regular, fully-featured, modern EQ, Scaler EQ has you covered with its familiar workflow, choice of band types, mid/side operation, dynamic bands and stereo enhancement. There are even highly unique Magic Shelf bands that
Scaler EQ is available now from Plugin Boutique for £49. For detailed pricing information, please see the bottom of this press release.
The World's First In-Key EQ
Thanks to its Harmonic Peak and 'Plus/Minus' filter types, performing a boost on Scaler EQ means only boosting frequencies that are in-key with the currently set scale. Making a cut with the same band will reduce only the out-of-key frequencies – although it can be set to cut in-key frequencies too, which can be helpful for mixing.
By using in-key EQ, you'll get warmer lows and sweeter highs when boosting, while out-of-key cuts will lead to clearer, more focused bass and less harsh highs that retain their musicality.
Simple key detection
Key detection lets you automatically capture the key of your music through audio or MIDI, making it quick and simple to set up sweetening, tonal boosts. For a choice of broader or more focused tonal colours, you can add or remove notes in the currently selected scale.
Musician- and Producer-Friendly Band Types
Scaler EQ's harmonic band types aren't the only option for boosts and cuts. The traditional array of shelves, bells and high-pass/low-pass filters will be instantly familiar and simple to use for every producer, and there's more to reward creative exploration in Scaler EQ.
The Magic Shelf
Scaler EQ's proprietary Magic Shelf bands work with stereo properties in mind. Boost a Magic Shelf in the bass region, and it will work harder on the band's mid signal than it does on its side information. Reduce the level of that bass Magic Shelf to make it a cut, and you'll cut the side signal more than you cut the mid information.
The high-frequency Magic Shelf works in the complementary way, increasing sides with more strength and reducing mids more heavy-handedly. With its Range control increased, any Magic Shelf band introduces a complementary scoop or bump before its corner frequency.
All the Mod EQ Cons
Scaler EQ will fit right beside all your other mixing plugins with its solid workflow for boosting and cutting bands and shelves like a traditional EQ. Each band or shelf can also be set to Dynamic mode, helping to soothe boosts and cuts with dynamic compression and expansion, set with Threshold, Ratio, Attack and Release controls.
Stereo options abound in Scaler EQ as well. With stereo channel selection (mid/side/stereo) for every band, it's easy to enhance or reduce energy in a particular region of the stereo panorama, and thanks to the Mono Frequency selector, you can quickly and simply make the bass region mono below a frequency of your choosing. The Stereo Width dial offers a frequency-conscious way to enhance stereo width, using proprietary widening DSP.
Scaler EQ Features
- Patent pending musical EQ with harmonic band types that boost in-key frequencies and cut out-of-key frequencies
- Familiar EQ controls translate to a regular workflow – but one that adds more colour
- Choice of band types for traditional boost/cut EQ or harmonic EQ
- Magic Shelf bands deliver punchier low end and smoother highs
- Key detection sets the EQ's target scale
- Dial in dynamics for any band (Threshold, Ratio, Attack, Release)
- Add or remove scale notes for a specific colour (eg, four-note chords or just fifths)
- Creative unique EQ responses by combining magic shelves, harmonic filters and cuts
- Each band can be set to work on stereo, mid or side channels
- Enhance stereo width and collapse low frequencies to mono
- Available for Mac and PC in VST2, VST3, AU and AAX formats
Pricing and Availability:
MSRP Perpetual = 59 - GBP / EU / USD
MSRP RTO (12x) = 4.99 - GBP / EU / USD
Intro Sale Perpetual = 49 - GBP / EU / USD
Intro Sale RTO (12x) = 3.99 x 12 - GBP / EU / USD
Intro Sale Ends Dec 5th
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