Sonnox Oxford EQ Plug-in - HD-HDX

Oxford 5-Band Fully Parametric EQ Plug-In - HD-HDX - Mac/PC AAX Native, AAX DSP, TDM
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There are a number of reasons why the Sonnox Oxford EQ plug-in has become the EQ of choice for the quality-conscious audio professional. First of all, the Oxford EQ was created by the same team that designed the Sonnox Oxford OXF-R3 console. The Oxford OXF-R3 is considered to be one of the best sounding consoles ever made, which comes as no surprise considering that the designers were the original design team that poroduced the SSL E series consoles. This team of audio fanatics, whose underlying design philosophy is sound quality first, used the exact algorithms that they created for the OXF-R3 console in the Oxford EQ plug-in.

Sonnox Oxford EQ HD-HDX Plug-in at a Glance:
  • On-the-fly calculations for analog response
  • 4 selectable EQ types
  • Sonnox Oxford EQ types
  • De-Cramping is Oxford EQ's prime feature
On-the-fly calculations for analog response

The concept behind Sonnox's Oxford EQ plug-in is to provide an EQ that does what an analog EQ does and then add in the extra features that only digital technology can provide. Most EQ plug-ins are based on a lookup table. That means when you sweep through the frequencies and gain control, you are actually sweeping through presets. Your settings are determined by the software designer's choices, not yours or the requirements of the music. The Sonnox Oxford EQ does its calculations on the fly using 48-bit double precision calculation. The result is that you get the frequencies you select, not the software designer.

4 selectable EQ types

The Oxford EQ also features four different selectable EQ types that cover the EQ styles currently popular amongst professional users, including some legacy styles which are renowned for their artistic capability. It is a fully functional 5-band application with selectable shelf settings on LF and HF sections. Additionally, separate variable slope lowpass and highpass filters are provided.

Sonnox Oxford EQ types
  • Reciprocal/Symmetrical Q is a linear EQ derived from the SSL E series consoles.
  • Oxford Specialty super-narrow Q is for surgical correction of frequencies.
  • British EQ is a buzzword of EQs. It means the Q reacts along with the boost control for a more musical EQ. As you boost, the Q is tightening, which is what the human ear expects.
  • Oxford Specialty Constant Power EQ is most useful for mastering. It features a super-wide Q and provides subtle change over a wide spectrum.
De-Cramping is Oxford EQ's prime feature

In most EQ plug-ins, if you select a frequency and boost, the graphic display shows an even curve upwards and downwards around the center frequency. Due to the calculations necessary at 1/2 the Nyquist theorem for the downward slope, hi-frequency cramping occurs so that most of the energy is in the upward slope or lower frequencies. This means that while your GUI shows a boost at 14k, you're actually boosting at about 8k due to the cramping in the downward slope. The Sonnox Oxford EQ reshapes the down side of the slope as the inverse of the upward slope so that the high-frequency energy is equal on both sides of the center frequency.

The use of novel coefficient generation and intelligent processing design provides unparalleled performance that surpasses analogue EQ in both sound quality and artistic freedom. This plug-in may well provide all the EQ you will ever need.

Sonnox Oxford EQ HD-HDX Plug-in Features:
  • 5-band parametric design
  • Selectable shelf settings on LF and HF sections
  • LF and HF filters provide up to 36dB/Octave slope
  • 4 selectable EQ types
  • Fully de-cramped HF response
  • Support for sample rates up to and including 96kHz
  • Fully automatable (including separate automation for A and B settings)
  • Includes 6 plug-ins in total for optimal DSP usage
  • Mono and stereo versions of EQ, filters, and EQ and filters
  • Mac/PC, AAX Native, AAX DSP or TDM
The classic sound of the OXF-R3 in a plug-in with the Sonnox Oxford EQ!

Tech Specs

Software Type EQ
Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Download
iLok Required Yes
Format AAX Native, AAX DSP, TDM
Hardware Requirements - Mac Intel-based Mac, 1GB RAM
Hardware Requirements - PC 1GB RAM
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.4
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7/Vista/XP
Manufacturer Part Number PTHREQG5

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Without question,if you have ever worked in a studio before the advent of the DAW, and remember how good and easy some console type EQs were, this is a heck of a plugin. With the tiny turn of a knob, you can open up the air on a mix. It's not colored. Its not tubby sounding. It does its job precisely and pristinely. It's great in the mastering phase. And its great to dial in a drum mix. My favorite EQ plugin definitely. And I use it over the Waves Platinum stuff, the T-Racks stuff, and the Bomb Factory and Focusrite stuff.
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