Sonnox Oxford EQ Plug-in - Native

Oxford EQ Native Version - Mac/PC AAX Native, RTAS, VST, AU
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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, and many of us at Sweetwater as well. 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 produced the SSL E series consoles. This team of audio fanatics, whose underlying design philosophy is sound quality first, used the exact algorithms they created for the OXF-R3 console in the Oxford EQ plug-in.

Sonnox Oxford EQ Native at a Glance:
  • On-the-fly calculations for analog response
  • Four types of EQ
  • 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.

Four types of EQ

The Sonnox Oxford EQ also features four different selectable EQ types that cover the EQ styles that are 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 that 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 analog EQ in both sound quality and artistic freedom. This plug-in may well provide all the EQ you will ever need.

Sonnox Oxford EQ Native Features:
  • 5-band parametric design
  • Selectable shelf settings on LF and HF sections
  • LF and HF filters providing 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 plugins in total for optimal DSP usage
  • Mono and stereo versions of EQ, filters, and EQ and filters
  • Mac/PC, AAX Native, RTAS, VST or AU
The classic sound of the OXF-R3 in a plug-in with the Sonnox Oxford EQ!

Tech Specs

Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Download
iLok Required Yes
Format AAX Native, AAX DSP, RTAS, VST, AU
Hardware Requirements - Mac Intel Processors, 1GB RAM
Hardware Requirements - PC 1GB RAM
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.4
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7/Vista/XP
Manufacturer Part Number NATREQG5

Customer Reviews

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5/5

you need this inside the box

for vocals this is the EQ you are gonna need although it has 4 types my favorite 1 and 3 this eq excels on the hi frequencies for low end material and mid range perfection i go with my trusty duende x eq that this ex actually is better than the oxford eq but both being used for there strong points lets say on you master channel it becomes apparent that the oxford eq is forever in my mixing scheme and dont forget about that duende x eq and another good one is psp master q
Music background: Rapper Producer

Sweetwater Advice

Brad Every

This EQ has found a permanent home on my vocal and guitar tracks. With four EQ types in one plug-in it's most versitile EQ I've found!
See also: Sonnox, Sonnox Plug-ins: Equalizers