Analog Obsession releases BlendEQ, the latest addition to an incredible collection of free VST plugins.
BlendEQ is a four-band, dual-circuit equalizer with pre-filters that combines two different EQ models with matched frequencies.
In true Analog Obsession style, the EQ units in question have single-letter names representing the original hardware units. First, we have A, a famous American EQ, and N, a famous non-American EQ.
In terms of sound, Analog Obsession describes equalizer A as punchier with more smack and equalizer N as the smoother of the two. Equalizer A will sound more squashed, while N is great for silky highs.
The concept for this plugin is clever, which isn’t surprising from this talented developer. BlendEQ allows you to blend the two parallel equalizers band by band. So, as you’ll see on the GUI, each frequency band has a dedicated 50/50 Blend knob.
The idea of blending each band however you like creates countless possibilities and probably a lot of welcome surprise results. If you don’t want to blend each range one by one, you can click on the BlendEQ label to link all Blend knobs to the Low Band Blend knob, letting you control all from one place.
While we’re talking about clicking on labels, the Analog Obsession label will engage 4X oversampling.
You can also blend the line amps, represented by the IN knob. All the way right is the A line amp (+24dB), and all the way left is the N line amp (+24dB).
The filters (LPF and HPF) are positioned before the line amps, helping the line amps process only the necessary frequency range.
The last Analog Obsession plugin we looked at was Frank, and if you haven’t seen it yet, go check it out. No matter how many plugins we cover, I still want to say how awesome it is that all of them are free!
If you want to support the developer financially, you can become a Patreon, starting at $5 per month.
BlendEQ is available in AU, VST, and VST3 formats for macOS (10.9-11) and Windows (7/8/10/11).