Digidesign MDW Hi-Res Parametric EQ 3.0
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Digidesign MDW Hi-Res Parametric EQ 3.0

MDW Hi-Res Parametric EQ 3.0, Software parametric EQ from Digidesign.

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moosers 09/09/2010

Digidesign MDW Hi-Res Parametric EQ 3.0 : Recensione di moosers (content in English)

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The Digidesign MDW (Massenburg Design Works) Hi-Res Parametric EQ 3.0 is a super precise equalizer plug-in for Pro Tools. The plug-in is designed to give users as much control over their sound as possible, and cites the GML (George Massenburg Labs) 8200 EQ as the inspiration. The plug-in can be used as either a three or five band EQ and has a crazy frequency range from 10 Hz to 41 kHz. Installing and getting the plug-in running should not be difficult, as it was just as easy as installing any plug-in for myself. The plug-in is only available for Pro Tools in either TDM (HD) or RTAS (LE) format. The interface is definitely user friendly, as each band has gain, frequency, and bandwidth type parameters to go along with the super helpful graph that will show you everything being done. A manual shouldn't be necessary unless you're unfamiliar with the make up of parametric EQ's, in which case you should probably do some external research outside of this particular plug-in.

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

I'm running the Digidesign MDW Hi-Res Parametric EQ 3.0 in Pro Tools LE 8 that I run with a Digi 002R audio interface. The computer that I'm running it all on is a Mac Book Pro consisting of a 2.2 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and 4 GB of RAM. The MDW EQ 3.0 isn't the type of plug-in that I will use on every channel, as it's highly specific and I tend to only use it when I'm looking to get real precise. Don't get me wrong, it's certainly useful across the board, but in terms of performance I haven't yet had a need to try to max it out on my home system.

OVERALL OPINION

If you could only have one parametric equalizer plug-in in your Pro Tools rig, I would think you'd have to seriously consider the Digidesign MDW Hi-Res Parametric EQ 3.0. It's more versatile and has a wider range of any EQ out there while still being really easy to use. It has a very clean sound, but won't live up to the GML 8200 that this was modeled after. However, as far as software EQ's go, this is one of the best that I've used. Highly, highly recommended for anyone interested in a very clean and precise parametric EQ.