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The perfect match or that one EQ I still haven’t found yet

30th June 2013 - General - , , ,

Hi guys, it’s Andre.

One of our trainees showed me a plugin, which really made me jealous of Apple’s Logic Pro. It’s the built-in Match EQ.

This one is a little gem. It analyzes the average frequency spectrum of an audio file, enables you to save it apply it to another EQ with another signal. This feature makes it pretty useful helper for cleaning up your mix. If you’re having problems with two or several elements clashing together in the same range, the Match EQ will help you fix it with ease.

For example, if you’re having problems with bass drum and bass clashing together, use the Match EQ to analyze your bass drum, apply it to your bass and then just invert the peaks and troughs on your bass EQ. This will filter the spectrum of the bass drum out of your bass and they won’t clash anymore. Combined with side chaining, this is a pretty easy way to avoid clashing. The same technique  works for VO, FX and anything else in the mix. Especially if you’re not into spending a lot of time with analyzing audio and tweaking your EQ’s settings to the max, the Match EQ will give you pretty good help to start with professional EQ-ing.

A pretty cool thing for ‘just’ a built-in plugin in Logic and after seeing this one in action, I wanted to have my own kind of Match EQ and guess what… I could not find anything like this one. Izotope’s Ozone features a similar feature, but it wasn’t as comfortable as with Logic’s Match EQ. Asking the big G,  lead me forum threads from like six years ago and not much more.

So here’s my question to the imaging and production community:

Does any one of you guys know something similar to Logic’s Match EQ? 

Maybe some of you know the right plugin or gear to use, because getting Logic because of this one EQ might be a bit too much. I’d love to hear from you guys. Any ideas or recommendations are welcome.

Cheers and have a great weekend.

  • PedjaReply

    Hey Andre,

    TC Electronic Assimilator: http://www.tcelectronic.com/assimilator/
    Probably the best plugin out there, but again this one is made for Powercore platform.

    You can try Voxengo CurveEQ: https://www.voxengo.com/product/curveeq/
    Good luck!

    30th June 2013
  • RattyReply


    30th June 2013
  • MatthieuReply

    One day I really have to buy and learn Logic ! Cool Eq.

    30th June 2013
  • James LawsonReply

    This would be an amazing plugin should a developer make an RTAS/AAX copy.

    You've got me searching the web for a similar copy now.

    30th June 2013
    • Benztown BrandingReply

      Let's start emailing a few plugin manufacturers and make them do a RTAS version of this EQ. That would be awesome!


      1st July 2013
  • Nathan HampshireReply

    Firium by Elemental Audio is another one to try.

    11th July 2013
    • Benztown BrandingReply

      Thanks for the hint. Looks like there are more matching EQs out there than I thought of.

      18th August 2013
  • KonskyReply

    Waves Paz Analyser illustrates the frequencies too which you can look to adapt with your own EQ's.

    20th July 2013
    • Benztown BrandingReply

      Great tip, thank you. In combination with FabFilter's Pro-Q, this really is a nice way to go.

      18th August 2013
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