Review: Maag EQ
Positives:* Sounds great * Transparent* * "Air" band is amazing * Preset frequencies are great
Negatives:* High Bands ae only available as shelves
Maag EQ – Just what the doctor ordered
The Maag EQ plugin is a great value. It is my go to EQ when something needs some sparkle/air. Based off of Cliff Maag’s EQ4 500 series module, the plugin faithfully recreates the goodness of the hardware, but with the ease of software. This eq offers six bands of great tone shaping abilities, including the legendary “Air” band, which offers a high shelf boost that is incredibly sweet sounding, going all the way up to 40k! Right off the bat, the “Air” band is spectacular. It makes everything shine! It used to take me about 3 different eqs to make a vocal’s top end to be sweet, but not too overwhelming. This EQ ALONE made my vocal sound like a pro had done them. It is very easy to overdo it with the “Air Band”, just a touch at 10k, and the lead vocal made everything else sound unprofessional by comparison. On Overheads the “Air Band” once again brings the sizzle of the symbols crashing to a smoother, less sharper response. On electric guitar, It gave them the little bit of extra oomph they needed. Again, not being to sharp. The “Sub” control works wonders on 808s and Kick drums, adding some strength to a otherwise, wimpy sounding source. It kind of reminds me of how a Pultec can make a the kick drum sound like a kick drum. The remaining bands have preset frequencies, although they are incredibly useful. The 160hz band adds some body to a thin sounding snare. The 650 Hz band is insane with what it does to keyboards and low synths. Male vocals also gave great results using the mid bands. Unfortunately, The two high frequency bands are only shelves (2.5k included). I love adding a bit of 2.5k to certain things, although I really wished they left that band as a bell curve, especially since they have 2.5k as an option in the “Air” band. This forces me to add a 2.5k Shelf to everything above, and STILL add more with the “Air” band. This Plugin is worth it for the “Air” band alone, although the entire unit and choice of frequencies work well with MANY other sources. Try it yourself and make your own conclusions, I’m sure you’d agree with me.