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New 1.3 Update For Empirical Labs BIG FrEQ



Empirical Labs announces BIG FrEQ v1.3 — elevating its inaugural EQ plug-in with an update bolstered by numerous new additions and improvements.

With no fewer than 12 powerful sections of processing to its appropriate appellation, BIG FrEQ should single-handedly handle all tonal and spectral- shaping needs for single tracks, as well as busses, including use as a versatile mastering tool.

BIG FrEQ™ is immensely useful, obviously, offering the ability to create modern ‘flat-top’ EQ curves with an analog workflow and added controls for more tone-shaping possibilities than a typical EQ plug-in. Put it this way: each of the six parametric bands has an additional SLOPE control that allows for flattening out the EQ shape and grabbing more frequencies equally while switching on the focus (F) function lets users fine-tune frequency adjustment — centering the selected frequency and reducing the range of the FREQ (frequency) knob — to hear exactly what frequencies are being affected with the simultaneously switchable solo (S) buttons available on each parametric band. Elsewhere, each parametric section’s GAIN knob can be expanded from ±15dB to ±30dB with the range (R) button, while parametric section settings can uniquely be copied and pasted from one to another for quickly moving and duplicating bands, facilitating faster operation. On top of that, the unique FINISHER section adds warmth to any track with organic saturation and provides for up to 8x oversampling (tested up to 768 kHz operation).

Other features are also well worth highlighting: Hi Pass and Lo Pass filters with adjustable and selectable filter orders from 6dB to 96dB (per octave); Lo Shelf — smooth bass boost or cut, centered around 120 Hz — and complimentary Hi Shelf controls; WIDTH slider — controls bandwidth or, inversely, Q; and master PHASE switch — inverts the phase of the audio.

BIG FrEQ v1.3 is available for purchase as an AAX-DSP-, AAX Native-, AU-, VST- and VENUE systems-supporting plug-in at a ‘flash sale’ price of only $99.00 USD from September 7-9, 2022 (inclusive) — returning thereafter to its MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) of $149.00 USD — directly from its dedicated webpage.

A fully-functional, 15-day trial of BIG FrEQ v1.3 is available to download from HERE:  (It is necessary to activate BIG FrEQ v1.3 — demo and full versions alike — via iLok USB-A or USB-C dongles or iLok Cloud.) 

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