Balance Spread Focus EQ plugin

New EQ to 'spread' or 'focus' selected frequency regions

The Balance Mastering 'Spread Focus' EQ plugin.

Secret Weapon: A brand new EQ shape for simultaneous correction/enhancement

Our secret weapon in the mastering studio for some time and now we are releasing to the public.

SpreadFocus is an EQ that corrects and enhances at the same time. The effect is a pleasing and highly musical shape that is not just novel but incredibly useful. Finding that professional sound takes half the time and is twice as intuitive.

Push the gain positive and hear how an overly prominent frequency region 'spreads' its energy into the neighbouring regions.

Pull the gain negative and hear how a soft or flat sounding region 'focusses' its energy, drawing from the neighbouring regions.

Features

  • Sound
    • 'Spread' an overly prominent sound into the surrounding frequencies.
    • 'Focus' a sound by gathering surrounding frequencies, bringing it into focus.
    • Same true analogue phase behaviour as Magpha EQ.
  • Technology
    • Extremely accurate match of analogue prototype curves in magnitude and phase.
    • Low latency performance.
    • Windows VST/AAX, Mac VST/AAX/AU and Linux VST version available.
  • Interface
    • Minimal, zero-eye-candy interface reinforces the use-your-ears approach.
    • Stepped controls, carefully chosen to aid comparisons and guide decision making.
    • Large or small user interface selectable.
  • Filters
    • 4 spread/focus filter bands.

'Spread' & 'Focus' curves in more detail

This figure shows how a single band of spread/focus EQ gives a complex shape.

Frequency curves of spreading and focussing EQ.

Gains: -12 to +12 dB – Freq: 632Hz – Q: 1.0

A spread push has a narrow cut combined with a reciprocating broad boost. This is most effective on a sound that needs to be tamed or a mix area of bunched-up frequencies. Pulling the gain of the band into focus mode (narrow boost/broad cut) can bring a sound into focus, giving it a more in-your-face sound.

True analogue phase

Just like Magpha EQ we're using a new technology that gives extremely accurate match of analogue prototype curves in both magnitude and phase. While most modern digital EQs do a good job at matching the magnitude of analogue filters, they do not match the analogue phase. Magpha technology matches analogue phase right up to 20kHz, even at standard sample rates. This is often perceived as an "open", "pure" sound which is prized in analogue hardware by many engineers.

Use-your-ears interface

We believe that key to creating great sounds is to use your ears. That's why our user interface is fully designed to reinforce the feedback loop between control and ear.

As engineers, it is easy to be distracted by visual feedback (consciously or unconsciously). Our UI design has minimal graphic elements, so that we don't dial in "shapes" by habit. This way we are constantly involved in the control-listen-evaluate working loop, which quickens the search for the best possible sound.


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Purchase plugin

£ 80 GBP

Introductory offer ends 16th Aug 2018:

£ 60 GBP


Plugin support & feedback

Not working? Please email us directly if something doesn't work! The quickest way to get a solution is by email.

Also, feel free to just get in touch if you have any questions, suggestions or ideas. We'd love to hear from you.

Version history

v1.0.1

  • Add option to reverse gain so 'spread' shape is left, 'focus' is right.
  • Fix increased processor usage when playback stopped.

v1.0.0

  • Initial release.

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