1. I already have a multi-band compressor (MBC), why would I want the Oxford Dynamic EQ?
Have you ever struggled to fix a problem by overlapping (even slightly) two adjacent bands? Assuming you’re given the chance to even try, you’ll appreciate the difficulties in getting a consistent and great sounding result. Even with its steep crossover filters, your MBC will be unable to achieve precise dynamic spectral control
2. What advantage does a dynamic EQ have over a regular static EQ?
A static EQ is just that. Set. If you dial in a 5db cut at 1kHz, it’ll be applied irrespective of the level of your incoming signal. Let’s say that you’re only bothered by the 1kHz frequency when the singer is really going for it in a chorus. On one note. If you apply a static EQ, 1kHz is cut all the way through the song and you’ll need to automate your way around the problem.
A dynamic EQ is more kind to your recording, only doing its thing when you need it to. The result is less processed and more natural sounding. Less is more!
3. What makes the Oxford Dynamic EQ different from other dynamic EQs?
- Dynamic proportional Q response to retain transparency even when applying lots of gain
- Flexible, intuitive UI to achieve upward/downward compression and upward/downward expansion
- Onset detection mode to pick out short, percussive events in full mixes or tracks
- Unlinked side chain options to allow dynamic detection and processing to occur in different frequency ranges
- Easier to understand and use
4. What sources can I make sound especially good by using the Oxford Dynamic EQ plug-in?
While the Oxford Dynamic EQ sounds great on single tracks or buses, here are a few examples of where it shines:
- Boomy or harsh vocals, guitars and wind instruments can all be smoothed dynamically, and only when required
- You get faster and more natural sounding results than by using a regular static EQ and lots of automation
- The frequency balance of individual tracks or busses can be morphed to allow space for other parts to pop out of the mix
- Enhance a vocal without affecting side-channel balance
- Each of the Oxford Dynamic EQs 5 filter bands has the option for mid and side processing
5. Do I need Oxford Dynamic EQ HDX?
If you're a live sound engineer or if you record using a Pro Tools HDX systems, this is an exciting opportunity to benefit from the ability to use Dynamic EQ in real time tracking scenarios, or to upgrade your Native Dynamic EQ to enjoy the benefits of AAX DSP with your HDX hardware.
If you don't use Pro Tools, the HDX release probably won't be compatible with your system. For more information about HDX, please read Avid's product page here. If you're looking for a DSP-optimised version of Dynamic EQ for your Universal Audio system, take a look at Dynamic EQ for UAD.