Michel Rouzic Unleashes SplineEQ – Linear Phase Equalizer
Michel Rouzic, the man behind Photosounder, has released SplineEQ, a linear phase equalizer plug-in for Mac and PC. Designed to be simple and flexible, SplineEQ allows you to create filters using Bézier splines.
What is a Linear phase equalizer? So happy you inquired… Rouzic claims that it provides better sound quality than the more common minimum phase equalizers by not affecting the phase of sound, only the intensity of frequencies. Also, it has the advantage of not incurring aliasing artifacts.
And Spline-based filter design?? Filters are simply created by designing a spline curve which can be made to adopt any imaginable shape. No filter types to choose from, all points simply define part of the shape of the filter’s spline curve. The actual filter’s frequency profile is displayed as a dashed curve when it differs from the ideal spline curve (this can be changed by changing the filter’s resolution).
You can create up to 60 bands or as low as 1, or disable bands by double clicking on the visualisation area of the interface and adjust them either in that area or using the knobs or even the automatable parameter sliders in the host’s interface. You can modify the curve as a whole using the transpose function to shift the curve up and down by up to 10 octaves, affect the overall gain to shift all gain settings up or down evenly or even change the gain scale to apply a ratio to all gains, thus enabling you to either flatten, exaggerate or reverse the shape of a curve.
More intuitive than your usual logarithmic curve frequency display, SplineEQ’s frequency analyser shows you the intensity of frequencies before and after the filtering with colors. It’s also fine tuned so that intensities at different frequencies are represented in a way that matches closely to our perception. It moves in a fluid manner in sync with the source sound and has a frequency resolution of about 10 Hz.
-Infinite dB to +60 dB gain range: This allows you to completely silence entire ranges of the spectrum or to really bring back some fainter harmonics by boosting their amplitude thousandfold. Gains are represented logarithmically between -60 dB and +60 dB and linearly below -60 dB. Given the uniquely immense gain range there’s also a built-in limiter whose knob lights up when over the adjustable threshold.
Changing parameters, either by adjusting the knobs, the graph or by parameter automation is always done smoothly and creates no audio artifacts. The whole interface responds fluidly to change, even the frequency visualisation has a great frame rate and all the graphics are perfectly anti-aliased.
Adjustable resolution, latency and CPU usage. The resolution of the filter can be lowered or increased (up to roughly 22 Hz) and the processing latency can be changed to obtain a lower CPU usage or a lower latency. Linear phase equalizers always require more power than other types of equalizers. However SplineEQ is as fast or faster than other linear phase equlizers, often with less latency.
Also supports all sampling rates (384 kHz included), is available on both Windows and Mac (Intel and PowerPC), in VST (2.4) and AU format, in 32 and 64 bits. All input, output and processing are done in 64-bit floating point format and in stereo. A free version is also available.
Michel Rouzic’s SplineEQ costs $39 / €29 / £25 and is available now.