FabFilter has upgraded the FabFilter Pro-Q equalizer plug-in for Mac and PC to version 2.0. For Pro-Q 2, FabFilter has completely redesigned the internal filter engine from the ground up, improving the existing Zero Latency and Linear Phase processing modes, as well as introducing a unique Natural Phase mode. Besides matching the magnitude response of analog EQing, Natural Phase also claims to closely match the analog phase response, without introducing noticeable pre-ring or a long latency.
Very steep filter slopes of up to 96 dB/octave are now available, and, uniquely, FabFilter Pro-Q 2 lets users change the slope of any filter type — not just the usual Low/High Cut filters. This makes it possible to create super-narrow bell filters, very steep or gently sloping shelves, and more. In addition to the existing Bell, Low/ High Shelf, Low/High Cut, and Notch filters, Pro-Q 2 also features new Band-Pass and Tilt Shelf filter types.
Spectrum Grab enables users to directly adjust peaks in the real-time spectrum analyzer display. Pro-Q 2 offers flexible interface resizing, in addition to a Full Screen mode that makes it easier than ever to do ultra-precise adjustments. EQ Match lets users match the spectrum of another track in just a few seconds. Pro-Q 2 features up to 24 EQ bands, innovative interface with unsurpassed workflow and multi-band selection, per-channel EQing in L/R or M/S mode, real-time spectrum analyzer, intelligent solo mode, double-click text entry, stereo/mono plug-ins, Pro Tools hardware surface support, as well as fine-tuned knobs and controllers, GPU-powered graphics acceleration, interactive MIDI Learn, undo/redo and A/B switch, Smart Parameter Interpolation for smooth parameter transitions, an extensive help file with interactive help hints, sample-accurate automation, advanced optimization, and FabFilter Pro-Q 2 is more than twice as CPU-efficient as its predecessor.
» Natural Phase mode to match the magnitude response of analog EQing while also closely matching the analog phase response, without noticeable pre-ring or a long latency
» Full Screen mode for precise adjustments
» Spectrum Grab — just grab and adjust a peak in the real-time spectrum analyzer
» Universal slope support for all filter types. (Slopes up to 96 dB/oct are now supported, including 18, 30, 36, and 72 dB/oct.)
» Highly improved Linear Phase mode, offering a better magnitude response and smooth changes without zipper effects
» New EQ filter types — Tilt Shelf and Band-Pass, Bell, High/Low Cut, High/Low Shelf, and Notch filter shapes
» Gain-Q interaction option: when enabled, Q and gain influence each other in a pleasant way that is often found in analog mixing consoles
» EQ match feature to automatically match the spectrum of another track via the side-chain input
» Auto Gain automatically adjusts the output gain to compensate for the audible gain loss or increase introduced by the active EQ bands
» Improved spectrum analyzer with adjustable range, tilt, freeze, and horizontal zooming
» Optional piano roll display
» Flexible interface resizing
» Full output level meter
» Phase Invert option
» Improved CPU optimization: Pro-Q 2 uses less memory and is more than twice as efficient as its predecessor
» Improved analog magnitude matching in Zero Latency mode
FabFilter Pro-Q 2 is available now for $199 / €149 / £ 124. And comes in the VST and VST 3, Audio Units, AAX, RTAS and AudioSuite plug-in flavors for Windows and Mac OS X.