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Passive Equalizer

Only available as part of Passive-Active Pack, Mix Bundle or Studio Collection. The Passive Equalizer is modeled from a famous German three-band passive equalizer. It features a wide bandwidth with an unprecedented clear and open sound. The low boost gives you a warm low end, perfect to fatten up a bass drum or bass guitar track. Cutting the highs gives you a very gentle 6 dB cut which allows you to remove highs in a very musical way. The high boost is open and crisp and breathes life into any track.

The Passive Equalizer has three filters. The Low filter is a shelving filter (boost or cut) with a fixed 60 Hz corner frequency. The Precense filter has seven fixed frequencies and is boost only. The High filter is a boost or cut shelf at 10 kHz. The equalizer is gentle and sweet and will work anywhere a simple workflow and nice sound are more important than super precision.

Overall, the Passive-Active Pack is a great piece of work from Softube, designed with vision but also with full regard for the sound of some pretty rare kit. What's more, the price tag is considerably more modest than comparable top-flight analogue emulations.

Computer Music, Magazine

In short

  • Three bands with an extremely wide and open sound
  • Excellent treble control without any "digital harshness"
  • Warm low end and a sparkling top
  • Authentic component modeling
  • Fully automatable parameters

The Passive Equalizer cannot be purchased separately, only available from Passive-Active Pack, Mix Bundle or Studio Collection.

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Overall, the Passive-Active Pack is a great piece of work from Softube, designed with vision but also with full regard for the sound of some pretty rare kit. What's more, the price tag is considerably more modest than comparable top-flight analogue emulations.

Computer Music, Magazine

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Passive Equalizer is a clear, musical EQ which sounds especially pleasing on program material. The bandwidth (q) is really nice in the midrange (presence) section. Just a little can go a long way. I really like it!

Rob Chiarelli, Grammy awarded mix engineer: Madonna, Pink, Christina Aguilera, Quincy Jones, Luther Vandross.

Focusing Equalizer nevertheless brims with character, making most other EQ plug-ins sound boring and dimensionless by comparison. [...] Passive Equalizer gave me absolutely magical results on bass guitar, snare drum, and lead vocals. At $179.99, this bundle is an outrageous steal. High-quality equalization doesn't get better than this. Rating 5/5

Electronic Musician, Magazine

As for the Passive Active EQ's, I don't know what to say. It's like routing your signal through a pile of your grandpa's old stereos. You'll have to experience it yourself.

Søren Balsner, Carpark North

I may go out on a limb here, but I claim that the Swedish define the standard of what is possible in today's native DAWs regarding 'Analog-Processing' with these processors. Although I feel a bit sheepish by pushing Softube this hard: but you only have yourself to blame if you don't grab it.

Sound And Recording, Magazine (Germany)