Shape, scoop, shine, sparkle, & saturate.

  • An analog-style EQ toolbox, with three very different and unique equalizers​
  • Perfect for both broad brushstrokes and surgical applications​
  • Focusing Equalizer sparks your creativity with built-in saturation and the possibility to choose between passive and active EQ sound​



Included in Volume 5 Plug-in Collection

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Console 1 ready

Passive-Active Pack

USD 49 USD 149


The Passive-Active Pack is a collection of three very different equalizers, each with its own character and quirks. Together they make an excellent secret-weapon analog-style EQ toolbox.

The Passive and Active equalizers emulate real workhorse units, used on thousands of recordings from past to present. The Focusing Equalizer, an original creation of Softube's, combines these with analog saturation and a novel workflow, to give you musical results, and a wonderful sound every time.


"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


Three plug-ins in one collection; the Passive Equalizer, the Active Equalizer, and the Focusing Equalizer. They're a dream team secret weapon for in-the-box EQing with just enough mojo.



The Passive Equalizer takes care of broad brushstrokes in a wide-open, musical fashion, while the Active Equalizer is more surgical, tight, and versatile.



The third part of the collection is Softube's own design – the Focusing Equalizer – a creative and helpful assistant to your workflow.



This product supports
Extended Features

We love VU meters, Bakelite knobs, and analog quirks. But we want modern precision and workflow. The answer? Softube Extended Features. Easy-access panels with the innovations you need close at hand


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Passive Equalizer

Modeled from a famous German passive three-band equalizer, the Passive Equalizer features a wide bandwidth and an unsurpassed 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.

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.

Active Equalizer

This plug-in is modeled from an active equalizer design made somewhere in the Swiss alps in the '70s. Whereas the Passive Equalizer is wide, clear and unintrusive, the Active Equalizer is more of a surgeon with a tight and focused sound. It's a highly useful problem solver when you need to get into details.

In short:

  • Three parametric bands
  • Low and High cut filters
  • Select between a narrow or wide Q setting for each band
  • Authentic component modeling

Focusing Equalizer

An inspiring and non-traditional take on the EQ concept. Working in a very musical way and doing a lot of thinking for you, the Focusing Equalizer is an original design by Softube.

At first glance it may seem you're sacrificing versatility — why use a three-band EQ when modern digital options have unlimited bands, continous gain, selectable Q etc.? Well, equalization is sound design, and having the designer make some choices for you is like getting an experienced sound engineer on your team.

In short:

  • Inspiring non-traditional workflow
  • Choose between Passive or Active EQ sound
  • Automatically and musically changes with Low and High Cut
  • Built-in one knob saturation with metering and selectable character

Console 1 Ready

This plug-in can be used within Console 1, our mixing system. Click to learn more.

  • System requirements

    All Softube products require a computer with appropriate DAW host software (none of which are included).

    Versions from 2.5.38 and newer of the Softube plug-ins have the following minimum requirements:

    All native versions

    • Mac OS X 10.13 up to 12
    • Windows 10 and 11 64-bit 
    • Mac: Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 / Xeon / Full Apple silicon support (M1 or higher)
    • Windows: Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 / Xeon / AMD Quad-Core or newer
    • Screen resolution larger than 1280x800
    • 8 GB RAM or more is recommended, as well as at least 8 GB hard disk space for installation (individual plug-ins take less space, while sample libraries may require additional disk space)
    • Softube account
    • iLok account
    • Internet access for downloading installers and managing licenses
    • iLok generation 2 and up, if you intend to use an iLok key for authorizing your plug-ins (note that a physical iLok USB key is not a requirement)

    In theory, any 64-bit VST, VST3, AU, or AAX (Pro Tools 11.0.2 or higher) compatible host application should work. However, due to plug-in host differences between DAWs - and our own rigorous testing standards - we only officially test our plug-ins and instruments in the most recent versions of Pro ToolsLogic ProCubaseAbleton LiveStudio OneReaper, and Cakewalk. Softube plugins are not tested in non-listed systems, but they most likely work as long as the system requirements are met. We cannot guarantee a solution for issues in unsupported systems.

    Note: We have checked the basic functionality of our plug-ins, and Softube Central, under Apple Rosetta 2.

    With regards to the different VST formats, we strongly recommend using VST3 as some of our plug-ins have features that are not present in the older VST format. Supported sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, and 192 kHz, in both mono and stereo. The most recent maintenance release of your DAW application is recommended. AAX DSP is not currently in active development. TDM/VENUE is no longer supported (old downloads are available on the Legacy Installers page).

    Find the Softube installer you need both Softube Central and individual plug-ins.

    AAX DSP version

    • For AAX DSP you need to meet the above requirements for the Native versions. You also need to have an Avid HDX processing card. For plug-ins available for AAX DSP, see Which Softube plug-ins support AAX DSP?
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