This week, kilohearts released Slice EQ, a new innovative EQ plugin for PC and Mac. After their first EQ plugin Carve EQ, Slice EQ is the second in this new range of plugins and is a versatile parametric EQ. It’s not just a simple EQ for mixing or mastering but also a great sound design tool. It features an straightforward interface design, is super flexible and perfectly transparent. Also a nice feature is the support for the kilohearts’s Snap Heap and Multpass effects rack plugins system.
Up to 32 filters are clicked into the response curve in Slice EQ’s main display, each one automatically set to the appropriate filter type (high cut, low cut, peak, notch, high shelf or low shelf) for the point on the curve at which it’s instantiated – low cut below 30Hz, for example – or configured manually. Filter frequencies, resonances and roll-off slopes are edited by dragging their nodes or working the knobs in the pop-out Filters panel; and with roll-off slopes ranging from a gentle 6dB/octave to a razor sharp 96db/octave, there’s simply no equalisation task that Slice EQ can’t handle.
Slice EQ features both regular stereo and mid-side modes, with linked or independent processing of left/right or mid/sides channels. The graphical editor helpfully describes the mouse pointer position in musical note name as well as Hz and kHz, and the A/B buttons enable one-click comparison of two separate curves. The onboard referencing system lets you overlay the variable-resolution spectral analyser with a reference curve from a library of genre-based presets, live sidechain input or any imported audio file; and the resizable GUI stretches or shrinks to suit any display.
More information: Kilohearts