Here at Audio Plugin Guy HQ we have already fallen in love with Kilohearts. Their SnapHeap and MultiPass hosts for their Snapin plugins are so much fun to create with that we’ve lost hours between us making sounds that no one will probably ever hear. And we don’t regret a thing.
So we’re delighted to see that they have released a new plugin to add to our collection and use both inside and out of their own special hosts.
A New Way to EQ
Carve EQ is, as you might guess, a graphic equaliser plugin. It exists to control the lows, mids, highs and everything in between of any audio passed through it. EQ’s are pretty ubiquitous. You will already have one or two as stock plugins in your DAW and may have invested in one or two more.
Why do we need another EQ plugin then?
Oftentimes an EQ will have a specific tone or colour that it imparts to the sound it’s processing. Mostly these are emulations of classic analog EQs and this character is part of their appeal. Carve EQ isn’t one of those. In fact it’s a very clean and pure EQ, which is one of it’s important features. The rest comes mainly down to workflow.
Carve EQ has a very clear interface and a set of tools which allow you to edit the EQ curves in useful, intuitive ways. You have the options to sculpt or draw your curves and then further refine by selecting points and moving them about. With these controls you can get to where you want quite quickly. You also have the option to change the EQ curves for MID and SIDE signals separately, which is something we always appreciate.
One of the other special features is the ability to learn the curve of a reference track (or selection of preloaded references) and bring your EQ in line with that. Carve EQ does this in an effective and not-too-heavy-handed way that actually has the desired effect. Having the option to control the level of detail and just how much your EQ conforms to the reference lets you dial in just as much change as you need to be happy with the result.
The tiny CPU footprint also makes this a really handy tool to have in the box. Check it out.