Crave EQ, professional equalizer plugin for mixing and mastering

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Crave EQ 2.1.11 - Download for Windows and macOS

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Supported audio plugin formats: VST, VST3, Audio Unit and AAX. Available for Windows 7+ and macOS 10.9+ (native Apple Silcon support).

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What's New in Version 2.1

Native Apple Silicon Support

All plugin formats have been updated to run natively on Apple Silicon.

Transparent Phase Crossover Frequency Shown in UI

The frequency of the transparent phase crossover (the point when the phase switches from linear to analog) is shown along the frequency axes for visual reference.

Right Click Drag For More Precise Knobs

Right clicking and dragging allows finer adjustment of knobs.

Band Number in UI

The current band number appears in the UI and can be used to navigate between bands.

What's New in Version 2

Precise Stereo Positioning (Directional EQ)

Peaking and shelving filters can be precisely placed in the stereo field. Use the new M/S and L/R filter knobs in combination to apply width to adjust focus followed by panning to change direction. A new direction bar around each band shows the amount of focus and direction.

Improved Spectrum Analyzer

The new spectrum analyzer supports higher frequency resolutions, features improved ballistics and can be configured to display any of the M, S, L, R (and combined L/R) channels of the input and output signal. The analyzer can be zoomed up to 4x by dragging up/down on the frequency axis. Dedicated preset management for saving/loading analyzer presets.

Linearly Spaced Frequency Lines

Option to switch from logarithmically spaced frequency lines to a new linearly spaced frequency display. Enabled by right clicking the editor background and choosing Lines -> Linear from the context menu.

Sample Accurate Automation

Supports sample accurate automation for offline bounces with compatible hosts and plugin formats.

Phase Inversion

The phase of the signal can be inverted by clicking the Φ button.

Up to 4x Lighter on GPU

The new graphics engine uses 8x less GPU memory and is up to 4x lighter on the GPU processor.

Key Features

  • Four beautifully smooth, lovingly crafted EQ models for mixing and mastering
  • 32 parametric bands with a choice of peaking, high/low shelf, high/low cut, notch, band pass and tilt filters
  • Directional EQ for peaking and shelving filters
  • Combined M/S and L/R channel processing for all filters
  • Solo listen (double-click a band to activate)
  • Configurable high-resolution spectrum analyzer (M/S, L/R and stereo input/output)
  • Adjustable frequency, filter and meter axes
  • Resizable interface
  • macOS Retina and Windows high-DPI support
  • Velocity sensitive knobs
  • Automatic gain compensation
  • GPU accelerated graphics
  • Light on CPU
  • Piano keyboard input
  • Presets and user defined defaults

Unique Transparent Phase Processing

Crave EQ provides four high fidelity phase models: digital (zero latency), analog, linear and transparent. Transparent phase uses a proprietary low latency phase suppression technique developed by Crave DSP that combines the best of both the analog and digital worlds. It is ideal for low latency mixing, delivering linear phase transparency at higher frequencies and analog phase filtering at lower frequencies.

The diagram below shows the four phase models in Crave EQ (analog, digital, transparent and linear) for a peaking filter at 5kHz. In this example, the transparent phase model is set to a latency of 5ms.

It's now our defacto EQ. It's sped up EQ decision making by a serious margin and lets us develop the filtering from the start of tracking through to mixing and mastering. Bruce Wood & Louis Colan, Touchwood Augmented Audio
Crave EQ is one of the most transparent and flexible equalizer plugins I’ve ever used. Erman Aydöner, Mastering Engineer (read his latest book)
All I can say is wow. This is my new go-to EQ, I love the sound and the workflow. Javier Roman, Sound Technician
The analog mode definitely sounds like outboard to me: alive, smooth, adding dimension, wow. Jimmy Deer, Producer / Engineer / Composer
Thank you for creating a wonderful product, and for continuing to expand the feature set. Simon Morrison, Morrison Studios
I love it. Very usable EQ, broad or surgical - whichever you need it to be. Very impressed, I’ll use this one a lot! Bobby Holland, Grammy-Nominated Producer / Engineer / Musician
Gearspace review: 5 stars in all categories