Since it first appeared in SONAR X1 Producer, the QuadCurve EQ has become my go to EQ. That’s saying something given the abundance of killer plugins in my collection (yes, like many of us, I own far too many plugins).
Maybe I’m just lazy, but I love the fact that it’s always there, ready to go on any track or bus at a moments notice. No need to wade through plugin menus – it’s already waiting patiently in the ProChannel.
And it’s no slouch either. There’s no trade-off for that convenience. The QuadCurve EQ is up there with the best of them.
But, as much as I love it, I admit I have, in the past, occasionally found myself reaching for one of the alternative plugins in my arsenal.
Why? The QuadCurve EQ user interface could be, well, a bit cramped. The small EQ plot is fine for quick adjustments, but not so great for fine-tuning. Metering is also important to me, which the QuadCurve EQ was lacking.
The good news? SONAR X3 Producer addresses these issues, and much more besides.
So what’s new?
First off, it’s easier on the eyes. The UI is cleaner, clearer, and you no longer need a magnifying glass to read the knob values!
Then there’s the EQ plot, or should that be “plots”? The small ProChannel plot is still there of course, and it’s as useful as ever, but now there’s a new secret weapon at your disposal…
…the QuadCurve EQ Zoom Window:
As you can see, it’s essentially a much larger EQ user interface which, among other benefits, provides a much finer degree of control.
I say ‘secret weapon’ because it may not be immediately obvious how to get to it (more…)