Massenburg DesignWorks Hi-Res Parametric EQ 2.0
Nowadays there are many software parametrics to choose from, but the five-band MDW Hi-Res stands out for its surgical precision and crystalline tone. Dig the specs: 48-bit processing; 96 kHz processing for 48 kHz and 96 kHz sessions, and 192 kHz for 192 kHz sessions; frequencies from 10 Hz to 41 kHz; and bandwidths ranging from an anorexic 1/18 of an octave to a morbidly obese 6 2/3 octaves. Golly!
The recently released Version 2.0 of the MDW Hi-Res EQ refines an already great product. New features include a spiffed-up interface with a choice of 6 dB, 12 dB, and 24 dB grids, phase inversion, A/B snapshots, and the ability to copy and paste band settings. There’s also a new “Iso-Peak” function that lets you specify target frequencies and zip straight to them via the interface.
But the biggest 2.0 improvement may be its greater efficiency. The MDW Hi-Res has always been more processor-hungry than most EQs, but now you can create five instances of the plug-in from a single DSP per chip — or nine instances, if you opt for the new three-band version of the plug-in.
The MDW Hi-Res EQ runs as a TDM plug-in on all Pro Tools|HD systems, as well as VENUE systems.