Massenburg DesignWorks Hi-Res Parametric EQ 2.0

Version 2.0 of the MDW Hi-Res Parametric EQ boasts a revamped
interface, several new features, and improved processor efficiency.
When the Massenburg DesignWorks Hi-Res Parametric EQ debuted a couple of years back, it instantly established itself as one of the finest software EQs on the market. No surprise — after all, creator George Massenburg invented parametric EQ. (Parametric equalizers permit you to alter not only the frequency and depth of an EQ band, but also the band’s width.)

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.