Fat EQ

The Fat EQ is a versatile multiband EQ which can be used on individual sources or overall mixes. The Fat EQ provides up to five individual frequency bands, graphically displays EQ curves, and includes a set of parameters for each band.

Figure. Fat EQ window.

The Fat EQ offers the following parameters.

  • Band Type buttons: Located above the graphic display. For bands 1–2 and 4–5, click one of the paired buttons to select the EQ type for the corresponding band.
    • Band 1: Click the highpass or low shelving button.
    • Band 2: Click the low shelving or parametric button.
    • Band 3: Always acts as a parametric EQ band.
    • Band 4: Click the parametric or high shelving button.
    • Band 5: Click the high shelving or lowpass button.
  • Graphic display: Shows the EQ curve of each frequency band.
  • Frequency fields: Sets the frequency for each band.
  • Gain knobs: Set the amount of gain for each band.
  • Q fields: Sets the Q or bandwidth of each band—the range of frequencies around the center frequency that are altered. At low Q factor values, the EQ covers a wider frequency range. At high Q values, the effect of the EQ band is limited to a narrow frequency range. The Q value can significantly influence how audible your changes are—if you’re working with a narrow frequency band, you’ll generally need to cut or boost more drastically to notice the difference.

    Note: For bands 1 and 5, this changes the slope of the filter.

  • Band On/Off buttons: Enables/disables the corresponding band.
  • Master Gain slider and field: Sets the overall output level of the signal. Use it after boosting or cutting individual frequency bands.