I recently watched a video with Andrew Scheps, where he talks about the use of "dynamic" ( also referred to as "active") EQ - this is NOT the same as Multi Band Compression. It actually allows you to take certain frequencies out of the compression detection circuit, and it works in a process very similar to if you would be manually working an EQ for certain parts - such as if you were countering proximity effect, or perhaps using a de-esser; temporarily rolling off low's, or notching 4-6k for sibilance... "dynamic" EQ allows you to find certain frequencies and attenuate them ( or leave them alone) without the use of gain reduction, and you can be as specific or as general as you like in your frequencies or ranges. The difference between "active EQ" and MBC is best explained by my friend Cass Anawaty from Sunbreak Mastering... he uses it often. He says, "You're not reducing the dynamic range with a ratio, it's just like riding the boost or cut on an EQ, only very quickly, measured in milliseconds, so ultimately, it's more transparent..." source: http://theotherotherplace.org/index.php?topic=9677.0 Scheps explains more about "active" or "dynamic" EQ here: ( at 18:54) As he mentions, he uses a McDSP plug for this. I don't have McDSP, so I went searching, and asking around with my colleagues, and found this: http://www.tokyodawn.net/tdr-nova/ ( it's free, BTW, and supports all major formats). I've only worked with this plug for a short time, but I have to say I'm really digging it. Besides being incredibly transparent, it also doesn't have the same kind of odd "phasey" response that I've always encountered with MBC's, because of their odd frequency crossover / roll offs... especially when using them with parallel GR. This "dynamic" EQ is much more linear than an MBC, because it works like any typical EQ, and you aren't forced to separate the bands into "sections", which, when using an MBC, can all be using different ratios, different attacks and releases, and at different times, often creating a muddy mess, as MBC's so often present sonically, sucking the life out of tracks and mixes, because they are always compressing, whether you want them to or not... so, too often, you end up losing that which you'd rather preserve, because an MBC is only looking at the frequency/range in "general" terms. ------------------------------------------------- Samplitude users: ( @audiokid , @JohnTodd , @kmetal , @DigitaLWizarD , @rjuly , @Boswell , and any other Samp users I've left out): For those who use Samplitude and Object Based Editing, this EQ would be somewhat similar to if you were to split an audio file on a particular section ( or even on a note) and EQ just that section or note. ------------------------------------------------- Now, for those who do like to use compressed EQ, this plug allows that too, offering a good, transparent sounding compressor, that is detailed and well designed....but you don't have to use it for this EQ to be incredibly affective. Actually, in the short time I have used it, I've gotten great results not by using compression per se', but by actually removing certain frequencies from the compression detection circuit, allowing for very nice, smooth, and natural-sounding response. I'm still working with this, getting acclimated to it, but I have to say that, upon early initial use, I'm quite impressed by what it does, but I'm also just as impressed about what it doesn't do. (And the price is right, too. ) Here's a "quick and dirty" video explaining how this EQ works: If anyone else here is using "active EQ", I'd like to hear from them; what they use and how they use it. So far I've only used it on vocals, but I'm sure it could be used on anything. FWIW -d.