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Smart EQ - Sonible's Frei:Raum

Discussion in 'Recording' started by DonnyThompson, Feb 25, 2015.

  1. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    A "smart EQ". Interesting concept.

    "The core of frei:raum is a fully interactive equalizer with state of the art mastering quality. Each band can either be used in classical mode for manual EQing, or in the unique "smart" mode, offering automatic detection and removal of problematic resonances in different frequency bands."

    They also make a "de-verberator".

    source: http://www.sonible.com/en/freiraum
  2. thatjeffguy

    thatjeffguy Active Member

    Good find Donny! I would think this would be an invaluable tool especially for those who mix tracks that were recorded by others where the quality of the tracking and or room were less than ideal.
    Boy, the technology advancements never cease to amaze!

  3. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    I'm not sure that leaving this plug active during the mix is a good thing to do, though... First of all, it's a CPU and RAM hog. Even at 2048 as my buffer setting, using it as an actual active insert point processor is dragging things down quite a bit.
    I'm more interested in the measurement function of it, letting it analyze the material and then making corresponding adjustments on my own using my own EQ - like Samplitude's 116EQ, or FFT, for example.
    In that regard, this might prove useful to either to my monitor EQ, or as a starting point for standard equalization of individual tracks and/or sub buses.

    But... I don't think that leaving it on and active would be the way to go, as the correction might be constantly changing the EQ to compensate, and that would be a real headache.

    I just can't say yet for sure... and because this processor is so new, there isn't a whole lot onf instructional material available yet.

    And... at $399 Euro... I don't think it's very likely that we will see a huge proportion of home recording studios running out to buy it right away, either. To try? Maybe. But... it's pretty pricey to actually purchase.
  4. thatjeffguy

    thatjeffguy Active Member

    Thanks for the info about it being a CPU and Ram hog... good to know.
    Also, good thought about the possibility that it might try constantly changing the EQ if active during mix.
    Too pricey for my needs, I never mix what I haven't tracked myself, so I get by with only minor EQ adjustments in most cases, but it's still exciting to me to see the various ways that digital technology is being exploited. Some offerings, like Melodyne, have changed the way things are done!

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