Looking for a decent VST frequency analyzer plugin...ideas?

Discussion in 'Mixing' started by Stoobert, Jun 6, 2009.

  1. Stoobert

    Stoobert Guest

    Hi guys thanks for reading this is my first post here. I use Protools and Ableton. I am new to the mixing process and trying to learn. To aid in mixing, I was hoping to find a decent frequency analyzer to help me understand notching EQs and so on.

    I was reading this page in particular:
    http://www.homerecordingconnection.com/news.php?action=view_story&id=154 {scroll down to see graphs}

    And I was fascinated by the graphs of frequencies. I have used PAZ Frequency Analyzer VST plugin but it doesn't seem to show much variance in sound. Weather I am using PAZ on guitar, bass or snare it pretty much always shows a lot of low end < 200 and peaks about 125 if the instrument is not EQd.

    What can I do to get some better frequency graphs like the charts I see on that webpage link? Am I using PAZ wrong?

    Thanks guys!
  2. apstrong

    apstrong Active Member

    Are those charts actually from real software, or did he just make them up in photoshop as diagrams to illustrate a point perhaps?
  3. jg49

    jg49 Well-Known Member

    Try this, there are others on this site. This one is free. Use it to see if you are getting different results. I am not familiar with PAZ.
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    Those charts appear to be for the purpose of illustrating his article, doubt that it is an actual screenshot of a plugin.

    This is the one I have
  4. soapfloats

    soapfloats Well-Known Member

    Cincinnati, OH
    Home Page:
    I like the Voxengo analyzer. I also like the analysis tools that come w/ some IK bundles. FFT, 1/3 octave, and spectral analyzers, level meter, stereo image analyzer. Since I don't use many inserts on my stereo bus, I often use these types of tools.
    My room/speaker situation is far from ideal, so feedback like that can help provide a reality check.

    Hope that helps.
  5. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Since you're using ProTools, don't you need an RTAS plugin? I mean, since you are using ProTools, you need RTAS plugins.

    Here's one:

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    I just think you should mix with your ears. A good set of Near field monitors should serve well enough. The only exception might be with the lower frequencies. Even then, a good sub will probably serve you better than a frequency analyzer. But that's just my opinion.
  6. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Here's a quote from protools users forum., (not duc):

    Not that I think this is a hard and fast rule. I just happen to agree with the opinion voiced therin.
  7. jg49

    jg49 Well-Known Member

    I absolutely agree that the ears not the eyes are the master tool. I used the analyzer more in the beginning and it helped to teach me in what range certain instruments "lived" but I have never used it to actually EQ. I still sometimes refer to it when I am trying to seperate the bass drum and bass line but again mostly as a reference before I start.

    When I read your post you said you were using a VST plug in so that is what I directed you to if your software requires a different format that could explain erroneous graphs perhaps.
  8. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Well-Known Member

    Kirkland WA
    Home Page:
    Roger Nichols digital has free download of it's Inspector plug.


  9. Just an FYI-we have a full metering suite in our T-RackS 3 singles collection-

    This might do the trick for you.
  10. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Well-Known Member


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