Eventide SplitEQ Offers An Alternative To Traditional EQs

Eventide has released SplitEQ, an advanced equalization plug-in, featuring the company’s patented Structural Split technology.

SplitEQ works in a fundamentally different way from traditional EQs. Eventide describes it as “a new approach for corrective and creative rebalancing, enhancing, repairing, and widening any musical signal or other audio source.”

SplitEQ is a parametric EQ with eight bands of precise, musical filters. What’s new and different is Eventide’s powerful Structural Split engine which divides the incoming audio into separate Transient and Tonal streams that feed the eight bands. This approach makes common EQ problems easy to solve even in a complex mix and opens up exciting new musical possibilities.

“We’re incredibly proud of what our developers have accomplished. They’ve built on the Structural Split technology at the heart of our earlier plug-in, Physion, to do something truly groundbreaking: SplitEQ is a fundamentally new type of musical tool.” said Eventide’s founder, Richard Factor.

SplitEQ takes the sound of structure into account. It splits any sound into two streams, mimicking human perception of its tonal and transient elements. After that, you can cut or boost only that part of the sound on which you’re focused. SplitEQ is not just a corrective tool. It is also a new type of creative tool for adding dimension to mixes through its independent Left/Right and Mid/Side panning options.

SplitEQ features a real-time spectrum analyzer so one can see and hear the sound in new ways. Solo only the transients, a single band, or only the transients on a single band. Use this analyzer to track down problematic resonances or transients by displaying the tonal and transient streams separately, adding a new dimension to your troubleshooting toolkit.

Features:

  • World-class 8-band parametric EQ with precise musical filters
  • Equalizes Transient and Tonal parts of a sound separately using Eventide’s patented Structural SplitTM technology
  • Controls Transient and Tonal Output levels
  • Enhances the stereo field with continuous Transient and Tonal panning controls (L/R and
    Mid/Side modes)
  • Innovative real-time spectrum analyzer displays the Transient and Tonal streams independently
  • Controls for the underlying Split technology for fine-tuning and experimentation
  • Globally scales the EQ curves together or independently
  • Has Peak, Notch, Bandpass, High-Shelf, Low-Shelf, Tilt Shelf, High-Pass, and Low-Pass filter types with slopes from 6 to 96 dB/octave
  • Includes a comprehensive library with over 150 presets
  • A/B buttons allow quick auditioning of two presets or settings plus Undo/ Redo functionality
  • Graphical user interface with zoom options and can be re-sized

Pricing and Availability

SplitEQ is available now for Mac and PC in VST, AAX, and AU formats for an introductory price of $99 (reg. $179) from Eventide and authorized dealers worldwide.

5 thoughts on “Eventide SplitEQ Offers An Alternative To Traditional EQs

  1. Could be very useful on individual tracks. I think it would need to pass some critical listening tests before I would dare use something like this in a mastering context. The potential for destructive artifacts is a concern.

  2. Things not to miss when looking at this software; Transient settings, that makes a lot o difference in the processing. Mid/side separate control over the transient and the tonal part. I have seen several videos missing these parts, and the transient setting is important, the mid/side feature is a very useful tool that may not be interesting for every user.

    The clear downside of this EQ compared to some others, is the limitation of just 6 bands + low-cut and high cut, someone claiming to be an eventide developer commented on youtube that it would be relatively easy for them to add more bands, but they haven’t yet, and if they do, when, and will it be as a free upgrde?

    1. Isn’t a software EQ really in essence just a different filter instance for each band? If you run out of bands, why not just insert another EQ and disable the bands you aren’t using?

  3. Jon makes a valid observation. I shamefacedly look for end-of-chain processors to help clean up my sometimes sloppy mixes, so this seems appealing, especially at $99. I do a lot of EQ riding by hand when I mix down, so a few more bands seem called for. Still, its well within “its a feature not a bug” territory.

    I’m sold on Valhalla delays and reverbs because they make many things simpler with a quality sound. Split EQ feels like a similar tool. I’d welcome the help! I can build good effects chains with just Logic, but I love my solid 3rd party go-tos.

  4. I really can’t claim to completely understand what this EQ does- but I’m really getting the impression that this is something that is a solution looking for a problem. I don’t really believe that a new kind of EQ is going to ever really solve anyones issues. I have more than enough EQ processing in my DAW right now.

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