I’ve tried a lot of EQs in my life. Each one promising some incredible vintage model the promised to make my life better. To be honest, none of them really have done much for me – until the Fab Filter Pro-Q 3.
And that’s not hype (you can watch my Fab Filter Pro-Q 3 review and see I’m not lying – I’ve got a terrible poker face).
You see, the Pro-Q 3 doesn’t emulate any legendary device, it doesn’t do saturation, it doesn’t have any magic fairy dust. It just lets you make smart, well-informed mixing decisions.
Unlike other plugins, it presents you with tons of extra information that allows you to be a better mixer. And when you use EQ better, you don’t need any fairy dust.
It’s also loaded with amazing features like mid-side processing, dynamic EQ, and a spiffy visualizer. I did a whole post here on how powerful mixing with the Pro-Q 3 can be. Plus there’s a ton of curve shapes, from filters to shelves. And with adjustable slopes to help you target those hard to reach frequencies.
The best way to use it, in my opinion, is to put a Fab Filter on every channel and do all of your subtractive EQ in it. Then, if you want that vintage saturated fairy dust sound, insert your other additive EQs after the Pro-Q 3. I found this gives me great results and really doesn’t slow down my workflow significantly.
It can also be great on the master buss thanks to the Pro-Q 3’s surgical curves and excellent analytical tools. Just be sure that any edits you do to the master buss are subtle and limited to a couple dB or less.
If you want to check it out for yourself you can download a free 30-day demo here. This Fab Filter Pro-Q 3 review is based on a free review copy.