Fab Filter Pro-Q3 Review

Fab Filter Pro-Q 3 Review

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.

Mixing with the Fab Filter Pro-Q3

Mixing Tips With Fab Filter Pro-Q 3

Fab Filter's new Pro-Q 3 EQ is an incredibly powerful piece of engineering (you can check out my full review here). 

In this post, I want to share with you how you can use some of the incredible features in the Pro-Q 3 to take your mixing skills to the next level. You see, the Pro-Q 3 provides a host of tools to educate you as a mixer and start making smarter, more informed choices. 

For example, if you have Pro-Q 3s in multiple channels, you can compare them to see where the frequency overlaps and gets muddy. For example, you could quickly see what frequency range your bass and kick drum are conflicting, then decide which you'd like to cut. 

The Pro-Q3 also provides the ability to solo the frequency range you're working with so you can really hear what 3k on a guitar sounds like. I couldn't believe how different some EQ moves were from my expectations. On top of this, the Pro-Q 3 has a robust graphic interface displaying the waveforms.

The Pro-Q3 is also great for helping your mixing education because it's an all-in-one EQ tool. You can make EQ adjustments to in regular mode, or mid/side mode, or even to just one side. Having quick access to all these different modes means you can experiment with more advanced quickly, without having to reach for a different plugin. Similarly, the Pro-Q3 can act as a dynamic EQ, ducking frequencies out of the way.

You can download a free 30-day demo of the product here. Also, this article is based on a review copy.

how to remix in reason

How to Remix a Song In Reason

There are many different ways to remix a song in Reason, but today I want to take about how to remix a song (or loop/sample) in Reason using Dr. OctoRex. Dr. OctoRex is a very powerful loop player, but by digging just a little into its other features you can really transform your source material.

For the purposes of remixing in Propellerhead's Reason, a lot of people first turn to high pass or low pass filters to isolate certain parts of the sound. For example, if you've got a drum loop, and you don't want the kick, you could use a high-pass filter to cut out all the lows. But this might affect the timbre of the snare. It's a tried and true technique.

And it can be great, but I want to talk about another technique you can use. Instead, I like to first experiment with Dr. OctoRex's ADSR envelope.

How to remix a song in reason

Dr. OctoRex's ADSR Envelope is on the bottom right

In an ADSR envelope:

  • The A stands for Attack (how long for the sound to start)
  • The D stands for Decay (how long for the sound to hold)
  • The S stands for Sustain (how quickly the sound fades)
  • The R stands for Release (how quickly the sound releases)

For our purposes, you really only need to worry about the Attack and Decay function. So if you want to make a loop have less attack, increase the Attack. Depending on how the loop is sliced, this could cut out entire instruments. Similarly, if you only want the attack, reduced the Decay. 

Watch the video to hear how the sound changes!