The Waves F6 is a surgical dynamic equaliser with six floating, fully adjustable parametric filter bands, advanced EQ and compression/expansion controls per band, mid-side processing options and more.
The F6 has been designed to be a problem-solving EQ, to be used for diverse equalisation, compression, expansion and de-essing duties. Each of the six floating bands features EQ and dynamic controls that let you zero in on any problem and treat it only when the problem arises.
Rather than treating a frequency one time and leaving it there for the entire track, as a dynamic EQ, the F6 settings are designed to be sensitive to the dynamics of your track. This way you can select not only by how much but also precisely when a specific frequency will be boosted or cut, compressed or expanded.
Waves give vocals of how a dynamic EQ can do a better job than a conventional static EQ...
A singer’s tone changes throughout a performance depending on their position to the microphone. An EQ setting that works well when the singer is close to the mic and singing softly will not be as effective when the singer backs up and starts belting. F6 moves in time with the singer, kicking in when the vocal level crosses a certain threshold that you’ve set – and laying off when it falls below that threshold...
With the F6, you can EQ more precisely, with filters that can be as narrow or as wide as you like, free-floating bands that can overlap, variable EQ shapes, and threshold-sensitive EQ settings. F6 is ideal for isolating specific problems on individual tracks and fixing them transparently only when they pop out. The plugin’s advanced mid-side processing capabilities give you even greater ability to carve out EQ space in a busy mix, so you can breathe more life into your mixes.
Waves F6 Dynamic EQ Feature Summary
- Precision EQ triggered by a built-in dynamic processor
- 6 floating bands that can be placed anywhere in the spectrum
- Powerful EQ and compression/expansion controls per band
- Advanced sidechaining, parallel compression and mid-side processing
- High and low pass filters; bell and notch EQ shapes
- Each band features a solo/sidechain monitor
- Zero latency and low CPU consumption
- Equally effective for studio and live mixing
- Price $29
There are a number of dynamic EQ plug-ins around but at $29, Waves have made this tool very accessible.