You might have seen a McDSP tease on our Facebook page, well now we know what is is. ur friends at McDSP have released the AE600 Active Equalizer. They tell us that the AE600 is a greatly improved version of McDSP's AE400 Active Equalizer, with more bands, more EQ and filtering options, and an improved user interface.
What's In The AE600
The AE600 has 6 completely independent fixed and active EQ bands. Every fixed and active band has its own gain, frequency, Q, and EQ mode controls. EQ mode options include parametric, proportional Q parametric, 5x Q parametric, Baxandall shelving EQ, vintage styled EQ, X-style shelving EQ, Baxandall shelving EQ plus filtering, and high and low pass filtering.
All bands are completely overlapping and can use the input signal or selected side chain inputs to trigger the active EQ response. Each active band has its own threshold, attack, release, and ratio controls. Additional features include pre-filtering, a larger display, more metering options, and algorithm optimisations.
The active EQ bands can be controlled via the response plot itself, or from the text readouts above and below the response plot.
The AE600’s active EQ response is determined by each band’s threshold, attack and release settings. Additionally, a ratio control determines input signal level sensitivity to further articulate how the active EQ will reach maximum active equalization, which is a feature McDSP claim is unique to their AE600 (and AE400) active equalizers.
Peak signal text readouts for each active EQ band’s key signal allow quick setup of each band’s active EQ threshold, and are located underneath band dynamics plots. Input and Output controls, individual band bypass, band control linking, and band key signal monitoring round out the features of the AE600.
AE600 Pricing And Upgrades
The AE600 is available at an introductory price of $149 Native and $249 HD until November 30th, 2016.
Existing AE400 (HD or Native) owners may purchase the AE600 for only $49 until November 30th, 2016.