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McDSP FilterBank
4 4 out of 5, based on 1 Review

FilterBank, McDSP’s first product, is an equalizer plug-in that rivals any analog EQ with its flexible design and substantial feature collection.


8th March 2021

McDSP FilterBank by Qiy

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 3 out of 5
  • Features 3 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 4
McDSP FilterBank

This digital equalizer was released in 1998 and is one of the oldest equalizer plugins in the market. It has been continuously supported by McDSP and is still widely used.

Filterbank features three different plugins:

E606, F202 and F606.

E606:It's parametric with 2 extended Pultec-style and LP/HP filters.

F202: Just LP/HP but has more db/oct options.

F606: Full parametric design and more variable Q.

This product has very fantastic sounding saturation: Subtle but impressive. Filterbank is not a simulation of a specific hardware, but it has a certain analog feeling.

The sound of this equalizer is warm and bright, can boost high frequencies without getting a lot of hiss, with solid low frequencies and natural high-pass and low-pass filters. It has very good effects for processing vocals, guitars, and bass.

If you need to get an accurate surgical cut or want to make a big boost, Filterbank can still keep the materials natural.

However, this equalizer also has some disadvantages.

- McDSP only recognizes compatibility with Pro Tools, Logic X, Cubase, Nuendo, Ableton Live, MOTU Digital Performer, Studio One, Sonar, which means that if you are using other DAWs, the problems you encounter may not be supported.

- iLok protected, require a dongle or stable network.

- The graphical interface still has some problems, but it can be tolerated.

- GUI is not vector, Zooming in will cause blur.

- F202,E606,F606 are seprated plugins, you cannot switch between them.


In any case, I will still recommend this product, because:

- McDSP plugins are stable and never cause crashing (I'm using Reaper and Pro Tools.)
- Very, very, very reasonable discounted price (Now more than two decades have passed.)
- Pultec-Style filters.
- Super sounding.

 

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