[Ardour-Users] graphical EQs [was: what linux audio project, do you miss?]

Jörn Nettingsmeier nettings at stackingdwarves.net
Thu Mar 3 16:02:10 PST 2011

On 03/04/2011 12:32 AM, Christopher Stamper wrote:

> Regardless of your creative process, the industry seems to agree that a
> 3-band parametric EQ with a graphical interface is pretty standard. And
> we don't really have one.
> Sure, one could search the internet and message boards until he finds a
> few. But IMO we need a *great* plugin that could be readily available
> (at no cost, I dont really care about freedom - though it may make it
> easier to distribute) to anyone who would use Ardour/etc.
> FWIW, I know a lot of people that won't use non-graphical parametric
> EQs. It's not that they are stupid, they just can't visualize it without
> the little graph.

to re-iterate: there is the FIL plugin, which is a very nice 4 band 
parametric. it's LADSPA, so it has only a minimal UI, but it's fully 
MIDI-controllable in ardour.
the very same algorithm has been wrapped in a really sweet GUI with 
amplitude response graph by nedko arnaudov, the package is called 
lv2fil. i suggest people try it. the feel of the knobs has been a 
problem lately, but i'm not sure if that's an issue with my distro and 
certain python libs...

in any case, these two are up to almost any job, unless you need steep 
high or lowpass filters. i use lv2fil if someone is watching (it's soo 
cool when automated!), and FIL if i need the parameters on MIDI controllers.

sure, lv2fil could use some love, but if more people check it out, i'm 
sure it will shed its remaining kinks really quickly, particularly in 
the light of the recent lv2 extension discussion on LAD.

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