Chandler Limited® Curve Bender Mastering EQ
The inspired tone of the legendary British console EQ, taken to the next level.
Based on the vintage EMI TG12345 desk from Abbey Road Studios, the same one used to record Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon and The Beatles' Abbey Road, Chandler Limited’s Curve Bender EQ isn’t just a recreation of the legendary hardware. It takes the sonics of the vintage EMI unit, and blows it up into powerful mastering EQ.
Developed by Softube — and available exclusively for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo interfaces — the Chandler Limited Curve Bender Mastering EQ plug-in is endorsed by Chandler Limited and is an exacting emulation of this ultra‑boutique EQ.
Now You Can:
Shape and color your mixes with the only authentic emulation of Chandler Limited's best-in-class EQ
Give your tracks vintage warmth and character
Boost frequencies in your masters with powerful, character-filled EQ curves — without ever sounding harsh
Harness plug-in-only features Mid/Side and Channel Linking to tweak width and punch
Take a listen
An Iconic Circuit
Using an advanced algorithm, Softube expertly emulates the Chandler Limited Curve Bender’s filter inductors — the key to its legendary sonic character. “Inductor-based EQs have a sound that is unachievable by any other method," says Chandler Limited founder, Wade Goeke. "They sound fat, with thick low end, slightly aggressive mids, and smooth highs.”
Expanding a Classic
The original EMI TG12345 desk EQ offered nine fixed filter points. The Chandler Limited Curve Bender expanded these to a whopping 51, with more gain options, a slightly more flexible Q, Mid/Side capability, and added high and low‑pass filters. These enhancements have made the Chandler Limited Curve Bender EQ equally at home in high-end mixing or mastering studios.
Mastering and More
Although it’s primarily designed for the mix bus, the Chandler Limited Curve Bender EQ plug-in can be used in myriad tone-shaping scenarios. Put it on your mix bus and add air, complexity, weight and mojo with juicy inductor-based flavor. The Chandler Limited Curve Bender plug-in’s ultra-flexible filters can even clean up infrasonic rumble, DC offset, and high-frequency noise. Or place it on your drum or vocal bus for tons of old-school spice and attitude that is unachievable any other way.
“The sonic similarities of the UAD Chandler Curve Bender to the hardware allows me to work on my mobile rig, and integrate seamlessly into the analog world.”
– Tony Maserati (Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Jason Mraz)
“The Curve Bender plug-in has the hallmarks of the original, with the added benefit of M/S processing and channel linking – it sounds amazing!”
– Ryan Hewitt (Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Avett Brothers)
“The tone is strong, rock and roll, and has tons of personality. The Curve Bender can deliver a simple one-click notch of air on an organic mix or a healthy amount of low-end thump to punch up an electronic track.”
– Joe Chiccarelli (Jason Mraz, Beck, The Strokes, Morrissey)
I thought I didn't need another EQ. I tried it out on a mastering session and compared to other mastering eq's. The Curvebender was a clear winner. Flexible enough and mid-side and vibe. Excellent!Read More
This is a great EQ. I love how it adds nice smoothness to the sound. seems like it sounds good no matter where you set it. Doesn't seem to ever sound bad. Dial in more bass/less bass, etc. Its...Read More
One of the best Master EQ on this World. Easy to use and effective makes a real difference in the mix busRead More
Complete and utter MAGIC
This thing has some character!! The frequencies are just right. I hardly ever find myself using more then 1 click on any frequency. It's instant magic. It's been on my 2-bus for a handful of sessions...Read More
New plug-ins, very good
It can improve the clarity of music Sound through it will be higher density Can increase the sound field openRead More
Guitars and Synths!
I love this on guitars and synths. The mid frequency bands really stand out to me as being special.Read More
Exacting emulation of this modern classic EQ for mixing and mastering, fully authenticated by Chandler Limited
Based on the vintage EMI TG12345 desk used to record The Beatles and Pink Floyd
Models entire Chandler Limited Curve Bender electronic path including transformers and circuit nonlinearities
Plug-in-only features include Mid/Side functionality and channel linking
Includes Artist Presets from Howard Willing, Kevin Kadish, and Tony Maserati
Chandler Limited Curve Bender Mastering EQ
I thought I didn't need another EQ. I tried it out on a mastering session and compared to other mastering eq's. The Curvebender was a clear winner. Flexible enough and mid-side and vibe. Excellent!
This is a great EQ. I love how it adds nice smoothness to the sound. seems like it sounds good no matter where you set it. Doesn't seem to ever sound bad. Dial in more bass/less bass, etc. Its just nice.
One of the best Master EQ on this World. Easy to use and effective makes a real difference in the mix bus
Complete and utter MAGIC
This thing has some character!! The frequencies are just right. I hardly ever find myself using more then 1 click on any frequency. It's instant magic. It's been on my 2-bus for a handful of sessions now and I can't see myself ever removing it.
New plug-ins, very good
It can improve the clarity of music
Sound through it will be higher density
Can increase the sound field open
Guitars and Synths!
I love this on guitars and synths. The mid frequency bands really stand out to me as being special.
Loving this one!!!!
What a wonderful plugin - heard a lot about Chandler gear over the years and the technology being used over the years in TG equipment in Studios like Abbey Road - this emulation is awesome - subtle and unique to my ears - love using the mid/side option to create width on a mix - it now sits in my mix bus chain along side a few others from UA - brilliant plugin!!
If you like the Chandler/Abbey Road sound, this is as good as it gets in plug-in form. Parked on my 2-bus and I don't see it going anywhere anytime soon. Worth it.
Never Leave a Mix Without It
I've spent about 6 months using it before writing a review. This EQ has reshaping abilities that sound completely natural. Whether you're using on your Mix Bus, acoustic guitar, vocal or even M/S on the piano, this EQ does not disappoint.
I concur with S Riel. It is very close to the original and super versatile. Use it everywhere
Character up the wazoo!
Even though I already had the API EQs, the Neve 1073, and the Pultec EQs, I couldn't say no. This EQ has a character that is unique and that I have been looking for in a plugin for quite some time. I find it especially engaging for its mid range.
The real deal plugin!
The Curve Bender combined with an API 2500 has been my mix bus insert for about 4 years. I've A/B'd the HW/plugin quite a bit over the past couple of months and I feel, as well as my clients, we lean closer to the software version. Having both plugins really allows me to be prep/mix remotely and print mixes with the confidence that I'm not short changing the end result. You will not be disappointed!
Solid Warmth, Smooth Highs, Pure Mojo
The Chandler Limited Curve Bender EQ marks another milestone for analog tone in a digital package. Softube have set the bar up high with this plugin. The tone and character are simply astonishing. The plugin sounds and feels like the analog counterpart. The low end feels solid and defined. The top end remains silky smooth even if cranked. No digital harshness whatsoever. The Curve Bender is a beautiful piece of gear. Being able to have multiple of these beasts available during mixing is a godsend. Just by inserting the plugin into the signal chain of any source adds a beautiful mojo that makes you consider adding another OCTO to your setup just to be able to have even more instances available. To sum it up: I am in love! Thank you Softube! You proved once more that you truly are rock'n'roll scientists.
This EQ silky and smooth.Nice on Even Contrabass arco,nylon strings guitar etc.
i don't know the real gear of this plugin because i never had the chance to see it in a studio in switzerland, but all i can say since i use you're stuff my productions have changed to another level
AMAZING tool for mastering ! Great on acoustics guitars and vocals too ! Very musical and smooth!
I own the hardware and was quite surprised at how good the plugin sounded. I can now have this amazing sounding eq on multiple tracks across my sessions. Plus I love the added features that the hardware does not have. I tip my hat to UA !
Chandler(s) Curve Bender/Zener
Phenomenal depth and precision, capable of producing "surgical strikes" and a "sheen" to dream of and now with the Chandler Zener, I'm reviewing lots of new and old or unfinished projects in a whole new light! Kudos and Congrats UAD and Softube! Well Done!!
A very special EQ
I have yet to come across a plugin EQ that can bring out the low-mids of a source in such an inspiringly solid manner. Thank you.
Magical top end, nicely extends group & stem mixes upward, and helps tighten up bass. Subtle but adds magic.