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Customer Reviews 33 Reviews

3.27 out of 5 stars

by S. Ivarsson (6/27/2015):

I think it's worth the price, but it gives a really annoying PEW sound every time I… Read more

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Overview

Sonnox® Oxford EQ Plug-In
developed by Sonnox

Key Features

  • 5-band fully parametric EQ incorporating exact algorithms from the legendary Sony OXF-R3 digital mixing console
  • Variable HF & LF filters up to 36 dB/Octave
  • Four different EQ types — from modern to “legacy” styles — in a single plug-in
  • Fully “de-cramped” (symmetrical) HF response
  • Intuitive editable graphic display of all EQ/filter settings and adjustments
  • Developed for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform by Sonnox
  • Requires UAD-2 DSP Accelerator or Apollo Interface

Read full features & specs

Four EQ Types from the Legendary Sony® OXF-R3 Console in a Single Plug-In, Now on the UAD-2 Platform.

The Sonnox Oxford EQ plug-in is based on the EQ section of the iconic Sony OXF-R3 console, introduced in the early 1990’s and widely regarded as the pinnacle of digital mixing consoles. Developed by Sonnox for the UAD-2 platform, the Oxford EQ plug-in today incorporates the exact same algorithms from the console, with 4 different selectable EQ types — including “legacy” styles renowned for their artistic capabilities. The use of novel coefficient generation and intelligent processing provides unparalleled performance that, for many Oxford EQ users, surpasses analog EQ in both sound quality and artistic freedom.

History
Sony Oxford was originally set up in the late 1980’s to design a high-end pro audio DSP system and related software design tools. The team that formed the UK-based Oxford group combined experts from a number of disciplines, including engineers previously responsible for the SSL E-Series. Their business goal was simple: to take Sony into high-end recording studios. The result of their efforts was the Sony OXF-R3, or "Oxford" console, as it's often called. A high-end digital mixer years ahead of its time, the Oxford was favored for many years by a range of “A-list” audio professionals — including George Massenburg, Peter Gabriel, and Mick Guzauski.

Parameters
There are four types of EQ in the Sonnox Oxford EQ plug-in. The differences between the types are found within the curve characteristics of the bell settings; their shelving curves are identical. 'Q' controls allow an amount of “undershoot” to be dialed in for boost settings, and overshoot when a shelf is used in cut settings. As an example, when applying an HF shelf, adding Q will cause the mid range just below the shelf to be cut, while simultaneously increasing the slope of the rise to the shelf. This has the effect of reducing perceived harshness, while sweetening the overall sound.

EQ Type 1
This EQ can be regarded as a multi-purpose “sharp” or fixative tool. Characterized with minimal gain versus 'Q' dependency, the shape of the peak of the boost and cut curves (when in “Bell”) remain virtually constant according to the Q setting — no matter what level of boost or cut. Even so, it is possible to mimic many other EQ types with Type 1, due to the flexibility of the control ranges.

EQ Type 2
The boost curves in Type 2 are identical to Type 1, whereas the cut curves are tighter. In fact, this is a true 'constant Q' equalizer where the cut curve is three times sharper than the boost curve; ideal for removing troublesome resonances.

EQ Type 3
Type 3 is a reciprocal EQ which has a moderate amount of gain versus 'Q' dependency. This means that at lower boost and cut settings, the shape of the curve is broader, becoming progressively sharper with increased boost or cut. This characteristic feels very comfortable to the ears, and this type of EQ is often deemed “musical” by its users.

EQ Type 4
This type has the greatest gain versus 'Q' dependency. Its characteristics are very soft and gentle. Type 4 is extremely useful in mastering situations.

In Use
Applications for the Sonnox Oxford EQ plug-in include recording, mixing, mastering, post-production sweetening, sound design, and audio restoration.

* All trademarks are recognized as property of their respective owners. Individual UAD Powered Plug-Ins sold separately.

$299.00

Reviews

Reviews

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  • Steve Levine

    (Culture Club, Beach Boys, Patch William)

    “The exquisite Sonnox Oxford EQ really shines with the huge DSP available on the UAD platform.”

    Aziz Ibrahim

    (Simply Red, The Stone Roses)

    “The [UAD] Oxford EQ plug-in is one of the sweetest EQ's available. The awesome cut and boost curves, all available to me again with the added bonus of digital automation. The epitome of versatility and accuracy.”

    Gareth Jones

    (Depeche Mode, Erasure, Grizzly Bear)

    "Along with the Apollo Interface, the Sonnox Oxford EQ allows me to do valuable sound sculpting when tracking. Thanks for another great tool."

    Mike Poole

    (Robert Plant, Martina McBride, Buddy Miller)

    “[The UAD Sonnox Oxford EQ] acts just like the EQ and filters on the real console. Even better, now you can grab the points on the graphic display to change settings.”

    Matt Knobel

    (Lenny Kravitz, Mary J. Blige)

    “As silky and smooth as I remember. The [UAD] Sonnox Oxford EQ is stellar, a must have for a true perfectionist."

  • Jose Cancela

    (HBO Sports, NFL, UFC)

    "The Sonnox Oxford EQ delivers a warmth and clarity in the upper frequencies that is truly spectacular. This added gem makes the UAD plug-in family an indispensable tool in your arsenal."

    Ken Lewis

    (Jay-Z & Kanye West, Drake, John Legend)

    “I used to mix on the big [Sony] Oxford Digital console at the Hit Factory in the 90's and I loved the EQ's on that console. This plug-in is that all over again. Amazing.”

    DJ Josh One

    (Julie Walehwa)

    "The Sonnox Oxford EQ allows me to pinpoint the frequency I'm after in a snap. It's extremely powerful and sounds amazing!"

    Dennis Sands

    (The Avengers, American Beauty)

    “I have always found the Sonnox Oxford EQ to be one of the most useful and versatile EQ's available on the plug-in market. Now on the UAD platform, this is yet another reason to become a UAD user.”

    Miles Walker

    (Rihanna, Katy Perry, Wiz Khalifa)

    "Using the [UAD] Sonnox Oxford EQ I'm able to get the smoothest vocal tones imaginable...it really makes sitting a vocal in a mix easy and fun."

  • Dean Coleman

    “Nothing finer, the Sonnox Oxford EQ finally home on UAD. With its super-tight precision for adjusting the bands, this will be a clutch player for me.”

    David Miles Huber

    “[With the Sonnox Oxford EQ] you can call up several functional presets, switch between two (A/B) settings…[and] it has undo/redo buttons that let you flip thru previous EQ settings or quickly skip between tweaks. That's seriously genius!”

    Jeff Bova

    (Celine Dion, Jordan Sparks, Katy Perry)

    “It was immediately obvious the difference between the TDM and the UAD version. The [UAD Sonnox Oxford EQ] improved graphics and four filter types behave and sound much more like I remember them on the console.”

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    Good but faulty in my case
    by S. Ivarsson(Saturday 27 June, 2015)

    I think it's worth the price, but it gives a really annoying PEW sound every time I start it. This sound effect seems to be rare so you probably shouldn't let that spook you. Can you help me out UAD? 5/5 plugin, just... this sound... every time I press play... Read More

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    Sonnox Oxford eq
    by K. Nesheim(Friday 6 March, 2015)

    This was my go to eq for years on the TC powercore platform. I've been using other eq's for about 9 years. I bought it today after using it in demo mode on a project, with my Apollo quads. Instant gratification and feels like home. Great sounding eq, thanks Read More

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    Very Nice!
    by C. (buck) (Tuesday 7 October, 2014)

    This a Sonnox there it is there you have it. I own quite a few of the plug in's they offer, and this one is spot on . I wish you guys would handle more of em in the UAD platform Read More

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    GREAT IN UAD PLATFORM
    by M. Popoola (Saturday 5 July, 2014)

    One thing people need to know is that the investment into UAD platform is bcos of their plugs and DSP. even if Sonnox also have this plugin. The fact that I do not have to use my computer power is why I am buying this plugin. I also want it to be either exactly like Sonnox's or better. Same… Read More

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    The best analytic eq
    by B. Schulz (Sunday 16 March, 2014)

    For me this is the best analytic eq. It has no colouring effect on the sound, but it is perfect to filter out disturbing frequencies without changing the entire sound. For this purpose it is even better suited than the cambridge eq. Read More

$299.00

Artists
  • Rich Chycki on mixing Rush and Dream Theater with

    Rock veteran Rich Chycki has crafted mixes for Rush, Dream Theater, and Aerosmith. Read More

    Joe Zook Mixes OneRepublic and Serena Ryder

    WIth multiple platinum-selling records under his belt, Zook is one of the industry's most sought-after mix engineers. Read More

$299.00

Features & Specs

Features

  • 5-band fully parametric EQ incorporating exact algorithms from the legendary Sony OXF-R3 digital mixing console
  • Variable HF & LF filters up to 36 dB/Octave
  • Four different EQ types — from modern to “legacy” styles — in a single plug-in
  • Fully de-cramped HF response
  • Intuitive editable graphic display of all EQ/filter settings and adjustments
  • A / B switches (automatable)
  • Ultra low noise and distortion
  • Requires a UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Card or Apollo Interface available from authorized dealers worldwide

See the UAD Instance Chart here

Parameter Specifications

Cut Filters

  • LF Filter Slope: 6, 12, 18, 24, 30, or 36 dB per octave
  • LF Filter Frequency: 20 Hz to 400 Hz
  • LF In/Out
  • HF Filter Slope: 6, 12, 18, 24, 30, or 36 dB per octave
  • HF Filter Frequency: 1 kHz to 20 kHz
  • HF In/Out

EQ Filters

  • LF Mode: Peak or Shelf
  • LF Peak/Shelf Gain: ±20 dB
  • LF Peak/Shelf Frequency: 20 Hz to 400 Hz
  • LF Peak/Shelf Q: 0.5 to 16 (Shelf mode: Adjusts Overshoot 0 to 40%)
  • LF In/Out
  • LMF Gain: ±20 dB
  • LMF Frequency: 30 Hz to 600 Hz
  • LMF Q: 0.5 to 16
  • LMF In/Out
  • MF Gain: ±20 dB
  • MF Frequency: 100 Hz to 6 kHz
  • MF Q: 0.5 to 16
  • MF In/Out
  • HMF Gain: ±20 dB
  • HMF Frequency: 900 Hz to 18 kHz
  • HMF Q: 0.5 to 16
  • HMF In/Out
  • HF Mode: Peak or Shelf
  • HF Peak/Shelf Gain: ±20 dB
  • HF Peak/Shelf Frequency: 2 kHz to 20 kHz
  • HF Peak/Shelf Q: 0.5 to 16 (Shelf mode: Adjusts Overshoot 0 to 40%)
  • HF In/Out
  • EQ Type Select: Type 1, Type 2, Type 3, Type 4
  • Output Gain: -20 to 0 dB

Bank/Display/Power

  • EQ Bank Select A/B
  • Copy Bank A to B
  • Copy Bank B to A
  • EQ Display Scale: ±6, ±20, ±40, or ±80 dB
  • EQ Display Drag Handles On/Off
  • EQ Display Fill in EQ Bands On/Off
  • EQ Display Auto Scale Graph On/Off
  • Ears Only Mode (Disable EQ Display)
  • Always Display Numeric Values On/Off
  • Over Light: 2s hold, 5s hold, Infinite hold, Disabled
  • Power On/Off
$299.00

Docs

Oxford EQ Plug-In Manual

Apollo Software Manual (Thunderbolt)

Apollo Software Manual (FireWire)

UAD Plug-Ins Manual

UAD System Manual

UA Product Catalog

$299.00