Cart Summary View cart

  • Total: $0.00
  • Items: 0
Checkout

Customer Reviews 36 Reviews

2.94 out of 5 stars

by J. Hudak (4/17/2014):

Dear UAD, please add GML option for this wonderfull EQ, and i will buy it for the price immed ... Read more

8 Reviews
7 Reviews
5 Reviews
7 Reviews
9 Reviews
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

1 of 3
  • Steve Levine

    (Culture Club, Beach Boys, Patch William)

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

    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."

    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."

    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.”

  • 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.”

    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!”

    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!"

    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.”

    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.”

  • 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."

    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."

    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.”

User Ratings

  • 1 Star
  • 2 Star
  • 3 Star
  • 4 Star
  • 5 Star
Average Rating (36 Reviews)
    • 1 Star
    • 2 Star
    • 3 Star
    • 4 Star
    • 5 Star
    Ellite bundle
    by J. Hudak (Thursday 11 April, 2013)

    Dear UAD, please add GML option for this wonderfull EQ, and i will buy it for the price immediately. Also i am wondering when you release other plugs from Ellite bundle. I will buy all of them at once. Thanks for all great job done ! Jan … Read More

    • 1 Star
    • 2 Star
    • 3 Star
    • 4 Star
    • 5 Star
    A true Desert Island Plug-in
    by D. Griffith (Friday 18 January, 2013)

    This is a truly great plug-in! It is always #1 or #2 on those "Desert Island" EQ plug-in lists. I don't understand the less than perfect reviews some has given it, which are not based on the sound and performance of the plug-in itself but because Sonnox sells the exact same plug-in. Since I don't … Read More

    • 1 Star
    • 2 Star
    • 3 Star
    • 4 Star
    • 5 Star
    Clean and smooth
    by U. Borjesson (Tuesday 20 November, 2012)

    I need an EQ that change what I need to change but with no artifacts and colorizations, as I use like the Pultec, Trident, Helios, when I need character and Cambridge for surgery:-) I now have the Oxford, to grab, and I do that very often as a Pro sound and mastering engineer. (One star away f … Read More

    • 1 Star
    • 2 Star
    • 3 Star
    • 4 Star
    • 5 Star
    Oxford EQ
    by J. Perno (Monday 1 October, 2012)

    The Oxford EQ is the EXACT algorithm as the Sonnox version. After speaking with the East Coast regional manager of UA, I learned that UA didn't market this plugin to people that already own the Sonnox version. This is for people that don't already have the plugin but prefer to have the UAD card hand … Read More

    • 1 Star
    • 2 Star
    • 3 Star
    • 4 Star
    • 5 Star
    Amazing EQ but...
    by L. Hughes (Tuesday 11 September, 2012)

    This is an absolutely amazing EQ. I own the native version and use it all the time, however I really don't see how the $299 cost for the UA version can be justified. Being a Logic user, I would almost be tempted to buy it anyway if this version included the GML option but it does not. One point I … 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

UAD Plug-Ins Manual

UAD System Manual

Apollo Software Manual

UA Product Catalog.pdf

$299.00