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Tonelux® Tilt EQ Plug-in.
Intuitive, powerful EQs to get
your mixes in shape — fast.

The Tonelux Tilt EQ plug-ins for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo hardware will speed up your EQ workflow and enhance your creativity. Audio engineer Paul Wolff, the former owner of the iconic API brand, founded Tonelux in 2004. The Tilt circuit is one of Wolff’s most ingenious creations,

a super-simple yet very effective EQ tool that’s become a must-have device for tracking and mixing. Designed in partnership with Softube, the Tonelux Tilt EQ plug-in is an exacting emulation of Wolff's powerful circuit, right down to its ultra-musical transformer response, for UAD-2 DSP Accelerators and Apollo-equipped workstations.

Now You Can:
  • Quickly EQ mixes with a single control
  • Speed up your workflow to make mixing more intuitive
  • Easily craft a killer headphone mix, live mix, or onstage monitor mix
  • Skillfully dial-in sounds using smooth high and low pass filters
  • Run Tilt on every channel, thanks to its low DSP load

Get Tilted
The nut of the Tilt EQ is located on one knob — the Tilt control. Turn it to the right to cut lows and boost highs, turn to the left to cut highs and boost lows — simple, quick, effective. Now you can quickly mix as you go, making broad-stroke moves to dial-in your mix, removing “option anxiety,” and letting you strike while the inspiration is flowing. And by modeling the circuits transformer response, the Tilt plug-in provides subtle distortion to bass frequencies, adding a sublime fattness to any signal.
The Shape Button and High & Low Pass Filters
By disengaging the Shape button, the Tilt knob works as a loudness control. Turning it clockwise turns up both the treble and the bass frequencies, yielding what is commonly known as a “smiley-face” frequency or loudness curve. Conversely, turning it counterclockwise simultaneously turns down the bass and the treble frequencies. Finally, the high and low pass filters allow you to fine-tune the Tilt, whether you’re dialing-in the details of a headphone mix or clearing out unwanted rumble on a bass track.

Take it to the Stage — Tilt Live
Optimized for live sound, the Tilt Live is essentially the same plug-in as the Tilt, with two major differences. One, the Tilt Live doesn’t model the audio transformer of the Tilt hardware, thus freeing up even more DSP power to run more instances on a live mix. And two, instead of a Gain control, the Tilt Live plug-in has a Boost Ceiling control, which, when turned fully to the Wedge setting, keeps the output gain of the plug-in from being boosted — no matter how much EQ boost is applied.


Tonelux® Tilt EQ Plug-in.
Basics and FAQ.
What can the Tonelux Tilt do for my mix?

The Tonelux Tilt will give you a head start in the mixing process with its simple, powerful controls, and classic analog tone. Working your mix in a quick and intuitive manner not only saves you time, but often improves the sonic results. Tonelux Tilt by Softube is a unique equalizer that serves this purpose perfectly.

So I can get quick results with the Tonelux Tilt, why is that a good thing?

Many professional mix engineers stress the importance of working the mix in a quick and intuitive manner. And there certainly are big advantages to at least getting your mix into a basic rough shape in a short amount of time. Why? Your first impression of what the important parts of the arrangement are, and what forces drive the song forward, is likely to be correct. So starting off a mix session by acting upon that first impression and not being too left-brained about it encourages you to go with the song, and not against it by over-analyzing. Working like this will in many cases not only save you time and prevent the oh-so-familiar tail chasing, but also get you a much better sonic result that works better with the song. After you have outlined the mix, it may be wise to move forward in a more tweaky and analytical manner and use tools that lets you dig in more on the details.

How does starting my mix using the Tonelux Tilt help with the initial part of the mix process?

It is precisely during the important initial part of the mix process that Tonelux Tilt is such a great tool to have as the first plug-in on all channels. Because by twisting a single knob, the one marked Tilt, you can set a basic equalization shape to the sound source and then quickly move on to the next channel and do the same there.

How is the Tilt knob used?

What the Tilt knob does in its default mode is best described as a seesaw type of equalization. By turning it clockwise from its neutral middle position, you simultaneously add highs and cut lows. This is of course useful for sounds you find need to be a little more forward in the mix. The opposite happens by turning the knob counter clockwise—you boost the lows and cut the highs. This is good for sounds that need to get out of the way of the vocals or whatever sound sources you feel should get the focus in the mix. Also, since Tonelux Tilt offers you very little visual feedback, you do this using your ears instead of your eyes.

What does the Shape button do?

If you use the Shape button next to the Tilt knob and set it to Loud, the knob will instead either yield a smiley face or a sad face EQ shape. Turning it clockwise now boosts both highs and lows, turning it counter clockwise cuts both highs and lows. So with one knob and a switch, you get four crude but highly useful equalization shapes which are precisely what you need to quickly outline the mix.

In what other ways does the Tonelux Tilt add coherency and color to my mix?

Tonelux Tilt incorporates a very nice sounding audio transformer that has been meticulously modeled in Softube’s plug-in. So using Tonelux Tilt as the first plug-in on all your channels also adds a subtle but beautiful transformer tone of a high end console, which gives a nice coherency to the mix even before you start working. Add to that the sweepable high and low cut filters that un-clutters the mix by clearing out any unnecessary frequencies—and it’s obvious that adding Tonelux Tilt as the first plug-in on all your channels will give you a head start in mixing.




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  • Matt Vanacoro

    (Ask Audio)

    “There was something incredibly cool about putting the Tonelux Tilt on a track, turning one knob a bit until the sound got better, and then moving on.”

    Joe Chiccarelli

    (Jason Mraz, Beck, The Strokes, Morrissey)

    My new addiction is the Tonelux Tilt. How brilliant is Paul Wolff?

    Brad Wood

    (Smashing Pumpkins, Liz Phair, Pete Yorn)

    “Filters, phase reverse, gain: these are essential features that I use on every mix. Add the tilt option and the [Tonelux Tilt EQ] plug-in becomes essential on every channel.”

    Paul Wolff

    Tonelux Designs

    “The [Tonelux] Tilt EQ is simple and clean, just like the old days.”

    Ted White

    (Glenn Hughes, Hilary Duff)

    “[The Tonelux Tilt EQ Plug-In] is beautiful on overheads. Just enough sheen.”

  • Barry Rudolph

    (Mix Magazine)

    “In my everyday mixing, I find the [Tonelux] Tilt EQ to hit the spot for most of the instrument tracks in the songs I work on. It is a musical tool I use without hesitation for the shape of things to come.”

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    by U. Gerstenmeyer(Thursday 22 September, 2016)

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    Tonelux Tilt EQ Plugin
    by R. Grace(Saturday 3 September, 2016)

    What I like most about this plugin is that you can put it in on your channel and quickly dial in more or less of lo freq/hi freq. Makes it very easy to quickly peel back the onion in your mix - determine what is needed, what is not. Simple and easy to use. Great tool! Read More

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    by h. YU(Sunday 7 August, 2016)

    UAD 플러그인은 정말 사랑입니다. 항상 잘쓰고 있습니다. 다만 너무 비싸요 쿠폰좀 보내주세요^^ Read More

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    by R. Gun(Saturday 6 August, 2016)

    Yes it is nice and it works fine. The drawback is: It uses way to much DSP power in relation to what it does. It is rater expensive for what it does. It got that useless 3d simulating surface of human interface that is not perfect for exact dial setting. Could have extended range… Read More

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    Sweet Simplicity
    by C. Cummins(Wednesday 27 July, 2016)

    This is certainly not for tracks that need a finer touch. I am using this quite a bit in track heavy projects where just a quick tweak on supporting tracks is all that is needed. It is a big time saver. Read More


Features & Specs
Tonelux® Tilt EQ Plug-in.
Features & Specs.
Key Features
  • A one knob equalizer that quickly gets your mix in shape
  • Models the entire electronic path of the Tonelux Tilt hardware designed by Paul Wolff
  • Speeds up your workflow and makes mixing more intuitive
  • Forces you to use your ears instead of your eyes when mixing
  • Smooth high and low pass filters
  • Two plug-ins included — Tonelux Tilt Live excludes analog audio transformer model to conserve DSP power
  • Requires a UAD-2 DSP Accelerator or Apollo Interface available from authorized dealers worldwide

See the UAD Instance Chart here

Parameter Specifications
  • Tilt EQ in switch: In/Out
  • Shape switch: Tilt or Loud
  • Tilt knob: -6 to +6
  • HP knob: 16 Hz to 1 kHz
  • LP knob: 500 Hz to 20 kHz
  • 12 dB/oct switch: In (12 dB/oct) / Out (6 dB/oct)
  • Filter in switch: In/Out
  • Gain knob (Tonelux Tilt only): -6 to +6 dB
  • Boost Ceiling knob (Tonelux Tilt Live only): 0 dB (Wedge) to 10 dB (In Ear)
  • Polarity Invert switch: On/off

 Hardware & Software Manuals

Tonelux Tilt Manual