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Colorful four-band EQ modeled directly from a certified hit-making console.

The Harrison 32C Channel EQ plug-in for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo interfaces is an expert emulation of this classic, character-rich, four-band channel EQ. Partnering with Harrison Consoles Ltd. and engineer Bruce Swedien (Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson), Universal Audio has recreated the Harrison four-band 32C channel EQ from Swedien’s own Harrison 32 Series console — the same console behind Michael Jackson’s Thriller. “I never dreamed Universal Audio’s design team could come so unbelievably close to capturing the sound of my beloved desk,” says Swedien. “The additional Harrison EQs within Pro Tools sessions are a Godsend.”

Renowned for its colorful, smooth high-end response, and friendly, put-it-on-everything usefulness, the Harrison 32C EQ plug-in features four overlapping parametric bands. Each of the Low (40-600 Hz), Low-Mid (200Hz to 3.1 kHz), Hi-Mid (400 Hz to 6 kHz), and High (900 Hz to 13 kHz) bands have fully sweepable Frequency and Gain Controls. Instead of traditional Q controls, the 32C has circuitry that automatically adjusts the effective bandwidth, adding to its signature sound. Furthermore, the Low band is switchable from Peak to Shelving EQ. Finally, the Harrison 32C features 12 dB per octave High and Low Pass filters which can be switched in or out.

Shape your mixes with the same colorfully smooth EQ used on Thriller

Polish lead vocals and drums with silky analog texture

Expertly sculpt electric guitars to sit in a mix

Harness presets from legendary engineer Bruce Swedien

Accentuate resonance on electric pianos, strings, and more

Intuitevly craft kick drums and overheads

Key Features

Plug-in modeled from Bruce Swedien’s own Harrison 4032C console
Harrison licensed and authenticated
Colorful 4-band EQ with high and low cut filters
Switchable “in” or “out” 12 dB per octave parametric High and Low Pass filters
Easy-to-use “Auto-Q” automatically adjusts the effective bandwidth
Favorite EQ presets from Bruce Swedien
“UAD Only” features include Gain, Phase Reverse, and a global Power switch
Requires a UAD DSP Accelerator Card or Apollo Interface available from authorized dealers worldwide

Customer Reviews

Harrison® 32C / 32C SE Channel EQ

Overall Rating

M. Bernabel

July 11, 2022

Underrated

I love this EQ. If Bruce Swedien made Thriller with only Harrison than that should be a lesson to us all! This EQ reminds me that its all about the ear not the gear!

P. Toth

April 25, 2022

Best color EQ

I'm trying to record everything properly, so when I usually EQ, I'm looking for color - and that's where the Harrison is a real best. Also the filters are just super effective with, and I can spare a lot of DSP capacity.

I. Macaulay

January 8, 2022

It's got a "sound"

First of all, I love the layout of this EQ, it is super intuitive to use. The bands are pretty subtle compared with other colour EQs, which actually allows for more gradients when making adjustments. The Gain knob is where the EQ can reach extreme settings and break up. Instantly lends a vintage vibe to instruments.

D. Davis

December 7, 2021

Not really in love with this thing...regret buying it.

I used this plug for a bit and thought it was pretty decent so I popped on it, and I regret it now. Apparently Harrison released their version of this EQ natively and didn't include any of the harmonic distortion that would make it sound like the original. That means there wasn't anything different about it from any other standard EQ except for the curves it was made with....which anyone could do with any stock EQ with the Q function. Apparently UAD knew this wasn't going to fly with their customers so they did ad something to the plug to make it "vibe" a bit, but I'm still not impressed. Look this up if you'd like. Paul Third on youtube talks about this in depth and there are some google articles that cover it.

Having said that, this is not even close to being in the ballpark of something like the Softube active and passive EQ's. Those are way more analog and warm and full musical sounding to me. I guess I should preface that I purchased this because someone said you can boost 3k in this thing and it's a dream. That's home base for the range of vocals I was trying to perfect so I popped on it. It's ok. But with the softube I can push there and it never sounds wrong even when overdone and right in your face. The Harrison is not like that..it's just ok...especially if you have great signals and sources to work with......but I don't think it's got any magic like the ones I mentioned. But demo it out and see for yourself, you might really like it. Maybe I'll go back and try it again with some different mics and stuff...but for now I just feel like I wasted a bunch of money on an overpriced plug. My fault though considering I had 14 days to figure it out. I just hadn't fallen upon the softube stuff before I bought this one. Live and learn. Keep making music, YMMV

D. Arroyo

November 27, 2021

nice

nice... i use it every time..all the time nice...

B. Zhao

September 20, 2021

It's like a magic!

You can hear the sonic differences immediately even without tuning anything on the panel. Of course you will obtain a more pleasing sound using this EQ. I thought it might use some harmonic distortion tricks like other coloring plug-ins. But when I used a tone generator and a spectrum analyzer to check this, surprisingly found that my guess was wrong. I've no idea how they achieve such result. It's like a magic.

K. MIYAUCHI

July 5, 2021

GOOOOOD!!!!

Very smooth!!!

S. Casu

June 9, 2021

super

After having tested it I can not do without it, especially used as a low and high pass filter.

J. Remillard

April 15, 2021

Its OK

Not blown away but similar to the EQs on Mixbus. I was expecting something closer but it does the job.

T. Urbonas

February 11, 2021

This is something you want.

I was trained as an arranger, and I wasn't trained as an engineer. The first mixing board I was ever allowed to sit a play with was a Harrison. It's very easy to get a great sound on a Harrison board. Period. Try it, you'll see.

D. Williams

February 5, 2021

Legendary Thriller EQ

I absolutely love the Harrison 32C. Hearing Thriller all of my life made me want this sound.. Sadly, Harrison 4032C consoles are extremely hard to come by. But now, finally I can have the signature sound of the actual “Thriller Board”!
Incredible work from UAD. Rest in Peace Bruce Swedien. The main reason I do what I do!

j. hilton

January 24, 2021

Never understood the term "musical eq" till now. Harrison 32c adds flavor.

I never understood what the term "musical eq" meant till I used the Harrison 32c. There's something to it.

F. Carcone

January 19, 2021

Still incredible, old secret weapon

I finally bought this beast !
I was waiting for a sale on this one for ages, and now it’s at home.

The first experiments I’ve made with it were quite spectacular, and at the end it just became my go to vintage EQ in the box, in few days. Yep it’s expensive, but damn UA did so much of a great job with this one. It’s becoming an old lost boy for the big public but it is still a true weapon for many engineers and producers, and you understand why when you try it. It’s hard to explain but it is extremely effective, has a fast workflow and always sounds good. Yes you need to know how to EQ, but this thing makes that work a game / joy. I like to run several EQs in series with this one first in the chain. Try it !!!

Well done UA, and thanks again.

J. Boes

January 14, 2021

Nice!

Smooth and easy.

C. Uquillas

January 2, 2021

Fantastic

Really happy whit it !

S. Vasiľ

December 30, 2020

Best basic universal channel strip EQ from UAD

Very good universal quality for basic track equalizing and filtering with an color (more color than Precise Channel Strip), little more color have API 550,560 and more NEVE... Best for snare...linear sound, tight bass, clean highs, musical sounding

R. Wolfe

September 2, 2020

Awesome general eq

Love this for general eq duties- never sounds harsh when boosting, and works great for removing mud from tracks with too much in the low-mids

M. Malinski

August 24, 2020

Pop master

When comes to mixing pop, that’s my go to eq. Realy clean, punchy, with some vibe.

L. Szekely

July 20, 2020

very sweet eq

Great top end , and love the lo and hi pass filters.

B. Mora

July 13, 2020

Easy, bright EQ

Especially if you are suspect your mix is "OK, but... just missing something," this EQ will get you over the finish line, while not changing/overhauling the sound you're looking for.