Massenburg DesignWorks® MDWEQ5 Parametric Equalizer
A state-of-the-art EQ from an audio legend.
A unique, powerful equalizer, the Massenburg DesignWorks MDWEQ5 plug-in provides crystal clear processing at the highest resolutions. A go-to EQ for game developers and engineers in film and television, the MDWEQ5 plug-in is ultra-precise and ear-tuned by the man who invented the term, “parametric EQ,” George Massenburg.
Ultra-clean, with zero color and zero distortion, the MDWEQ5 plug-in lets you isolate problem areas in a mix and quickly make corrections with its choice of filter types. Now you can harness Massenburg’s unrelenting attention to quality in design, with the Massenburg MDWEQ5 plug-in for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo interfaces.
now you can:
Shape sounds with a powerful EQ created by George Massenburg, the pioneer of parametric equalization
Expertly carve instruments using up-sampling and maximum bit-depth processing
Use IsoPeak® for finding problem frequencies quickly and accurately
Sculpt signals with the 5-band version of the MDWEQ5 plug-in or the 3-band version (included) when less processing is required
August 24, 2020
This eq is incredible, clean, very subtleRead More
June 12, 2020
Cleanest Eq to work with , but would want dedicated high and low pass filter . This thing is just great on anythingRead More
May 22, 2020
Greatest EQ for the top end
The silkiness of MDW is unbelievable. Just by sweeping through the frequency range and comparing with others you will perceive how clean it is :)Read More
May 21, 2020
I wish I knew more about why this sounds so good other than the obvious thing that the original hardware was designed by the creator of parametric EQs. A fantastic and unique EQ. It just...Read More
April 22, 2020
UX is great, sound is great it just works great. I put it nearly on everything and it works - often better as the mostly praised and popular EQs.Read More
April 16, 2020
Most transparent EQ i've used
Believe the hype, it's absolute silk up top, total transparency across the spectrum. Still a relevant plugin in 2020Read More
Created by George Massenburg, the pioneer of parametric equalization
Using upsampling and maximum bit-depth processing, the ear chosen filtering provides the very finest in processing
MDW® EQ5 Parametric Equalizer includes both the MDWEQ-5B five-band EQ and MDWEQ-3B three-band EQ plug-ins
IsoPeak® for finding problem frequencies quickly and accurately
Massenburg® MDWEQ5 Parametric EQ
This eq is incredible, clean, very subtle
Cleanest Eq to work with , but would want dedicated high and low pass filter . This thing is just great on anything
Greatest EQ for the top end
The silkiness of MDW is unbelievable. Just by sweeping through the frequency range and comparing with others you will perceive how clean it is :)
I wish I knew more about why this sounds so good other than the obvious thing that the original hardware was designed by the creator of parametric EQs. A fantastic and unique EQ. It just sounds very different and can achieve some really subtle changes in EQ that I was struggling to hear properly in other EQs.
UX is great, sound is great it just works great. I put it nearly on everything and it works - often better as the mostly praised and popular EQs.
Most transparent EQ i've used
Believe the hype, it's absolute silk up top, total transparency across the spectrum. Still a relevant plugin in 2020
Best parametric EQ!
World best class!
Clean and clear. This thing is amazing, it sounds wonderful.
My Vocal EQ
I've been using the Massenburg EQ since I started mixing. It helps me shape the sound of vocals quickly and accurately. I love the ability to surgically hunt for frequencies that rub me the wrong way and reduce their impact in the mix.
The god of all eq’s
So quiet, and yet so aggresive. It’s simply the best eq available
Perfect Surgical EQ.
Is there a more perfect surgical EQ?
I think it's the only equalizer that can be used transparently.
The design is simple and intuitive to use.
It is easy to use and the performance is very satisfactory.
If you do not have a surgical equalizer, the first one you would like to recommend.
Thanks George Massenburg.
Filter types are too small. I can't read. Please redesign the plugins so we older can use them normally. I can use plugins from other companies normally, the only UAD plugins I have to switch to a generic editor because they are often horribly unreadable.
I used to use pro-q and considered it the best parametric equalizer, but MDWEQ5 changed my mind about this. Now I use only MDWEQ5 and recommend it to everyone.
Very good and clean Plug-In !
My Top Mastering EQ With a Nice Surprise!
When I was in audio Engineering school at Berklee, my teacher mentioned this EQ (hardware version) as one of the best! The Massenburg is one of the most transparent equalizers out there. So I tried this one out first before buying it. After mastering a couple of songs with it I quickly found that my teacher was right! The EQ curves are very surgical in nature at the same time very simple to use. One thing that I must warn you about is that it is very powerful and should be used with some caution, I am not kidding! I wonder how this worked on vocals and found it very effective at smoothing out some rough spots, which was a nice surprise! It really is best as a subtractive EQ designed to remove unwanted or competing harmonic abnormalities. Great EQ!!!
Just use it will be calibrated
Pros and cons
The workflow is, well, terrible compared with ProQ3 or Equilibrium and most modern EQ's. But for removing unwanted frequencies, its probably the best in the world. Why isn't there ten bands? My tip is UAD should be braver in the process of converting other manufacturers stuff to UAD products. Add more bands, add functionality, add m/s, highness and side chain options. As now they have a quite lazy approach.
probably the cleanest EQ i've ever used even in 2019! sounds amazing...
My go to eq
Like most I have a multitude of eqs. After finding myself stacking eqs on my busses, the one that was on every channel was the MDWEQ. Now it is the ONLY eq I use on my busses. And why not? I can cut and boost and things just sound better without a bunch of coloration ( I get plenty of color from my API and Neve cone mic pres). Also it doesn't use much CPU so you can use a lot of them. I love the character of my API, Neve, Harrison, etc EQs. And surely I will still use them as well as the Massive Passive and Curve Bender for some applications, but the MDWEQ is taken over most duties form mixing. Drum, bass, guitar, vocals, synth, effect channels, percussion.... All of them get the MDWEQ. You should get it too!
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