Sonimus is kindly giving away two free copies of the SonEQ Pro ($59) equalizer plugin to two lucky BPB readers. Learn more about the plugin in our SonEQ Pro review and enter the giveaway to win a free copy of the software.

A decade ago, Sonimus released a freeware analog-inspired equalizer plugin called SonEQ. It was an instant classic among the users, getting rave reviews in magazines and forums like KVR Audio and Gearslutz.

The thing is, the VST plugin market was a lot different back then. There really weren’t that many EQ plugins to choose from, especially freeware. The original SonEQ offered a combination of analog saturation and musical curves that made it such a unique freeware plugin back in 2010.

Years have passed, and Sonimus made a name for themselves by releasing high-quality analog console emulations like Satson and Britson. The company became known for its meticulous approach to emulating analog saturation and offering fairly-priced plugins that are modeled after classic studio gear.

The original SonEQ still sounds great and it's free to download.

The original SonEQ plugin still sounds great, and it’s free to download.

They also released an updated and completely overhauled version of their first plugin, now called SonEQ Pro. It features updated algorithms and builds upon the “musical EQ” concept that made its predecessor so popular.

SonEQ Pro Review

SonEQ Pro emulates the tone and the subtle harmonic saturation of analog equalizers. It is a 4-band parametric EQ with the addition of high-pass and low-pass filters. The plugin also features a gain control and a drive knob.

The drive knob adjusts the amount of analog saturation that is applied to the signal. Even with the drive set to zero, SonEQ will apply some subtle preamp saturation to the signal. Pushing the drive amount to a higher value will introduce more harmonics for an even warmer sound.

The plugin’s low band (20 Hz – 100 Hz) section is based on the push/pull dual filter design found in classic Pultec equalizers. These dual filters work great for “focusing” the low end around a certain frequency. The push/pull technique is often used to add more “weight” to a kick drum while removing the “muddiness” above the cutoff frequency.

SonEQ Pro sports a clean interface with an intuitive control layout.

SonEQ Pro sports a skeuomorphic interface design with an intuitive control layout inspired by hardware EQs.

The cool thing about SonEQ Pro’s low band is that it can also work as a standard “bell” frequency band. This mode is engaged by turning on the “Bell” switch at the bottom of the interface.

The low-mid (70 Hz – 2 kHz) and high-mid (1 kHz – 6.8 kHz) bands share the same control layout. These are semi-parametric filters with a ±10 dB gain range and a switch to adjust the Q shape.

The high band can boost the high frequencies by up to 10 dB by default. The “Cut” switch can be engaged to attenuate the highs instead.

As you can see, SonEQ Pro offers a simple control scheme. It’s one of those equalizers that encourage the user to “use their ears” when mixing instead of staring at a frequency spectrum.

This simplicity is the thing I like the most about SonEQ Pro. It features smooth EQ curves that you can push to the extremes without the plugin sounding harsh or artificial. Indeed, SonEQ is a very musical equalizer, and this makes it such a joy to use.

The low band is one of the highlights, thanks to its Pultec-style push/pull design and the ability to focus the low end. This little EQ does wonders on bass guitars and kicks. Carve out the excess mid-bass, enhance the sub frequencies, and then add a bit of accent to the high-mids to make the track cut through a busy mix.

The analog saturation is optional, and it can be quite useful in some cases. For example, I’ve found that virtual synths can sound that much pleasing to the ear with a slight boost in the low mids and a bit of analog drive added to the signal.

The vocals also sound richer with SonEQ Pro’s saturation and some subtle enhancement of the high frequencies. Of course, this will also depend on the microphone that was used to capture the vocals.

Another thing to consider is SonEQ Pro’s low CPU consumption. Multiple instances can be used without stressing the processor too much, making the plugin suitable almost on a per-track basis. SonEQ Pro works great as the last equalizer in the signal chain for adding that final polish and shape to a track.

Using multiple instances of SonEQ Pro across the mix will also result in a cumulative saturation effect. Every channel will be slightly saturated with SonEQ’s analog preamp emulation, which is an interesting technique to try if you’re going for that slightly vintage type of sound.

You can download the demo version of SonEQ Pro for free from the product page on the Sonimus website (click the “Try It” button).

The Giveaway

Sonimus kindly provided two free SonEQ Pro licenses for two lucky BPB readers. We are giving away one of the licenses here and one on our Instagram page. So, there are two ways for you to enter the giveaway:

Only one comment per entrant is allowed. You can enter the giveaway both here and on Instagram to double your chances of winning. Our Instagram page is still quite new, so there won’t be a lot of competition. :)

We will announce the winners on Friday, October 2nd. Good luck, everyone, and thanks for reading BPB!

UPDATE: The winners are L (Lc********@yahoo.**) and @greg_hobgood (Instagram). Congratulations to our two winners and THANK YOU to all of you who participated. We have A TON more free content coming by the end of the year, so stay tuned.

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Tomislav is a journalist, music producer, and web designer from Belgrade, Serbia. He is also the founder and editor-in-chief here at Bedroom Producers Blog.

276 Comments

  1. I often use SonEq free, many times it shaped nicely my kicks where other EQs couldn’t :-D
    (4 real, no giveaway flattery :-) )

  2. I have tried it and it is a real good eq! But… With a family you have always in your head: “Do I realy need it?!” At least… No! But… Do I realy want it!? Yeah, absolute! :-d

  3. I’ve always loved SonEQ. Just got back into using after neglecting for a bit. It really does the trick. The pro version looks awesome!

  4. This is the only EQ officially recognised by the Flying Spaghetti Monster. FSM does not give endorsements lightly, so you know you’re getting the best.

  5. I typically don’t believe in/sign up for these “free” plugin promo giveaways, as i never have ever won any that i did enter.. It’s like the (Publisher’s Clearing House) scam, you enter/play for 30, 40 years straight (like my mother has) and you never win as little as a consolation prize. But i figured since i have a B Day coming up Oct 1st why not enter. luck & good fortune could be with me aha. I said maybe the “plugin Gods” will smile down on me, and bless me with the [SonEQ] plugin lol.

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    Im using the free version of sonEQ and satson cm (free with computer music) on reaper..
    both are great great plugins.. maybe its time to try this one..

  7. Amazing plug in. I have the free SonEq and it is an amazing tool. Win or not, I’m trying their demo copy to get familiar with its features on my mix. Good luck everyone :)

  8. Competition time let’s go! Thanks for keeping us up to date on all the freebie plugins and softwares by the way, this blog is awesome!

  9. Win the ship goes down, you better be ready! Been using SonEQ for such a long time, then couldn’t due to 64bit incompatibility, then the great comeback when they updated the free version. Woopwoop. Would love to use the Pro version of this! Fingers crossed.

  10. Here, at Manitou, we use TuCo and Britson, and SonEQ Free. All sound wonderful. SonEQ Pro would abe a nice addition to our arsenal.

  11. This looks better than being trapped in a Russian prison but I’m hoping driving the gains makes it sound just as dirty!

  12. Tomislav, i would like to say thanks so much to you for offering all of your subscribers this opportunity to get yet another awesome plug-in, i really appreciate the time you take to create this blog & also to give the opportunity to everyone to get excellent plug-ins and even more to win this product.
    I’ve never had so many decent bits of software before so Respect & good health to you 👍

  13. One can never have too many EQs, or compressors, or saturation units. Count me in, I’m here for the win :)

  14. Simbarashe Fitz-Collins Motsi

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    This is the last time I’m entering these giveaways if i dont win i might as well be a stranger.

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