NoirSonance Releases EQ6 Pro (50 FREE Copies + WINNERS ANNOUNCED)

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NoirSonance releases EQ6 Pro (€19.99), a versatile EQ and dynamic processor for macOS and Windows. The developer kindly offers 50 free licenses to 50 lucky BPB readers and exclusive coupon codes.

EQ6 Pro from NoirSonance is the professional-grade big brother of the EQ6B and EQ6W plugins, both of which are free to download.

The new EQ6 Pro provides everything the previous two plugins offered and more.

Like many EQ plugins, EQ6 Pro’s primary aim is to deliver precision results and versatility in an easy-to-use package that doesn’t compromise your system’s performance.

The precision promised by EQ6 Pro starts with a wide frequency range covering the entire audible spectrum (0 Hz to 22 kHz) and six fully customizable frequency bands.

That kind of comprehensive control over the entire spectrum should make EQ6 Pro a suitable option for a wide range of duties.

You can further shape each band with the Resonance function ranging from 0.1 (Narrow Bell) to 1.0 (Wide Bell). 

One often appealing thing about less flexible EQ plugins is that they might produce a very specific character that is perfect for a specific task.

NoirSonance has included two Character Modes that make introducing a particular vibe to your audio easy with minimal fuss.

The first Character Mode is warm and nostalgic with an unmistakable vintage influence. Character Mode Two is darker, with more aggressive saturation and compression.

The interface has no unnecessary controls, clearly displays any important value, and finishes with a nice VU meter showing the amount of compression applied to the output.

There’s no shortage of EQ plugins, like the free ZL Equalizer from ZL Audio, so new plugins have some work to do in convincing people to part with hard-earned cash.

At €19.99, I don’t think EQ6 Pro is unfairly priced when considering its feature set versus other paid alternatives. NoirSonance has ticked a lot of boxes, and EQ6 Pro could be a steal at the price if the performance over time matches the promise.

You can download a free trial version if you’re not ready to part with your cash just yet.

I dread to think how many deals I’ve missed in my absence from BPB (editor’s note: Welcome back, James!), but here’s a reminder that you can grab ten classic Brainworx plugins for under $50 at Plugin Boutique until the end of April 2024.

EQ6 Pro is available in AU and VST3 formats for macOS and Windows.

The Giveaway

We’re thrilled to offer 50 FREE copies of EQ6 Pro exclusively to BPB readers! A heartfelt THANK YOU to NoirSonance for generously providing these licenses for our community of bedroom producers.

To enter the giveaway, please answer the following question in the comments below: What is harder to learn, using a compressor or an EQ?

We will randomly select 50 winners on May 1st. Please make sure that you enter the correct email address when posting your comment so that we can contact you if you win a prize.

Good luck, everyone, and thank you for reading Bedroom Producers Blog!

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Exclusive Discount

In addition to the 50 free licenses, Bedroom Producers Blog readers also have access to exclusive discounts (250 redemptions available):

  • 70% OFF with coupon code “bdp70off” – for the first 100 readers;
  • 50% OFF with coupon code “bdp50off” – for the first 150 readers.

Try the coupon code “bdp70off” first, as it will work up to 100 times. Once those discounts have been claimed, you can still use the code “bdp50off” to get EQ6 Pro at half price.

Also, don’t miss our epic IK Multimedia T-RackS Quad Image giveaway tomorrow!

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367 Comments

  1. Compression is a bit harder because you need to correctly manipulate the loudness and controlling sidechain between your instrument and drums

  2. Compressor!
    This is because the compressor affects the transient, dynamics, and decay of the signal, which are very difficult to perceive.

  3. Annihlation's Veil

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    i’m gonna go with compression for the time being. agree with @haliax about being able to hear the difference in EQ shifts more easily.

  4. Abhishek Stephen

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    For Me It’s Compressor because it’s so easy to over compress or not have enough compression. Choosing the right compressor is also a big task. All Parameters….. The Ratio, The Attack, The Release, The Knee, The Threshold. Finding The Sweet Spot is what makes or breaks a song or an instrument.

    • I would say compressor.
      I’m still struggling so much with compressor after many years….
      Thanks NoirSonance and BPB !

  5. Definitely Compressor! For me attack and release make compressors a little more harder to wrap your mind around and how they affect the signal. It gets more complicated with mastering since the release also affects the bounce which till today I still can’t hear the difference. I find certain compressors easier specifically those that have a set attack and release and most of what you have to tweak is input and Gain reduction.

  6. The compressor is the most difficult.
    Especially to make a good compression that is fair and light.
    It’s hard not to have a little too heavy finger.

    A big thank you to NoirSonance and to you BPB.

  7. chloris wong

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    for me compression, because you have to be able to hear more than see. for eq at least to some extent you can tweet the sound while looking at the frequency chart.

  8. EQ is harder to get right, because it depends on both attenuating and boosting the correct frequencies to achieve an optimal result.

  9. Copression is harder if you don’t know what you are listening to.

    I know my luck. 51 people are gonna answer here and I am gonna be the only one who does not get a copy 🤣🤣. I would be surprised if I win.

  10. Compression. It’s difficult to hear what the attack and release time are doing to your track when you’re a beginner.

  11. Sebastian Schmidt

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    I think Compression is way harder to learn, than EQ. In my opinion with wrong compression you can ruin
    your mix, while EQ is easier to fix or in many cases just matter of taste

  12. Who comes up with such a comparison question? It all depends on a good ear and, of course, on what “simple or complicated” tools (plugins) you work with. That’s why there’s no general answer to this question.

  13. For me, a compressor has been the harder to learn of the two. There are too many variables to account for when dealing with compressors.

  14. In fact, both are difficult, because what is good for me may sound worse for you. But I vote for compression.

  15. Thanks James, BPB & NoirSonance, a great eq

    Imo Eq…because evert sound needs its own unique curves
    Learning when and how to use an eq especially if the eq in question has mid / side and dynamic eq processing involved and learning how to improve the sound being processed without ruining the sound is a skill, this learning comes over time with experience and could be described as a fine art

  16. Equalizer is harder, at first compression seemed more difficult but it’s fairly simple, but eq takes way more skill in my opinion!

  17. Ferenc Mosolyhozó

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    Aloha!
    Hard to learn both. But on the day you will finally understand the logic behind them you will find them as easy as 1-2-3.

  18. Ramon Barizon

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    Both can seem daunting at first, but I think many beginners find the compressor a bit more challenging. With EQ, you’re adjusting the sound, like tweaking the bass and treble, which can be more intuitive. But with the compressor, you’re dealing with controlling the dynamics of the sound, which can be a bit more abstract for someone starting out. However, with practice and experimentation, both become easier to understand and use effectively!

  19. I think a lot of folks find the compressor a bit “mysterious” at first, you know? You tweak it and the sound changes in this kinda weird way. EQ is more like, “ooh, gonna boost the bass a tad, dial down the treble” – it’s more straightforward. But hey, don’t worry, with time, you’ll get the hang of both!

  20. compression is harder to learn because EQ changes are a lot more audible. I think what makes equing difficult is, that you may encounter some problems with phases especially if you are using those which do not offer liniear phase mods.

  21. Sandeep Kumar

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    For me Compression is little trickey coz hearing dynamics are challenging,
    but same goes for eq where we have to adjust freqencies for sonic goodnes in sound, we have to take care of phase, do a proper carving of sound.

    Lets see how NoirSonance EQ6 Pro help us !!!

  22. Compression ..i love to work with a compressors at compression then .ist not hard for me to work with a compressor ( Vst or Harware ) . Hard is to anderstand wo compress works …tehn not all your stuff have the same compression style …:-)

  23. Felipe Martins

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    Compressor, for sure. Learning the parameters correctly and getting the best out of compression takes time.

  24. I would have to say a compressor, the popular opinion.
    I think newer producers are spoiled with EQs that have built in spectrum analyzers, making EQ decisions potentially more obvious and understandable, whereas a compressor, people (generally) will see “ratio – attack – release” and a threshold and that’s about it lol. It feels more intimidating.

  25. I’d say that EQ as a *concept* is bit harder to learn as a beginner… but *mastering* either one is an uphill battle!

  26. What is harder to learn, using a compressor or an EQ?

    Both do what they say on the tin.Compression and EQ are both influenced by gain staging more than anything else. Just think of your DAW like you would a console.

  27. Compressor. I feel like with EQs, you can experiment and stumble aross things that sound good with, but the compressor I feel needs to be dialed in to exactly what you what it to do, or it will make things worse

  28. Brandon Boucher

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    Compression is hard to hear so it was definitely hard to learn but I’m finding EQ to be harder to master.

    Obviously it’s easier to hear but therein lies the problem. Every move makes a change, and it’s much harder for me to make distinctions in the full mix. Guitars sound better with a boost hear but what’s happening to the snare? Where did my bass go? Why is the singer so brittle?

    Compression was harder to learn the technique but I learned to do the thing I needed it for (and I’m one of those clip/limit boys anyways). EQ is just so many choice and consequences.

  29. wow good question. equalizer is kind of a bit more self explanatory compared to compression. so eq is easier to grasp initially. compression is something that needs to be understood to get the most out of
    BUT
    the high end of EQ knowledge allows for things that aren’t initially obvious,even after years,
    such as side chaining volume peaks to EQ bands, and frequency sweeps. automating EQ gives amazing results if the time is invested.
    although I think automating compression could also give interesting results
    I think compression basics are easier to learn than the high “skill ceiling” of Eq

  30. Obviously Eq is hard to learn , a parametric EQ is fine but in passive Eq it’s necessary not to overdo it

  31. Eq is always more intuitive, unless if you go for a multiband eq/comp.
    Compression is usually harder to understand and hear for people.

  32. Compression indeed.
    I Mix a lot ot big bands and very sparingly EQ much, and often its pretty straight forward.
    Compression on the other hand is somewhat of an illusive craft to handle. Being able to control the huge changes in dynamics whilst maintaining the character and feel of brass instruments is probably something I’ll never perfect. Will keep trying though:=)

  33. Marcelo Ribeiro Simões

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    What is harder to learn, using a compressor or an EQ
    EQ seems to be a bit harder since we tend to first overuse it.
    Compression can easily be perceived to me.
    EQ can be so easily falsified by the environment, by using other instruments as a reference that are also having problems, or by imagining we are achieving the balance of frequencies in the song…
    …and everything is just an illusion.
    Until we do the necessary tests in other environments, headphones, mono/stereo, etc.

  34. For sure it’s a compressor. If you don’t know what you are doing, you destroy the whole audio signal, with EQ is much more intuitive, you see and hear wich kind of frequencies you are manipulating, by compressors is not that clear, so it’s a way harder to get into it.

  35. Compression. As the very first commenter said, for the most part EQ is something you can hear and adjust. There is a curve to that as well, but compression just messes with my head most days!

  36. Depending on the stadium of knowledge and experience and of course the task at hand, compression seems trickier at first to comprehend in its nuances, but EQ requires an equal amount of mangling to get the best possible results. I would say compression is harder to get right in the beginning of one’s mixing journey.

  37. A compressor..as others have stated, with EQ the change is often immediately clear..but not so with Compressor. After years of producing music, I still struggle to hear what the hell one does, when used minimally to moderately.

  38. Both are similar in terms of hardness of usage – EQ is much more audible, but precise cutting/boosting of frequencies needs experience and good ear training. Compressor on basic level also seems to be fairly easy, but it’s easy to overdo it, plus different types of compressors give a bit of different results so it also requires experience/ear training.

  39. For me, it’s compression.

    I understand the theory, but I can rarely get it working the way I want it to in practice.

  40. External Subway

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    EQ is mostly straightforward. There are a lot of nuances in compression, like all of the ratios/thresholds/etc, upwards/downwards compression and so on. For me personally compression was the hardest to learn.

  41. Learning to recognize the difference between different compressors and equalizers can be quite difficult. Sometimes I watch videos on YouTube and I can’t understand what the youtuber is talking about when he shows the before and after results. 🙃

  42. While making Compression is harder to hear the difference between original sound and compressed. So, definitely compression.

  43. Andy Velasquez

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    Learning to operate aompressor is more difficult because adjustments aren’t as obvious as when adjusting an EQ.

  44. Me:
    *listens to track*
    *Slaps on Molotok*
    *Fiddles with the knobs*
    *Gets frustrated*
    *Closes DAW and finds something else to do*

  45. I think compression is harder to learn Think I’m about to finally master eq. Compression is a totally different game.

  46. To me, compression is harder to learn. EQ is more intuitive, whereas compression takes a long time just to learn how to hear it much at all.

  47. While EQ often has more parameters/more to think about; it’s much easier to hear EQ changes than compression. So I have to say Compressors are harder to learn in general.

  48. akshay chandna

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    Compression is harder to learn. Only compress when you need to but knowing the right amount is tricky sometimes.

  49. For me, the whole topic of compression and equalization is really black magic. I must try, and then I’ll been known, what is hardest for me.

  50. EQ for me – harder to master than compression and more sources for mistakes than with compression. Dont know why but compression is a “once you get a hang of it” thing for me and there are more hard rules you can always use.

  51. Compression is more subtle, but EQ can drain your time, as it is easy to keep coming back and twiddling with EQ, as it makes such a noticeable change

  52. Compression by far, esp. multi-band and sidechaining. It affects many things whereas EQ can be fairly limited and “surgical.”

    • Compression because of the vast use and variety of it. You can easily overdo it, same goes with EQ but at least with EQ it’s easier to visualize the whole procedure.

  53. understanding how to use an EQ can be more challenging because it involves grasping the subtleties of frequency manipulation and how it affects the overall sound, whereas using a compressor initially seems more straightforward with its focus on controlling volume dynamics

  54. As an amateur, I haven’t gotten much of a clue by experimenting with compressors. On the other hand, EQ is just fun to tweak around. Thanks for everything!

  55. Je pense que ce soit l’un ou l’autre le plus difficil est de déterminer l’objectif recherché, on peut facilement ruiner un en mal utilisant l’un ou l’autre

  56. Dantee Anderson

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    I believe Compression is more challenging to incorporate without over processing the the Whole song. Eq is a little more forgiving in that way.

  57. At first you think a compressor is simpler, but when you learn about the phase changes that await you with different equalizers, you realize that EQ is more complicated.

  58. Compressor. After learning all the controls and how they work and influence the waveform, then you need to learn the flavors of the different compressors! FET vs Opto, VariMu etc.

  59. Compressor is more difficult to understand, EQ is more visual and easier to catch in an audible “logical” manner

  60. I agree with everyone who has said compressor, as the effect is less audible. It’s also more challenging even determining whether something “needs” compression, whereas the use case for equalization tends to be more evident.

  61. Compressor! Both are difficult to master, but I can make big or small adjustments in EQ and quickly realize what I’ve done wrong. Using a compressor in a helpful way takes more time to figure out.

  62. The difficulty of learning either largely depends on the individual’s familiarity with audio processing concepts and their specific application within a mix.
    Ultimately, both compressors and EQs require time and practice to master effectively. Some may find one easier to grasp initially based on their background and learning style, but both are essential skills for audio engineers and producers.
    Cheers!

  63. Oh, compression for sure. I find EQ pretty straightforward. I’ve tried so many times to learn how to use compression, and I still only vaguely understand what the different functions really do, let alone how to get it to do what I want.

    And then there’s sidechaining.

  64. there a lot of different options for compression & different techniques give you different unique results. Compression is definitely more complex than EQing.

  65. La compresión siempre me ha parecido algo que considero no se terminara de aprender, es algo tan complejo y maravilloso a la vez, pero cada vez sale algo nuevo en la compresión o algo experimental, pero la ecualización también tiene su lado de complejidad , de practica y experimentación, así que jaja creo que ambas cosas siempre serán de importancia pero el talón de Aquiles de muchos.

  66. Rex Perreira

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    I’m tempted to say Compression like the majority here but though EQ is easier to understand, you need to hear what’s happening as well as need to know what’s to be done exactly. Both are altering an audio signal so your ears need to be trained to listen to the difference.

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