The AE600 is the next generation of active equalization.

New and unique EQ modes, independent control of fixed and active EQ bands, and an ultra low latency algorithm make the AE600 the perfect solution for any audio production.

Every fixed and active band in the AE600 has its own gain, frequency, Q, and mode controls. Mode options include parametric, proportional Q parametric, 5x Q parametric, Baxandall shelving EQ, vintage styled EQ, and a new X-style shelving EQ. All bands are completely overlapping and can use the input signal or selected side chain inputs to trigger the active EQ response.

The active EQ bands can be controlled via the response plot itself, or from the text readouts above and below the response plot. The AE600’s active EQ response is determined by each band’s threshold, attack and release settings. Additionally, a ratio control determines input signal level sensitivity to further articulate how the active EQ will reach maximum active equalization - a feature unique to the AE600 (and AE400) active equalizers by McDSP.

Peak signal text readouts for each active EQ band’s key signal allow quick setup of each band’s active EQ threshold, and are located underneath band dynamics plots. Input and Output controls, individual band bypass, band control linking, and band key signal monitoring round out the features of the AE600.

  • Six fully overlapping fixed and active EQ bands

  • Independent control over all fixed and active EQ parameters per band

  • Selectable EQ mode per fixed and active bands

  • Unique active EQ ratio response control

  • Side chain support

  • Double precision processing

  • Ultra low latency

  • Mono and stereo versions
  • HD v6: AAX DSP/Native, AU, VST3

  • Native v6: AAX Native, AU, VST3
The vocal performance - the center of attention in any track - is in direct competition with all the other elements of a mix. A good way to insure the vocal always has space in a mix is by using the AE600 and its side chain (external) capabilities.
The process of equalizing a drum set to make it suitable for the entire mix is a good exercise in challenging audio engineering. This problem is compounded by variable performance levels of the performer. Indeed, one may consider multi-band compression for such an occasion. But active EQ may be an even better.
Mix Down
Final tweaks to a stereo mix down are readily handled by the flexibility of the AE600. Because every band can be any of the 13 EQ and filter shapes available, gosh darn near anything is possible. Need some surgical notch EQ? Try the x5 mode - you’ll get Q values up to 100 (really really narrow). Maybe some shelving EQ is more your style, fire up one of THREE choices. 
"This is an indispensable plug-in in any mixer’s toolbox."
Mick Guzauski
Daft Punk, Prince, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera
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The AE600 Active EQ is also included in the Everything Pack
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