Highest Possible Sound Quality, Unrivaled Interface Workflow
FabFilter Pro-Q 3 is a top-quality EQ plug-in with perfect analog modeling, dynamic EQ, linear phase processing, and a gorgeous interface with unrivaled ease of use.
An equalizer is probably the tool you use most while mixing and mastering, so you need the best of the best.
With FabFilter Pro-Q 3, you get the highest possible sound quality, a very extensive feature set, and a gorgeous, innovative interface with unrivaled ease of use.
FabFilter Pro-Q: 24 band dynamic EQ with Dynamic Range and Threshold controls and an intelligent Auto Threshold mode.
Dynamic EQ bands still feature perfect analog EQ shape matching and also support Linear Phase mode.
Surround support (5.1.2, 5.1.4, 7.1.4, 9.1.4, and 9.1.6 surround formats), with intelligent per-band speaker selection.
Per-band mid/side or left/right processing options.
New Brickwall LP/HP filter slope.
New Flat Tilt filter shape.
Spectrum analyzer with frequency collision indication and the option to show the spectrum of any other Pro-Q 3 instance.
Spectrum Grab with labels indicating the most important peaks.
EQ Match, adding the possibility to match with a post spectrum from another Pro-Q 3 instance in your session.
EQ band menu (also accessible via the value display), with Make Dynamic, Invert Gain options, and more.
Auto Gain with channel weighting and an estimated correction of dynamic gain for a better overall gain adjustment.
Mixing and mastering features
Pro-Q 3 offers everything that a demanding engineer could wish for: top-quality linear phase operation in addition to the zero latency and unique Natural Phase modes, smooth dynamic EQ, per-band mid/side processing, full surround support (Dolby Atmos 5.1.2, 5.1.4, 7.1.4, 9.1.4, and 9.1.6 surround formats), an intelligent solo feature, optional Auto Gain and a built-in, fully customizable spectrum analyzer.
Effortlessly sculpt your sound
FabFilter Pro-Q 3 is designed to help you achieve your sound in the quickest way possible. Via the large interactive EQ display, you can create bands where you need them, enable dynamic EQ for any band, and select and edit multiple bands at once.
Unique features like Spectrum Grab, Full-Screen mode, and EQ Match will speed up your workflow even more. Try it yourself!
Of course, you also get all the usual FabFilter goodies: perfectly tuned knobs, interactive MIDI Learn, undo/redo and A/B switch, Smart Parameter Interpolation for smooth parameter transitions, and an extensive help file with interactive help hints, sample-accurate automation, advanced optimization, and much more.
FabFilter Pro-Q Key features
Highest possible sound quality
Up to 24 EQ bands
Operates in zero latency mode, linear phase mode with adjustable latency, or the unique Natural Phase mode
Optional Dynamic EQ mode for all bands (Bell and Shelf shapes), using any slope setting and with perfect analog matching
Ultra-steep ‘Brickwall’ slope setting for LP and HP filters
Full surround support (5.1.2, 5.1.4, 7.1.4, 9.1.4, and 9.1.6 surround formats) with intelligent speaker selection
External spectrum visualization from any other Pro-Q 3 instance, including collision detection
Per-band mid/side or left/right processing, so you can EQ the mid, side, left, or right signals separately
Flat Tilt filter shape, a flat tilting correction curve over the whole audible frequency spectrum
Gorgeous Retina interface with large interactive EQ display, multi-band selection, and editing for maximum ease of use and efficiency
Spectrum Grab: just grab and adjust a peak in the real-time spectrum analyzer right away!
All Pro and Creative plug-ins now support interface scaling. The resize button in the bottom right corner of the interface now offers a Scaling submenu, with options to increase or decrease the scale of the entire interface, e.g. 125%, 150%, etc.
Reduced CPU spikes on changing oversampling or high quality mode in Pro and Creative plug-ins.
Added a right-click shortcut menu for the preset button, with Save and Save As options. In Twin 3, this also lets you mark a preset as favorite.
Added support for MIDI program changes in the VST3 plug-ins.
Timeless 3, Volcano 3, Twin 3 and Saturn 2: Added Show Source Flow option, available via the Add Source ‘+’ button menu.
Timeless 3, Volcano 3, Twin 3 and Saturn 2: Added Auto-Collapse Sources option, available via the Add Source ‘+’ button menu. When enabled, expanding one source interface will automatically collapse the others (the default behavior). When disabled, multiple source interfaces can be expanded at the same time.
Pro-DS and Pro-G: Added support for different interface sizes and Full Screen mode.
Pro-G: Added density spectrum visualization in the side chain filter controller, similar to how Pro-DS shows this.
Pro-L 2: Added Auto-Reset option for loudness metering, available as a toggle option in the Loudness Time Scale menu. When enabled, loudness metering and clipping will be reset every time playback starts in the DAW.
Twin 3: Fixed a bug which caused the main Frequency Offset parameter to be ignored for filters with panning and non-modulated Filter Frequency.
Twin 3: Redesigned options icon in the preset browser to make it more discoverable.
Volcano 3: Fixed a bug that could cause possible clicks or noise when modulating filter peak values around zero.
Volcano 3: Fixed issue where text entry for the peak value in the parameter value display would change frequency when piano display was enabled.
Volcano 3: Fixed an issue in the mono version of the plug-in where filters that were removed in the interface could still remain in effect.
Twin 3: The Arpeggiator Lock parameter is now always disabled for new instances of the plug-in.
Small bug fixes and improvements.
All plug-ins updated, Dolby Atmos support for Pro-Q 3 and Pro-L 2
Dec 13, 2021
All FabFilter plug-ins have been updated with bug fixes and improvements, including immersive audio support in Pro-Q 3 and Pro-L 2. This update is free for existing customers and we recommend everyone to update to the latest plug-in versions. So what’s new?
Pro-Q 3, Pro-L 2:
Extended support for immersive/3D audio channel layouts, now up to Dolby Atmos 9.1.6. Note: AAX only supports layouts up to Dolby Atmos 7.1.2.
In the surround version of the plug-in, it is now possible to let a curve affect all three front speakers (L/C/R).
The interface will now clearly show that it’s in-band solo mode when loading a session that was accidentally saved with Band Solo enabled, or when toggling solo via a Pro Tools control surface.
The interface now restores the previous zoom level when closing and reopening.
The interface now remembers the previous manual threshold value for each band when you switch between auto and manual mode.
Added Use Accessible Colors item to the Help menu, toggling to a brighter color for spectrum collisions.
Improved rotational drag mode for knobs to avoid unexpected sudden changes.
For newly installed plug-ins on Mac, factory presets will now be saved in the user’s Documents folder, in FabFilter/Presets.
Fixed issues with text input for controls when running in Pro Tools, on macOS Big Sur and Monterey.
Improved Full-Screen mode on Mac when using multiple monitors: the menu bar and the dock will now remain visible on other monitors. Fixed an issue with Timeless 3 and Volcano 3 where dialogs (e.g. Save As for presets) would not show up in Full-Screen mode. The camera area on a 16″ MacBook Pro will not overlap the full-screen area anymore.
Fixed a bug that caused keyboard shortcuts (e.g. the space bar) not to work in Reaper on Windows after using the mouse wheel and not moving the mouse.
The Windows installers now remember the VST2 folder location that was last used.
Pro-L 2: Fixed a small issue with higher oversampling rates (8x and more) wherein some very specific cases, True Peak limiting could introduce a bit more distortion than needed.
Timeless 3: Fixed an issue that could cause a crash when running at very high sample rates, which also caused VST3 validation in Digital Performer to fail.
Volcano 3: Fixed a possible crash when modulating curves routed in parallel.
Small bug fixes and improvements.
What’s new v3.14?
Fixed an issue that could cause high volume spikes when switching a curve between Low Cut and Brick Wall shapes.
Fixed a possible crash when changing a plug-in preference (e.g. Show Help Hints) with multiple plug-in instances open.
Fixed an issue with the Compare button lighting up incorrectly in Pro Tools.
Fixed a bug that caused the Input reference option in EQ Match not to work.
Fixed an issue with text entry for parameters on macOS Catalina.
Fixed occasional crashes on macOS when loading projects in some DAWs (e.g. Logic Pro), related to having PACE-protected third-party plug-ins in the same session.
Fixed occasional crashes in Bitwig on macOS, when opening sessions that contain FabFilter VST3 plug-ins with side chain support.
Fixed interface scaling issues on macOS 10.14 and higher, when dragging a plug-in interface between Retina and non-Retina monitors.
All VST3 and AU plug-ins with now show up in the DAW without the ‘FabFilter ‘ or ‘FF ‘ prefix in their name.
On macOS, all plug-ins are now 64-bit only.
Minor bug fixes and improvements.
What’s new in version 3.10?
Added optional external side chain triggering to EQ bands. To use this, first click on the Auto Threshold button above the dynamic range ring to enable custom threshold mode. Next to the threshold slider, click the new External Side Chain button to enable or disable triggering on the external side chain input.
Made the Processing Mode and Processing Resolution parameters non-automatable, to prevent automation from changing the latency during playback. In addition, all interface-only parameters such as the analyzer settings are now also non-automatable.
Fixed bugs that could cause ringing sounds or sweeping filter effects when using higher order dynamic filtering.
It is now possible to solo disabled bands again, like in Pro-Q 2.
Fixed a bug that prevented copying and pasting automation from marking all parameters as changed in the preview buffer in Pro Tools, making it impossible to overwrite existing automation.
Fixed a bug that caused the gain of a band to jump to zero when using the mouse wheel to adjust the Q in solo mode with the Gain-Q Interaction option enabled.
Fixed a bug that caused the interface to become all white after double-clicking to edit a text value in the Audio Units plug-in in Ableton Live 10 on macOS 10.13.
Fixed an issue that could cause the Audio Units plug-in to freeze for a while in Ableton Live when adding new bands.
Fixed a bug in the EQ display that made it impossible to enter permanent spectrum grab mode when already in spectrum grab mode.
Fixed a crash when entering EQ Match mode when there is no “stereo” yellow result curve in the EQ display (for example, if there are only Mid bands).
Updated plug-in for full compatibility with Mac hosts built specifically for macOS 10.14 (Mojave), such as Logic Pro 10.4.4, running under macOS 10.14.0 or 10.14.1. Previously this could lead to an all-black plugin interface.
Improved the way settings are saved when multiple plug-in instances are open to make sure the last setting that was chosen is saved correctly for new instances.
Added support for 300% scaling on 8K displays (High DPI) on Windows.
Fixed an issue that could cause incorrect scaling of the plug-in interface in Cubase 10 or Live 10 on High DPI displays in combination with certain graphics drivers on Windows.
Added a Refresh item to the Options submenu of the presets menu: this makes it possible to manually refresh the menu (and any V1/V2 Preset Folder submenus if available).
Fixed a bug on Mac that could cause program changes received by one plug-in to be forwarded to other FabFilter plug-in instances.
Various minor bug fixes and improvements.
What’s new in version 3.0?
New – Optional Dynamic EQ mode for all bands (Bell and Shelf shapes), using any slope setting and with perfect analog matching
New – Ultra-steep ‘Brickwall’ slope setting for LP and HP filters
New – Full surround support (up to Dolby Atmos 7.1.2) with intelligent speaker selection
New – External spectrum visualization from any other Pro-Q 3 instance, including collision detection
New – Per-band mid/side or left/right processing, so you can EQ the mid, side, left or right signals separately
New – Flat Tilt filter shape, a flat tilting correction curve over the whole audible frequency spectrum
Improved – Gorgeous Retina interface with large interactive EQ display, multi-band selection and editing for maximum ease of use and efficiency
Improved – Spectrum Grab: just grab and adjust a peak in the real-time spectrum analyzer right away!
Improved – EQ Match feature to automatically match the spectrum of another Pro-Q 3 instance or an external signal
Improved – Built-in spectrum analyzer with Pre-EQ, Post-EQ and external spectrum visualization, adjustable range, speed, resolution, tilt, freeze and collision detection
Improved – Supports stereo, mono and surround channel layouts (up to Dolby Atmos 7.1.2)
Improved – MIDI Learn with option to control the currently active band
What’s new in version 2.12?
Fixed possible crashes in Logic Pro X, which occasionally tries to initialize plug-ins with invalid/uninitialized buffers.
Fixed possible crash in Nuendo 7 on macOS when closing a plugin.
Fixed issues with key stroke stealing on Windows when using the Avid S6 control surface.
Fixed incorrect appearance of plug-in interfaces in Live 10 in High DPI mode.
The VST 2.4 plug-in will now automatically adapt its channel layout to match the audio/track it is placed on. Note that the separate “(Mono)” version of the plug-ins are still included for backwards compatibility.
Fixed a bug that could cause a crash when moving the mouse over the right edge of a menu with icons.
Small bug fixes and improvements.
Fixed an issue with Natural Phase mode, which could sporadically lead to an incorrect filter frequency response when processing audio at very small block sizes.
Fixed a bug which caused Permanent Spectrum Grab in Pro-Q 2 to disappear when the input of the VST3 plug-in became silent.
Fixed a bug that caused the spectrum analyzer to slow down when moving the mouse over the EQ display, with graphics acceleration disabled.
Sample rate information is now included when saving an EQ Match spectrum, so it can be restored correctly when using a different sample rate.
In EQ Match, the ‘Save Input as Reference’ option now checks whether the plug-in is receiving audio on the input.
Fixed a bug that caused the colors of EQ bands 9 to 24 not to match with the highlight coloring around the floating band controls.
Fixed a small bug when right-clicking the solo button in the EQ parameter value display: this would cause the button to remain in the down state.
What’s new in version 2.1?
Improved EQ Match feature so you can save the input spectrum as a reference spectrum. When opening EQ Match, you now have various choices to use as the reference: a previously saved reference spectrum, the main plug-in input or the side chain input. This makes it much easier to set up and use EQ Match.
Added Permanent Spectrum Grab mode: click and hold in the spectrum area until the spectrum freezes and turns blue. You can now grab multiple peaks in the frozen spectrum, unlike the regular Spectrum Grab mode which only allows you to grab and adjust a single peak. Just click once on the background to exit Permanent Spectrum Grab mode.
The frequency scale at the bottom of the interface now displays the frequency under the mouse cursor if you hover over the display or move the mouse slowly. If the piano display is enabled, the key under the mouse cursor is highlighted and its note number is shown. You can turn this on or off by clicking Show Frequency On Hover in the Help menu.
Added a workaround for a bug in Ableton Live on Mac that could cause the Q parameter for a band to be reset to its minimum value when dragging it around in the AU plug-in version of Pro-Q 2.
Added a workaround for a bug in Ableton Live that caused latency compensation to work incorrectly when loading a session that sets the parameters such that the plug-in doesn’t have latency, in combination with a default preset that does introduce latency. This only occurred with the VST plugin format and caused Live to use the latency from the default preset.
Improved Avid S6 page tables mappings in the AAX plug-ins, now more closely following Avid’s conventions for a better workflow.
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