MDW EQ Plug-in Guide - akmedia.[bleep]

MDW EQ Plug-in Guide - akmedia.[bleep]
MDW v2.0 Hi-Res Parametric EQ
®
™
Plug-In Guide
Version 2.0
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Copyright
This guide is copyrighted ©2006 by Massenburg DesignWorks, LLC (hereafter “MDW”), with all rights reserved. Under copyright laws, this
guide may not be duplicated in whole or in part without the written consent of MDW. MDW, the MDW logo, and IsoPeak™ are trademarks
or registered trademarks of Massenburg DesignWorks, LLC. DIGIDESIGN, AVID and PRO TOOLS are trademarks or registered
trademarks of Digidesign and/or Avid Technology, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. All features and
specifications subject to change without notice.
Chapter 1. Getting Started with MDW® EQ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
System Requirements
3
DSP Instance Counts
3
Installing MDW EQ
4
Registering MDW EQ
4
Authorizing MDW EQ
4
Chapter 2. Using MDW® EQ. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
The MDW EQ 5-Band Plug-In Window
5
The MDW EQ 3-Band Plug-In Window
6
MDW EQ Controls
6
Adjusting MDW EQ Parameters
7
Copying and Pasting Band Parameters within a plug-in
9
Using ISO Peak™ Mode
10
Getting Started with MDW® EQ
The Massenburg DesignWorks Hi-Res EQ (MDW EQ) plug-in for TDM systems was developed by a team led by
the renowned recording engineer and producer George Massenburg. The MDW EQ features internal doubleprecision 48-bit processing which provides unprecedented clarity and resolution, superlative smoothness, and
excellent high-frequency response. Also, when working at 44.1 & 48kHz sampling rates, the MDW EQ upsamples
to 88.2 & 96kHz respectively to do all EQ processing, resulting in unprecedented high-frequency smoothness.
This guide provides information on installing and using the MDW EQ plug-in in Pro Tools sessions. For information
on using MDW EQ with Pro Tools, see the Pro Tools Reference Guide.
Features
• Double-precision 48-bit processing
• High-resolution processing, from 44.1kHz to 192kHz
• Industry standard, constant-shape reciprocal curves
• Selectable bands
• NEW IsoPeakTM function eases frequency selection
• Wide frequency selection from 10 Hz to 41 kHz
• Professional interface designed for speed and accuracy
System Requirements
To use the MDW EQ plug-in, you need:
• A Digidesign-approved Pro Tools|HD system with Pro Tools TDM 6.9 or higher on Mac OS X or Win XP.
For the latest compatibility information, contact your local Digidesign dealer or visit Digidesign's Web site
(www.digidesign.com).
DSP Instance Counts
MDW 5-Band EQ operates in mono and multi-mono (for stereo and multichannel usage) formats at samples rates
up to 192kHz, and has the following instance counts on Pro Tools|HD systems:
• 2 mono instances per DSP chip when used in 44.1, 48, 88.2 or 96 kHz sessions
• 1 stereo instance per DSP chip when used in 44.1, 48, 88.2 or 96 kHz sessions
• 1 mono instance per DSP chip when used in 176.4 or 192 kHz sessions
MDW 5-Band EQ operates in mono and multi-mono (for stereo and multichannel usage) formats at samples rates
up to 192kHz, and has the following instance counts for Pro Tools|HD Accel systems:
• 5 mono instances per DSP chip when used in 44.1, 48, 88.2 or 96 kHz sessions
• 2 stereo instances per DSP chip when used in 44.1, 48, 88.2 or 96 kHz sessions
• 1 mono instance per DSP chip when used in 176.4 or 192 kHz sessions
MDW 3-Band EQ operates in mono and multi-mono (for stereo and multichannel usage) formats at samples rates
up to 192kHz, and has the following instance counts on Pro Tools|HD systems:
• 3 mono instances per DSP chip when used in 44.1, 48, 88.2 or 96 kHz sessions
• 1 mono instance per DSP chip when used in 176.4 or 192 kHz sessions
MDW 3-Band EQ operates in mono and multi-mono (for stereo and multichannel usage) formats at samples rates
up to 192kHz, and has the following instance counts on Pro Tools|HD Accel systems:
• 9 mono instances per DSP chip when used in 44.1, 48, 88.2 or 96 kHz sessions
• 4 stereo instances per DSP chip when used in 44.1, 48, 88.2 or 96 kHz sessions
• 3 mono instances per DSP chip when used in 176.4 or 192 kHz sessions
Installing MDW® Hi-Res EQ v2.0
To install MDW® Hi-Res EQ v2.0 on Mac OS X and Windows XP:
Insert the Installer CD-ROM in your CD-ROM drive and run the Installer program named “Install MDW EQ 2.0.”
When you launch Pro Tools, you will be prompted to authorize MDW Hi-Res EQ v2.0.
Authorizing MDW® EQ
Your plug-in license needs to be obtained online and downloaded onto your iLok USB Key. The Activation Card
included contains your Activation Code and instructions on how to obtain your MDW Hi-Res Parametric EQ v2.0
plug-in license online. You will need an iLok.com account to complete the process. If you do not yet have an
ilok.com account, visit www.ilok.com to set up an account for free.
Registering MDW® EQ:
After activating your MDW EQ plug-in license online, you will automatically be registered for your copy of MDW HiRes EQ v2.0.
Using MDW® EQ v2.0
The MDW EQ 5-Band Plug-In Window
The Massenburg DesignWorks 5-Band High Resolution Equalizer has five independent filter bands connected in
series. EQ Bands 1 - 4 can be individually set to one of seven filter types as follows:
• peak/dip
• high-frequency shelf
• low-frequency shelf
• high-pass 6 (6 dB/octave slope)
• low-pass 6 (6 dB/octave slope)
• high-pass 12 (12 dB/octave slope)
• low-pass 12 (12 dB/octave slope)
Filter Band 5 can be individually set to one of eleven filter types as follows:
• peak/dip
• high-frequency shelf
• low-frequency shelf
• high-pass 6 (6 dB/octave slope)
• low-pass 6 (6 dB/octave slope)
• high-pass 12 (12 dB/octave slope)
• low-pass 12 (12 dB/octave slope)
• high-pass 18 (18 dB/octave slope)
• low-pass 18 (18 dB/octave slope)
• high-pass 24 (24 dB/octave slope)
• low-pass 24 (24 dB/octave slope)
The MDW® EQ 3-Band Plug-In Window
The Massenburg DesignWorks 3-Band High Resolution Equalizer has three independent filter bands connected in
series. All EQ bands can be individually set to one of seven filter types as follows:
• peak/dip
• high-frequency shelf
• low-frequency shelf
• high-pass 6 (6 dB/octave slope)
• low-pass 6 (6 dB/octave slope)
• high-pass 12 (12 dB/octave slope)
• low-pass 12 (12 dB/octave slope)
A scalable display shows the overall EQ frequency response curve. All filter parameters can be independently
automated.
MDW EQ® Controls
These controls let you edit the parameters of an MDW EQ plug-in inserted on a track.
Spectrum Display Scale - Click and hold anywhere within spectrum display to view the Spectrum Display Scale
pop-up menu and choose the desired vertical scale of the display. The available choices are ±6, ±12 or ±24 dB.
Selecting a ±6 dB scale is useful for viewing more subtle equalizer adjustments. Changing the scale of the display
has no effect on the equalizer’s audio output.
Input Attenuator – The Input Attenuator adjusts the audio input to the plug-in from –24 dB to +6 dB. Drag or
double-click and enter numerical data to adjust this parameter. It is often useful to lower the operating level at this
point when the user encounters overloads in the MDW equalizer.
Phase Reverse Switch – Click the Phase Reverse button to reverse the absolute phase of the audio. If the EQ is
linked to other channels, it will invert the phase of those as well - maintaining the phase relationship between them,
but reversing their relationship to the audio in the rest of the session.
Overflow Indicators – When the Overflow Indicator LEDs are lit, they indicate signal overload at the
corresponding stage in the signal path. Adjust levels accordingly to avoid audio distortion. Click to extinguish.
Snapshot A/B Select - The A & B snapshot feature allows you to compare two snapshot settings. Toggle between
the two snapshots settings by pressing the A/B Snapshot Button.
Copy Snapshot A->B (Copy Snapshot B->A) While Snapshot A is selected you may duplicate all settings to
Snapshot B.
Filter Bands Provide precise filtering of the audio signal in series. Filter type for each band is individually
selectable.
Frequency Selector Sets the frequency of the selected filter band. Frequency range is from 10 Hz to 41 kHz.
Filter Q Selector Sets the Q of the Peak/Dip filter of the selected filter band .
Cut/Boost Provides up to ±24 dB of frequency cut or boost.
Filter Type Selector Provides a choice of high-pass (6 or 12 dB/oct), low-pass (6 or 12 dB/oct), high-shelf, lowshelf, peak/dip, or bypass operation. For the MDW 5-Band EQ, Band 5 offers additional filter choices which include
high-pass 18 and high-pass 24 (18 or 24 dB/oct), and low-pass 18 and low-pass 24 (18 or 24 dB/oct).
Filter In/Out – The In/Out button allows you to switch a filter band on or off.
IsoPeak™ - IsoPeak provides a function in Peak/Dip filter mode whereby this band is soloed, and a sharp peak is
temporarily set. Click on the colored band number button to initiate IsoPeak for that band. Click and hold on the
background area of the band to reveal a pop-up menu allowing you to adjust the IsoPeak Q value.
Band Pop-up Menu - Click and hold on the background area of each band to reveal a pop-up menu allowing you
to adjust the IsoPeak™ Q value as well as the option to copy and paste individual band settings.
Adjusting MDW® EQ Parameters
The best way to use MDW EQ is to insert it on a track and adjust its parameters during playback to hear the
changes in real time.
You can edit MDW EQ knob parameters by dragging or by double-clicking and then typing a value into the knob’s
text display.
Editing Parameters with a Mouse
When using a mouse, MDW EQ knob controls are adjusted by dragging horizontally or vertically. Values increase
as you drag upward or to the right. Values decrease as you drag downward or to the left.
To edit a parameter with a mouse:
1 Begin audio playback so that you can hear parameter changes in real time.
2 From the Filter Type selector pop-up menu on the desired band, select the filter type.
3 Drag the parameter knob vertically or horizontally to adjust the parameters for the effect you want.
Keyboard Shortcuts
• For finer adjustments, Command-drag the control.
• To return a control to its default value, Option-click the control.
Editing Parameters with a Keyboard
Knob controls display their current value. You can edit this value by double-clicking and entering a value with your
computer keyboard. If multiple plug-in windows are open, click the Target button on the plug-in whose parameters
you want to edit.
When lit (red), the Target button indicates its window is targeted. When unlit (gray) the Target button indicates its
window is not targeted.
To edit a parameter with a computer keyboard:
1 Double-click the numerical text you want to edit.
Selecting a numerical value for editing
2 Type the desired value. For negative values, type a minus sign in front of the number.
– or –
Press the Up Arrow on your keyboard to increase a value. Press the Down Arrow to decrease a value.
In fields that support values in kilohertz, typing “k” after a number value will multiply the value by
1000. For example, type “1.2k” to enter a frequency of 1200 Hz.
3 Press Enter on the numeric keyboard after typing a value to input the value without leaving the selected text
box.
– or –
Press Return on the alpha keyboard to enter the value and leave keyboard editing mode.
Copying and Pasting Band Parameters within a plug-in
To Copy Band Parameters:
• In the background of the band you wish to copy, click and hold down mouse button until pop-up appears.
Then choose Copy band settings.
To Paste Band Parameters:
• Click and hold anywhere on the background of the band you wish to copy. Then choose Paste band
settings.
Using ISO Peak™ Mode
1 Choose a band on which to use IsoPeak™ by clicking on the band number. You'll hear only that band selected
for IsoPeak™ and only the absolute peak that the band generates (which will sound very narrow). The spectrum
display will show that peak being monitoring.
2 The Q of this peak can be selected from the band's pop up menu (click and hold down the mouse button on the
background of the band until the pop up appears). The default value is a Q of 8. 3 “Sweep” the frequency listening to the effect of the peak boost to find the artifact or area of interest.
4 Click the band button to exit the IsoPeak™ mode and return to normal operation. If you intend to remove a
frequency, you'll now have to adjust the Q and the Boost/Cut, but your Frequency value will be that which you
found sweeping in IsoPeak™.
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