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Blue Cat's Liny EQ
Blue Cat's Liny EQ
"Linear phase equalization, without the latency."
Blue Cat's Liny EQ - Low Latency Linear Phase Equalizer Plug-in (VST, Audio Unit, AAX, VST3)

Blue Cat's Liny EQ is an 8 bands linear phase equalizer with very low latency and comprehensive visual feedback: thanks to its highly optimized linear phase kernel, it processes the signal without phase distortion, with an unusually short latency (less than 3 milliseconds).

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Typical applications: Low latency linear phase equalization, mastering, mixing, spectral correction, stereo widening or narrowing.

Detailed Description

Liny EQ's wide range of gain (+-40dB) and multiple filter shapes make it very flexible for a graphic EQ, letting you create unique EQ curves. The dual channels version offers independent settings for the left/right or mid/side channels, with flexible linking capabilities for an optimal workflow.

The highly customizable user interface includes a first class spectrum analyzer and spectrogram viewer. It lets you choose the best layout and display options to adapt the plug-in to your own workflow.

Thanks to its ability to update the EQ curve continuously using MIDI or automation and its additionnal "Mix" control, dynamic equalization tasks can be performed easily when used together with any of our control generation plug-ins.

Features

Main Features:

  • Linear phase graphic equalizer
  • very short latency (less than 3 ms: 128 samples at 44,1 kHz), with minimal pre-ringing artefacts.
  • customizable range (+/- 40 dB).
  • Exact EQ curve display.
  • Four EQ shapes.
  • Automatic gain compensation.
  • Real time spectrum analyzer display.
  • High resolution color and greyscale spectrogram display.
  • High resolution color peak meter.
  • Single and dual channel versions.
  • Left/right or mid/side processing for spectral stereo widening or narrowing.
  • Advanced channels linking capabilities.
  • Multiple display sizes.
  • Highly customizable user interface: display what you need, the way you need.

Blue Cat Audio Standards:

  • Available in most plug-in formats for Mac and Windows.
  • Full MIDI control and automation support, MIDI Learn.
  • No CPU load on idle: processing shuts down when fed with silence (optimal CPU usage).
  • Customizable user interface with transparency & zoom.
  • Smooth Bypass: noiseless plug-in activation / deactivation.
  • Undo/Redo.
  • Full featured integrated presets manager.
  • Copy/paste the state of the plug-in between instances.
  • Any sample rate supported.

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Blue Cat's Liny EQ - Single channel EQ, with spectrum display. Blue Cat's Liny EQ - Selecting a greyscale spectrogram, with simultaneous dual channels display and control. Blue Cat's Liny EQ - For maximum precision when used with large screens, the user interface can be widened. Blue Cat's Liny EQ - Four EQ shapes are available, all with low latency linear phase processing capabilities. Blue Cat's Liny EQ - Fader style interface, analyzers off. Blue Cat's Liny EQ - Low Latency Linear Phase Equalizer Plug-in (VST, Audio Unit, AAX, VST3)

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System Requirements

Windows

  • An SSE2-enabled processor (Pentium 4 or newer).
  • Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows 7, 8 or 10.
  • Any VST / AAX compatible host software (32 or 64 bit).

Mac OS X

  • An Intel or Apple Silicon processor.
  • Mac OS 10.9 or newer.
  • Any VST / Audio Unit / AAX compatible application (64-bit) .

For more information about supported platforms, see our FAQ.

Demo Limitations

  • Limited number of instances of the plug-in per session.
  • The plug-in is regularly bypassed for a few milliseconds.

Versions History >subscribe to our newsletter

V5.2 (2021/10/19)

New Features and Improvements:
  • Refreshed GUI design, with improved usability and touchscreen support.
  • The GUI can now be zoomed from 70% to 200%.
  • New high resolution graphics for knobs.
  • Now supports retina displays on Mac (high resolution).
  • Last loaded preset is now remembered in session and displayed in the presets menu.
  • Plug-in state can now be reverted to the last loaded preset.
  • Improved MIDI & automation control settings with lock, reset and "save as global setting" capabilities.
  • MIDI Program Change preference is now saved into session instead of global preferences, so each instance can now use different MIDI channels. It is also saved in the user default preset.
  • VST3: added program change support for VST3 plug-in format.
  • Mac: faster GUI rendering on recent Mac OS systems (up to 8x faster).
  • Spectrum analysis is now performed in the background and does not affect audio performance.
  • Level meters, spectrum analyzers and tuner stop processing when the user interface is closed, reducing CPU usage.
  • Reduced disk footprint.
  • Full Unicode Support.
  • Mac: new installer.
  • Updated demo limitations: up to 5 instances allowed, bypass time changed to half a second, and bypass parameter is not affected anymore.
Fixes:
  • VST: the user interface is now properly resized in Cubase on Windows.
  • VST3: fixed random crashes in Ableton Live 11 when inserting the plug-in.
  • Mac: Fixed keyboard not responding in registration panel in some host applications (LUNA, Garage Band...).
  • Mac: Fixed demo version that could hang Logic when reloading projects using the plug-in.
  • Mac Audio Unit: fixed plug-in listing in some host applications (Plogue Bidule).
Compatibility:
  • Native Apple Silicon (M1 processor) support.
  • Now compatible with Mac OS Catalina, Big Sur and Newer.
  • Dropped support for Windows XP and Mac OS X 10.8 and earlier.
  • Dropped 32-bit support on Mac.
  • Dropped support for legacy RTAS and DirectX plug-ins formats.
  • Fully compatible with previous versions of the plug-in (except for VST3 on Mac, as explained below).

Warning: because of a bug of the initial VST3 release, this new version may not work with existing sessions that used the VST3 format. See this blog post for more details and how to fix it.

V5.1 (2016/03/03)

  • VST3 plug-in format support.
  • Custom skins can be selected directly from the main menu.
  • Presets can now be selected using MIDI Program change and bank select messages (optional).
  • Last loaded preset can now be saved directly from the presets menu without having to select the file.

V5.02 (2014/01/09)

New Features:
  • Audio Suite support for offline processing in Pro Tools (AAX).
  • Copy/paste the plug-in's current state from the presets menu using the system clipboard.
Improvements:
  • Reduced the plug-in's memory usage.
  • Windows VST Installer now remembers where the plug-in was initially installed to simplify upgrades.
  • (Mac) plug-in version number is now available when using "Get Info" in the Finder.
  • (Mac) Improved display of Audio Unit parameters in most host applications.
Bug Fixes:
  • Fixed window frame not showing with Cubase 7.5 (32-bit) on Mac.
  • (Mac) About window does not show up first in the corner of the screen anymore.
  • (Win) Alt-Click on a control now resets the value to default in Pro Tools, as expected.
  • Fixed version number reported to host application for VST and Audio Unit versions.

V5.01 (2013/06/21)

  • 64-bit AAX support for Pro Tools 11.

V5.0 (2013/05/23)

New Features:
  • Brand new, fully customizable user interface:
    • New look and feel.
    • Show/hide what you need.
    • New EQ curve display.
    • New instant spectrum curves display.
    • New color or greyscale overlayed spectrogram view.
    • New output peak levels meters.
    • Multiple display sizes.
    • Improved readability.
    • Animated transitions.
  • New "mix" parameter for instant dry/wet control or side chain dynamic equalization.
  • New interpolation mode for up to four different EQ shapes.
  • Now includes both single and dual channels versions and superseds the three plug-ins previously included in the Blue Cat's Liny EQ Pack bundle.
  • Spectrum and spectrogram displays can be frozen to capture spectral snapshots
  • New integrated presets manager:
    • Load/save presets from the plug-in's user interface.
    • Organize presets with folders.
    • Customize the default preset.
    • Exchange presets easily.
  • Automation range and response curve can now be customized for each parameter (in and out).
  • Automation and MIDI settings (channel, MIDI learn etc.) are now accessible from the main user interface.
  • AAX plug-in format is now also supported on Windows (Pro Tools 10.2 required).
Improvements:
  • Different EQ shapes can now be selected for each channel.
  • New presets to get started faster.
  • The windows installer now automatically detects the most appropriate VST install path.
  • License is now shared between plug-ins types (register only once for all formats).
  • Improved value display in fine edit window.
  • Improved parameters display on control surfaces.
Optimizations and Performance Improvements:
  • Improved parameters precision (now stored as 64-bit).
  • More compact presets format (uses less space and loads faster).
  • Smaller binaries on Mac (dropped PowerPC support).
Bug Fixes:
  • (RTAS) Fixed parameters control with EUCON control surfaces in Pro Tools.
  • Fixed user interface issues in Final Cut Pro X.
  • Fixed user interface display issues in Wavelab on Mac.
  • Fixed keyboard stealing issue in Digital Performer 7 on Mac.
  • Fixed copy/paste keyboard shortcut issues in the registration panel on Mac.
Note: this new version can be installed side by side with the previous version for backward compatibility reasons. Installing this new version won't break your previous projects.

V4.11 (2011/02/10)

  • Fixed keyboard focus stealing issue in Pro Tools and several other host applications.
  • 64-bit Mac VST support.

V4.1 (2010/05/04)

  • RTAS plugin format support for Pro Tools (Mac and Windows).
  • 64-bit applications support for Windows DX and VST under Windows x64.
  • Mac AU 64-bit format support (compatible with 64-bit Logic 9.1 on Snow Leopard)
  • Space bar does not trigger plug-in buttons anymore (avoids conflict with transport control in most applications).
  • Demo version now displays a nag screen only once per session, and only when opening the user interface of the plug-in.
  • Fixed MIDI learn issues.
  • Fixed issue with EQ curve type that was sometimes not properly recalled.
  • Mac: fixed user interface crashes in some hosts under Snow Leopard.
  • Mac: fixed keyboard/mouse focus issues in some hosts.
  • Mac: fixed multiple screens issue.
  • Mac-AU: fixed settings lost issue when doing offline rendering in some applications.

V4.01 (2009/05/05)

Mac VST update: fixed incompatibility issues with Cubase 5 on Mac.

V4.0 (2009/03/09)

  • Mac Audio Unit support.
  • Mac VST Support.
  • New user interface design.
  • The plugin now offers two types of EQ curves.
  • EQ range is now customizable.
  • Undo/Redo support.
  • Preset import/export in a host independent format.
  • Window opacity control for plugin transparency.
  • New Windows installer.
  • New documentation.
  • This version is installed as a new plugin because of the new parameters. You can keep the previous version and this one side by side.

V3.0 (2006/11/29)

  • Advanced MIDI control with customizable parameters curve response and MIDI learn.
  • Now supports Blue Cat's Skinnning language 1.2.4 with several skins per session.
  • Parameters can be fine tuned when the shift key is down, which offers a .1 dB gain resolution.
  • CPU efficiency improvement: no processing occurs when input is silent.
  • Settings window now loads faster.
  • (Bug fix): in some plug-in adapters (such as FxPansion's VST to RTAS adapter) the GUI did not display properly when first loaded.
  • (Bug fix): when reinstalling the software in another directory, the "skin not found" message was displayed.
  • Warning: because it now supports MIDI events, the DirectX plug-in may appear in the "Synth" or "DXi" category instead of "effects" in some hosts (such as Cakewalk Sonar). If it does not appear in you host, you might want to use our DXi Manager to de-activate MIDI features.
  • Warning: this new version breaks the presets compatibility.

V2.0 (2006/06/19)

  • New skinnable user interface, with several skins included.
  • Blue Cat's Skinning Language 1.1 support, for an easy user interface customization.
  • User manual available from the user interface.
  • (Bug fix): no more constant -3dB offset on global gain.
  • (Bug fix): the VST version now reports the latency to the host.

V1.2 (2005/06/17)

Brand new GUI.

V1.1 (2005/05/17)

  • Right clicking on a slider now sets the default value of the parameter
  • (Bug fix): smooth update mechanism did not work properly on very fast variations

V1.0 (2005/04/19)

First release.

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