basiQ from Kuassa: The best EQ you’ve never heard of


Check it out: the basiQ from Kuassa, a kick ass emulation of the legendary-even-though-I-just-found-out-it-exists Baxandall Equalizer. Even better, it’s free.

Here’s the spiel:

“basiQ is an acronym for Baxandall Simulation Equalizer, a free 3-band equalizer plugin with photorealistic graphics from Kuassa. As the name implies, the engine is modeled after the design of the classic Baxandall Equalizer, well known for its smooth shelves and natural-sounding response, similar to the tone control of hi-fi systems.”

“The simple controls allow you to shape your source material appropriately and concisely, opening up air, applying shimmer, or giving an extra oomph to the low end where needed.”

“This straightforward equalizer is well-suited for both mixing and mastering purposes, though the neutral characteristic of basiQ lends itself as more of a sweetening device or to give a transparent tilt to your mixes, rather than surgical frequency correction.”


  • Simple tone control with large Low, Mid, and High knobs
  • Preset Management with 12 preset slots within a single bank
  • Mono and Stereo applicable
  • Supports up to 96 kHz Sample Rate
  • Compact and straightforward user interface

Long story short, this is a cool eq, making broad, sweet-sounding eq moves a snap. I’d been looking for a tilt eq for a while, but now that I’ve got this I’m gonna try it for a while to see if it scratches that itch.

Here’s a video of someone demoing it:

Available for Windows and Mac.



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