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smart:EQ live

EQ by sonible

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"smart:EQ live is allowing me to mix rather than chase problems."
. James Towler is an award-winning producer, mixing and sound engineer.
"The final EQ curves sound fantastic!"
. Joshua Caspar is an editor at Ask.Audio, an online resource which covers the latest news, reviews, tutorials and interviews for digital music makers.
"It’s incredibly useful for quickly dialing in EQ settings – live and in the studio as well."
. ADSR is a part of Attack Magazine and is online music-based site, offering tutorials, reviews and information on music software and sample packs.

Live never felt so good.

The new adaptive equalizer from sonible continuously analyses audio signals and optimizes them in real-time. smart:EQ live has your back, so you can focus on the things that really count when mixing live.

  • Latency-free smart:engineTM for any live situation
  • Optimally balanced sound within seconds
  • Additional safety net for hassle-free mixing

smart:EQ live is the award-winning smart:EQ as latency-free live plug-in. The high-precision adaptive filter of smart:EQ live analyzes audio signals, interprets them musically and compensates spectral imbalances in real-time. The plug-in leads to a more transparent sound image within seconds and enables a streamlined workflow for live sound mixing. 

Live sound engineers are all too familiar with stressful circumstances. Often there is little or no time for sound checks and proper preparation. Engineers constantly have to deal with unexpected situations and need to make substantial decisions within seconds. sonible developed smart:EQ live to take some pressure off of them and enable new workflows in live sound. The plug-in completes basic repair tasks for you and helps to produce a homogeneous, clear sound image at every venue. 

Improving the live workflow has been the main objective from the beginning: “Live technicians can now focus more on the musical experience for both artists and audiences instead of having to troubleshoot all the time”, explains sonible CEO Ralf Baumgartner, who himself has over 15 years of experience as a live sound engineer.

Hand in hand: Fully controllable AI

smart:EQ live belongs to the latest generation of AI mixing assistants. Rather than offering a one-size-fits-all solution, however, sonible provides a sophisticated and powerful EQing tool. The plug-in provides detailed but intuitive controls and allows adjusting the algorithm to the mixing task at hand. Informed by years of hands-on experience, the practice-oriented selection of parameters facilitates a targeted adaptation and control of the smart:engineTM algorithm to your purposes. Bandwidth, responsiveness and the weighting of the autonomous calculated filter curve can be precisely defined. The threshold and the limit line of the smart-band primes the algorithm for the essential signal components.

Custom-made profiles add even more flexibility by optimizing the smart algorithm for different source signals. The profiles tell the AI what kind of instrument or voice it deals with. Similar to a preset, the user can edit and save them individually.

All the world’s a stage: from intimate concerts to international broadcasting

In addition to helping to mix at concerts, smart:EQ live also brings significant advantages at corporate events and live broadcasting. The software is perfect for complementing other adaptive live technologies: it handles challenges like less-than-ideal microphone positioning or fast back-and-forth switching between different speakers without any artifacts.

On top of that, smart:EQ live can also function like a capable safety net. The adaptive filter banks are very resistant to feedback. They automatically detect and eliminate critical resonances. The smart-band intervenes long before the relevant parameters can be accessed manually by the user.

System Requirements


  • Windows 7+
  • VST2, VST3, AAX, Waves MultiRack Native
  • Supported Samplerates 44.1 kHz to 192 kHz
  • RAM at least 4 GB (recommended)
  • CPU at least intel DualCore i5 (recommended)
  • Lok License Manager is required to install sonible software (activation is optional)


  • MacOSX 10.7+ (macOS 11 Big Sur only supported on Intel-based Mac systems)
  • AU, VST2, VST3, AAX, Waves MultiRack Native
  • Supported Samplerates 44.1 kHz to 192 kHz
  • RAM at least 4 GB (recommended)
  • CPU at least intel DualCore i5 (recommended)
  • Lok License Manager is required to install sonible software (activation is optional)

Important Notes: 

  • In order to install this sonible product, you must have the iLok License Manager installed on your computer. You DO NOT need an iLok account or a physical iLok USB Dongle.
  • macOS 11 Big Sur is only supported on Intel-based Mac systems.

Please note - To use sonible plugins on an M1 Mac, you may need to launch your DAW under Rosetta (right-click the application icon, select "Get Info" and then select "Open using Rosetta"). Note that many DAWs do not yet support macOS Big Sur, so it is important to check your DAW's website for compatibility info before updating.

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