A web search for “best VST EQ” turns up dozens of pages that mention the Paris EQ VST, but for reasons I haven’t been able to figure out, the plugin and its author Matt Craig have dropped off the face of the Internet.
That’s a pity, because the plugin is fantastic. Although it’s colorful, so not appropriate for every EQ task, it’s sometimes perfect for bass guitar and vocals (I referenced the Paris EQ in my best free vocal plugins article.) On some material, I’ve even preferred the Paris EQ VST over the much more expensive Waves REQ.
I saved the install file I downloaded, so as a service to my fellow homerecordists who may not have a chance to try the plugin, here’s a link:
And here’s Matt’s description of the plugin from the readme file:
The Paris VST EQ is a 4-band parametric stereo VST equaliser plugin utilising the same algorithm as the E-mu/Ensoniq Paris system. It offers the same musicality and quirkiness as the original including soft-limiting, grungy distortion ability, and resonant behaviour under certain conditions.
Previously only accessible to those who owned the Paris custom DSP hardware, this unique EQ is now available to all PC DAW users.
(Note that it’s Windows-only.)