Classic British style

just like no other.

NEED 81 Console Eq is another British Style Class-AB preamp/equalizer unit that holds the true sound of the legendary modular consoles. It’s been used on countless classic top platinum-selling albums and is also still widely used to great effect, which confirms this baby’s status as a much-wanted classic unit that every mixing environment needs. The extremely accurate end-to-end circuit emulation which is holding each small detail and true vintage tone of the phenomenal studio equipment. Musical curves, fast transient response, and outstanding sensitivity features make this unit a flexible tool that shapes new sounds and controls any part of the audio spectrum in a very warm and old-school way.

Teaser Video

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Overview & Playthrough Video

See the features, hear the sound of the NEED 81 Console EQ.

  • Truly accurate circuit reproduction of the legendary British Class-AB preamp / eq
  • Nuance Deviation System (NDS)
  • Mid/Side channel processing mode
  • Complex signature interaction between filters with fabled musical curves

Expanded for much more Power


Nuance Deviation System (NDS) brings the sonic character deviations of the analog components, just like real consoles do!


Expanded with modern Mid / Side processing which allows you to process mid and sides channels individually. That means much more fun and better-sounding mixes than ever before.

Expertly Detailed

NoiseAsh Audio is proud to bring the original vintage amplifier and eq units into your DAW. Expertly captured, totally detailed, extremely accurate analog models for sculpting your sound just like legendary top-rated British style consoles. Thanks to NoiseAsh modeling technology; warm, bold, and distinguishing analog characteristics, even little details are exactly here in the box now with NEED 81 Console Eq.

Quick Reality

Analog domain components have some little tonal nuance differences which create some deviations concerning their theoretical values. Nuance Deviation System (NDS) is the NoiseAsh Audio proprietary signal processing model, which emulates the sonic character deviations of the analog components. Individual Left-Mid and Right-Side channels can be alternated with NDS. There are plenty of carefully modeled console channels and each number stands for a console channel bearing its deviation. With NDS, real tonal differences can be captured quickly!

Right in your DAW, very easily!

Innovative cutting-edge NoiseAsh technology has given the analog reality with a very light CPU usage, expanded modern features like NDS & Mid/Side options, and maximum accurate Anti-Aliasing Analog tone behavior. NEED 81 Console EQ is much more than an emulation. It’s what every mixing/mastering environment needs for letting you enjoy all the warm tones of a mythical piece of the studio consoles, right in your DAW, in-the-box, very easily!



Product Specifications

  • Truly accurate circuit reproduction of the legendary British Class-AB preamp / equalizer units
  • Nuance Deviation System (NDS) for individual Left/Mid and Right/Side channels
  • Mid/Side channel processing mode
  • Class-AB Mic (from –80 dB to 0 dB) and Line (from +10 dB to 0 dB) Preamp model with output gain compensator (Drive Mode)
  • Characteristic 4 band vintage EQ plus HP and LP selectable filters (18 dB per octave)
  • Complex signature interaction between filters with fabled musical curves
  • Anti-Aliasing Analog Modeling Engine
  • Optimized Resizable GUI layout for the effective workflow
  • Friend of CPU

Channel Components

NEED 81 Console EQ

System Requirments

  • You can try all of the NoiseAsh products using Demo Mode which is fully functional, with no expiration date. As the Demo Mode limitation, the output of the plugin will mute briefly every 30 seconds. If you like it, you can purchase a license and then authorize the demo mode.
  • Windows
  • Included: VST3, AAX plug-in versions (64-bit only)
  • Windows 7 64-bit or above
  • VST3 / AAX host
  • Intel I3 2ghz / AMD Athlon 64 X2 or above
  • 4 GB RAM / 2 GB free space on the system drive
  • Min. 1024×768 Screen Resolution
  • Ability to download
  • macOS
  • Included: VST3, AU, AAX plug-in versions (64-bit only)
  • macOS 10.9.5 or above
  • VST3 / AU / AAX host
  • Intel I3 2ghz or above – Native Apple Silicon is also supported
  • 4 GB RAM / 2 GB free space on the system drive
  • Min. 1024×768 Screen Resolution
  • Ability to download

License Protection

NoiseAsh products use a completely software-based licensing system. No USB or hardware dongles, no special drivers are needed. The activation process is pretty easy and straight forward which provides both Online and Offline Activation.

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