Native Instruments - NI Passive EQ


  • Organic and open, for mixing or mastering
  • Fully parametric 2-channel, 4-band EQ
  • Per-band stereo link, M/S processing and A/B mode


PASSIVE EQ captures the rich, natural sound and presence of high-end, tube-powered studio gear. Its ‘musical’ character, even at extreme settings, makes this all-purpose EQ a natural choice for a wide range of production duties. Its ability to double as a premium mastering tool brings an unmistakable high-end-studio feel to every track, for beginners and experts alike. Exclusively modeled in collaboration with the renowned Softube, and running standalone in any DAW, PASSIVE EQ puts the professional touch at your fingertips.

PASSIVE EQ is also available as a part of the PREMIUM TUBE SERIES bundle.


PASSIVE EQ‘s natural, open sound lends itself to many sources – producing rich and consistent results on individual tracks, sub-groups and even mastering duties. The first native emulation of this boutique hardware, PASSIVE EQ features a fully-parametric two-channel, four-band equalizer, with additional high and low pass filters plus a wide collection of presets for all use cases.

Not limited to the original specifications, a number of features have been added, including a highly usable interface, separate stereo linking for each EQ band and filter, mid/side processing for fattening and widening your finished mix, and an A/B mode for comparing two settings or presets.


This effect belongs to the PREMIUM TUBE SERIES, produced in collaboration with Softube. These “Swedish rock 'n' roll scientists” specialize in incredibly accurate software emulations of professional audio hardware.

As well as working with Native Instruments, they make a wide range of their own products. Their reputation in the industry is exceptional.


"WOW!! It adds a detailed warmth that I wasn't getting before."

Dready (Producer for Busta Rhymes, G Unit, Dr. Dre)

"Passive EQ does things I couldn't quite match with any other EQ, e.g. transforming the grit from a sawtooth synth in original ways."

Adam Berg (Engineer for Aloe Blacc, Melody Thornton, Richard Rudolph / Grammy listed in 2008 and 2009)