80B-EQ Plugin — Download Free 7 Day Trial
Select the appropriate installer for your operating system as follows
80B-EQ Mac Installer:
Mac OS 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or later (compatible with macOS 11 – Big Sur)
80B-EQ Win 64-bit Installer:
Windows 7 (64-bit), Windows 8/8.1 (64-bit), Windows 10 (64-bit)
80B-EQ Win 32-bit Installer:
Windows 7 (32-bit), Windows 8/8.1 (32-bit), Windows 10 (32-bit)
Refer to the QuickStart section for more information on system compatibility and installation procedure.
Modeled from a Series 80B Console, the Trident Series 80B Digital Equaliser is our new Plugin that accurately reproduces the classic warm tones, presence, and punch of the Trident 80B Series equalisers that are extremely popular with today’s studio engineers. Based on the highly regarded Trident 80B Range console of the seventies, this sought-after equaliser can now be enjoyed by today’s DAW engineers in a Plugin format.
Trident Audio’s Plugin software models make an impressive addition to any digital audio workstation (DAW) application, on either Mac or PC. Available in VST3, AAX, AU (Mac only) formats, and PC Platforms
Downloaded separately, Mac and PC versions may be installed as a free 7-day trial prior to purchasing and activating a license. A purchased license can be used on up to two systems or activation locations, on either Mac or PC.
The Trident Digital Editions embrace the essence of what made Trident analog equipment classics. With warm tones, punch, unmatchable presence, the Series 80B is faithfully recreated for the digital world using ground-breaking modeling techniques, and our new AWA (Advanced Wave Analysis), Trident’s proprietary DSP engine.
Taking full advantage of this signal processing technology ensures that every Trident Plugin is among the most efficient and least CPU demanding Plugins available today. Meaning multiple instances of Trident Plugins may be run at any time, with the least possible negative effect on your computer’s performance.
The Trident Digital Edition Series
In today’s recording environments, many in the recording world are working entirely within the digital domain. We believe working in the digital domain should not come at a cost for those who choose to work with some of the most iconic outboard gear in music production history.
With a rich analog recording history of over 50 years, Trident Audio Developments are perfectly suited to offer the new Trident Digital Editions Plugins, which bridge that gap between analog and digital recording, while accurately recreating the historic analog gear of yesterday for the digital domain. The Trident Digital Editions, give those the opportunity to work with the iconic gear that produced so many classic hit records.
Quick Start Guide: Installation in Five Easy Steps
Step 1: Download the correct installer for your system from our Downloads page. If you are unsure which installer to choose, scroll down to System Requirements for more details on selecting the most suitable version.
Step 2: Close any currently open instances of your DAW or music creation applications.
Step 3: Open the downloaded disk image (macOS) or zipped file (Windows) and double-click on the installer file to begin the installation process. Follow the on-screen prompts.
Step 4: Once the installation process is complete, open your DAW application. Note that there may be a slight delay while your system detects and verifies your newly installed plugin for the first time.
Step 5: In most cases, an iLok activation prompt will automatically be displayed on your screen*. If this is your first installation, you may begin a free 7-day trial by clicking the Try button and following the on-screen prompts. If you have already purchased and received an activation code, click the Activate button and follow the prompts to permanently activate your plugin. Note: If you do not already have a free iLok account and/or the required iLok License Manager application, please follow the additional corresponding prompts.
*Some DAW applications may hide the activation prompt until the first time the plugin is manually selected for use in your project. If you do not see an automatic prompt in Step 5, simply add your new plugin into your DAW’s workspace and open its interface to trigger the activation stage.
If you have purchased an activation code while the 7-day trial is still active, simply open the iLok License Manager application installed on your system and click on Licenses from the top toolbar, followed by Redeem Activation Code. Follow the on-screen prompts to permanently activate your plugin.
The installer includes Apple Audio Unit (AU), Steinberg VST3, and Avid AAX plugin formats.
OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion)
OS X 10.9 (Mavericks)
OS X 10.10 (Yosemite)
OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)
macOS 10.12 (Sierra)
macOS 10.13 (High Sierra)
macOS 10.14 (Mojave)
macOS 10.15 (Catalina)
macOS 11 (Big Sur)*
*Native support for Intel-based machines. Compatibility with Apple Silicon chipsets (e.g. M1) is currently emulated by macOS and may result in reduced performance; we are working to add full support for Apple Silicon hardware as soon as possible.
Microsoft Windows (64-bit)
The installer includes Steinberg VST3 and Avid AAX plug-in formats.
Windows 7 (64-bit)
Windows 8/8.1 (64-bit)
Windows 10 (64-bit)
Microsoft Windows (32-bit)
The installer includes Steinberg VST3 plug-in format only.
Windows 7 (32-bit)
Windows 8/8.1 (32-bit)
Windows 10 (32-bit)
Our plugins require an iLok user account in conjunction with the installation of the iLok License Manager software application. To sign up for a free iLok account or to download the software, please visit the iLok website.
iLok License Manager is used for software activation (2 activations per license). For more information, go to ilok.com.
Supported iLok activation methods: iLok USB (2nd generation or above) or Local Machine. Two activation locations are allowed per code.
|Low Shelf||60 Hz/120 Hz, selectable||+/- 15 dB|
|Low Mid||100 Hz to 1500 Hz, sweepable||+/- 15 dB|
|High Mid||1 kHz to 15 kHz, sweepable||+/- 15 dB|
|High Shelf||8 kHz/12 kHz, selectable||+/- 15 dB|
Frequently Asked Questions
64-bit Trident plug-ins are available in VST3 (Mac and Windows), AAX (Mac and Windows), and Audio Unit (Mac only) formats. 32-bit plugins for legacy systems are available in VST3 format (Windows only).
Trident plugins are compatible with Apple macOS 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or above* and Microsoft Windows 7 or above.
*Please see System Requirements for details on using plug-ins with macOS 11 (Big Sur).
We’ve developed our plug-ins in line with the strict requirements of Apple Audio Unit (AU), Steinberg VST3, and Avid AAX frameworks. Although we have carried out extensive testing across multiple DAWs on both Mac and Windows, we cannot guarantee compatibility with every host; we recommend downloading our free demo to confirm functionality with your chosen DAW.
32-bit legacy versions are available for Microsoft Windows, in VST3 format only.
Trident has partnered with PACE in order to implement iLok – the industry standard for audio plugin security – on all of our products. You will need to set up an iLok account in order to use our plug-ins; if you do not already have an iLok account, you will be guided through the process as part of setting up your plug-ins for use. For more information, please visit http://www.ilok.com.
Each DAW has its own method for managing plugin presets; please refer to the help files within your DAW for more information. We recommend that you save your Trident plugin’s factory default state as a unique preset before starting to experiment with parameters.
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Trident 80B Series Equaliser
Software Plugin for VST, AU, and AAX Formats, Macintosh, and PC Platforms
About the Series 80B Equaliser
The 80B-EQ Trident Digital Edition is modelled on Trident Audio’s classic four-band equaliser. It consists of frequency switchable HIGH and LOW PASS shelving sections, coupled with sweepable LOW and HIGH MID frequency bands, a switchable 50Hz, 12dB per octave (HPF) high pass filter and polarity inversion toggle. The LOW and HIGH MID frequencies were carefully chosen for maximum effect on musical program material, and a good degree of overlap is provided.
Setting Up and General Use
Begin with the BOOST/CUT controls – those with centre detents, set to their midway (‘0’) positions. Adjust the LOW and HIGH MID frequency sweep controls to their minimum positions (fully anticlockwise). The 50Hz (HPF) high pass ‘Filter‘ switch should be in the out position. Set the frequency select switches controlling the HIGH and LOW shelving sections, to 120Hz and 12kHz, respectively.
Rotation of the HIGH-frequency shelving control in a clockwise direction emphasises high frequencies while turning the control in an anti-clockwise direction from centre attenuates high frequencies.
Operating the ‘frequency select’ switch in the HIGH-frequency section introduces a subtle change of emphasis to the affected high frequencies, as the shelving ‘knee’ is changed from 8kHz to 12kHz. Likewise, rotating the LOW-frequency shelving control in a clockwise direction will emphasise low frequencies, while turning the control in an anti-clockwise direction from centre attenuates low frequencies. Adjusting the ‘frequency select’ switch in the LOW section introduces a subtle change of emphasis on the affected low frequencies, by altering the shelving point from 60Hz to 120Hz.
The LOW MID and HIGH MID equaliser sections are peaking filters. Adjustment of their parameters is achieved by the use of the BOOST/CUT control and its associated frequency sweep control. Boost or cut of a given frequency is performed by moving that control from its centre detent position: clockwise for boost, anti-clockwise to cut. The frequency to be boosted or cut is selected by the frequency sweep control. The range of frequencies of the LOW MID control extends from 100Hz up to 1.5kHz.
For the HIGH MID sweep, the frequency range begins at 1kHz (overlapping with the LOW MID section) and continues up to 15kHz.
Selecting the ’50 Hz’ switch introduces a smooth, 50Hz, 12dB per octave roll-off to effectively eliminate ‘rumble’ caused by, among other things, someone’s feet moving about near a microphone stand, nearby traffic noise and AC systems. Finally, selecting the INVERT switch toggles the polarity of the incoming signal.
Plug-in Features and Controls
- Gain: Rotate the knob to set the desired gain of the high shelf filter between -15 dB and +15 dB.
- Frequency Switch: Click the button to toggle between 8 kHz (amber) and 12 kHz (unlit) high shelf corner frequencies.
- Gain: Rotate the knob to set the desired gain of the high mid filter between -15 dB and +15 dB.
- Frequency: Rotate the knob to set the desired high mid center frequency between 1 kHz and 15 kHz.
- Gain: Rotate the knob to set the desired gain of the low mid filter between -15 dB and +15 dB.
- Frequency: Rotate the knob to set the desired low mid center frequency between 100 Hz and 1.5 kHz.
- Gain: Rotate the knob to set the desired gain of the low shelf filter between -15 dB and +15 dB.
- Frequency Switch: Click the button to toggle between 60 Hz (amber) and 120 Hz (unlit) low shelf corner frequencies.
- High Pass Filter On/Off Switch: Click the button to activate (green) or deactivate (unlit) the 50 Hz high pass filter.
- Invert On/Off Selector: Click the button to enable (amber) or disable (unlit) polarity inversion of the input signal.