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Parametric (Peaking) EQ variations

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Hi; I have been using various programs to design EQ filters over the years including REW WinISD Pro, Crown Audio's IQ for Windows, Aixcoustic's Electri-Q, the UFX plugin (on KX drivers) etc. One thing I have noticed over time is how the Q of Parametric EQ filters varies from program to program; ideally the graph of one parametric EQ in a program (given the same ranges on the frequency and db axes) would look the exact same in another program. This rarely is the case. WinISD Pro (which every released version I know of there is a bug with 'negatively' gained parametric EQ's (ex. 2 parametrics both centered at 1000 hz, both a q of 2, one negative with a negative gain and one with positive (but same) gain will not cancel out). I have found formulas to correct this (and in the 'next release' of Win ISD it should be fixed) however this just goes to show how important it is to double check graphs.

I am currently working on a conversion from REW to Crown Audio's IQ for Windows; if anyone else has any information on this sort of thing it would be greatly appreciated. I am guessing that there hasn't been any discussion about how the Q is calculated on various programs though...
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The correction in this case is probably just sqrt(gain), where gain is the gain factor rather than dB value and the absolute value (i.e. enter negative gains as positive). To use the dB value the factor would be 10^(gaindB/40).
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