FabFilter’s Sound Obsession

06 Mar 2017

FabFilter entered the industry with a gem of a plugin. 2004’s FabFilter One, a virtual monosynth with a very simple GUI, was lauded by reviewers for its straightforward user experience and exceptional sound quality. For that debut product, the software company focussed on creating “the best cut-off filter ever”, which is where, presumably, the name comes from.

“Since then,” says FabFilter co-founder and coder Floris Klinkert, “we've steadily built a full range of plug-ins, from professional mixing and mastering tools to more creative and experimental effects and synthesizers. We continually rethink and challenge industry standards: we've never been afraid of reinventing the wheel. Considering every little detail, we tune our algorithms and interfaces until they sound perfect, look amazing and feel great to work with.”

The FabFilter team is small but diverse, and includes both musicians (Floris is a mix engineer and producer) and rocket scientists — well, computer scientists. Both founders (Frederik Slijkerman and Floris), studied computer science in University. As with FabFilter One, the team has one goal: achieving exceptional sound. “Above everything else,” says Floris, “you need superb sound quality. That's why we put a lot of effort into developing unique audio processing algorithms, ranging from our famous resonating filters to transparent high-end EQ and dynamics processing.”

As part of the Focusrite Plugin Collective, March 2017, we’re teaming up with FabFilter to give you 25% off Pro-Q 2 and Pro DS. Pro-Q 2 is probably their most well-known, widely used plug-in. It's a professional, mixing and mastering EQ with pristine sound and a highly optimized workflow. Pro-DS is FabFilter’s intelligent de-esser, which Floris describes as “a set-and-forget kind of plug-in”.

Visit the Plugin Collective home page to find out more.