HoRNet SW34EQ MK2 2.2.1 is available, this update is free for owners of the plugin and includes:

  • Fixed VST3 being mono only in DAWs that does not have mono channels

  • Fixed VST not loading old project settings in Studio One

Smooth analog equalizer with lots of character

The HoRNet SW34EQ MK2 is an equalizer coming straight from the 80s. It’s the digital version of the EQ found in an American console and it features the typical analog EQ sound and controls.

This plugin is specifically modelled after one channel of this console used in the main room of Virus Studio, here in Siena, Italy. This EQ is very smooth and gentle, both in the EQ shapes (bells and shelves) and it’s almost perfect for general tone shaping, especially the low shelf gives weight to the sound without pumping it too much.

You also get an high-pass filter 18dB/oct slope that can be activated even if the rest of the EQ is not.

The SW34EQ MK2 does not just model the EQ curves but also the saturation characteristics of the original device, we took the time do model the saturation of every single band. We are talking about an 80s console here so there are op-amp everywhere in the signal path and the saturation mainly produces even harmonics, but as you crank the gain a lot of odd harmonics jumps out. Of course the hiss is modelled too and the whole emulation can be deactivated.

The MK2 version of this plugin package the sound loved by many with a new slick GUI and also adds some nice new features.

With this version it’s much easier to control the frequency and gain of each band since when you move your mouse over one of the controls a double knob window pops up allowing you to change those parameter easily.

You can tweak the frequency of the high pass filter and we also added a low pass (12dB/oct) that was not present on the original hardware.

For those who love to use the saturation of the EQ we added a handy link button for input and output so that if you increase the input level, the output is automatically compensated by the same amount, also if you really like the saturation of this EQ, we let you increase its level up to four times.

A new beautiful GUI

For the new incarnation of SW34EQ we listened to you and made a ne GUI that while still resembling the original hardware unit is much more comfortable to look at on a screen and to use.

We also created more contrast and less blurry edges so the GUI can be easily be used on big monitors and low light conditions.


The demo is fully functional except for the fact that every now and then it will silence out, you cannot save parameter values with your session and the plugin will not respond to automation coming from the host.


  • 4 band analog equalizer
  • High and low shelf filters
  • 2 parametric filters with three different Q
  • High pass filter with adjustable frequency and 18dB/octave slope
  • Low pass filter with adjustable frequency and 12dB/octave slope
  • Automatic input level adjustment to 0VU
  • Automatic output compensation for input knob
  • Analog emulation with saturation and hiss
  • Adjustable saturation level
  • Adjustable hiss level
  • Automatic internal oversampling to guarantee best sound
  • Apple Silicon native support (except for AAX)
  • macOS 10.11 and later and Windows Vista ad later required.
  • 64-bit only on both on Mac and Windows.
  • Audio Units VST2.4, VST3 and AAX format.

Copy protection

The HoRNet SW34EQ MK2 has no copy protection, we don’t believe in copy protection, they are always cracked and they are annoying for the users, we all know you are not going to give away the plugin on the internet…

So simply download the plugin and enjoy your recordings!

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16 thoughts on “HoRNet SW34EQ MK2

Joshua Jacobson says:

Would be great if it didn't glitch out on me, the vst3 version has this problem where anytime I try reopening stuff with the plugins being used it glitches out, ruins the settings I had and the output and the eq bands are cranked to max and turns back analog hissing…..and if I dont bridge it or make the plugin reload it just stops applying to my thing…idk why its doing this but its made it the most annoying plugin I dealt with in a while.

Niklas Grunwaldt says:

I love it.
I tried it just for 5 Minutes and fell in love!
It is the one I was searching for so long….
It gives me the warm sound I always wanteted to have. Especially for my punk/metal producion.
The look and feel is totally awesome.
Great tool!

mabell says:

A great overall EQ. The EQ function performs as expected and sounds good. Pushing the input into saturation sounds real nice! The gain link function is a necessary function that often gets overlooked by many developers. Nice work Saverio and team!

Gutz says:

Sound Workshop formed by API employees following API bankruptcy in the 70's! Very underrated consoles! Love mine! 😉

peter says:

This is a great sounding eq. perfect sound shaping tool on any instrument / on vocals it was awesome I own a few hornet plug ins also try total eq cause it ia a total eq . lol

Guenther Schroeder says:

Excellent plugin. I tried it against several EQs (UAD Manley Massive Passive, UAD Millenia NSEQ2, UAD Chandler Bender EQ, UAD Massenburg MDWEQ5, TC System 6000 Massenburg Hi-Res EQ). To me it sounds just as good as (and in the same league as) the UAD Manley Massive Passive and TC System 6000 MDW EQ. The other EQs in my opinion are not as good as the Hornet SW34EQ. I highly recommend this plugin

Studiolair says:

Very nice eq, with a true analog sound. Amazing !

John Rodriguez says:

Gracias great plug-in

yunusmus says:

MUST HAVE!!! good work!

Paul Odiase says:

Dear Hornet Team !!!
This plugin is just Amazing !!
Many thanks !!!

scott kane says:

WOW, this eq is beast, the saturation is wonderful, Hornet are true masters

Ficherman says:

Merci,pour ce geste commercial,j'utilisais la version antérieur ….

Washington Tocantins says:

Muito Bom!!

Andrea says:

Wonderful Eq

Harry says:

Please make a Super Eq version from the series 30!

AtmanActive says:

Very nice. Very warm.

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