Here we’ve rounded up five of the best EQ plugins on the market right now to help you sculpt your video’s sound. But what’s an EQ? And what’s a plugin?

At its most basic level an EQ, or equalizer, controls the volume of different frequencies independently from one another. Think of the sound settings in your car where you can control the levels of your bass, treble and mids, that’s just a very basic EQ. Equalizers allow you to say, reduce just the bass of a sound effect, or increase the higher frequencies of your voiceover whilst leaving the mid range intact.

Different parts of the frequency possess both desirable and undesirable characteristics which should be cut or boosted accordingly. For example, frequencies below 120Hz are often muddy and should be cut whereas boosting frequencies above 3kHz can add clarity to a voice.