Three EQ with all 0 gains still affects the sound

I thought, just like the FMOD_DSP_TYPE_PARAMEQ
and FMOD_DSP_TYPE_MULTIBAND_EQ, FMOD_DSP_TYPE_THREE_EQ would also skip audio processing when all gain values are 0.

Based on that theory, I came up with an equation for my dynamic sounds and applied the resulting values to the gains of Three EQs at runtime.
But the result wasn’t what I expected.
I didn’t know what was wrong until I tried with all zero gains.

Sounds needed to gradually and naturally get stronger or weaker depending on the situations, but they were already weak with the default/starting values of 0s.
I spent hours checking my code, but nothing was wrong.
So I finally installed FMOD Studio and tested Three EQ there.
The result?
I noticed the same issue with it!

Even though all gains were 0, my sound got noticeably weird when X-Low and Y-High were too close, or Y-High was lower than X-Low.
I also tried other X-Slope options, but those didn’t make any difference.

Is this normal behavior?

Currently, all my equations became useless :frowning:

Hi,
I also note the weird behavior of the 3-EQ.
Perhaps could you rather use the Multiband EQ, which from what I understand is more recent and better designed. You could mimic what you had with 3-EQ by doing:
A : lowshelf
B : peaking (with a low Q)
C : highshelf
(or maybe peaking for all 3, haven’t tested)
When A-B-C gains are at 0, moving frequencies doesn’t seem to have any weird artifact, unlike 3-EQ.

Thanks for telling me that I’m not the only one having the issue!

As for the Multiband EQ, I also know that it works well if you read the first line again. :slight_smile:
I like the Multiband EQ but there’s a time when the Three EQ is needed.
One example is this.

Thanks for the bug report. So far I’ve been able to confirm that the 3-EQ effect is definitely exhibiting some odd behavior when using a 12 dB crossover slope. I’ve yet to test whether other slopes also exhibit this issue, but I suspect that they will.

Accordingly, I’m adding this issue to our bug tracker.

Unfortunately, there is no easy workaround for this issue.

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Oh, that’s both good and bad news.
Good that it’s not intentional behavior, and bad that there’s no workaround right now.
Hope that will be fixed soon.
Thanks for the confirmation!