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Intelligent solutions for a better sound


Here you will find audio plugins with unique features that make mixing and mastering much easier.


We constantly keep our plugins up to date and don't replace them by new products - that's good for compatibilty and your purse.


If you're looking for convincing tools that lead you to your goal better, faster and with more fun, you are absolutely right here.

Charlie Bauerfeind

"... in more than 20 years of working with DAWs and plugins, I've never encountered a limiter, that sounds so precise and transparent in the low end as the HOFA IQ-Limiter. A real "weapon"."

Karl "Charlie" Bauerfeind

Sound engineer and producer for bands such as Blind Guardian, Gamma Ray, Gotthard, HammerFall, Helloween, Motörhead, Rage, Saxon, Van Canto, Venom, Inlegend and many more

Angus Davidson | Davidson Sound Design

IQ-Analyser | Angus Davidson

"This suite of plugins from HOFA have become my go-to tools for live sound.
On a recent tour which included this show at the Sydney Opera House with the Sydney Symphony, I used the IQ-Analyser V2 for all of my measurement, both for the live sound and in Pro Tools for the record.
It is flexible, fast and incredibly powerful. A standout plugin in a very crowded marketplace."

Angus Davidson | Davidson Sound Design | Australia

Florian Sitzmann

Producer Florian Sitzmann about HOFA IQ-EQ:

Florian Sitzmann


"... the sound is so convincing, always puts a smile on my face!"

Florian Sitzmann
Producer, songwriter and arranger for artists such as Nena, Xavier Naidoo, Allison Paige, Andru Donalds, Wallis Bird, Sarah Brightman and many more

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Florian Sitzmann

Since 1990, Florian Sitzmann is a successful producer, songwriter and arranger for both newcomers and established artists such as Nena, Sasha, Xavier Naidoo, Edo Zanki, André Heller, Die Söhne Mannheims, Allison Paige, Cae Gauntt, Andru Donalds, Nino de Angelo, Joris, Audiodamn, Mine, Johannes Falk, Wallis Bird, Christina Stürmer, Sarah Brightman and many more. In addition to gold and platin records, the musician was prized with the "ECHO" and the "Radio Regenbogen Award", the highly treasured awards of the German music industry.

Since 1988, he is also playing piano, keyboards and cello in countless studio productions for various artists and producers and is at times one of the most requested studio musicians on these instruments. As a live musician, he is a permanent member of the "Söhne Mannheims" live ensemble since 1999.

He also teaches at the Popakademie Mannheim and investigates the wide and fascinating array of popular music production together with his students.

"Whenever you're in need of a dynamic EQ and not a multiband compressor, the IQ-EQ fills the gap that was present for so long. The fact that it's doing this in such a genious and comprehensive way, that really everything was thought of and, on top of it all, that the sound is so convincing, always puts a smile on my face! Like this, a digital EQ is a real treat!"

Florian Sitzmann, Sherwood Forest Recorders

Reader Award 2015 BEST PLUGIN: HOFA IQ-Limiter

Reader Award 2015 BEST PLUGIN: HOFA IQ-Limiter


Thousands of audio-journal readers take part in the annual election of the best music equipment.

The prize was awarded on April 15 by Musikmesse Frankfurt and PPV Medien.

We are happy and proud to be the winner in the category Audio Plugins.

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Peter McCabe about HOFA-Plugins

Top engineer Peter McCabe about HOFA-Plugins

Peter McCabe at console

Peter McCabe worked as recording and mixing engineer on more than 100 Platinum & Gold recordings for artists such as Kiss, Puff Daddy, Ricky Martin and many more.

"I just finished working on “The Art of McCartney” record and HOFA tools really served me well on this project ..."

Peter McCabe, Los Angeles

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Peter McCabe at console

I discovered HOFA-Plugins when I switch over to Protools 11HDX. Many plugins I had used for ever had yet to port over to aax format. So the lack of familiar tools opened me up to find new ones.

I was intrigued when I found HOFA’s plugins and downloaded demos and wow I was very excited how they had designed these. I found them to be very intuitive and sonically up to my standards. The IQ-EQ with compression became an immediate favorite. The IQ-COMP really helps glue things together.

I just finished working on “The Art of McCartney” record and HOFA tools really served me well on this project. I used the IQ-Reverb for certain sounds and I found the IQ-Analyser a great way to assess a track that was giving me some trouble.
I just started using the new IQ-Limiter and I have yet to find anything else that is so easy and sonically satisfying.

Peter McCabe, Los Angeles

IQ-Analyser V2

IQ-Analyser perspektivisch


In countless studios all over the world, the IQ-Analyser has become an essential tool for spectrum and sound analysis.

With Version 2 it has grown even more powerful and sets standards in respect of workflow, possibilities and precision.

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HOFA DDP Player Maker

If you want to deliver DDP images to your clients that include a matching player software, DDP Player Maker is the perfect solution for you.

HOFA-Plugins DDP Player Maker

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HOFA-Plugins News


  1. 03.02.16 | All our plugins are now all compatible with OS X 10.11 (El Capitan).
  2. 30.11.15 | 4U+ BlindTest now available >>
  3. 06.11.15 | IQ-DeEsser now available >>
  4. 24.09.15 | IQ-Analyser Standalone is released - test it now & buy at the introductory price >>
  5. 24.09.15 | IQ-Analyser Plugin Update V2.10 with many new features >>
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Excellent: IQ-DeEsser: Editors Choice by Professional Audio magazine

HOFA's intelligent de-esser with voice recognition is awarded by the well renowned German audio magazine Professional Audio.

>> test the best De-Esser for 4 weeks
>> read the article (in German language)

HOFA Super Bundle & IQ-Bundle are only available for a few more days at the best price of all times!

And the highly attractive introductory prices for our latest releases IQ‑Analyser Standalone, IQ‑Limiter and 4U+ BlindTest are as well only valid until January 31!

>> HOFA-Plugins Winter SPECIALS

Excellent:The coolest freeware utility plugin this year was 4U+ BlindTest, an incredibly useful tool to have around ...“

The independent audio website Bedroom Producers Blog has declared our freeware plugin 4U+ BlindTest the best VST‑Utility 2015.

Get the free plugin for finally fair comparisons.

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Free Video Tutorials

Automation in LOGIC PRO X has to be handled with caution. This (subtitled) HOFA-College video shows what you have to look out for.

Kemper Profiling Amp vs. Mesa Boogie Mark V
In this video we check out the Kemper Profiling Amp. We "profile" a Mesa Boogie Mark V and compare Kemper and original.

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Release & Introductory Prices

4U+ BlindTest, IQ-DeEsser,
IQ-Analyser V2 Standalone

Just released: 
HOFA 4U+ BlindTest allows an objective comparison of equipment (e.g. plugins) inside your DAW. Only if you do unprejudiced comparisons, you will achieve the best sound possible.

Save now with the introducory prices - only for a short time: 

>> HOFA-Plugins Winter SPECIALS

HOFA Special: Acoustic Set WINTER

You are not happy with the sound in your control room, your recording or music room?
This set is the ideal start or a perfect addition for the optimization of your acoustics - 4 Basstraps and 4 Diffusors are an upgrade for every room. Everything will sound better - promise!

4 Basstraps + 4 Diffusors 2 of them for free  + 2 Frames

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NEW at HOFA-Plugins

The HOFA IQ-DeEsser is the new tool for editing harsh sibilants in vocals or in the whole mix.

With a specialized and very natural working voice recognition the IQ-DeEsser is very easy to use and even more intuitive.

HOFA IQ-DeEsser – DeEssing in its most natural way and a BUS-Mode that has no equal.

Check out the gearslutz forum about HOFA IQ-DeEsser.

Buy now & benefit from the introductory price!

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HOFA IQ-Analyser V2 Standalone

NEW: The IQ-Analyser V2 Standalone version contains all IQ-Analyser (Plugin) functions as well as a complete new range of possibilities.

Buy now at the reduced introductory price and SAVE MONEY

  • Network functionality
  • Standalone Analyser (mac & pc)
  • Analysis of internal and external audio
  • Measuring Instrument for studios and live locations
    (frequency, loudness, stereo correlation)

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