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Joe Albano on Sun, October 23rd 3 comments
The beauty of analog music hardware, especially EQs, is the unique character they can impart on your mixes. Fortunately, there's a number of faithful emulations in the plug-in world. Here's 7 for you.

1. Pultec EQP-1A 

Fig 1A An original hardware Pultec EQP-1A (top); three software emulations (bottom)
Fig 1B A characteristic response curve, from the Pultec’s separate Boost & Attenuation controls 

2. Manley Massive-Passive

Fig 2 Manley’s Massive-Passive EQ (top); UAD virtual version (bottom)

3. Abbey Road EQs

Fig 3 An original Abbey Road RS56 EQ and TG12345 console (top); virtual versions (bottom)—Softube Brilliance Pack (RS127/135); Waves RS56 and TG12345 emulations 

4. Neve 1073 

Fig 4 Neve 1073 hardware (top) and software (bottom) 

5. SSL 4000 E/G 

Fig 5  An SSL 4000G console (top); software versions of the E- and G-series EQs

6. API 550 

Fig 6 API 550a, 550b, and Lunchbox rack (top); software emulations (bottom) 

7. Trident A-Range 

Fig 7 Original Trident A-Range hardware (top); Softube A-Range EQ virtual emulation 

The Rub 

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  • Mik
    A little odd to leave out obvious plug-ins in an article named "…in Software". I thought the idea was to give a view of the software range for plug-ins emulating these hardware EQs? To me the Waves V-EQ3 (The 1073) is superior to Scheps 73. Both good, but it was left out as was the Waves V-EQ4 (The 1081). The REDD is available as a free model. The SSLs has many great implementations and some bad too. Some subjective more views also on these implementations would have been nice.
    • 3 years ago
    • By: Mik
  • Joe A
    Hi Mik - For this particular piece, the idea wasn't to cover the range of emulations or do a survey of particular plug-ins, but more to describe some classic hardware pieces that are both widely respected and available in virtual form, for those who might not be so familiar with the originals, or might not know what hardware was being referenced by those plug-ins emulations that don't use the actual names/models. As for the images, I chose them mainly for their resemblance to the originals (so, for example, the V-EQ3, with its more generic graphics, wasn't pictured), and for this article I opted not to make value judgements on the relative quality of the emulations that were mentioned, since I didn't have access to enough different models to do a fair and suitably inclusive comparison (which would have been a different, and much longer, article). Cheers, Joe
    • 3 years ago
    • By: Joe A
  • Mik
    @Joe, I understand, but as I said the headline creates expectations about modeled hardware EQs in SOFTWARE. As I knew most hardware units (except one), the article was a disappointment. I do understand writing about all would have been a great undertaking, but a link list to what's there today would have been nice enough to warrant the headline. I'm sure others still appreciate the content and I would had the headline been more reflecting of the content.
    • 3 years ago
    • By: Mik
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