Nomad Factory Pulse-Tec EQs
Pros Great GUI. Sweet tube EQ tones. Unique Pultec overlapping bass shelves. Great for enhancement.
Nomad Factory Pulse-tec EQs Review
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Pros Great GUI. Sweet tube EQ tones. Unique Pultec overlapping bass shelves. Great for enhancement. Clipper section for hard-edged sounds. Cons It’s another Pultec emulation. Not suitable for all EQ situations.
Nomad Factory’s latest release is yet another native Pultec equaliser emulation. A quick Google reveals nearly a dozen different Pultec EQ emulations on the market already, so you might be wondering what all the fuss is about.
The original Pultec hardware units were crammed full of tubes, laden with massive Bakelite knobs, and first appeared way back in – today, a working unit can easily sell for thousands. The most notable thing about Pultec’s most commonly emulated model, the EQP-1A, was that it had individual boost and attenuation knobs that both worked on the same lower frequency range, generating unusual EQ curves when the two controls were used in combination.
It’s a tool still very much in demand by mixing engineers and producers today, which is testament to the sheer musicality of the original design and the reason so many software developers have emulated it.
Firing the plug-in up, the GUI looks splendidly faithful to the original hardware – tasty eye candy for tired engineers’ eyes. The plug-in is split into three distinct sections. The top section represents the MEQ-5 and has two Peak bands: There’s also a Dip band, for applying up to 10dB of cut to one of 11 bands, ranging from Hz to 7kHz.
Occupying the centre of the ‘rack’ is the EQP-1A. As mentioned, this has both boost and attenuation controls for the low shelving section, along with an attenuating upper shelf and a boosting treble peak with bandwidth control. The final section is the preamp, which features input and output level adjustment and a clipper option to keep the output in check.
Sound Nomad claims that the plug-in is just the ticket for adding life to digital recordings, or as a “final touch” for mastering. We’d generally agree, although we wouldn’t recommend it for all mastering situations. If you’re finding it hard to make an instrument gel in the mix, a few small adjustments with Pulse-Tec EQs can work wonders, and the clipper section, while not vital, is handy if you crave yet more warmth, or even a little dirt.
The presets aren’t too shabby either. Comparing all three, it’s pretty hard to tell the plug-ins apart. IK’s Program Equalizer is just the EQP-1A on its own, but it does have a more sumptuous bottom end and the saturation characteristics of the real thing. Sonically, we’d say it sits right in between the other two: Ultimately, if you don’t already own a Pultec emulation and are looking to expand your processing arsenal with something a little different, you won’t go far wrong with Pulse-Tec EQs.
Listen to the Pulse-Tec EQs in action unaffected sounds played first: Acoustic guitar.
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The EQP1 was released in This preamp can be useful and features a pair of VU meters to show the total input and output levels of the plugin. The first eq module, in the middle of the rack, is based on the famous Pultec EQP-1A, which can be found in many studios and plugin versions by many manufacturers and is a true studio legend. This eq handles the lows and highs of the audio spectrum. On the left, there is a switch to select the centre frequency of the low shelf and it goes down to a very low 20Hz, then 30, 60 and This band has some serious clout for kick drums especially and set slightly higher, basses and toms, At first glance it looks weird — there is both a Boost knob and an Attenuation knob and only one frequency switch. So that means as the original Pultec manual says , you either boost or cut at the selected frequency, right?
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The Pulse-Tec EQs includes the legendary Pultec Mid-Range Equalizer MEQ-5 and the well known Pultec Program Equalizer EQP-1A into a single high quality. Software parametric EQ Nomad Factory PULSE-TEC EQs: 1 user review(s) and 1 news items. The Pulse-Tec EQs includes the legendary Pultec Mid-Range Equalizer MEQ-5 and the well known Pultec Program Equalizer EQP-1A into a single high-quality.