Hi there- The answer is both! It is subtle but it is what I expect to see from this series of early 70's N**e, where the inductors cause a recognizable curve in the 16-25kHz range, but flattens out more when the eq circuit is not engaged.
There is a very distinguishable affect of the harmonic content, which is slightly more when eq is engaged, slightly more cumulative when hitting the buss stage, and slightly more pronounced using mic instead of eq.
Again- it is all "flat" enough that it is in fact subtle, as it is a reliable usable console, but the additive affect across a mix is that classic velvet-like warmth of N**e. It is not overt saturation like driving tape or unintentionally overdriving a console input, but the day-to-day recognizable sound of the classic.
Also of note- this is an extremely rare console, not a modern iteration of the eq section- like rackmount 500 series eq or modern AMS 1073 preamp channel, but two separate channel paths from the original 70's generation- before 1081 and 1084 modules. Makes an awesome complement to the N-TEN-AT4 channel strip
I hope this helps, and when you are unpacked, enjoy the free program as well!
THAPRODUCERZ wrote:My gear is all packed up, so I have to ask, does this have apparent color character or is it subtle?