brp wrote:i love all the nebula eqs as well. but the most impressive one to me is still the mammoth-eq with its expansion from aitb. it works best when you have a kind of squashed sound and would like to reduce the density or loudness in certain frequencies. it acts kind of a frequency dependant expander. its so impressiv, you simply cant immagin that an eq can sound like this bevore you heared it yourselfe.
another one which should be mentioned here is the vintage master eq from alexb. i use its hi-shelve to get a crisp presence. boost 0.5db is enough!
Funny you should say this but i have all the AIB eq's and the Alex B N**e and 90% of the time i reach for Mammoth. Not sure why............well apart from the sound! They are all however amazing. Since buying Neb the only thing i use Non Neb is Voxengo Gliss for cuts and UAD 1176 and LA2A. Once Neb as compression nailed i wont need anything else.
sfunk wrote:----- Since buying Neb the only thing i use Non Neb is Voxengo Gliss for cuts -----
2 algorithmic EQ's that don't cease to amaze me are the SonEQ and the Double Precision Equalizer, sometimes also Voxengo Overtone EQ (all free). I can't remember when I actually used anything else apart from Nebula's... Wait – Reaper's ReaFir for crazy track cleaning!
The only 3rd party EQ I've bought so far is Mammoth, and I'm sure the others are great too, but mammoth is VERY nice. It's weird because to me at least, it seems fairly transparent, but at the same time it is definitely doing something extra to whatever area you boost/cut. Especially noticeable with bass, and double especially if its a mix/sub-mix of several elements. It just glues them all together in a very smooth, thick, flowing analog sound. I've used plenty of pay and free vst eqs and none came close to having that sort of analog character, at least to my ears anyway. Although, I also think some of the freely available Neb EQs are still better than pay vsts I've bought.
tumburu wrote:Mammoth is always doing something to high freqs, which sometimes makes it too obvious.
Exactly! When you process material with lots of top end and want to "sweeten" it a little, the Mammoth will always add up some extreme high frequencies, no matter if you cut or boost!? OTOH it's very nice to attenuate some mids.
Plec wrote:I've not been impressed by anything for very long until I decided to try a few EQ's for Nebula. As a heavy UAD user I pretty much only use their EQ's, especially the S*L 4000 E Brown knob and N**e 1073 plus the T*****t A-Range. The Pultec has got a lot of use from me also but has recently been replaced by the Softube T**e-T**h emulation.
First EQ I tried was the Cooltec (Pultec EQP-1A3S) by CDSoundmaster. This one sounded awesome and instantly took the number one spot as fav. Pultec EQ.
Second I got the German Mastering Console (N*****n) from Alex B, which has a low-end EQ to DIE for. Which I did when trying it out...
I've been hesitating to get in the EQ game for mixing tasks though due to the interface and in comparison quirky workflow compared to just opening up a UAD plug that fits the bill and let's goooo already! But I got the CLQ (S*L 4000 E Brown) and 73eq (N**e 1073) from Alex B since those are my most used EQ's while mixing.
All I can say is... I don't regret it for a minute. On every source when I'm comparing to the UAD plugins it just sounds twice as good, especially with the 1073, but also with the CLQ. It's just as if you have the sounds jump out of the speakers at you but without any added harshness.
Sounds actually come alive again!
The curves of the UAD plugins sound very similar of course but they lack so much of the character and dynamics when comparing to the ones from Alex B. How cheesy as it seems, the sounds just seem to stay IN the speakers still with the EQ curves matching up.
My poor i7 is having a fit here, but it is worth it.
Hey Plec, nice to hear that from an UAD user!
Once again it shows that sound wins over fancy UI's and even usability! While the latter shall hopefully become more and more easy in the future.
Have to say I agree with tumburu in that Alex's mweq is the eq I turn to most. I have a few uad cards and still use their comps and eqs for convenience (quad core pc) but there is no comparison to the nebula equivalents in eqs. I haven't bought anything new from uad since I discovered nebula.
venderkatz wrote:Have to say I agree with tumburu in that Alex's mweq is the eq I turn to most. I have a few uad cards and still use their comps and eqs for convenience (quad core pc) but there is no comparison to the nebula equivalents in eqs. I haven't bought anything new from uad since I discovered nebula.
yeah the MWeq looks so tasty...really versatile...Im gonna have to grab it at some point...
Its interesting to me how people go nuts over much more limited vintage EQs....when there are great sounding EQs much more versatile...I wonder how much of an audible difference there is between a boost from the Portico vs Vintage N**e...