i demoed nobleQ already in the last days and quite like it. i do not own a cooltec(CDSM) or poolteq(AlexB) library, so this is done with the demo-programs of each. the audio is from a live-recording of a youth-orchestra, playing for a circus-show. i did a 16khz boost with 10 db on both librarys (which is quite different by the way) and tried to mimic that with the nobleQ peakfilter at 16 khz (set to sharpQ). i engaged valveprocessing in nobleQ and set it to the lowest possible value, otherwise it changes the frequency-response too much, to get it close to nebula. i tried to match the frequency-responses as close as possible (it is not possible to get it perfect!!) with vst-analyzer and matched the levels with integrated loudnessmeasuring of the new ebu r-128 standard.
here are the dropbox-links (i hope it will not close down too fast):
I checked out your samples through my studio DAW monitors, and I think that the PSP eq sounds better than any other non-Nebula eq that I have heard in a long time. Hmmm, I am so tempted..... I haven't purchased a non-Nebula eq in ages. I almost feel like I would be having an affair....
i own quite a lot of psp-stuff and find it all useful. for digital eq, their sQad bundle has some good choices, but my favorites are mastercomp, mixpack2 (mixpressor, mixsaturator), oldtimer (comp), vintagewarmer and md608 (multidelay).
When it comes to Eq, i normally use the basic eq in samplitude and when it does not sound right, i go for nebula. on the masterbus i reach for nebula most of the time.
but as you already said, NobleQ could be a good digital alternativ to nebula....
system 1: windows 8 32 bit - samplitude prox, tracktion6, reaper system 2: mac osx yosemite - reaper(32+64bit), tracktion6(32+64bit)
both systems on: macbook pro (late 2009), core 2 duo 3,06 ghz, 4 gb ram, graphic: nvidia geforce 9600M GT 512 MB
I have to be honest. After years of all analog hardware recording, I had grown very leary of digital audio in the beginning. I started that seemingly unending collection of vst's until one day I found myself trying to find the "right" eq more than just doing music. So I flushed out my computer and started over with my basic tool-set. Then along came Nebula. I have regained a love for digital audio and have even gotten rid of some of my former basic tool-set. So for me to actually pay for a "regular" vst is a big deal. I have some of Scott Stillwell's stuff, they are quite nice. Valhalla Room reverb, which replaced almost all of my verbs, paid for and free. My newest favorite non-Nebula plugin dev is Sknote. (http://www.sknote.it/), another brilliant dev from Italy. Check those out, I am floored with the quality and bargains. Now here this NobleQ is very sweet and musical sounding. And only $59.00 if purchased before the end of the month. Sounds like a new never ending collection has started......
NobleQ is extremely good. It is one of the best equalizers I've heard in the last 5 years (non-Nebula). If you can buy it please do it, you won't regret it, not a single bit (I do not own it since I can't buy it for this year due to some currency regulations we have in our country but I've really enjoyed the demo these 10 days I've used it on my projects ).
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