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Acqua EQ for mixing

Postby davidgary73 » Tue Jul 28, 2015 5:05 am

Good day mates,

I'm looking to purchase an all round EQ for mixing. Which plugin would you recommend? Honey, Green or Magenta 2?

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Re: Aqua EQ for mixing

Postby Brian » Tue Jul 28, 2015 6:36 am

I would suggest Honey, as I find having HP/LP filters very useful for mixing. It's also very fast to use (well-selected frequency ranges and band overlap, no need to think about Q) and can radically reshape a sound if necessary.

If precision is more of a concern for you, and you like a very sharp, hard sound, try Green.
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Re: Aqua EQ for mixing

Postby davidgary73 » Tue Jul 28, 2015 2:30 pm

Thank Brian for the suggestions. So far after reading some post on other forums, Honey seems to be very popular.

How about Magenta 2? Magenta 2 description stated" Magenta is the best equalizer that Acustica has ever designed".

For those who have Honey and Magenta 2, which will be more useful as both have so much to offer?
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Re: Acqua EQ for mixing

Postby giancarlo » Wed Jul 29, 2015 12:27 pm

magenta, amber, green and ivory are more addressed to "mastering", even if new core6 engine makes them suitable for mixing.
honey is our first "mixing" eq.
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Re: Acqua EQ for mixing

Postby davidgary73 » Thu Jul 30, 2015 8:53 am

Thanks Gian for your reply. I'm considering Magenta 2 and Honey for later.

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Re: Acqua EQ for mixing

Postby Brian » Sat Aug 08, 2015 9:22 pm

Although the hardware Magenta was sampled from is often thought of as a mastering EQ, it's very useful in mixing as well. I usually use it in dual mono on drum channels, vocals, or acoustic instruments. If I use it in stereo, it's usually on drum overheads or a submix.

One of the best things about plugins in general is the high instance counts we're afforded with...this lets us use such high-end pieces across many channels as a track EQ. So don't feel limited by the original intended applications from source hardware.

That said..I would still suggest Honey. The HP/LP filters cover a much broader range and a nice slope and mild resonance which is lovely for mixing tasks. It's also simpler and faster to use, I feel, which is an aspect that shouldn't be underestimated when mixing.

Finally - the mids on Massive Passives are most excellent, but the highs don't always seem to work well (depending on the source). The 32c EQ high band seems to work fine on anything, without much thought. Just something to consider, IMHO.
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Re: Acqua EQ for mixing

Postby davidgary73 » Sun Aug 09, 2015 6:51 am

Thanks Brian for the input. I bought Magenta 2 and it a fantastic tool. The high shelf are a bit of a let down as many has mentioned.

Still considering Honey or Green but not urgent as i've S*L Duende to work with :)
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