Opal. The acclaimed Hi-Def 55 Limited Edition equalizer in plugin form.
Opal fully recreates the exquisite Oram Sonics Hi-Def 55 EQ. Faithfully sampled to replicate what is possibly the most advanced system designed by John Oram, Opal incorporates all the magic that Oram Sonics has provided over the years, giving you more flexibility than ever before at the mastering stage as well as during mixing.
The Hi-Def 55 is made in England and built to extremely high standards. It is characterized by an extremely musical sound, made possible by an intelligently thought-out set of features which include eight bands of overlapping adjustment per channel, unique combining of shelf and bell curves, a ‘detail’ function, and more.
The Opal collection includes two plugins. One is the standard version of the Hi-Def 55, as originally designed by John Oram. The second one provides extended functionality by adding a Preamp input trim, Mid/Side, Pan, and Spread controls, and an independent channel output control.
John Oram is a legendary name in the electronic musical industry, whose designs have been nominated for 23 Technical Excellence & Creativity awards, winning some along the way, and whose creative talent as a musician, producer, touring drummer, mixing and technical engineer brought him to work with some of the most important bands and manufacturers from the early ‘60s onward, including the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Vox and Trident Audio.
As part of the Vox team, he was the designer of the Wah-Wah, The Fuzz Box, and Continental Organ, leading to the circuitry design for VOX AC50 and Super Beatle amplifiers.
John Oram joined Trident Audio Developments in 1972, where he worked as a designer for 14 years and created some of the industry’s most famous classic desks, such as the Trident Series 80/80B/80C consoles.
Under his brands, Oram Professional Audio and Oram Consultancy, he was responsible for world-class film rooms and equipment for many Oscar-winning productions such as Avatar, Pirates of the Caribbean, King Kong, and The Lord the Rings Jurassic Park, Pearl Harbor, Titanic, and more.
In 2008 John was nominated for a Technical Grammy Award.
Al Schmitt, legendary recording producer, and engineer has this to say: "John is one of the best design engineers in the business. A big part of my sound on records I attribute to John”.
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