For a long time digital had a bad wrap for being too “clean” or “sterile” sounding.
Up until computers came along, music ran through all sorts of equipment:
- Tape Machines
And each of these devices left their fingerprint on recorded audio. Even if they weren’t doing anything besides sitting in the signal path!
To this day musicians, engineers and producers alike love the sounds those devices brought to recorded music.
Of course, plugin companies began recreating every piece of hardware kit imaginable. To bring back the magic of analog inside the DAW.
It took a while, but Apple decided to embrace the analog love fest as well. So in 2018, Logic Pro 10.4 debuted Logic’s first set of true analog emulations:
The Vintage EQ Collection.
The Vintage EQs are 3 of the most coveted hardware EQs around. Direct emulations, but with some workflow enhancements to make them even better:
- The Console EQ emulates the sound and response of the Neve 1073
- The Graphic EQ emulates the sound and response of the API 560
- The Tube EQ emulates the sound and response of both the Pultec EQP-1A and MEQ-5
The Vintage EQs not only emulate the EQ curves and response of each EQ. But they also bring that intangible characteristic of each unit. Even if you’re not EQing at all.
The Output modeling adds that analog vibe to anything they touch. Turn up the Drive knob to push your tracks a bit more into each processor.
And the Output modeling can be mixed and matched between the units. So if you’d prefer to EQ with the Console EQ, but would love the vibe of Graphic EQ, no problem.
Just switch the Console EQ’s Output the Graphic EQ’s “Punchy” Output.
The Vintage EQs bring back analog vibe and workflow to the technical world DAWs. So let’s explore them in today’s video.