Sontec 430?

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by Ammitsboel, Feb 10, 2004.

  1. Ammitsboel

    Ammitsboel Member

    Hi guys!

    Have you tried the Sontec 430 EQ?
    I see a lot of mastering engineers that use it and says that it's the best(but for what?), does it have more color than the Maselec EQ?

    What is it that the ME's like so much about it?


    Best Regards,
     
  2. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Well-Known Member

    It's got big knobs. just kidding. I haven't used them and am a little leary of getting some because of the bad stories of keeping them going and parts etc... I would like to have some though, so if anyone wants to dump some on me, i'll be glad to take them. :p
     
  3. Don Grossinger

    Don Grossinger Distinguished past mastering moderator Active Member

    I think that before Avalon, Milenium Media, GML, etc, existed, there was the Sontec. It had detents for settings so it is repeatable, had nice curves for "Q", was quiet, basicallly did the job. I first worked with one (actually 2 Sontecs so the next setup could be prepared in real time for the next band) about 22 years ago. It remains a good basic piece of professional gear. I never had a problem with reliability, but those situations may have surfaced more recently.

    I EQed many projects on those in 3 different studios. I would gladly work with one again, so, as with Michael, I'll take any discards out there.
    There are just more choices now.
     
  4. Ammitsboel

    Ammitsboel Member

    Yearh! I would like one too :)
    But every one that owns one seems to hold on to their Sontec.

    Don, have you tried the Maselec? how is it compared to the sontec?
     
  5. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Well-Known Member

    every once in a great while I see one pop up on ebay for a lot of money. I think we should go knock on Joe's door and see if he wants to give us some.
     
  6. Ammitsboel

    Ammitsboel Member

    Does Joe have a Sontec? ...for me? :)
     
  7. Don Grossinger

    Don Grossinger Distinguished past mastering moderator Active Member

    I have never used the Maselec..... sigh...
     
  8. Ammitsboel

    Ammitsboel Member

    Don, what do you mean? :)
     
  9. iznogood

    iznogood Guest

    tried a sontec eq at dandisc a while ago... really fat sounding bottom end.

    compared it to a gml 9500 and we preferred the sontec!

    the gml is more tranparent and clean though...
     
  10. Don Grossinger

    Don Grossinger Distinguished past mastering moderator Active Member

    Henrik,
    So many kinds of gear, so little time, sometimes no opportunity to try/use them all: that's what I mean by the "sigh".
    Don
     
  11. Ammitsboel

    Ammitsboel Member

    Don,

    what are you using at the moment?
     
  12. themaster

    themaster Guest

  13. Ammitsboel

    Ammitsboel Member

    uuhh Brad!!!
    Isn't there anybody who has a Sontec i could buy?
     
  14. Gold

    Gold Active Member

    I use the Maselec. It seems to elicit a love it or hate it response. I have settled on describing it as boring. It is very clean and neutral.

    I haven't used a Sontec on a daily basis but I have played with them. They are more colored but in a very nice way. They are very clean also. They have a little more bite and punch.
     
  15. themaster

    themaster Guest

  16. Don Grossinger

    Don Grossinger Distinguished past mastering moderator Active Member

    Right now I do most of my EQ on a Neve DTC-1
     

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