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Discussion in 'Graphic / Parametric EQ (analog)' started by Irene, Apr 23, 2002.

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  1. Irene

    Irene Guest

    Are these still being made? think not..

    But, if they are, how much are they?
    How much do they go for s/h?

    Is there another hardware unit that sounds similar?

    Any thoughts on the Bombfactory Pultec EQ- how it compares to the real thing?- I ask this even though BF have kindly illuminated me to the fact that 'pro' musicians don't use forums.


    Renie :)
  2. BF told you that "pro" musicians don't use forums?

    There's an article about vintage eqs(and other gear) on Mercenary.com that describes pultec's sonic character.
  3. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Feb 10, 2001
    BF Pultec simulator is v good sounding.

    I have some Tube Tech copies I quite like.

    I believe there is nothing that sounds like a Pultec, except a Pultec! I enjoy using them in other studios..

    I would like a real one myself one day. I heard that the Power Station in NYC (now Avatar?) had 24 or them for tracking with...It was one of the features that attracted clients there.

  4. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Feb 10, 2001
    They haven't been made in years... the closest things you can find today that are similar are things like the Manley Labs "Massive Passive", or their diminutive cousins the Manley/Langevin EQP-1A / MEQ,

    DW Fearn is making a best of most worlds version, its sort of a cross between an EQP-1A and an MEQ-5.

    The most faithful reproduction (with better amplifiers) is the Escoteric Audio Research 822... which is (to say the least) astounding.

    Ain't nothin' like the real thing baby... but in software world, the BF stuff is about as good as it gets. Without trying to put words into Erik's mouth... I will say that the level of dis and misinformation that goes down on these forums is staggering... and many pro's choose to not participate due to the lack of truly substative information available.

    As always...YMMV.
  5. Irene

    Irene Guest

    Chris, Jules and Fletcher

    Thanks for the feedback.
    I suspect that s/h they are a real rarity.
    I would also love one one day. I will check out the other hardware options mentioned.

    There is some truth in Erik's view, but
    as you say Fletcher, milage does vary.

    It's surprising there are not more hardware "copycats". I'll read up on the Mercenary article.

  6. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    The inductors are the tough bit. Nobody makes them anymore and those that do want the earth.

    Drop in on the tech talk froum and you might find some DIY'ers building stuff like this.

    Some DIY units become production models.
  7. Regarding this fact, I would have to say that your mileage will NOT vary I fear...
  8. Irene

    Irene Guest

    That's an interesting line of enquiry-thanks Kev.
  9. Blackhawk

    Blackhawk Guest

    If you use a VST based app check out http://www.poweredplugins.com , the latest plugin for the UAD-1 (which is fantastic btw) is the Pultec EQ.

    Based on people with both the UAD-1 versions of the 1176n and the LA-2A and the original hardware units commenting that they are pretty much indistinguishable I'd bet that the UAD-1 Pultec EQ will turn out to be easily the best software version of it you can get.
  10. Blackhawk

    Blackhawk Guest

    Sigh, sorry for the double post.
  11. Irene

    Irene Guest

    This isn't the Bombfactory plug's "repackaged"
    is it? I doubt it - but just checking..
  12. Blackhawk

    Blackhawk Guest

    I don't *think* so, there's no 3rd-party development for the UAD-1 yet, Universal Audio are doing all theplug-insthemselves for the forseeable future.

    There's very little info on the UAD-1 version, but the screenshot here shows a couple more controls/variables than the bombfacotry version:

  13. Irene

    Irene Guest


    Shame Pro Tools doesn't support these plug's -I keep hearing such good things about them. I suppose there are ways of shoehorning such stuff in-I just wish it were more 'painless'

  14. wiggy

    wiggy Guest


    Personally i will say this as i get on my flame proof suit.... but they are a bit overated. Sure they do one thing well and it is quite qood and sexy.... but for the inflated prices that people want and ask i would rather spend it on other things. Give me GML, Massive passive (kinda pultec like)or prism baby!

    I have two matched Manley mastering pultecs ( i know they are different from the real thing) but they are bit pedestrian for my liking. I think its cos of m,y leaning towards neve gear and the fact that i really like to be able to turn a pot and HEAR what it really is doing, cos there is nothing like a 1073 set to stun!

    As allways


  15. anonymous

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    Feb 10, 2001
    Speaking of EQ - about five years back I remember watching a demo of a very reasonably priced parametric EQ from Nightpro. Can't remember the exact model number, but it was a one space rack unit. The rep ran a stereo mix off of a DAT through it, and then proceeded to do the most extreme (and random) cuts and boosts that one could imagine. The cool thing was no matter what he did, the results were more or less "musical". I was very tempted to buy one at the time, but I never did.

    Lately I've heard absolutely nothing about Nightpro - are they still around? Anybody using their stuff?
  16. Mike Simmons

    Mike Simmons Active Member

    Nov 5, 2001
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    Littledog, don't know anything about these but they're on the web.
  17. RecorderMan

    RecorderMan Well-Known Member

    Mar 28, 2001
    and you call yourself a neve freak? ;)
    Any self respecting neve freak loves his pultec. :p
  18. stedel

    stedel Guest

    Ah bonjour Renie.
    Here's an Australian site of manufacturer JLMAudio.
    They make the PEQ-1 Mono Passive Equaliser which costs $2,500 aussie dollars (so with the exchange rate that's probably 5 Euro to you!!

    Pultec with many extra frequencies.
    Bass cut and boost can be set to different frequencies to give more flexibility.
    12 frequencies for each cut & boost.
    Large dials for ease of control
    A-Class Discrete Makeup amp.
    Fully regulated 24v power Supply.
    Gold Neutrik XLR I/O's + TRS jack I/O's on rear.
    2 rack Unit high in Peral White

    JLMAudio Mono Passive EQ (Pultec)

    Kind regards
    Stedel :cool:
  19. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Feb 10, 2001
    I have a Nightpro unit a PREQ3D
    4 x mic pres, each with a weird HF boost, they are kinda grainy but at rare times just the job.. I am half tempted to sell em.. but they may come in handy for "studio 2" one day

  20. Jim Chapdelaine

    Jim Chapdelaine Active Member

    Jan 27, 2002
    CT, USA
    I have to say after hunting and spending zillions of dollars - the Massive Passive is as close as you can get and not mortgage your house (a loan maybe)
    Very flexible. Pultec like with more muscle.
    Try it, you'll buy it.
    There are plenty of 'interesting' eqs out there but I reach for the massive first.
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