Stillwell Audio 1973 eq
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Stillwell Audio 1973 eq

1973 eq, Software parametric EQ from Stillwell Audio.

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moosers 14/02/2010

Stillwell Audio 1973 eq : Recensione di moosers (content in English)

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The Stillwell Audio 1973 EQ is a three band equalizer with a high pass filter as well. The plug-in pays tribute to the Neve 1073 equalizers, borrowing the frequencies found on these classic EQs. I didn't have any issues installing the plug-in as it was easy enough to download from their website and follow the instructions. The whole process took only a few minutes as I didn't have any problems at all. The interface of the software is incredibly simple to follow as well. The three main EQ bands have parameters for gain and sliders to choose a few different fixed frequencies, except for the high shelf which is stationary at 12 KHz. The high pass filter has four fixed frequencies to choose from, and there is also an oversample switch an overall output gain leveler. I've never needed to look at the manual, so I don't know how helpful it might be.

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

I'm running the Stillwell Audio 1973 EQ plug-in on a Mac Book Pro that has a 2.2 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and 4 GB of RAM. I run the plug-in in Pro Tools LE 7.4, but understand that since Stillwell Audio does not offer this plug-in in RTAS form, you need the Fxpansion VST to RTAS converter in order to use this in Pro Tools! As far as performance goes, the 1973 EQ won't take up much processing space at all, as it runs at a very low level. I can't imagine anyone having trouble running it who already has a decent enough system to run plug-ins on in the first place.

OVERALL OPINION

My favorite part about the Stillwell Audio 1973 EQ and Stillwell Audio in general is the price! They offer up some nice sounding plug-ins at a seriously low price that you can download straight for their website. This certainly isn't the cleanest or most detailed plug-in equalizer plug-in that I've used, but it will get the job done for basic tone shaping for sure. The fixed frequencies are picked well since it is after the 1073, so that's certainly not something that you need to be concerned with. All in all, I'd definitely encourage those reading this and any bit somewhat interested in the 1973 EQ to at least check out the demo, and the plug-in is even cheap enough that you could buy it and it wouldn't be a big deal if you didn't like it, but I think you will anyway...