Waves PuigTec EQP-1A
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Waves PuigTec EQP-1A

PuigTec EQP-1A, Software parametric EQ from Waves in the PuigTec series.

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Hatsubai 16/06/2011

Waves PuigTec EQP-1A : Recensione di Hatsubai (content in English)

"Puig EQ"
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This Waves plugin is pretty famous as it's modeled after the Pultec EQP-1A. That's been a very famous EQ that was used on records from Black Crowes, Weezer, Panic at the Disco and more. It's unique in that it can boost and cut the same frequency at the same time, so you can get all kinds of cool EQ curves going on. This plugin models that very EQ that was made so famous throughout the years. There are quite a few knobs on this, but they're all fairly straight forward as to what they do. You select a low or high frequency, and then you turn the dials to boost/cut it. There's also a bandwidth knob which adjusts the "Q" control of the EQ curve. This makes it sharper or broader across the EQ spectrum. Finally, there's a gain and attenuation knob you can adjust to fine tune everything.

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

Waves plugins are some of my favorite out there. First of all, they're cross platform, and as a Mac user, that's a huge plus for me. The plugins are always rock solid, too. They perform amazingly well, take up very little memory and play nicely in Logic. While they're 32 bit, Logic applies a bridge that allows you to use them in 64 bit environments. This way, you get the best of both worlds -- you can use these 32 bit plugins, but you can still access all the precious memory that the 64 bit environment needs. I never read any of the manuals, so I can't comment on that.

OVERALL OPINION

This is a pretty unique EQ thanks to it being able to cut and boost the same frequency. You can get all kinds of killer tones out of it because of that. However, it's not that versatile in terms of what you can actually cut or boost. You're limited as to what frequency the program allows, and that can be a bit of a pain. I tend to find myself using Logic's built-in EQ more than anything, to be honest.