Waves PuigTec MEQ-5
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Waves PuigTec MEQ-5

PuigTec MEQ-5, Software parametric EQ from Waves in the PuigTec series.

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Hatsubai 16/06/2011

Waves PuigTec MEQ-5 : Recensione di Hatsubai (content in English)

"Vintage midrange EQ"
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This is another part of the set of plugins that Waves offers. This time, it's a midrange EQ based off of a vintage model. The MEQ-5 is a real cool plugin that can be used on vocals, guitars and even drums. The EQ itself gives you a few frequencies you can boost or cut, and it also has some other tricks up its sleeve. For one, you can control the mains. This introduces different hum for that ultra vintage sound. There are two peak switches and one dip switch. This means you can really taylor that midrange frequency to whatever you want. However, it's still limited to whatever the notches are. Because of that, it's not the most versatile EQ out there, especially considering its narrow overall band.

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 cool plugin to use on vocals, guitars and drums. You can get a real unique, vintage sounding EQ going on, complete with all the artifacts that they come with. However, it's not nearly as versatile as today's EQs. Because of that, there's a limited application to this. Some might not find it that usable, and because of the price, it's kinda hard to warrant it. That said, it sounds great.