Waves SSL G-Equalizer
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Waves SSL G-Equalizer

SSL G-Equalizer, Software parametric EQ from Waves in the SSL series.

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mooseherman 02/02/2011

Waves SSL G-Equalizer : Recensione di mooseherman (content in English)

"Useful EQ plug-in that mimics the SSL eq"
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This is a plug-in version of an SSL EQ. It attempts to be a replica of a real SSL EQ and I must say it works extremely well. There weren't any compatibility issues with this one for me, I received it as part of a Waves bundle, and like all the other plug-ins in that bundle it worked fantastically well.
I haven't read the manual for this plug-in but it's simple and straightforward enough that it doesn't really require one at all. It's got a pretty basic setup, and installation is a breeze. The functions are really easy to use.

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

This plug-in has a pretty great interface. It's simple to use and is preferable sometimes to using the entire SSL channel, as you only really need the EQ. It acts a little bit brighter than the normal SSL channel as it's the G series, which was known in its time as a brighter channel strip. It works perfectly for me.
The EQ is four-band (low, low mid, high mid, and high frequencies. There is a knob for gain, a knob for frequency, and a width knob for each band (although the low and high frequencies lack this last knob). This gives you control over how much to amplify each frequency, how wide or narrow the frequency that you are affecting is, as well as which frequencies to affect. It's versatile enough to work really well. Other features include a high pass filter, phase switch, and EQ bypass, which is useful if you just want to flip phase. There's also an analog switch, which gives the sound a more classic feel, and is sometimes useful.

OVERALL OPINION

I think this is a great sounding plug-in EQ. I like working it as it feels a lot more natural than some of the visual EQ plug-ins I have used, and has a tendency to narrow down the sweet spots more easily. Having used some SSL outboard gear, I know it doesn't work exactly the same way, as that's impossible, but I am surprised at how well it mimics the outboard gear it's based on. It's not that expensive as part of the bundle, and as their bundles are worth getting for almost all the plug-ins that come with them, I'd have to recommend it.