Audio Plugin Testing

Hi, and welcome to something I hope is helpful to you — some simple testing of audio plugins which you can use for comparing, or just to find out more about each one.

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UAD Neve 33609

If you own a radio station and you need to control the dynamics of your broadcast before it goes over the airwaves, this is what you need. Wait, what?

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UAD Neve 2254

The Neve 2254 was first produced in 1969 (a year before the 1073!) and installed in the original Neve 80 series consoles.

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UAD Pultec EQP 1-A

Along with the Fairchild 670, the most hallowed of all studio equipment. Apparently, if you have an original one of these a holy presence descends upon your board.

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UAD Pultec HLF-3C

I love the Pultec HLF-3C for cleaning up the high and low end. It doesn’t add any color, so don’t expect some kind of analog-ifying. Not cool or sexy, but it does have great curves.

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UAD Pultec MEQ-5

The Pultec MEQ-5 is usually used together with the EQP-1A, but it has some pretty cool tricks on it’s own.

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UAD Ampex ATR-102

The Joys of Analog Tape:
Calibrate it every day. Keep the tapes in a controlled environment. Push the signal so you get less noise, but not so hard that it distorts. Clean the heads and capstan. Be careful you don’t stretch the tape rewinding. Keep a log of how many punch-ins and re-records you have done. Test the motor and transports.

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UAD LA2 | UAD LA2A Gray | UAD LA2A Silver

The beauty of sheer simplicity. (And on the LA-3A as well.) Set the gain to unity, adjust the peak reduction to where you want it. Ta-da! I’m pretty sure these are the compressors that are used “visually” the most.

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