Just had these a couple of days, but they are quirky and fun and touchy as heck. And you have to love anything with a control marked “Vernier,” thank you Pierre.
Does any other device have so much mythology surrounding it? • The “Dr Pepper” setting. (It’s 10 and 2 on attack and release as if they were clock faces, and 4 on the ratio. You have to be familiar with 1930s advertising to know how this relates to Dr Pepper.) • The “All-in” setting, where some compressor deity would inhabit the device. Various other combinations of the Ratio buttons, which depending on the time of day could make beautiful magic with your sound.
I am impressed by the “knob in a knob” design of the 550 (and others). It saves space, and it also does what is impossible to reproduce on a screen: it utilizes 3-D space. We can move our hand up and down, back and forth, AND father and closer. UI designers, take note!
I have never had the chance, but the hardware has a reputation for being unbelievably clean and responsive. With a price tag that backs that up. Parametric EQ at it’s best. Click to compare it to Brainworx’s native version. They modeled this version as well. (Spoiler: identical.)
Tube-Tech’s emulation of their own modern take on the Pultec. Of course the really worthwhile thing is the attenuation/boost trick which you can read about in my post on the UAD Pultec EQP 1-A.
The interface is pretty straightforward but you have to pay attention to the controls, there are a lot of (non-intuitive) things going on. This is for someone who wants to listen their way through cleanly touching up a sound. It’s subtle. (Or musical. People always use that term—it just means you can’t do anything really drastic to the sound.)