161 posts since 11 Feb, 2011, from Duluth
Did some critical demoing between this 432, the UAD/Brainworx Millennia NSEQ-2 and UAD/Brainworx's brand new Dangerous BAX EQ. I tried all three in a stripped down mastering setup on a few different mixes and A/B/C'd them...largely to taste, though at times I matched some frequencies when possible.
In my opinion I thought the 432 and the Dangerous BAX sounded preferable to the material I was auditioning with. The Dangerous doesn't offer a lot of different freq cut/boost options but where you can adjust, it sounds quite nice and the words 'solid' or 'strong' come to mind as I listened to the results.
the 432 sounds really, really good. Hats off to IK! I think it is easily as flattering as the new Dangerous EQ, arguably more so. The 432 may have just a touch of grit or a slight 'analog-ish' edge to it but it sounds good and present to my ears, 'dimensional'. With the addition of two mid bands with selectable frequencies and band widths, the options are far more vast than the Dangerous.
As for the Millennia NSEQ-2?...well, it isn't my cup of tea. Aside from the elegant GUI, I think the high shelving was my favorite attribute. Even still, I preferred the results of the high shelving on the Dangerous, and the high bell boosts on the 432. I am surprised with this, more or less, I thought they would all sound 'good' in their own way. I have to wonder how accurately the Millennia is modeled. I spent time researching all of these hardware units trying to get a better understanding on the pedigree and even most common applications for each. This included time reading forum posts over at GS ~ many mastering engineers love this $4k mastering EQ (Nseq-2). I read continuously about something called a Forssel Mod that many insist improves the Nseq-2 EQ (even more) but that is obviously not coded on this plug-in.
I kept thinking my naivety was in the way (as in 'user error') as the disparity of the results which I was achieving between the Millennia and the other two seemed too much...Since I don't have this well regarded hardware (Nseq-2) I don't know if this is a knock on Millennia or Brainworx or yours truly;-) ...because Brainworx has some other wonderful plug-in models out there and I know the company that Millennia keeps, I am happy to take the fall but after spending a fair amount of time demoing and A/B/Cing, does it say something that I was able to improve the mixes fairly quickly (to my ears) with relative ease using the 432 and Dangerous BAX but not so much with the Millennia?
So yeah, the Master EQ 432 is a wonderful plug-in!! My favorite IK plug to date! I think it may also be the hungriest CPU native plug-in i've used as well; truly for mastering or maybe for a song with just a few tracks like a piano & vocal. Earlier I mentioned the 'elegant' Millennia GUI, it should be noted, simple as it is in its asthetic, I think this is also the best IK GUI to date - good on IK that it sounds even better than it looks.
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