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EQ 73 and EQ 81 New T-RackS Custom Shop classic British EQ models released

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KVRAF
 
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Postby Peter - IK Multimedia; Thu Apr 17, 2014 6:41 am EQ 73 and EQ 81 New T-RackS Custom Shop classic British EQ models released

New T-RackS Custom Shop featuring classic British EQ models released

T-RackS Models EQ 73 and EQ 81 give engineers the authentic sound of classic British consoles

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We are happy to announce T-RackS CS 4.6, the newest release of the ubiquitous T-RackS CS (Custom Shop) mixing and mastering plug-in and standalone tools that features two new must-have British EQ models that provide the warmth and tone heard on countless recordings around the globe:  the EQ 73 and the EQ 81.

EQ 73

The new T-RackS EQ 73 model is based upon a classic British hardware unit that is universally acknowledged as the most used preamp in music recording history. The original “class A” device has a sonic signature almost instantly recognizable to engineers and recording enthusiasts the world over. Thanks to its unique and innovative circuitry the signal passing through it becomes thick and bold making every instrument stand out with audible fullness.  The T-Racks EQ 73 model captures this nuance so that even in the DAW environment the tone stays intact.

The EQ 73 is an extraordinary EQ, and our engineers went the extra mile to make sure the part of the preamp circuitry functionality was captured as well — a feature no other emulation on the market has included.  The interaction between the preamp and the EQ section is what makes this legendary EQ so desirable.  The gain range is so wide that many color shades can be found. At lower settings it adds some harmonic coloration that will make kicks or snare fatter and punchier. Going up the gain hill moves it into downright distortion with an analog saturation rarely found in DAW plug ins. This is a killer function that adds that elusive "analog" character to a sterile sounding track, or provides a new creative effect.

EQ 81

Following in the footsteps of its older sibling, the EQ 81 takes the word versatility even further; the EQ section is composed of 4 independent frequency bands, rounded out by high and low pass filters to eliminate unwanted frequencies from the signal.  This EQ powerhouse is at home in practically any mixing work where there is the need to sculpt the tone of a track with precision and musicality.  Plus, adding to the versatility is the ability of the high and low shelving bands to become peaking type if needed.

As with the EQ 73 model, IK Engineers made sure the preamp circuitry modeling was ultra-accurate and usable. It’s class A/B circuit design delivers another range of tonal coloration, and while the EQ section is so accurately modeled in the EQ 81, its interaction with the preamp stage is what really sets the module apart providing identical sonic hardware performance not found in other digital models. Countless hours were spent not only in making sure the EQ curves are dead-on accurate, but that the preamp response and overall module interaction was faithful to the original hardware unit.

Both the EQ 73 and the EQ 81 models have the dual concentric knobs found on the original units “separated” for easier and faster shaping, and the unit offers improved readability of the knob positions for quick adjustment.

Pricing & Availability

The T-RackS Model EQ 73 and Model EQ 81 are available now from the IK Multimedia web site or the T-RackS Custom Shop for an introductory price of $124.99/€99.99* or 125 Custom Shop Credits.  All T-RackS processors are also available for separate purchase from the IK Multimedia web site. T-RackS CS (Custom Shop) is a free application that can be downloaded after registration from IK Multimedia’s T-RackS.

*Excluding taxes.

To learn more about EQ 73 click here


To learn more about EQ 81 click here


To download T-Racks Custom Shop for free click here

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KVRian
 
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Postby Burillo; Thu Apr 17, 2014 7:10 am Re: EQ 73 and EQ 81 New T-RackS Custom Shop classic British EQ models released

going after Waves' money, eh? :-)
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Postby xphen0m; Thu Apr 17, 2014 10:14 am Re: EQ 73 and EQ 81 New T-RackS Custom Shop classic British EQ models released

I have to say that I really hate how they've decreased the maximum amount of JamPoints that can be used to 30%. I hate to sound picky or cheap and everything, but IK's financial f---ery has turned me off as a customer.
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Postby Peter - IK Multimedia; Thu Apr 17, 2014 10:57 am Re: EQ 73 and EQ 81 New T-RackS Custom Shop classic British EQ models released

xphen0m wrote:I have to say that I really hate how they've decreased the maximum amount of JamPoints that can be used to 30%. I hate to sound picky or cheap and everything, but IK's financial f---ery has turned me off as a customer.

We've had a lot of requests for people to use JamPoints on specials/promotions that are already discounted so the decision was to allow them with this compromise of 30% which can really become a great deal (more so than an existing deal). Note that JamPoints are usable for this special introductory pricing on the two new models in T-RackS. So in short, the maximum discount is less but they can be used on far more items now as requested.
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Postby lotus2035; Thu Apr 17, 2014 12:17 pm Re: EQ 73 and EQ 81 New T-RackS Custom Shop classic British EQ models released

Aww just when I finally had the whole set, now I have gaps in my drop down menu again. :cry:
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KVRian
 
1290 posts since 4 Sep, 2011, from England

Postby Kaboom75; Thu Apr 17, 2014 2:07 pm Re: EQ 73 and EQ 81 New T-RackS Custom Shop classic British EQ models released

Only tested it so far on u-he Zebra it does something very nice to the sound no idea what but I like it.
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Postby Funkybot's Evil Twin; Thu Apr 17, 2014 3:16 pm Re: EQ 73 and EQ 81 New T-RackS Custom Shop classic British EQ models released

You guys modeled the line and mic signal paths separately with an option to switch between the two? Seriously? Are you reading my posts? I'm truly excited to try this out.
KVRist
 
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Postby Novalis; Thu Apr 17, 2014 3:42 pm Re: EQ 73 and EQ 81 New T-RackS Custom Shop classic British EQ models released

Thank you, thank you for NOT using the "dual concentric knobs" like all the competitors.

Which is simply complete nonsense for software.

Have to try these EQs soon.
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KVRist
 
51 posts since 20 Feb, 2014, from Paris - FRANCE

Postby kj.metissage; Thu Apr 17, 2014 3:47 pm Re: EQ 73 and EQ 81 New T-RackS Custom Shop classic British EQ models released

They sound real nice.

I'm impressed. Well done guys.

Purchased !

PS : Now, just waiting for a Manley Vari-Mu and an API 2500 emulation ;).
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KVRist
 
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Postby sergiofrias; Thu Apr 17, 2014 4:01 pm Re: EQ 73 and EQ 81 New T-RackS Custom Shop classic British EQ models released

Hello Peter,

How accurate is the harmonic distortion modeled?

comparing to Nebula (alexb eq73) using sine sweep from 20 hz to 20 khz tells me that the modeled distortion on t-racks is more linear compared to Nebula.Nebula seems to have more distortion at lower frequencies ,this explains some of the fat sound sound from the real unit.

here is a demonstration:

t-racks
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Nebula
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KVRAF
 
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Postby Compyfox; Thu Apr 17, 2014 4:11 pm Re: EQ 73 and EQ 81 New T-RackS Custom Shop classic British EQ models released

Burillo wrote:going after Waves' money, eh? :-)


I just got the same impression.


But this would finally mean that IKM could offer proper bundles:

British Solid (SSL)
British Classic (NEVE)

The SSL bundle could feature the 4k black/brown and the bus compressor (which is sold like that already), the NEVE bundle could feature the EQ's and the Precission Compressor. Unless IKM plans to convert the bus compressor from the NEVE consoles as well (which I'd definitely look forward to!).


Then again, I still miss a proper "compressor" bundle (I will critisize that every time I see it) - I also consider the NEVE 33609 just as vintage. And the OPTO design, while being more flexible than the LA2A, was clearly covered with the LA.

Another thing I'm still critisizing is the lack of an updated "Grande" bundle, or a "Grande Extended/Subscription" system.



Still, T-Racks - formerly aimed at mastering - is yet again steering away from the "mastering" approach towards the mix section. I was happy to see a return to the roots with both the Precision Compressor and the (IMO a bit overpriced) Master EQ 432. But now we're back to mixing tool again, and yet another Neve/SSL (*sigh* So many other great mixing consoles, yet no appreciation).

Unless that NEVE can at least turn off the EQ section and use the preamp section independently (someone has any plots? I don't want to waste demo time). I also like the fact that the frequencies are stepped, not freely sweepable (which is the actual charm of this device). Though I wonder why the stacked knob design of the NEVE was abandonned except for the LP/HP of the EQ81 - I think it's a design issue to tie in the GUI with the rest.

EDIT:
Just saw the animated plot by sergiofrias. One thing that clearly concerns me, is the sudden pop up of a harmonic in the lower frequency bands as soon as the sine sweep passes 8kHz. Could this be an aliasing issue?

And the noisefloor is unholy low (-150dBFS?!) - would love to know if this device suffers from any crosstalk issues, or if it's procesing the L slightly different from the R channel.



Also... the trend seems to be 99-130 EUR per individual module now, plus VAT (yeah yeah, buy Gear Credits while they're on sale - save on money, but for this you need money for a sale in the first place, or wait for a 120 EUR three plugin bundle). If this is an adjustment of the upcoming new EU TAX regulations - I don't know. Then again, I'm usually used to buying both the 1073 and 1081 as bundle - not separately. And I think, 50 bucks a module might definitely not be an option - unless we talk about sales.

Another thing that catched my eye: T-Racks CS is on v4.6 already. Both custom shops (AT and TR) pick up speed. Do we users have to fear an upgrade fee for T-Racks CS 5 or AT CustomShop v4?



In the end - only one question remains:
"Which NEVE plugin by one of the many 15+ devs or so do you want to use today?"

(and I do hear the debates already, which of these plugins are superior... :roll:)
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KVRAF
 
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Postby hibidy; Thu Apr 17, 2014 5:51 pm Re: EQ 73 and EQ 81 New T-RackS Custom Shop classic British EQ models released

Fairly expensive.
KVRian
 
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Postby antithesist; Fri Apr 18, 2014 2:14 am Re: EQ 73 and EQ 81 New T-RackS Custom Shop classic British EQ models released

125 Quatloos each!?

That's too much, and the "5" is ridiculous since you can't buy five or even ten credits!

The good news: I had enough credits banked at good price to snag the pair for about $100.

So, we have all the t-racks here again.

These seem pretty good so far, though.

88RS channel next, please...
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KVRAF
 
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Postby kmonkey; Fri Apr 18, 2014 3:16 am Re: EQ 73 and EQ 81 New T-RackS Custom Shop classic British EQ models released

Guys and girls...these are really great sounding EQs..
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