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Introducing the newest addition to the Extensive Vintage Equalizer family from Kuassa: EVE-MP5.
Kuassa EVE-MP5 is a reproduction of two of the most sought-after classic hardware equalizers, the Pultec* MEQ-5 Midrange Equalizer and the EQP-1A Program Equalizer. We drew inspiration from them and combined both EQs into a single, compact plugin with a color coded, straightforward interface intended for fast workflows and maximum usability.
Known for their signature frequency curves, the EVE-MP5 will bring lively mojo to any tracks you put them into. Utilize the famous low-end trick of boosting and attenuating the low frequencies simultaneously for a solid bottom-end. The MP5 is also loaded with a unique power amp saturation unit in the signal path. Turn it on for a hotter signal and dial the input to give a mild edge to your tracks, or push more for an overdriven sound. The "Auto" switch in the input section is useful for maintaining constant gain levels while cranking the saturation via the input knob.
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Test driving this plug-in, I quickly appreciated the ability to add or subtract distortion by switching it on or off. This increased focus and adds a vintage vibe and roundness. I felt the MP5 has a clear sound even with extreme boost or cut. More important, the user interface is crisp and easy to see, as well as get around.
In terms of comparable analysis vs. a real hardware tube eq, I didn't have that opportunity. I would guess it is close with regard to the eq curves available but the anomolies of pure tube audio are very complex to model, even in 64-bit.
Overall, the MP5 does the job well. Thickening kick drums and bass guitar. Enhancing and scooping mids on guitars. Adding high frequency without harshness. All a win with this plug-in.
Would I use others, maybe. I will find many uses for it and the precision of the interface makes it fast and efficient.Read Review