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Scheps 73
Scheps 73 by Waves is a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin for macOS and Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, a VST 3 Plugin and an AAX Plugin.
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Scheps 73 is a colorful 3-band EQ modeled on the classic 1073 console's EQ and mic preamp module and developed in association with world-renowned mixing engineer Andrew Scheps (Adele, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Sabbath, Lana Del Ray, Metallica, Jay-Z.).

Empowered by Waves cutting-edge technologies, the Scheps 73 EQ features interrelated bands that adhere to the 1073's original specs and precisely emulate its behavior: a fixed 12kHz high-frequency band, switchable low and midrange bands with cut and boost controls, and an 18dB/octave high-pass filter. Additionally, for the first time ever, a little-known 10kHz midrange band discovered in the original 1073 schematics but operable only on the rare 1078 channel strip has been modeled and incorporated into the plugin. And to top it all off, the Waves MS matrix has been added to let a user apply different equalization to mid and side stereo content.

Using innovative procedures to model the acclaimed Marinair transformer, Waves has meticulously captured all the sonic characteristics of the 1073, including its harmonic distortion. These overtones were tweaked to perfection by Andrew Scheps himself, resulting in beautiful and authentic saturations.

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Average user rating of 5.00 from 1 review
Scheps 73

Reviewed By RobertSchulz [all]
August 21st, 2022
Version reviewed: 13.0 on Windows

Great EQ-emulation of the 1073. It can give warmth to your tracks very quickly. Many users state that it has some kind of glue effect, which I can totally agree. Even just passing the signal through the plugin without engaging the EQ or Pre-Amp/Drive sections gives a subtle difference.

M/S mode makes it also very versatile for mixing and mastering. I usually use it on the master bus.

Now Waves does not say much about the use of the plugin and how parameters work in conjunction in the corresponding manual (i.e. achieving certain tones of warmth, saturation or transparence). Which I quite found surprising for this plugin.

But I could get a little more information from tutorials, including one in which Andrew Scheps is telling how important the input gain feed into the plugin is for the harmonic distortion, as well as the concept and importance of the 'Link I/O' switch at the bottom of the faders (4:14 in the video):

Other videos I can recommend:

In-depth tutorial about the plugin: https://youtu.be/jqGsZ9rrUPY
Tips by Andrew Scheps: https://youtu.be/ujlOYqBByRw

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