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What am I paying for? (Abbey Road Plug-ins - TG Mastering Pack)

By James..., 11/08/2011
This is probably one of the smallest and easy to install plugins I've ever used. Not much to it really. I don't know if it comes with a manual because I didn't bother looking. The first thing I noticed when I booted this up was no presets. Well that's fine, because upon further inspection I realized all I was looking at was a semi-parametric EQ with some filters. Okay...

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

I will say that working with it in Cubase it gives me zero issues. Very stable plugin and it doesn't tax my CPU at all. Then again as far as I can tell there's no complex processing going on here so why should it use many resources at all?

OVERALL OPINION

When I first started using it I was expecting some kind of secret sauce to be involved. Why else would they charge this kind of change for a simple semi-parametic eq filtering master? To my ears that's exactly what it was though. Now I'm not trying to be rude about things, but I can get one of those for free almost anywhere. I pay for one of these because I want it to sound warmer and more pleasant than a cheapo mastering plugin. But the TG honestly doesn't sound any different than the bundle of free master eq plugs I have sitting around.

I went online and started asking around. It seems this plugin is very popular with engineers who used to use the real thing and miss the feel of it in a DAW. Now I can understand that. If you get used to a certain piece of hardware, not other soft based equivalent will feel the same. Makes perfect sense. However, for someone like me who has never seen or used a 12410 I had to stop and wonder why I even needed this. Perhaps I'm expecting too much. I have tried some of the other Abbey Road plugs with mixed results so I'll probably do some reviews on them, but I just didn't hear anything special about this one. From what I hear it is a good emulation though, so maybe its the hardware itself that I don't like.
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Vintage hardware EQ clone (Waves - Q-Clone)

By Hatsubai, 17/07/2011
The Q-clone is basically a unique plugin that allows you to select between different EQs out there by utilizing different impulses. You can even create your own from your hardware you have. That allows you to store certain sessions into this plugin without having to go through the hassle of recreating them. The plugin itself is extremely simple to use in that you just adjust your hardware to where you'd like it and select save. Just hook it up to whatever you want to EQ or monitor, and go from there. It's crazy simple to use, and Waves even has a demonstration video as to how this plugin actually works. I never read the manual, but once you watch the video, it's really not needed.

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

Waves is, by far, one of the best software companies out there when it comes to things like performance and stability. First of all, this plugin is cross platform compatible. That means that nearly anybody can use this without any issues. As a Mac user, that's a huge plus for me. The plugin itself is rock solid, and I've never experienced a single crash directly related to utilizing this plugin inside of my DAW. There is one one issue that I did experience, and it's why I rated it a 9 instead of a 10. This plugin is a 32 bit plugin inside of OS X. Today, we're mostly living in a 64 bit world. For Logic Pro to utilize this plugin, it needs to run a special bridge application so I can have my higher RAM limit inside the actual DAW. I realize that the plugin is kinda old, but I'm hoping Waves will update this for 64 bit operation in future updates. I've been using the Mercury bundle for the past half a year or so, and it's been a wonderful experience.

OVERALL OPINION

This plugin isn't utilized a lot anymore, I've found. It's mostly because smaller studio people like me don't really utilize outboards that much. We're more concerned about space and budget, so keeping everything inside the DAW solves both those problems. The presets add a great sound to whatever I'm looking to modify, but I tend to just grab the regular EQ whenever I need it. It's a bit more transparent, and I'm more used to utilizing the Logic Pro EQ than any other EQ out there.
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moosers's review (Nomad Factory - Blue Tubes Equalizers)

By moosers, 26/01/2011
The Nomad Factory Blue Tubes Equalizers Pack is a plug-in bundle of six individual equalizers. There are EQ's of all different types in this pack, having both graphic and parametric EQ's and both simple and in depth EQ's. I'm not an owner of this plug-in bundle as I've only used it at the studio where I'm working where we've got pretty much all of the Nomad Factory stuff installed. Since I don't own it and it has been installed on there for a while, I wasn't involved with installing it and don't know what the process entails, although I can assume that it's pretty easy based on installing other software. None of the plug-ins are too hard to use, with the British Tone Equalizer BQ2S, Baxandall Equalizer BX2S, Model GEQ12, Program Equalizer PEQ2B, Equalizer Model PEQ5B, and the Equalizer Model PEQ322 all being included in the bundle. Some are easier to use than others, but this just has to do with the nature of each EQ. I haven't ever seen a manual for the bundle or any of the plug-ins in it...

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

The studio is running the Nomad Factory Blue Tubes Equalizers Pack on a number of different systems, since we have a good number of them on site. Our main room is running it on a MacPro computer with 10 GB of RAM and dual 2.66 Ghz Intel Xeon processor, along with Pro Tools HD which is the case on all of the systems. There's not much more that than to say as all of our Pro Tools HD systems are more than capable of running these plug-ins without hiccups.

OVERALL OPINION

The Nomad Factory Blue Tubes Equalizers Pack is a nice little bundle to have running in any DAW. It's not ground breaking by any means, but they give you a nice array of different types of EQ's in here, and saying it was on the cheap would be an understatement. The price per plug-in is pretty ridiculous since you're getting six in one here. Again, the plug-ins aren't the best sounding EQ's out there, but they'll get the job more times than not and for the price they can't be beat. The Nomad Factory Blue Tubes Equalizers Pack is the perfect way for the home studio owner (or professional) looking to add six quality EQ plug-ins for the price of one in the case of many plug-ins.
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