Originally Posted by manman
True they do sound different.
I used to have Manley EQ for 2 weeks and was comparing it to UAD version.
Few noticable things :
Real Manley EQ:
1. has stronger high-end
2. Can hear tube sound a bit
3. VERY musicial
4. I v measured it with Analazyer and it turns out to be Precisely built
5. Q parameter changes gain level [not sure needs extra verification]
6. clean on midrange!
UAD manley EQ:
1. has weak high end
2. does not sound like tube at all
3. not musicial compared to hardware
4. Very clean on midrange !
Do not want to turn this into SW / HW thread for this reason:
Only thing that helps here is to make two files with same settings as well as to create a third file tuned by ear with a different EQ and to put it into the ABX Software.... if you cant hear a difference anymore its perception.... if you don't have the software let a friend rename the files as well let him write down on paper which one was which.
We did this ABX thing comparing the DA Quality of diffrent converters for more outs to the console and we ended up buying the Behringer ADA 8000 because there was no difference, we where also able to phase-cancel the files against a much more expensive unit.
That was the day where I learned that perception can fake what you hear, but if you do not know which file is HW or SW the differences maybe are gone.
I would not turn my back completely on plug ins.
There are a few of them they do great jobs.