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Mastering EQ for High Mids and Highs Equalisers (HW)
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Mastering EQ for High Mids and Highs

hello!

what is your favourite mastering EQ (hardware only) for hi mids boosts as well as for high boosts?

thank you

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is always a question of what you hope to get out of it.
clarity?
details?
air?
silky and discreet?
force and bite?
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what is your favourite mastering EQ (hardware only) for hi mids boosts as well as for high boosts?
Hardware? What's that?
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is always a question of what you hope to get out of it.
clarity?
details?
air?
silky and discreet?
force and bite?
i really like sontec 432 highs and EAR 822/823 mids, i guess thats the sound im after.
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i really like sontec 432 highs and EAR 822/823 mids, i guess thats the sound im after.
so take a sontec432 or a ear822/823 (they sound IMHO quiet different)
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so take a sontec432 or a ear822/823 (they sound IMHO quiet different)
thanks for the tip - the question was what you guys prefer for high mid / highs boosting, respectively. it doesn't have to be one EQ.
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I always liked a half dB of 3.3kHz on the Great River MAQ-2NV for making the high mids come alive.

For big, broad high boosts I love the SPL PQ. It's smooth and musical and I guess it's a nod towards the Sontec sound.
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Sontec 432 and Pultec EQM-1S3,
For extreme highs the GML 9500 is also very good
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thanks for the tip - the question was what you guys prefer for high mid / highs boosting, respectively. it doesn't have to be one EQ.
if I want it smooth, organic and silky, I'll take a knif eksa

if it has to be like butter, I take a gyraf g23-s

i want it to be poppy, a tubetech hlt2am with NOS tubes is great.

if i want it to rock, i like an api 5500 with scott liebers red dot opamps or a hendyamp michelangelo.

it should be rather neutral, but still have a little mojo, the bereich03 modules are quite good

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I always liked a half dB of 3.3kHz on the Great River MAQ-2NV for making the high mids come alive.

For big, broad high boosts I love the SPL PQ. It's smooth and musical and I guess it's a nod towards the Sontec sound.
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Sparkle, Avalon 2055/77, Super clean GML9500, hi mids Maselec, more color TG12345.
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Clear clean highs: Thermionic Pullet @ 30k (or 35k, whatever it is)
Smooth highs: Gyraf G23
I don't know it's there highs: Porter-Grinder

I don't find myself adding mid / upper mid all that much - prefer cutting elsewhere to balance. But the 3k/3.5k on the Pullet can be like putting fresh drumheads on. Very nice. For bringing vocals forward roughly around that area, Gyraf G14 (possibly in parallel) is hard to beat.
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SPL PQ for enhanced detail on the highs.
Swift Eq for natural highs.
Mids Millenia FF mod.
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SPL PQ for enhanced detail on the highs.
Swift Eq for natural highs.
Mids Millenia FF mod.
you have a TC Swift?
can you describe your impressions a little?
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you have a TC Swift?
can you describe your impressions a little?
Have you seen the TC "THE KITE"?
It seems interesting....
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Have you seen the TC "THE KITE"?
It seems interesting....
looks like a mojo-monster.
I got myself one to try out.

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The Sontec is pretty hard to beat in the upper mids, I’ve never heard anything sound more natural.
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The Sontec is pretty hard to beat in the upper mids, I’ve never heard anything sound more natural.
upper mids are a bloody difficult area...
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you have a TC Swift?
can you describe your impressions a little?
I have one, although not very long yet. I have used it on extremely critical acoustic material (gut strings) and have been amazed by its naturalness, even at very extreme settings. With Knif Vari Mu, Gyraf G23S, SPL Passeq, TK-lizer and a few other boxes (tested in succession, not all at the same time) the musicians complained about audible filtering. But when sent through the Swift they went berserk about the beauty of the sound (especially the upper mids). Not only are the highs superb, also the mids and lows are of exceptional quality: never harsh, never too soft. Lows are tightened up in a way as if blur is being removed. You can literally move instruments back and forth with it in the sound stage. The Swift is absolutely not a colour box, but very natural sounding. Within the first ten minutes of using it I knew I was going to love it. It's a collection of Vic Keary's all time EQ hits, expanded with some very nice other things based on great classics.
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Knif Soma, Curve Bender, CAG (Sontec Clone) and the 2055.
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looks like a mojo-monster.
I got myself one to try out.
I just discovered this EQ in my searches yesterday. Look forward to hearing your take on it.
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I also love my Pullet for high shelving, I modded mine foe 3dB cuts and boosts instead of 6dB, but my frequencies are standard.
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I just discovered this EQ in my searches yesterday. Look forward to hearing your take on it.
i hope i get it before eastern - otherwise i can listen to him after my holidays.
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