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Affordable mastering hardware hidden gems

Hi,

I'm wondering if anybody out there has found any affordable hidden gems useful for mastering? Brand new or bargains on the second hand market

Thoughts?

Any help would be greatly appreciated, thank you.
Old 4 weeks ago
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The High Voltage Audio EQ-6S is definitely in the 'hidden gems' category.

TK Audio TK-lizer2 perhaps.

Then there's the Bereich03 modules for a different approach.

I would also include the Gyraf G23-S which is a very nice EQ (two EQs actually) for the price.
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re mixing gems

There was some good ones from sonitus you can get or could get from the Cakewalk website. Cakewalk got bought out so I am not sure if you can still get them.

Sonitus phase is an amazing plug-in.

My fave waves plug in is waves TG12345 which it looks like they now call EMI TG12345

My waves plug - ins have not bee updated recently so I hope the new version is just as good as the old one.
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Summit DCL200
Summit EQ200A/B

Not counting new opamps and servicing, I think I paid £1300 for the Summit about ten years ago and still use it all the time. I got the EQ200A for less than £1k a little while ago and looo o oo oo oo oo ve it.
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There was some good ones from sonitus you can get or could get from the Cakewalk website. Cakewalk got bought out so I am not sure if you can still get them.

Sonitus phase is an amazing plug-in.

My fave waves plug in is waves TG12345 which it looks like they now call EMI TG12345

My waves plug - ins have not bee updated recently so I hope the new version is just as good as the old one.
Thanks for the tip but I meant hardware not software
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TF Pro P9 Bax equaliser,
paid 1100€ and it sounds amazing !
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I'm a big fan of my Louder Than Liftoff Mr. Focus Stage II's that I use off the last insert of my Liaison strictly in parallel for tape-esque saturation and heft when needed. Works a treat.
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Some of the old German console modules are good hidden gems. For EQ, something like the Neumann W495b or Filtek Mk3 and for compression, NTP 179-120 or 179-160 represent good sound and good value.
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Some of the old German console modules are good hidden gems. For EQ, something like the Neumann W495b or Filtek Mk3 and for compression, NTP 179-120 or 179-160 represent good sound and good value.
The NTP 179-120 is getting rare, and pricey. I paid $2500 or thereabout for mine, and have spent maybe $1000 repairing it. When I see a pair for sale, it's typically something like $4500.

I do love mine!

For bargains, DIY is always an option, if you know how to solder.
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The NTP 179-120 is getting rare, and pricey. I paid $2500 or thereabout for mine, and have spent maybe $1000 repairing it. When I see a pair for sale, it's typically something like $4500.
Oh wow, I didn't realise they'd become so pricey! They do sound good though.
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Some of the old German console modules are good hidden gems. For EQ, something like the Neumann W495b or Filtek Mk3 and for compression, NTP 179-120 or 179-160 represent good sound and good value.
Totally !!
There is currently a Neumann W495STB on Reverb (Giuseppe's one for 1500€ (Rack, psu and 0.5dB Step included)
Amazing EQ !!

I got my pair of W495b for less than 600€ 6 years ago (Then you add 250/300€ for Rack/PSU/MOD)
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Bereich modules and TK-lizer!
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DAV BG-3 deserves a mention here. I sold mine to fund a Knif Eksa and don't regret that obviously, but I do still miss it sometimes-- it actually would have paired quite well with the Eksa. you don't often think of combining 2 solid state EQ's, but I can easily imagine doing hi-mid corrections with Eksa and boosting 3k with the DAV.
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Not sure it qualifies but the used prices for a SPL PQ are deals. I think one sold for 4k!
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So, where's your favorite "place" to look for these cool hardware items?

I usually start on Reverb.com, then look in the GS classifieds and maybe ebay. Sometimes find interesting stuff on Sweetwater and Vintage King. Those are the standards. Is there a "Hidden Gem" shopping store to find "Hidden Gem" hardware...?

Thnx
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So, where's your favorite "place" to look for these cool hardware items?

I usually start on Reverb.com, then look in the GS classifieds and maybe ebay. Sometimes find interesting stuff on Sweetwater and Vintage King. Those are the standards. Is there a "Hidden Gem" shopping store to find "Hidden Gem" hardware...?

Thnx
Same here. Not aware of any hidden gem stores
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So, where's your favorite "place" to look for these cool hardware items?

I usually start on Reverb.com, then look in the GS classifieds and maybe ebay. Sometimes find interesting stuff on Sweetwater and Vintage King. Those are the standards. Is there a "Hidden Gem" shopping store to find "Hidden Gem" hardware...?

Thnx
Great opportunity usually happens around you like engineer you know who sell stuff, someone you met on the forum and all that.
Of course there is some good stuff online, but true great opportunity doesn't last long.
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Once I had my eye on Daking FET II's. Those can be had for maybe $/€1500 for a pair. I remember listening to some demos of it and it sounded like it could be usable in mastering.

Ultra-cheapo: SPL Dynamaxx seems like an interesting contender, at least for modifications. Can be had for under $/€500.
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Ultra-cheapo: SPL Dynamaxx seems like an interesting contender, at least for modifications. Can be had for under $/€500.
I still have a Dynamaxx and its in the 2nd room now for synth/machine tracking but yes it is a very useable compressor. Funny hard to find now but prices from 250-500 seem consistent.
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