Warm Audio EQP-WA by foldback
Synopsis: A very good sounding piece of hardware. Surprisingly heavy in physical weight too. Don't let the incredible low price fool you, this is a serious piece of delicious sonic processing. I bought a pair and have been amazed, they make everything sound better. Very consistent from unit to unit to.
I have always felt that $7000+ for a pair of Pultec EQ was silly, how could it be worth it?
There are lots of reviews of the Warm Audio EQP and they are all glowing with positive feedback. Many of them went to extreme lengths, tracking pairs of units, comparing to vintage units in studios and more.
Based off all that and what Warm Audio has on their website I decided to get a pair of EQP from Sweetwater.
Taking them out of the boxes I was impressed by the weight of the units. They don't try to mimic vintage physical attributes, all the cost investment is in the Cinemag transformers/inductors, quality tubes and steel package with internal power supply.
I let them warm up for an hour before patching them into my Neve 8816/8804 and listening to them on the Meyer monitors.
I played CD's I'm very familiar with and I played stereo master audio files that I mixed as sources, through the EQP, using the onboard bypass switch and the effects loop on the Neve, I was very gratified by the results. Everything sounds better through the EQP, no holds barred, you'll crave this sound on your mixes.
Bass sounded more huge, high frequency enhancement has that cool "ring" that only a cap/inductor eq can produce.
More important and MOST important, it sounds fantastic.
Next I patched up an AKG 414 into an API 312 mic pre into an 1176, then that into the EQP, then that into Apogee Ensemble into Logic X and did some recordings with a voice I'm very familiar with. The EQP quickly turned into the most important piece in the signal path. It made the bass sound huge without bloom or blur. The highs have that unmistakable sound of a cap/inductor EQ and the frequency selection is expanded over what the original Pulse Technology equalizers offered.
I just bought a new Martin D35E-retro acoustic guitar. For fun I ran it through an EQP using the onboard Fishman Aura + system and a large Bose PA. Amazing! The bass response on this guitar is incredible and the EQP just made it huge, again, without being too bass-heavy, it's an incredible effect.
I predict Warm Audio is going to sell A LOT of EQP units. I know I want at least four more of them for my OTB mixing style. I'm also looking at the TB12 from Warm with renewed interest.
Immediately, buy a pair. I could not be more serious. If you have any kind of serious recording capability and appreciate tone you will love these. I've had all sorts of magic boxes over the years, BBE and Aphex and others come to mind.
The EQP is not magic, it's real. When you hit bypass you'll want it back in the mix. Very happy with my purchase.
Give these a listen or just buy them, you won't regret it.
Good luck and good music to all!