IGS AUDIO Rubber Bands ME 500 by tze019
Before you read my review, take it with a grain of salt. I don't have the hearing of younger ears, and I don't obsess about a lot of minutia some of you might be prone to... so again, grain of salt.
I was leary of this version of the Pultec classic after listening to the Zen Pro files. It's not flattering compared to some other units, but I had the opportunity to get an RB500me for very little $$ and decided to give it a try. I love "broad stroke" EQs, and have always wanted a hardware version, and this seems as good a place to start as any.
What I Like...
#1 - Stepped pots. From what I understand, the boosts/cuts are not switches but stepped pots. Either way, recall is a BREEZE.
#2 - Has a nice low frequency boost even at zero. It's deep. Not muddy, and subtle, but I'm really happy with it.
#3 - Does the "subtle" thing REALLY nice. It is very often exactly what I'm looking for it to do.
What I DON'T Like...
#1 - The Boost/Cut low frequency thing isn't quite as focused as other hardware units I've used and a couple of the plugins I've played with. Being subtle always ends up sounding better.
#2 - The High Frequency boost doesn't have 3K or 4K settings. I really miss that for some program material and certainly on kick and snare.
#3 - Only VERY seldomly can I boost or cut in any sort of extreme way. The top end often gets harsh, and the low end gets too big or too scooped... so stay subtle.
I've use this thing on every mix I've done since I got it and I expect I will continue to do so. It is a master of subtlety and that's what I love about it the most. It lives most often as the final piece on the 2 Buss, right before the converters and used always in a subtle way to add just the right brightness and depth.