Not to sound silly (like that ever has stopped me!), however,
the EQ on the Joe Meek units sound pretty musical to me.
Although they are WAY more limited than the Speck,
it does have me wondering how the more experienced would
compare them to the Speck just for a handy frame of reference.
I read a post by Steve Albini FWIW, where he said he likes the
low end cut (dial) on a Meek unit.
P.S. Yeah, the Speck is on my eventual gear slut list too!
(along with everything else)
Well, musical just means that it's useful EQ and doesn't bring out nasty things in the sound. Mackie EQ isn't musical. Tascam EQ isn't musical (though I do like the sluggish low shelf on those boards) either. The Speck is a very clean EQ that doesn't have a lot of character to it. The Daking EQ's and Neve, API etc. are also musical and have character. About the only thing I can compare the ASC to is a GML or Sontec. Even if you haven't used one hopefully that helps a little bit.
Maybe that's why Joe Meek himself also used the Pultec in addition to his
home grown "boxes"?! For relatively neutral flavoring, however, then the
Speck ASC EQ is to EQing as the RNC is to compression more or less.
And that's enough about that until the damn thing is actually shipping. In the meantime here's some alternitives for the same kind of price;
Grace 101, the new Summit 1/2 space thing, PV VMP-2, Presonus MP20, Sytek, Old School Audio preamp but... you need a rack to put it in. That just about doubles the price but by the time you fill it out with 8 modules it's damn cheap. Or you could put the pre in an API rack.
So again, until the RNMP is actually shipping and you can go buy one I don't wanna hear another word about it!!!tut
I've never thought of it as noisy but you have to remember that most of the gear I'm using is a little noisy and it's not as quiet as an all digital rig. I've used my VMP-2 for vocals and acoustic guitar without problems all the time. When I'm using it with high output mics like the 103 or Baby Bottle I need to use the -20dB pad or an in-line 10dB so it doesn't clip and distort all the time.
The EQ is cool for what it is. I've used it on overheads while mixing, even in a few mastering sessions when people bring me all digital stuff that needs a little grunge. You can get a little more versatility out of the low band by boosting that and putting the high pass filter in. Don't buy it for the EQ because you won't be happy. But it's a nice bonus.
Keep in mind I've never tried to measure the noise from it. I work mostly on analog tape which has it's own noise floor. Also, any time you put a mic near something that says Marshall, Fender, Vox or Boogie the noise floor is pretty much destroyed anyway.