EQ shootout: ACUSTICA Green, Magenta, Amber, Orange, Ivory, Honey Equalizers
Updated: Apr 17, 2018
Here’s a shootout I set up at #Gearslutz of Acustica’s Acqua line of #EQ’s. This is not a typical rendering. Much like my previous post on the Neve 73 EQ, I perform full #mixing with cuts and boosts but not just over the stereo bus. We have an instance across 3 stem tracks: drums, bass, and guitars; akin to stem #mastering if you will. Then of course all summed together and #RMS level matched at track level, the bus level, and the master out put at a -17.1 RMS #AES standard level. All settings were matched with an analyzer, as close as they could get to each other.
About the EQ’s: although each EQ is its own entity and at times a unique hybrid, these are the hardware equalizers most comparable to them.
Amber is inspired by the Avalon AD2055, a classic mixing equalizer.. Green emulates the GML 8200. Magenta is inspired by the Massive Passive, a nice mastering equalizer. Orange is the Orban 672A. Ivory inspiration comes from Maselec MEA-2. Honey is inspired by Harrison Console EQ, a legendary mixing console.