Well I’ve been using this EQ for quite a while now. It’s an API-550A clone and a good one at that. I have compared it to the Waves API-550A clone and there’s not much if any difference except this costs 4 times less!
This EQ is as stated in it’s name retro by nature. That means it isn’t like your more modern 7 band types. It’s essentially a 3 band equaliser with low’s, mid’s and high’s.
The range of frequencies are great but it’s not an EQ you would use for precision cut’s. There is no Q to adjust so every band is fairly broad although you can change the bell curve on the centre button to peak curve so there is a little flexibility.
However for subtle boosts (1db-3db) it is excellent because of it’s broad nature. I could happily use this in a mastering session for some final polish.
There are 3 choices of band type. A low shelf, bell curve and high shelf so some flexibility to shelf low and highs on instrument tracks.
An audio axample here on a full track you will hear me enable and disable the Retro EQ:
Settings – Low shelf cut -3db at 50hz, Mid cut -3db at 400hz and a high shelve boost +3db at 14000hz.
Overall an excellent ‘oldskool’ style EQ, transparent, affordable and easy to use. Highly Recommended.