Plugin Breakdown! Waves Audio Scheps 73 EQ
I thought we’d take a look at the Scheps 73 EQ plug-in Waves just came out with. It’s a really nice recreation of a Neve 1073 EQ. Definitely a step up from the V-Series, I think. Really musical sounding. Broad curves, which I love. These things are great on guitars.
I’ve got a track here, and I’ve got it on a couple of different things in the track, so we can take a look at them. Snare drums, acoustics, electrics, and a vocal.
So let’s get into it. First off, let’s just go through the plug-in itself. This is a mono version. There’s also a stereo, and I’ll show you that. I’ll pull it up. Really easy, three band EQ. You have this preamp/drive knob on the top, and then you have your high pass filter on the bottom. All of the standard stuff you’d expect. Input and output faders on the right. You can link them if you’d like so you can drive it a little harder if that’s something you’re into.
A VU meter, which looks really nice. You can switch to viewing the monitor input or output or whatever. Keep in mind these curves are really broad. The high pass filter, 50, 80, 160, 300. All the typical stuff you’d see on a Neve.
Low filters, it’s a low shelf. You get four options here, 35, 60, 110, and 220. The mid is going to be really broad curve. I think you get seven options here. You can see those. Everywhere from 360 all the way up to 10kHz I believe, and then your high filter is a fixed 12kHz shelf, which is really cool.
Now, the top knob — this red one — it’s got preamp and drive. Right now it’s set to preamp. Keep in mind, preamp doesn’t mean it’s going to boost the gain on it. Basically what it’s going to do is saturate it with the harmonics you’d get if you were using the actual 1073 preamp.
Also keep in mind that’s going to be a really subtle thing. It’s not going to be a black and white kind of super drastic change, so just be aware of that.
The drive side of this is really gnarly. This thing, it breaks up like a 1073 would, and that’s cool. You can use those things like that if you’re mixing that way and you’re used to working with these EQs that way. I will also show you that as well.
But let’s listen to this thing. I’ve got a track. It sounds a little like this.
Right. You get the point. So I’ve got this snare drum sample. It sounds like this.
Here’s the plug-in. That’s with the plug-in. Let me bypass it.
[snare, no Scheps EQ]
It’s bright. Just kind of wanted to fatten it up and make it seem more like a low tuned kind of drum.
So we’ve got a high pass filter at 80, and then I boosted this 220 quite a bit. 7dB. Then opened it up on the top to kind of balance it out. 4.5dB at 12kHz, and then have our preamp set to like, 45 here.
It just warms it up really nicely.
Here it is in the track. Let me mute the vocal.
[mix, no vocals]
Just kind of does a really cool, 1073 kind of vibey thing. I really enjoy it. It’s really musical sounding.
I also have it on some acoustics, and here’s the buss. Now this is a stereo plug-in you see. There’s — you know, you get three different modes here. Stereo, duo, which puts each side independent, and then you’ve got an M/S, which is kind of a modern way of working, which stands for Mid/Side, if you didn’t know. So left channel is going to control your mids, and the right channel is going to control all of your side information.
Put it back in stereo here and let’s check out the acoustics.
So open them up a little, add a little bit more presence. Again, basically EQing a lot here. 80Hz on the high pass filter, took out a little 110, two and a half dB or so. Boosted a little 4kHz here. 2dB. Then have our preamp set to 40, and it sounds really nice. Really warm.
Definitely like this plug-in. This is definitely something that is going to go into my daily template here. For sure.
So that’s our acoustics. Let’s check out the vocal. Go back to this mono one. Here’s what the vocal sounds like.
Typically, I don’t really use broad EQs on vocals. But I thought I’d give it a try with this plug-in just to see what I could make happen.
So I’ve got a high pass filter at 160, taking out some 220, and then also pulling out a little 700. That little nasally thing. Then boosting a little bit at 12kHz on the top end. Preamp set to 40.
Sounds really great. It doesn’t really sound digital-y, it doesn’t really sound tinny or thin or shrill. Keep in mind, I do have a Pultec behind that boosting a little 10kHz for some air on the top.
Then now, let’s check out an electric guitar. These electric are a little more ambient sounding. A little more ethereal, sound designy kind of sounding stuff.
[ambient electric guitars]
So. High passed 80. Boosted a little 220, make them a little fatter. Boosted a little 700. 700, 800, 1kHz, those can kind of be fun frequencies to play with on electrics. Then opened the top end up a little bit, boosted a little 12kHz, make it a little brighter, help it cut through.
Then all I have is the drive — all I’ve done is pushed the button in. I’ll bypass that. That’s what I really want you to listen to.
Just a little bit of grit to kind of help it bite through.
That’s with the drive knob totally down. Now if we crank it, I’ll put it on 50. This is going to get really loud. I’ll gradually go up. We’ll step it up.
[guitars, adjusting drive knob]
That’s just half way there. So you know, if you crank it all of the way up, it’s going to get pretty crazy really fast.
Pretty cool drive section. Similar to the Red console plug-in they released. The Abbey Roads thing.
So yeah you guys, that’s the Scheps 73 EQ plug-in from Waves. I love this thing. It sounds great. Designed with Andrew Scheps and the Waves team. I think they did a great job. This will definitely get used a lot on my sessions here.
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