Hey what’s good fam!
If you’re in the US I hope you had a safe holiday last week and didn’t blow anything up with fireworks!
Today I’m checking out a nice EQ plugin from Softube
This one is the Tube-Tech PE1c, based on the Pultech passive tube eq
Let’s check it out!
So what’s the idea with the PE1c?
As you know Softube is known for their software emulations of legnedary hardware effects.
The main purpose of this plugin is to give you all the subtle nuances and parameters that make the hardware special.
If you’re like me, you may have never used the hardware or even be familiar with it, and that’s fine.
I like to review software effects based on a few basic criteria personally.
Does it sound good, and is it simple to use?
This one seemed to fit that criteria on the surface so I wanted to check it out and see what’s good with it!
- format: VST, VST3, AAX Native, AAS DSP, RTAS, AU
- price: $219
- product page: http://www.softube.com/index.php?id=pe1c
How does it sound?
Well of course as an effect it doesn’t produce sound, but it alters or impacts whatever you’re using it on.
For me, I don’t like having a bunch of different effects, I like things that just do the job, sound good, and let me tweak quickly.
The first thing I noticed on this one was the low end, which I guess it’s known for. I really like how you can boost it to get a nice heavy low end sound, yet you can also use the attenuation knob to dial it down a bit if it gets too “boomy”.
This concept works great on kicks, bass, and even some synth leads. I don’t know the exact science behind it, but I do know the to low shelf filters are set at slightly different frequencies, yet you don’t choose them manually, there’s only one frequency knob.
Whatever is going on, it makes for quick adjustments that seem to sound good.
The high end side is pretty similar in the fact that you can boost and attenuate, you have a little more control of what you boost vs what you attenuate but it’s still simple to use and doesn’t sound too harsh even when boosting at high levels.
Again, being able to dial it down with the attenuation knob is really cool, useful, and simple to understand.
So what’s the bottom line?
As I said, I’m really simple when it comes to effects plugins, and there’s a reason I don’t have or show too many.
I like stuff that’s really easy to use, that sounds good, and doesn’t take a lot of tweaking to get to where I’m going.
I give the Tube-Tech PE1C a rating of 4.5 out of 5 subs, I think it’s a great sounding, easy to use EQ plugin
You don’t have to know exactly what’s it’s doing to be able to use it effectively, and that’s a huge plus for me.
Throw it on a track, a bus, or your whole mix, turn some knobs, and see what sounds good!
I like that!
Head on over and check it out for more in depth technical info behind the hardware/software and how it works, as well as hear their own demos.
You can also download a demo to try it for yourself http://www.softube.com/index.php?id=pe1c
Leave me a comment below and let me know what you think!