The Peak-200A EQ
Library Creator: Michael Angel, www.CDSoundmaster.com
For PC Users:
Use the included installer to select
your NebulaTempRepository Folder to install
the collection there. Or, you can simply copy all "n2p" files to your
Nebula "Programs" folder and copy all "n2v" files to your "Vectors" folder.
For Mac Users:
Copy all "n2p" files to your
Nebula "Programs" folder and copy all "n2v"
files to your "Vectors" folder.
"The Peak-200A EQ For Nebula" consists of 21 programs:
You will find these in your Nebula "PKQ" category.
Programs are sampled at 96kHz and are
tested to retain accuracy at 44.1kHz and 48kHz
sample rates with the latest version of Nebula3 Pro.
Programs are fully organized and categorized
for easiest use in Nebula3. Click one time on
"PKQ" and you will see all 21 programs. Click a second time and you will find the Programs
divided into two sub-categories:
EQ and PRE, standing for "The Peak" equalizer programs and preamps.
Under these two operation choices, you
are presented with "LOW", "CLN", and "HI".
Under the "LOW" category, you are presented with the "LowBoostCut" Program.
Under "HI" you have several Programs that cover your mid and high frequencies at various
bandwidths. Under "CLN", you have all EQ Programs in "Clean" Mode, which means
that you have use of the same EQ Programs minus the harmonic distortion content.
This is valuable for saving cpu resources, but also wherever you wish to use
"The Peak" for more precise eq'ing.
Low Shelf EQ switchable from 20Hz, 30Hz,
60Hz, and 100Hz. Gain is
measured +/-15dB in 1/2dB increments. Each curve is unique,
with the maximum slope point relative to the frequency chosen.
Characteristic of this hardware, the device cuts deeper than it boosts,
where -15dB may reach as low as -20dB at the furthest point.
The Mid_Hi_Boost Programs all feature
the classic program equalizer
frequencies and "Q" bandwidths.
"N1" signifies "Narrow". "M1" represents a medium-width "Q".
"M2" stands for a medium-wide setting, and "W1" is the widest "Q"
that the unit provides.
Frequencies are fixed at 3kHz, 4kHz, 5kHz, 8kHz, 10kHz, 12kHz, and 16kHz.
As the names suggest, these programs all are boost-only, as provided on
the original hardware unit.
The "M1", "M2", and "W1" Programs are measured in 1dB increments with a max. of +20dB Gain.
This figure provides a consistency of how the control works with the
actual unit. But, keep in mind that the max. peak is sharper and louder
the narrower the "Q". These Programs reach between +17dB and +10dB, where
the Medium-Q is sharper and steeper, and the Wide-Q is not as steep.
The 1dB increments are a relative point of reference, where they are
actually smaller steps, but provide the maximum flexibility.
The "N1" Program actually reaches +20dB, but because it is so steep,
I chose to provide this in 1/2dB steps. For reasons covered in more detail
later, the gain is marked +15dB max. in 30 steps.
The "PeakHiCut" Program represents
this hardware's special high frequency
shelf-cut band. This is an extremely smooth shelf slope that is wonderful
for shaping sound in dense mixes. The best way to picture using this
high shelf cut is to imagine it like sliding down a mountain (ironic!), where
the bottom of the hill is the target frequency.
You have fixed frequencies of 5kHz, 10kHz,
and 20kHz. These 'target'
points mark the point of the slope that is the steepest decline before
reaching the curve's resolution. In the greatest gain setting,
-15dB represents the target frequency, and the final resolved volume as
low as -22dB beyond that point.
"ThePeak Pre" Programs provide
you with the hardware unit for use as
a preamp. You are given a range of clean settings to more overdriven.
Use "Low1" to add the unit's dynamic and harmonic character to your
tracks without adding too much color. the #3 Program of each category
is the hottest version, with the most harmonic distortion.
"The Peak-200A EQ" brings one
of the most amazing sounding hardware eq's directly to your DAW
You are provided with Low Boost and Cut
Shelf Frequencies of 20Hz, 30Hz,
60Hz, and 100Hz.
There are High Shelf Cut curves of 5kHz, 10kHz, and 20kHz.
There are Mid to High Frequency Boost frequencies of 3kHz, 4kHz, 5kHz,
8kHz, 10kHz, 12kHz, and 16kHz.
All Programs in this collection are sampled
at 96kHz and have been tested for compatibility at
48kHz and 44.1kHz using the latest version of Nebula3Pro.
This unique hardware is an early variation
of the classic vintage tube
program equalizer, favored for its incredible sound. Even later "B" revisions of the same
design cannot compare to this "A" version. The Low Shelf EQ is adored for separating
instruments and giving them space in a mix, where the high end frequencies are
ideal for adding that special silk to cymbals, vocals, and room ambience. It is
equally at home for multi-track use as it is for full program mastering. This unit
truly represents that "magical" hardware element to mixing with eq. It truly does
add a special 'something' just passing tracks through the unit, so extra care was
taken in providing you a great selection of Preamps from the unit.
Unique to both this style of program
equalizer in design, and specifically
to "The Peak 200A" version, the relation of gain to curve is extremely musical.
Along with the musicality comes the challenge of measuring levels for accuracy.
Some would say that it can be a challenge to use such a device for mastering, but
it is not as hard as it may seem. The trick to using the hardware, and it is
even moreso simplified in software form, is that lower gain levels are in smaller
increments. It is partly for this reason that the actual hardware uses "1-10"
markings without regard to decibels. But, the distance from 1-2 is much less
gain than say, from 5-6 or 8-9. So, by providing you with smaller units, it is
easy to dial in exactly how much tone you need. Think of your boosting gain
from 0-10dB as very small increments, and from 11-15dB or 11-20dB as larger increments.
For best use, one can appreciate that
this is one of those rare hardware that
truly surpass our expectations in adding gain with smooth and dimensional results.
Do not be afraid to add gain. Use small doses liberally, and be sure to experiment
with 3-8kHz on voice, guitar, piano, room mics, etc. Use the Narrow band to reduce
harsh sounds, and layer a high shelf cut with a wide high "Q" boost for incredible
tone shaping. Listen to narrow, medium, and wide boost eq on strings and orchestral
arrangements, and add sparkle effortlessly to cymbals and edgy guitars.
This eq is a wonderful compliment to
Nice EQ and fits well next to your favorite
precise eq. balancing out the necessary 'fix-it' situations with sonic beauty.
Use the LowBoostCut eq's to give instruments
space in a mix. The long slope
is perfect for scooping out a place for another instrument to sit. Try taking
a few dB's away from a bass guitar at 100Hz and adding the same amount to the
bass drum. Try the same concept with room mic's and individual drum mics to
give everything better perspective in a mix.
The Peak-200A EQ
I truly hope that this collection makes an awesome addition to your enjoyment of Nebula.
Thanks and God Bless You.