Massive plug-in: Pulsar Audio takes on the Manley passive EQ
The Manley Massive Passive is one of the most famous equalizers in recording history. As such, it’s also the subject of many software emulation attempts, both licensed and unofficial. Massive by Pulsar Audio belongs to the latter, but if realism was the deciding factor, Manley will probably sign it off without much hesitation.
Going along with the original control layout are a spectrum analyzer and visualized EQ curves. So if you think your ears deceive you, try with the eyes. Another difference from the hardware is the Drive Control parameter. It lets you increase or decrease the amount of analog coloration as desired.
The transformers, tubes, inductors and further electronics responsible for the sound and operation are emulated via good old-fashioned component modeling. The bands working in parallel are present here as with the hardware. They help the equalizer deliver the pleasant and natural sound it’s known for. Likewise, Pultec-inspired low-shelf filters deliver tight, warm bass and polished, airy highs.
As expected, the dual-channel EQ uses four bands whose filters can be switched between shelf and bell curves. There are also controls for gain, bandwidth, and frequency selection. High and low pass filters, auto-gain and switchable L/R – M/S processing are available as well.
Pulsar once again shoots for an accurate replication of well-known circuitry, complete with detailed graphics and sensible, workflow-modernizing improvements. If you know the rest of its products, like the 1178 compressor plug-in, you know to expect excellence.
Price and availability data
Pulsar Massive is on sale for EUR 89, down from EUR 149. The introductory offer lasts until June 26, 2022. The plug-in is available in 64-bit VST, VST3, AU, and AAX formats for macOS (10.8 to 11.1) and Windows (7 to 10).
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- Pulsar Massive with visual analyzer: Pulsar Audio