Overloud have been in touch to tell us about their new GEM EQ495 equalizer plug-in. If you’re often trying to ghet analogue “warmth” and more “air” into your mix, Overloud say this one is aimed at you. And just to make sure your interest is piqued, they’ve attached an introductory offer until 15th April.
The EQ495 models an EQ originally designed for a vinyl transfer console, and which later found use by mixing and mastering engineers for its unique sonic footprint, or as Overloud say, its “super musical curves”. They also say they have modelled every single transformer from the original hardware unit, so it sounds as though this is a very detailed emulation. But they also claim a low CPU hit for the plug-in; a Macbook Pro Retina should be able to run 1,500 instances of this, which is impressive. And I’m sure many will appreciate the multiple undo levels available, too. They have evidently tried to make this effect very usable in modern DAW-based workflows.
The plug-in offers controls for the preamp and the 5-band EQ. The available sound demos do sound very nice, though, albeit producing fairly subtle differences in tonal character.
Price and availability
The GEM EQ495 is being introduced with a special offer price attached. Until 15th April, the plug-in will cost EUR/USD 89, while list price is 139 in both currencies. If you’re willing to give Overloud your name and email, you can run a limited test version of the EQ495.
EQ495 supports VST, AU and AAX, and is also available as a stand-alone application, and runs on MacOS 10.6 and higher, and Windows Vista and higher. It comes in both 32-bit and 64-bit flavours.
- Overloud EQ495 product page
Meanwhile, here’s a promo video: