This probably isn’t the most exciting release of the year as there are plenty of Pultec EQ emulations available. However, it’s easy to criticise a release like this when in fact it completes their range of Pultec EQ’s and their Vintage Mastering Bundle. In addition, OverTone DSP have a good reputation for developing high-quality plugins, so I’m sure the sound quality will be excellent. If you’re going to invest in a manufacturer and are likely to opt for a bundle, this is all good news.
Based on the Pultec MEQ-5
This PTM-5A plugin is based on, and models, the classic MEQ-5 mid-range Pultec EQ. This plugin emulates the passive filter characteristics of the original, which is aimed at several mastering and mixing applications. Enhancing the mid range of an overall mix with a Pultec of this fashion for example, can be very musical and provide that often much needed bite. Use on guitars and drums in a mix can also prove common scenarios.
Just as you might find original MEQ-5 and EQP-1A units in a rack together, the PTM-5A is designed to be used in conjunction with their PTC-2A. The only potential complaint I have is that they could have done more with the fact we are in the digital plugin world. By staying true to the original, they seem to have omitted useful plugin features such as in/out levels, or even phase reversing and Mid-Side processing.
More Information and Pricing
Check out OverTone DSP‘s webpage for this new release, complete with version history and system requirements. It appears the plugin will run on Windows and Mac, in AAX, AU, VST and VST3 formats for 32 and 64 bit systems. The price for this single plugin is 42 GBP. However, the more tempting option in my opinion is their Vintage Mastering Bundle which costs 72 GBP. This includes the PTM-5A with the PTC-2A that models the Pultec EQP-1A, and their FC70, an emulation of the classic Fairchild 670.