Trident, of course, is a prominent manufacturer of mixing consoles and outboard gear. But the firm is stepping into plug-in emulations of the hardware equipment it produces. The first in its Trident Digital Edition series are the CB9066 and 80B hardware equalizers. Lets check ’em out.
Trident CB9066 EQ Plug-in
The CB9066 is a parametric equalizer with three bands and low/hi-pass filters. Each band features Q (bandwidth), frequency, and boost/cut controls. The filters have adjustable frequency and slope controls. Very narrow Q settings are possible for very precise or very extreme EQ-ing. The original unit was designed sometime in the mid-70s using tantalum capacitors, Class A topology, and a somewhat unique frequency sweep technology with 10:1 range.
Trident 80B EQ Plugin
The 80B is a shelving equalizer with hi-pass filter, Low Shelf, Low Mid, High mid, and High Shelf bands. The High Shelf band is switchable between 8kHz and 12kHz with up to 15dB of boost or cut. The Low Shelf band is switchable between 60Hz and 120Hz with up to 15dB of boost or cut. The High Mid and Low Mid bands have 125dB boost or cut and frequency controls. There’s also a 50Hz low-cut switch and a phase flip button. The 80B EQ is notable for its wide bands and smooth analog character that’s often described as “British sounding”.
Price and availability
The plug-ins are sold at introductory prices. The CB9066 costs USD 79, down from USD 179. The 80B costs USD 59, down from USD 149. Both plug-ins are available for 64-bit Mac computers and 32/64-bit Windows PCs in VST3, AAX, and AU formats. A free iLok account (no USB dongle needed) is required for authorization. 7-day trial versions are available.