Another collaboration between Softube and Universal Audio delivers an emulation of the unique Chandler Limited Curve Bender Mastering EQ. Developed exclusively by Softube for the UAD-2 and Apollo DSP platform, will we ever see a native version?
The original Chandler Limited hardware Curve Bender Mastering EQ, is a glorified version of the EQ found on the old Abbey Road EMI TG12345 console. This console was responsible for recording Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon and The Beatles’ Abbey Road albums. Chandler Limited expanded the frequency bands and frequency selections to make the unit more suitable for modern stereo mastering applications. Encouragingly, Chandler Limited have endorsed Softube’s emulation, which speaks volumes as they don’t do this lightly. There are digital plugin benefits too, such as mid-side processing and channel linking.
Softube are very good at emulating hardware, but doing so for a dedicated DSP platform such as Universal Audio’s should mean this is a very meaty plugin. For this reason, I suspect that we won’t get to see a native version for none-UAD users, but Softube are often full of surprises. Either way, this combination of high-level manufacturers who are involved in this single plugin should mean it’s safe to assume this will sound incredible.
In true Universal Audio form, and with all the ‘brand’ names associated here, it doesn’t come cheap. Assuming you’ve already got a UAD-2 powered unit to host the plugin, this one will set you back 229 GBP.
More Information: http://www.uaudio.com/store/mastering/chandler-limited-curve-bender.html
Here’s a YouTube video from Universal Audio’s channel about the new Chandler Limited Curve Bender Mastering EQ Plugin: