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comparing Pultec EQP1A recreations.
Old 19th October 2010
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So who had them next to each other: Cartec EQP-1A & Pulse Techniques EQP-1A3

Please only comment who had heard them in direct comparison. How do they compare?
Old 20th October 2010
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I know, they are not cheap... but did nobody compare them next to each other?
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Just curious... as these seem to be the closest thing to the real thing. More opinions on either would also be interesting, even if not A/B'd.
Old 17th June 2011 | Show parent
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Did anybody bought the Pulse Technique here in Europe?
I'd like to give it a try....
I would be interested but I have to hear it first.
Their website is quite sparse and old style, kind of vintage...
Old 17th June 2011
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No experience of the pulse here but I've got a pair of Cartec's living across my stereo outs and a jealous looking massive passive gathering some dust!

The Cartecs come highly recommended here!
Old 18th June 2011 | Show parent
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Maybe I'm wrong but the Cartec looks more like a well assembled Pultec schematics with modern components. There is already a lot of choice of similar products and the Cartec is not cheap.
The Pulse seems closer to the original, custom components, years of research, they say. If it sounds like a genuine Pultec, I could spend the money...if only there was a way to hear it.
I don't want to buy originals as they are overpriced and very few of them have been well maintained with all original parts etc...
I'm looking for a pair of new Pultecs with all the beloved flaws of the original, saturation when full boost on the lows. Hyper sweet highs...
I think there is a lot of interest for this product in Europe but we are still waiting to hear it...Impatiently

Hope...
Old 18th June 2011 | Show parent
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The pulse are made by a very small company. You will have to
take other people's 'Golden ears word', on these and purchase from the states
or just buy the Cartec's and make music..
Old 20th June 2011 | Show parent
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Sorry, have not heard the Cartec.

Over 21 years of serious studio experience and using many prime origional Pultec examples. I own a pair of the new Pulse Techniques and if you want the magic fairy dust of the origionals, Steve and Dave have climbed that mountain and planted their flag at the summit. There are only 2 flags on the summit of Pultec mountain. Origionals, and Pulses.

This is not a judgement on Cartec or Retro or any others. There are other base camps that they may plant their flags upon. I have gotten great use out of Tube Tech versions through the years even....but the summit is the summit.

Pulse Techniques are doing a stepped mastering version now also...EQM-1A3.
Old 20th June 2011 | Show parent
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Well it seems unlikely that someone have used both of them as Cartecs are made for Europe and Pulses are for the Usa.
Maybe they have a secret agreement to share the market
Old 7th October 2011 | Show parent
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Bump for comparisons?

Has anybody A/Bed or tested both yet?

Thx
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The Pulse EQM-1A3 mastering eq's are INCREDIBLE. Hat's off to Pulse!
Old 7th October 2011 | Show parent
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I see they ask for 3500$ for one and 6500$ for a pair. How much costs the mastering version?
Old 7th October 2011 | Show parent
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Somewhere around $500 more each. Don't quote me exactly though. In that range.
Old 7th October 2011 | Show parent
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maybe in december

I Heard Cartec , very impressive unit , and next december I plan to go to Germany , hearing , trying the pulse techniques ( at digital audio services because they sell both )and perhaps getting a pair...

cartec is 2 000 euros and Pulse Eqp 3 300 euros , curious tohear what could justify the difference

in another hand , I would be very tempted by the old world audio peq1 which seems to be pretty serious too but not the opportunity to demo one here in Europe ( France )

Next december I'll report diff between Cartec and Pulse tech
Old 7th October 2011 | Show parent
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mais oui..

Hi Remy,your welcome to check my pair of Psidex peq1 (that is the OWA model) if you're near.(eindhoven-netherlands)
They sure rock my boat! I prefer them to my Massive P and Tubetech.
And they are relatively cheap...

sorry for hijacking

Would love to try both the Cartec and the Pulse, but money dictates other stuff now.....

Cheers
Pieter
Old 7th October 2011 | Show parent
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Pieter

thank you for your comment , very much apreciated !!!

why not after all ????? sure , the owa peq seems to be relatively cheap ( i've pm'd them ) and definitely at this price a serious gear to take in consideration !!!

But sooo many people here raved about this pulse technique , but i want to hear it by myself , a friend of mine told me here in a PM that the sound of the Pulse was ok ... but not sooooo big ... i've heard the Cartecs , i'm sure the Pulse and the Cartecs are fine but which one ??? and obviously at the price the old world audio sells its eq , it's really a bargain !!!! i certainly take one whitout hearing it , but I'm ok to see you for good times in the Netherlands Pieter !! no problem !!! love to add new friends in the audio world !!!

my only final judges are : ear right and ear left


All the best to you Pieter, and great week end to all the slutz here !!!
Old 8th October 2011 | Show parent
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Love my new Pulse Techniques EQM-1A3 (Mastering edition). Like often the mastering version sounds a bit more "high quality" compared to the regular version, because of the stepped controls. But for mixing and recording the boost/cut range of the mastering version could be a bit limeted...

picture:
Pltlin Mastering - Studio
plΓ€tlin mastering (Hamburg, Germany)
Old 8th September 2012
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comparing Pultec EQP1A recreations.

Nice review of the Cartec EQP1A in Mix magazine this month.

Looks great.... but expensive here in the USA, and large.

comparing Pultec EQP1A recreations.....

Has anyone compared the STEREO Manley EQP1A, the Summit Audio EQP200B, and the Tube Tech PE1C?

if i got 2 channels of these... they would most likely be used on the stereo mix buss... along with some other analog processing.

ok.... discuss. Please keep the thread to actual comparisons of the actual hardware EQs listed above (or similar hardware)
Old 8th September 2012 | Show parent
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i demoed the cartec and ive worked with the manley and tubetech.
i bought the pulse techniques and love it on the 2bus.
also its all over aerosmiths latest record ;D
Old 8th September 2012 | Show parent
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Quote:
Originally Posted by nickelironsteel ➑️
i demoed the cartec and ive worked with the manley and tubetech.
i bought the pulse techniques and love it on the 2bus.
also its all over aerosmiths latest record ;D
Nickel how do you find the pulse units compare to your vintage pultecs ? Did you go for the eqp 1s3 versions?
Old 8th September 2012 | Show parent
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yes i did because i recreated CLA's 2 bus for my studio here in austria, which is a SHMC going into the EQP1S3 matched pair (thats the important thing for when on 2bus operation) going into a Waves MaxxBCL. thing about vintage pultecs is... they are vintage, they cost a fortune to keep operational, they dont sound the same, which can be a nightmare for 2bus operation. they only swallow 4 units and i like to have my entire 2bus fit in a Sterling Versa II One Bay rack with casters. the Pulse nailed it, to me buying pulse means i have a new pair of Pultec that i will have fun with another 50 years. they cost about the same as vintage pultecs, maybe a bit more, but you have excellent support (i had a issue with a light bulb socket and had immediate reply that the matter is being looked into). they sound stellar and really help me bring back the lowend and hiend any 2 bus compressor seems to swallow. id say demo them and see what they do for your mixes.
Old 8th September 2012 | Show parent
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I think I will have to settle for a CLA s plugins for the time being!
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the cla plugins have nothing to do with pultecs
Old 8th September 2012 | Show parent
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Waves maxxbcl? I don't think that's part of his 2buss. Someone brought up running a waves l2 after there 9k and he just about shat a brick over how it was an awful idea.
Old 8th September 2012 | Show parent
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Quote:
Originally Posted by bwrecordings ➑️
Waves maxxbcl? I don't think that's part of his 2buss. Someone brought up running a waves l2 after there 9k and he just about shat a brick over how it was an awful idea.
But if you know something I don't I'd love to hear about it.
Old 8th September 2012 | Show parent
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Had a summit..it was 1500 bucks.put mullards in it.sounded pretty good.eventually sold it.
used the tube techs quite a bit over the years.always sounded pretty good but [sigh] next to pultecs the low end was kinda loose and unfocused.
manley good.very usable..but..blah blah,etc
etc,etc
then onto trying the Amtecs..very good low end but still not the effortless sweet boost of the original pultecs.
bought a pair of Fearns..really great but 2db stepped.
ultimately ended up the pulse techniques and retro units.
very happy.
when I got the pulse units we compared to 2 mint old ones.
I preferred the new ones..slightly clearer more focused high end.
also vintage pairs were going for up to 12k at the time.new pulse pair were 7k.
done deal.
Old 8th September 2012 | Show parent
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IDK about CLA, but the maxxbcl kills on the 2bus
Old 8th September 2012
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anyone else done a side-by-side... blind, level matched comparison?

unlikely, i know... but one can dream...
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