Pultec Passive EQ Collection
Astonishingly accurate recreations
of the “must-have” classic EQs.
Building on a decade of the world’s most intensive modeling research, UA has recreated the famed Pultec EQ experience as plug-ins – ones that are nearly indistinguishable from the original analog hardware.
The Pultec Passive EQ Plug-In Collection for UAD-2 and Apollo hardware includes the ultimate plug-in emulations of Pulse Techniques’ original passive EQs. With painstakingly modeled amplifier sections now onboard, the Pultec EQ Collection "breathes" like the original hardware.
now you can:
Use Pultec's three most popular studio EQs on individual tracks or busses
Provide the same Pultec analog “magic” for your tracks, making them sound better just by passing through
Push the Pultec's fully modeled transformer and tube-based amplifier sections
Make difficult-to-isolate instruments and vocals breathtakingly clear without affecting neighboring frequencies
Dial up extreme levels of EQ boost while staying natural and musical
Give that signature airy, smooth-as-silk vintage tone to your master channel
take a listen
Featuring the UAD Pultec EQ Collection
The Pultec Story
When Ollie Summerland and Gene Shenk hand-crafted the first Pulse Techniques passive program equalizer in 1951, they had no idea they were transforming an industry. But like a Stradivarius, their little garage-built, made-to-order designs have been copied by nearly every EQ-maker for decades, and their early EQP-1A's still bring thousands on the used market — if you’re lucky enough to find one.
Legendary Pultec Depth and Clarity
Going far beyond UA’s original standard-defining Pultec plug-ins, the EQP-1A faithfully models the overbuilt transformers and complex tube amplifiers of the original hardware. Simply running a full mix or single instrument through it imbues the track with the legendary Pultec analog magic. And, with these new plug-ins, you can actually hear the Pultec's amplifier overload effects — just as you would with the hardware — unleashing a bounty of sublime results.
The Signature Effect on Low End
The Pultec EQP-1A’s signature effect, unintended by its designers, is its ability to seemingly boost and cut the same frequency simultaneously. In reality, the filters actually alter adjacent frequencies, but the naturally interactive resonant dip has an amazing boosting and tightening effect — especially on bass guitar and kick drums.
Shaping Your Mids: The MEQ-5
The MEQ-5 Mid-Range Equalizer is the richly colorful tube-amplified companion to the EQP-1A. With two bands of midrange boost and one band of midrange dip, the MEQ-5 gets the very best out of the ”power region” where guitars and vocals can make or break a mix. The unique band overlap and filter interaction unleash the vibrancy of these instruments in the track – without fighting your overall mix.
Tame The Highs: The HLF-3C
The never-before-available HLF-3C completes the Pultec Passive EQ Collection. This new plug-in adds 12 dB per octave low and high cut filters, for broad retro-tonal sculpting or bygone-era special effects. You can easily subtract the unnecessary frequencies in any instrument and sub-group so they stay wonderfully musical in the mix.
“The Pultec Passive EQ Collection is just sick. The legacy versions were great to begin with, but the new ones add yet another level.”
– Ryan Hewitt (Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Avett Brothers)
“The new UAD Pultec Collection gives producers access to an even greater tone-sculpting pallet.”
– Steve Levine (Culture Club, Beach Boys, Ziggy Marley)
“For synths that need to cut through the mix, we add the UAD Pultec EQ for some boost on the top.”
– The Glitch Mob
“The UAD Pultec Passive EQ Collection is so spot on with the originals, it eliminated my need and want to ever own the hardware.”
– Jeff Juliano (John Mayer, Shinedown, Train)
“At last, a faithful and eminently usable emulation of the Pultec equalizers to add to my collection of go-to plug-ins.”
– Mick Guzauski (Daft Punk, Mariah Carey, Eric Clapton)
“The soulful analog character that the UAD Pultec EQ Collection gives you is absolutely astonishing. If I close my eyes, it reminds me of a brand new vinyl record.”
– David Isaac (Marcus Miller, Luther Vandross, Eric Clapton)
“I like to use the UAD Pultec Passive EQs without any boost. They’re a wonderful tool for blending live elements with synths — just by going through the virtual circuitry.”
– Armin Van Buuren
“I love the Pultec HLF-3C plug-in. The steep cutoff filters and slight combing effects are great to give things an old-time vintage feel, or a telephone-type effect on a vocal or keyboard. ”
– Joe Chiccarelli (Jason Mraz, Beck, The Strokes, Morrissey)
“The UAD Pultec Passive EQ Collection has a very smooth and analog sound. ”
– Jason Schweitzer (Eminem, Busta Rhymes, Ciara)
“The UAD Pultec Passive EQ Collection sounds smooth and lovely. Use them gently or slam them — they still sound good. Another gem.”
– Jacknife Lee (R.E.M, The Cars, Snow Patrol)
“The UAD Pultec Passive EQ Collection is very special indeed. It has heaps of warmth and a nice open clarity on the top end. It’s beautiful on vocals and guitars.”
– Glen Nicholls (The Crystal Method, Nine Inch Nails, No Doubt)
“ I have compared the UAD Pultec plug-ins with the hardware — the real ones stay off now.”
– Mark Needham (The Killers, Neon Trees, P!nk)
“You can really crank the top end on the UAD Pultec EQs, without ever sounding artificial or displeasing.”
– Henry Jackman (The Da Vinci Code)
“I've owned Pultec EQs my entire career and the UAD Pultec Passive EQ Collection has all the subtleties that I find with the original hardware.”
– Jeff Balding (Taylor Swift, The Eagles, Florida Georgia Line)
February 21, 2021
Great soundRead More
February 18, 2021
If I was to choose THE ONE EQ - this would be it. It is perfectly balanced and rounded. Simple yet powerful. Corrects the tracks and brings it to life.Read More
February 10, 2021
Great on anything but...
Pretty awesome but barely discernible from the Pultec Pro-Legacy.Read More
January 22, 2021
These really help give me the analog vibe for using EQ on tracks. Love the midrange EQ on guitars!Read More
January 18, 2021
Excelent EQ for mastering
I love this EQ especially for mastering purposes as it allows you to add this little bit more presenceRead More
January 15, 2021
This EQ is so musical that it lives on my mix buss. Also it is amazing to do tracking with it. I have used the three pieces of the collection and they are great! Thanks UAD!Read More
Painstaking circuit reproduction of the most popular outboard studio equalizers ever made
Must-have studio staple Pultec Equalizers: EQP-1A Program EQ, MEQ-5 Mid-Range EQ, HLF-3C Filters
Models entire electronic path, including tube amplifiers and transformers, for musical distortion
Silky, vintage highs and tight, focused lows using combined boost/cut resonant shelf dip with EQP-1A
Broad, overlapping frequency selections for fine peak and dip midrange filter control with the MEQ-5
12 dB cut filter tonal sculpting or special effects with the HLF-3C
Includes Artist Presets from Neal Cappellino, Jacknife Lee, and John Paterno
Pultec Passive EQ Collection
If I was to choose THE ONE EQ - this would be it. It is perfectly balanced and rounded. Simple yet powerful. Corrects the tracks and brings it to life.
Great on anything but...
Pretty awesome but barely discernible from the Pultec Pro-Legacy.
Sounds great but so does the pro legacy
It sounds great but I honestly can't tell the difference between this and the pultec pro legacy that comes on the analog classics bundle for free.
I can only notice a slight difference on the bass trick in EQP-1A in both but honestly I think I should've just taken another plugin that doesn't come in the stock for free.
These really help give me the analog vibe for using EQ on tracks. Love the midrange EQ on guitars!
Excelent EQ for mastering
I love this EQ especially for mastering purposes as it allows you to add this little bit more presence
This EQ is so musical that it lives on my mix buss. Also it is amazing to do tracking with it. I have used the three pieces of the collection and they are great! Thanks UAD!
Get loose / get weird
I use the Manley Massive Passive EQ when I'm really pretending to understand the audio spectrum and want to impress the dames, but when my hair is down: I switch from Super Hit incense to a giant chunk of sage and levitate 2-3 feet off the ground, and spin the Pultec knobs. Turn it up on one and turn it down on the other. Find new resonances. Center your soul; equalize your heart. G R O W. In other words, it's a great EQ.
Excellent as the original hardware and everything of UAudio !
Legendary.... Character ...Must to have !
A great big portable studio in my Mac !
By the time and waiting the right promotion i will buy everything of UAudio!
Honestly, I know this sounds a bit over-enthusiastic, but this collection is THE TOOL for bringing clarity, feeling and depth to mixes. I now have the EQP-1a as the last plugin on every channel in my mix sessions - it just gives that final sparkle with the high filter and tightness with the low. It's amazing for bringing out the best in acoustic instruments; makes drums feel 'real'; adds some well needed character to synths, VSTis and samples; and if you put it on your master bus you'll be asking your mastering engineer for a discount.
If I could start over, I'd have bought this selection with my first UAD device. It's an essential tool.
Love it still learning how to use it. And mainly I would be using it on vocals
A little confused by its use.. as a beginner
The hardware controls can be a bit confusing at first, but a very powerful tool that consumes a small % of DSP
Very capable EQ and not too harsh. Takes a bit to learn, but read the manual or watch some videos- it's totally worth it!
Classic of the classics
This baby right here is a treat for the hear. Tube Equalizer...... do I need to say more?
One of the best EQ plugins
It sounds great on everything.
To use an Aussie saying, I 'ummed' and ' ahhhed' about whether to fork the cash for the full version of this plugin. Short version? The legacy version is excellent, the full version is excellenter. I'm very happy I went for it. I use it constantly and the HLF-3c is terrific for all sorts of applications; particularly artistic purposes. Terrific.
very smooth, nice character
Each Individual Plugin
I would please like to know why the Pultec Bundle can't or does not load as a single plugin or why the Pultec Passive EQ Collection doesn't show up as a single plugin to load. Also I thought in the presets there would still be something for Brass or Piano or more vocal presets.
Need a Polish ? Grab this one
Tone, Warmth, Crisp, Clarity, Character ... and everything needed to polish the busses in minimal design. I think no one can make a sound worse with this eq even you go crazy with the settings.
Thankful for having this
Im glad I can use exact same plugin in these days. Thank you uad!