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Volume 2, Number 7, August 2004
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Digi-Talk: Cambridge for TDM and 1176SE for Roland VS
The Cambridge EQ is the long-awaited TDM EQ plug-in from Universal Audio. While it is still in beta as of this writing, it will be released in Q3, and believe me, it will be worth the wait. UAD-1 users already know how versatile, efficient, and sweet sounding this EQ is. Pro Tools LE users can use the Cambridge as an RTAS plug-in with the VST to RTAS adapter.
When UA set out to create the ultimate EQ, we didn't compromise. We wanted an EQ that was loaded with features, but still easy to use. It also had to sound and behave like a high-end analog EQ, and it had to be useful for any task, from subtle mastering tweaking to radical tone shaping.
The result is the Cambridge EQ, a seven-band EQ plug-in that is unsurpassed in its quality and feature set. This EQ uses a proprietary algorithm to precisely emulate analog filters, yielding a distinctive, musical sounding EQ, and it is flexible enough to be useful on just about anything. And, UA's proprietary parameter smoothing allows for artifact-free adjustment of all the EQ's controls in real time.
Looking at the interface, you can see that each band can behave as a parametric EQ or shelving EQ. In addition to this, there are three different parametric EQ types, and three different shelf types. Let's look at the parametric EQ's in detail.
Up and coming VS 1176SE plug-in for Roland users
"The VS 1176SE offers users the ability to use two VS 1176SE's simultaneously on one expansion board."
In the April webzine, I wrote an article on maximizing the value of your Universal Audio plug-ins by bouncing tracks with the plug-ins inserted to new tracks, allowing you to continue using the plug-ins on additional tracks. This is an old recording trick, but as mentioned in the article, the old tricks always seem to find their uses with modern technology. Now, with the VS 1176SE, there are more possibilities than ever to get a classic sound on your mix. Let's say you have a six-track drum recording, and you want to add some of our awesome compressors to the mix. Let's start with the Kick Drum and Snare, try adding an VS LA-2A to the kick drum and an VS 1176SE to the Snare track. Balance the levels and then bounce these tracks using the methods I explained in April 2003 Digi-Talk.
Now you can go to the stereo overhead mix and insert an VS 1176LN on the stereo track, and bounce this to a new stereo track (You have to bounce after one stereo instance, because the VS 1176LN takes up the whole VS8F-3 card's CPU). You also have a high-hat track and a room ambience track, try adding an VS 1176SE on each of these. Set the controls to achieve a good balance with the rest of your drum tracks. This is, by its nature, a "seat of the pants" style of mixing, since each set of effects you bounce is semi-permanent (you still have the original unprocessed tracks, so you can go backwards and change a setting) and takes more effort to adjust than a mix in which all of the effects are "live". Still, this is a case where the quality of sound you can achieve makes this unique style of mixing worthwhile. I think if you try this method of printing the UA compression effects as you mix, you will be surprised at how good the track comes out sounding in the final product.