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Burnley 73, SonEQ Pro and Sweetone

There is no such thing as a Holy Grail of EQs, with each one being able to bring something new. Mike Hillier tries out three very different vintage-EQ emulations


Details Manufacturer Sonimus Price Burnley 73 $59, SonEQ $59, Sweetone $32 Web www.sonimus.com Minimum system requirements PC Windows XP, AAX RTAS or VST host Mac OSX 10.6, AAX, AU, RTAS or VST host

Having a wide selection of EQs to turn to when it comes to mixing is arguably as important as having a selection of microphones, preamps or compressors. While it may seem like a 3dB shelving boost at 12kHz should sound pretty much the same on any given EQ, in reality, there are dozens of small factors which play into the ‘sound’ of an EQ. From the shape of the curve to the subtle harmonic saturation it may add to the signal, each EQ has its own unique colour. When it comes to mixing, having a selection of different colours available can help you to shape the mix as you see fit.

In this review, we take a look at three new EQs from Sonimus. Each of these EQs has a unique vintage vibe, capable of bringing its own signature colour to your mix.

Made in Burnley

The first of this trio of EQs is the Burnley 73, a not-so-subtly named emulation of probably the most famous British EQ: the Neve 1073. The emulation models not only the sound of the 1073’s famous EQ section, but also the two input stages, adding an output stage with +16/-24dB of gain available to make up for any level changes brought about by the EQ itself.

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