EDIT: just re-read the question and saw you were asking about alexb eq's, whoops, i replied about all nebula eq's, hope it is still a help to you. maybe start a new thread, this has gone well off topic for the MPeQ thread. welcome to the world of nebula!Hello folks
I'm relatively new in the Nebula world. And I'm really fascinated by it. I was wondering if you could give me some advice about what EQ to buy among the fantastic AlexB eqs. I'm demoing them with the available demos on line, but it is hard to decide, they all seem very good, and of course the demos have limitations. I mostly do acoustic, very sparse mixes. Acoustic guitars, vocals, some percussion, a little bass, not much else. No electronic stuff at all. I have the stock Eqs in my daw (studio one) so I'm looking for some ... personality and color, so to speak. I can only afford a couple of Eqs for now. What would be your suggestion? Thanks a lot
I would first think about how many frequencies you would like in your EQ. Many libraries are fixed at set frequencies, some can allow all the frequeices in-between to be used. This seems to be the least talked about feature, but is maybe the most important. For example AlexB modern black eq has a lot of fixed choices, some other EQ's have very limited options. I personally like a good choice of fixed frequencies, easier to learn that way (for me.)
You are looking for personality and colour, do you have a favourite type of hardware sound, even sound on a recording? Do you know what you are looking for?
Once you found a bunch of EQ's that have all the frequencies you need you could divide them into tube or solid state, those are the 2 main types.
Maybe you are for or against copy protection, that is now an issue with analog in the box, they are the only company that has a challenge/response on their standard nebula libraries.
I don't like 96k down-sampled to 44.1 so much, so if you were working at 44.1 you *might* prefer to buy libraries that are sampled at 44.1 (all analog in the box) rather than sampled at 96k and re-sampled in nebula. This is controversial, some people find the down-sampling fine.
Now the most important thing of all... relax! All nebula EQ sounds excellent, I would say don't buy more than a couple and really spend some time learning them.
I have not tried them all, but if you were working at 44.1 and don't care about copy protection, then Doc Fear from analog in the box is a great choice, many choices of frequency and lovely passive valve sound that is transparent enough for all sources, but also adds something nice