NAVY is based on solid state equalizers which use one TRANSISTOR working in A-class for the 1073 and in AB-class for the 1081 in the gain makeup circuit. I don't know if NAVY is vintage, modern reissue or clone (big differences between them, you can recognize the model by the sound or seeing the spectrum/THD analysis - Marinair and Carnhill transformers have particular characteristics), MMeQ uses TUBEs for gain makeup.
So: Apple and Orange.
mtalavera wrote:One thing I like about Magenta is that the bands can overlap, just like what it seems the actual hardware can do as well from looking at pictures. In reading the description, it seems MMeQ doesn't have that capability in that the bell variable frequency ranges do not overlap. Is this correct?
In the hardware the Frequency controls intentionally interact with one another, as do the Gain and Bandwidth controls.. Neither Magenta or other Nebula's libraries can emulate this behavior... The only way is to sample A LOT of combinations (milions) which require years of work and a GIGANTIC plugin/library.
Plugin like UAD emulates easily this behavior...
What you see in Magenta is a simple "stack" of bands which you can to do by inserting as many nebula instances as bands you need, as described in the MMeQ Manual.
I can't say that MMeQ sounds exactly like the hardware but very very very close, with his 3dimensional and little fat/saturated sound, without making thin bass and scooped mids.