Pulsar Audio has released Pulsar W495, an equalizer plugin for digital audio workstations on Windows and macOS.
Pulsar W495 is an accurate emulation of the Neumann w495 3-band EQ which was used to master 90% of the vinyl records manufactured from the 1970s to the 1990s.
But even after this golden age, many mastering engineers still love this EQ. Why? Because the W495 has wide equalization curves that can be pushed to ridiculous levels while remaining musical. The W495 is an easy-to-use tone shaper for individual tracks. But it can also enhance the presence and depth of an entire mix.
Pulsar Audio has taken Pulsar W495 even further, adding all the essential features you would expect from a modern EQ plugin, including visual curve editing for a fast workflow. From channel EQ to mastering EQ, Pulsar w495 is an easy-to-use powerful tone shaper, faithfully emulated from an iconic 3-band EQ.
Creativity is all about workflow, getting the right sound in a few clicks is the key to staying creative during a session. Pulsar w495 is the perfect tool to help make quick mix decisions without overthinking things.
Regarding workflow, Pulsar w495 comes with a complete on-screen curve editor and spectrum analyzer to give you an accurate overview of your EQ changes. Mix by ear, with the eyes, or both, the choice is yours.
Pulsar w495 is a component-accurate model of the original unit. From the subtle band saturations to the sounding-unique output transformers, every aspect of the original unit is preserved for the plugin version. The high-shelf band is widely recognized for its ability to enhance clarity without harshness, while the low-shift adds weight without sounding muddy. Where a source misses power, the midband can be a go-to for enhancing energy.
Pulsar w495 offers per-band Mid/Side routing options. Remove medium frequencies on the side only to focus energy on the center of the stereo image. Add a bass boost to centered low frequencies only with a low-shelf Mid boost for a solid low end. Enhance high-end for a sheeny stereo signal by pushing the transparent high-shelf in Sides only.
Pulsar W495 is offered in VST2, VST3, and AU plugin versions for PC and Mac users.
This plugin is available as a free download until October 31, 2023, increasing to $49 USD after the promotion.
More information and download: Pulsar Audio