Berlin-based Tegeler Audio Manufaktur is now shipping its latest products in the US market, including the Crème, a passive EQ based on the Pultec principle and a high-end bus compressor in a single device.
The manufacturer is also offering a 14 day try-before-you-buy programme, whereby studios and sound engineers can have a unit shipped directly to their studio to evaluate for 14 days free of charge.
Tegeler took the filter circuitry from the original Pultec and carefully updated it for the Crème. The unit’s passive EQ is focused on a bass boost and treble boost while all of its controls are rotary switches for greater precision.
The Crème's VCA compressor can be pushed hard, giving the mix a noticeably more open sound without any loss of high end. The compression is very harmonic in nature, keeping the sound transparent and allowing individual instruments to find their place in the mix. The switchable high-pass filter in the side chain ensures that, when required, even heavy bass doesn't lead to pumping.
"Many successful mixing engineers mix with a compressor and EQ in the master channel to get an idea of how the mix will sound in mastering,” said Michael Krusch, founder and head of development at Tegeler. "The Crème puts the very best of both in one device and helps in finding the right volume balance for individual sounds, especially the vocals."
The Crème is available now for $1,799.