Waves Audio has announced the availability of its latest plug-in, the Scheps 73. The Waves Scheps 73 is a colourful three-band EQ modelled on the classic 1073 console EQ and mic preamp module and was developed in association with critically acclaimed mixing engineer Andre Scheps (Adele, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Sabbath, Lana Del Ray, Metallica, Jay Z).
Through modelling the original Marinair transformer the new plug-in meticulously captures the sonic characteristics of the 1073 including its harmonic distortion whose overtones were tweaked by Scheps himself (who happens to have ten 1073s in his personal Neve BCM-10).
“The 1073 is pretty much the gold standard for mic pres and EQs," commented Scheps. "This plugin captures all of the character of the original, while adding a great extra midrange band from the 1078.”
Mixing engineer Michael White goes in-depth with the Scheps 73 in this video tutorial
The Scheps 73 plug-in features fully interrelated bands, including a fixed 12kHz high-frequency band, switchable low and midrange bands with cut and boost controls, and an 18dB/octave high-pass filter.
Adhering to the original specs, the Scheps 73 adds the Waves MS matrix to let you apply different equalisation to mid and side stereo content. And to top it all off, a little-known 10kHz midrange band discovered in the original 1073 schematics but operable only on the rare 1078 channel strip has been modeled for the first time and incorporated into the plug-in.
Scheps adds: “Being able to EQ in MS mode opens up a whole new range of possibilities for my workflow. I think about EQing in ways I never have before with traditional hardware.”