Waves Scheps 73 is a colorful 3-band EQ plugin modeled on the classic 1073 console’s EQ and mic preamp module and developed in collaboration with world-renowned mixing engineer Andrew Scheps (Adele, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Sabbath, Lana Del Ray, Metallica, Jay-Z.)
If you would like to have an emulation of Neve’s classic 1073 console, this plugin is an excellent option to obtain that quality. The Waves Scheps 73 is a 3-band EQ, based on Neve’s 1073 console and with a mic preamp based on and developed in association with the great engineer Andrew Scheps.
Powered by Waves company technology, the Scheps 73 includes interlocking bands that adhere to the original sound of the famous 1073 and fairly accurately emulate its behavior. It uses innovative procedures to emulate the Marinair transformer, with which all the sonic characteristics of 1073 were captured, including its harmonic distortion.
Emulating a preamp might seem pointless at first, as there isn’t a microphone inside the DAW that still needs amplification. It’s not about the level adjustment that is as linear as possible, but about adding harmonics. In an analog circuit, linear and non-linear distortions occur at many points, the absence of which is often criticized in purely digital mixing environments. The preamp section of the Scheps 73 already provides a remedy and allows a targeted saturation of the signal.
The equalizer has three bands. The rigid 12kHz top shelf handles the overtones. A central peaking filter allows interventions in a wide range. It even has a little surprise in store: the original circuit diagrams have a 10kHz setting for the mid band, but this could only actually be used in the 1078. The Scheps 73 allows access to this additional option. An adjustable low shelf takes care of the low frequencies, and of course the plug-in also has a high-pass filter and phase inverter.
Waves Scheps 73 Features:
- Developed in association with world-renowned mixing engineer Andrew Scheps
- Based on the classic 1073
- High, mid and low interrelated bands and a high-pass filter
- Beautiful saturations and harmonic distortion
- Exclusive 1078 / 10kHz midrange band
- MS matrix: Apply different EQ to mid and side stereo content
Scheps 73 EQ is available to purchase for a regular price of $149. Also check the more affordable Need 31102 Console EQ by Noiseash Audio.