Review: Waves API 550 EQ (Native)
Positives:great sound, low cost, true analog classics. two for price of one
Awesome EQ’s, you actually get both, the 55a 3 band and the 550b 4 band eq’s. Right now they are only $99 for both, go get them! I dont own hardware 550’s to compare them but I will share my experience with the plugs. They are the first eq’s I reach for based on sound and ease of use. For me the frequency choices and eq curves just work for me. 550a on kick with a boost at 50hz is a great example. 550b on snare gives some more choices with the 4th band. Shelving or bell curve on both high and low, filter settings and analog console modeling give added flexibility.
These eq’s are just great on everything and they are the perfect way to cut your teeth on console style eq’s. They really are simple to use and really help give you an understanding about the frequencies of the different instruments and where to boost and cut. I dont get that same kind of feedback from the typical digital parametric eq’s that your DAW comes with.
Easily worth $200 but at $99 for two different eq’s they are a no brainer