It’s going to be the second joint venture between Vlad and Fabien from Tokyo Dawn Labs and Herbert from Variety Of Sound: The SlickEQ Gentleman’s Edition.
So what will be new and different to that already released SlickEQ?
If your mix needs some surgical deep cuts then green is the way to go
The main EQ section not only adds a steeper curve option for all EQ models in general but also a completely new and surgical EQ model called “Japanese” which appears in green UI colors. Both, peak and shelving filters are carefully designed to have just local effects (frequency wise) and not to impact the overall and uncorrelated frequency spectrum.
Controlling loudness and overall frequency balance
SlickEQ’s filter section is extended by adding a second HP filter option (adding more resonance aka a slight LF bump), a new LP filter with two distinct characteristics and last but not least, a brand new Tilt filter with two different settings. One is performing the classic Tilt filter operation changing the LF/HF frequency balance in an almost linear scale and the other one is applying both, LF and HF boosts to control perceived loudness in a mix.
Getting even more excited
The GE version adds two new exciting (sic!) output stage options: “Excited” and “Toasted”. Both are offering explicit but pleasant harmonic distortion, extending SlickEQ’s capabilities to express quite a number of different tonal textures and colors. Given this, a whole bunch of amplifier models, enhancer and exciter textures or tube and transformer characters can be replicated quite easily.
Easy to use!
The Gentleman’s Edition remains easy to use and makes mixing a bliss: It contains a few but very well-selected set of features which don’t hinder mixing or mastering in any case but just offers great flexibility by combining those features altogether. Carefully designed presets are provided as a starting-point/template and also visual feedback is provided for those who need a visual reference while mixing.
The SlickEQ GE version will probably be available in June 2014 in different formats for both, Mac and PC. It won’t be freeware, though.