German Cinematic Valve EQ Emulated

US Audified releases RZ062 Equalizer plug-in bundle based on Klangfilm valve EQ module models      12/09/17

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Audified has announced availability of RZ062 Equalizer, which they describe as a plug-in bundle based around authentic namesake models of the now-scarce and sought-after, Sixties-vintage Klangfilm RZ062a and RZ062b valve EQ modules made by German giant Siemens for installation in its film sound-centric Universal Mixing and Control Console (Klangfilm System).

Siemens' Sixties-vintage Klangfilm System sales blurb described the original system thus, "In the field of studio equipment, the position occupied by the Mixing and Control Console is one of key importance, since the facilities with which it is equipped largely determine the extent to which the sound engineer is able to cope with the manifold tasks of effective tone control... This console is eminently capable of meeting the various requirements of film, TV, and radio broadcast studios. It can be supplied initially equipped with a minimum of facilities, and built out later to increase its flexibility or adapt it to changed working conditions (e.g. for stereophonic recording). Fully equipped, the Mixing and Control Console for 6 x 1 channels with 6 x 2 selective inputs contains... 1 adjustable equalizer (exchangeable)... for individually boosting or suppressing the high and low frequencies (+12 db to -24 db at 40 and, respectively, 10,000 c/s), or for rotation around the middle frequency..."

Here's Audified's own blurb......

The Klangfilm RZ062a and RZ062b valve EQ modules made by the German giant were designed to allow arbitrary modification of frequency response in sound recording and reproduction in order to eliminate undesired studio acoustics, noise, or create certain acoustic impressions or tonal colouring. Creatively, each module differed in its implementation of the central knob. The RZ062a's mid control rotates the entire frequency curve around a central (650 Hz) point -- treble frequencies are simultaneously lowered when the bass frequencies are raised, while the RZ062b module is even more complicated; its presence knob lets users choose one of four frequencies (1.4, 2, 2.8, and 4 kHz) and adjust their gain simultaneously. Soon both modules made themselves seen and heard in high-end European studios of the time.

Times change, however, as does technology. Today those 300V-powered, 6lbs (2.75kg) hardware heavyweights still carry with them a valve- driven sound that is as distinctive as it is desirable, thanks to their idiosyncratic implementation, and are extremely hard to source -- so much so that a rare working pair recently changed hands for $12,000 USD! Ultimately, thanks to Audified's accurate circuit modelling technique, that distinctive, desirable, and different way of working -- with present-day producers tending to surf through various frequencies, spending hours trying to find the 'sweet spot' in their mix -- means mastering and music production projects can creatively benefit from the RZ062 Equalizer bundle's self-explanatory RZ062A and RZ062B plug-in namesakes from the comfort of their chosen DAW -- and all without breaking the bank!

Happily, that is far from the case with RZ062 Equalizer. Enter Czech composer/producer Boris Carloff, the creative driving force behind pushing the plug-in into production, for some final words of wisdom: "I would put it anywhere where there is a need to add more bass, highs, or mids. It is wasting its potential to use it for cutting frequencies since this is mastering-quality EQ. Its colouration is what makes it so unique. You can really sweeten things, and it is well known as the best voice EQ ever."

Louder than words, then, the end result clearly speaks volumes: RZ062 Equalizer... the sweetest EQ of all times! Just ask Boris Carloff.

Pricing and Availability:
RZ062 Equalizer is available to purchase at an introductory promo price of $149.00 USD until September 10, 2017 -- rising to $199.00 USD thereafter.

RZ062 Equalizer can be directly downloaded as a multi-format (AAX, AU, VST2, VST3), 32- and 64-bit native plug-in bundle for MacOS (10.9 and above) and Windows (7 and above) -- alongside a fully-functional, 30-day trial version.

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