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Antelope Audio VEQ-432C

Mastering EQ Plug-in By Sam Inglis
Published June 2021

Antelope Audio VEQ-432C

Antelope Audio recreate a cult mastering equaliser for their unique AFX platform.

Outboard gear intended for high‑end mastering has to meet particularly stringent design criteria. It must be entirely free from unwanted distortion and noise. It must be optimised for stereo use, with both channels perfectly matched. It should have switched or stepped controls, for precise recall, with ranges appropriate to the job in hand. And, of course, it needs to sound amazing.

These requirements can’t be fulfilled on the cheap, and premium mastering equipment is often even more pricey than the analogue gear you’ll find in a mix room. A classic example is the Sontec MES‑432C equaliser. Designed by George Massenburg and Burgess Macneal and made in small numbers to a no‑expense‑spared philosophy, these rare beasts change hands for five‑figure sums. And although the Sontec was always intended as a pristine, clean‑sounding device, and contains no transformers or valves to add coloration,...

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