Scheps 73 Waves EQ & Preamp Plugin [Review]

Everything You Could Ask For From Vintage Equipment!

The Scheps 73 Waves PluginIf you were alive in the 1960s, studio technology was evolving rapidly.

You might imagine life without a DAW as something impossible, but using tape to record audio was the norm.

However, it was troublesome to record multiple shots of audio at the same time, and that was when Rupert Neve came with a solution to create something called the Neve 1073 Channel EQ, which was also a preamp which gave it a fat sound.

So that’s when Waves decided to replicate the console for modern use on digital computers, Waves worked with renowned audio engineer Andrew Scheps on this one, and it may just be worth the price you’re willing to pay for it.

Design Looks Identical

The Real Classic Neve 1073 mic pre and EQ combinationWaves designed the Scheps 73 to appear identical to the 1073 classic.

With three bands of low, mid and high and an 18dB high-pass filter with settings that range from 5 to 300hz, you definitely feel the old-school interface come to life.

The high band has a shelving EQ set at 12khz with adjustable gain.

You could select frequencies and adjust the gain to your liking. Activate and deactivate each band for A/B tests.

Press the drive switch and you emulate the sound of a line-level signal into the pre-amp at a mic-level setting. This results into some overdrive. Adjust the input level to reduce the gain to something calm and smooth.
Indeed, the 1073 is alive and well with Waves’ offering in the Scheps 73.
Andrew Scheps had helped design the product by having the best understanding of how the Neve 1073 actually sounded during his time. He had helped build the transformer sound that is the signature of the Neve 1073. That transformer unit is the heart of the sound of this interface.

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Familiar Sound

Many digital reincarnations of the 1073 are available for any music producer who has access to the Internet. But most audio engineers agree that some outdo the others, and Waves’ own version is a four out of five stars. It has natural warmth and enough grit to push punchy kicks onward with an earthy, bassy tone or extreme loudness without the fuzzy distortion.

The trouble with today’s digital equipment is the clear-glass sound that almost every mastering unit has. Sometimes, you want some more grit to come into your sound. Sometimes, it’s about finding the right modeler. Simply put the Waves Scheps 73 places lots of beautiful color using the preamp section.

Schep’s contribution to the design of the transformer is invaluable. Adding rich harmonic distortion that isn’t quite harsh unless you push it really gives out the true “Neve Sound” from the emulator effect itself.

Final Words About This Genius

Waves may have recreated something so accurately that it is unbelievable, but if you look at it beyond emulating the original Neve 1073, Waves has achieved a sound that is so flexible to use for modern tracks to have that kind of beef they had during the days of large onboard processors.

This is an investment that is sure to bring back lots of return for anyone who buys it!