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The Pultec EQP-1A Plugin By Universal Audio: Settings For Great Sounding Voice-Overs

eq May 07, 2024

The Pultec EQP-1A might be the most famous studio hardware EQ of all time. Voice-over audio engineer Lenny B walks through the Universal Audio plugin (modeled) version of this unit and shows you how to take advantage of what this EQ is famous for and use it on Voice-Over recordings. In this video, you’ll see a visual display with a frequency analyzer to see how this EQ can modify an audio signal. You’ll learn what each of the controls does and their effect on their respective frequency bands. Then follow along as you hear the Pultec EQP-1A add its magic to a Voice-Over recording.


What is The Pultec EQP-1A?

The Pultec EQP-1A Plugin by Universal Audio is a three-band equalizer that controls three frequency bands simultaneously. The EQP-1A Plugin is famous for its unique ability to seemingly boost and cut the same frequency simultaneously, creating a resonant dip that boosts and tightens bass frequencies. This unit is equally famous for its ability to add dangerous amounts of boost without sounding bad. It is a highly sought-after tool for achieving a warm, vintage tone in audio recordings.


Want To Learn More?

There are many more ways to manipulate audio. You can learn more about shaping frequencies and other processing techniques to improve voice-over recordings. Understanding audio frequencies and using an EQ is a fundamental audio engineering skill and a significant first step. You can enroll in the EQ Fundamentals For Voice-Over training course here.

What Is A Custom Preset And Why Do I Need One?

A custom processing preset for your voice-over is a series of plugins explicitly tuned for your voice, in your room, and on your microphone. If you want to compete in today's voice-over world, you must ensure that your demos and auditions are extraordinary. Voice-over artists at every experience level from all over the world are fighting to win work. However, if you don't have a professional sound, you will lose out to someone who does.

Custom voice-over processing presets can take your audio presentation quality to the level necessary to compete with the pros. Instead of taking it upon yourself to tweak the parameters like EQ, compression, DeEssing, and saturation to name a few, you can hire a professional voice-over audio engineer to create it for you. Once you have the custom preset on your system, you have "The Sound" every time you press the record button. The investment pays for itself with the money and time saved. Here are the top reasons why they are so popular:

  1. A custom processing preset lets you focus on your strengths, leaving more time for pitching your voice-over and less time stumbling with engineering.
  2. A custom processing preset gives you the confidence necessary to help you perform your best.
  3. A custom processing preset allows you to outshine the competition, win more auditions, and get more work.


Demo Your Custom Voice-Over Preset Sound Free!

Once you submit your voice for processing, you will be notified if your audio recording quality needs improvement or if it's ready for prime time. If your production quality needs improvement, you will be offered suggestions to help identify and resolve any issues before being asked to resubmit audio. On the other hand, if your audio recording quality is up to par, you will receive a sample of your custom-tuned processed sound to review for free. 

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