The Crème combines a passive EQ based on the Pultec principle and a high-end bus compressor in a single device. The Crème puts the very best of both in one device. The passive EQ has been reduced down to the most popular applications: Bass boost, to give greater definition to the bass, and treble boost, to give the mix the necessary shine. The boost has been made switchable to enable total recall and reduce the boost to more appropriate levels for use in the master channel. The bus compressor has a few additional functions such as a low-pass filter for the side chain and an additional ratio of 1.5:1 for especially subtle compression. The placement of the EQ and compressor in the mix can also be switched.
“Many successful mixing engineers share one thing in common: They mix with a compressor and EQ in the master channel. The EQ is usually set to subtly boost the bass and treble, while the bus compressor compresses the sound by a couple of dB. This gives the engineer an idea of how the mix will sound after mastering, even when still in the mixing stage,” says Michael Krusch, founder and Head of Development of Tegeler. “The Crème puts the very best of both in one device and helps in finding the right volume balance for individual sounds, especially the vocals.”
Tegeler Audio Manufaktur took the filter circuitry from the original Pultec and carefully updated it. Unnecessary controls have been replaced by fixed values and irrelevant frequencies have been removed from the mix bus. The passive EQ is focused on the most popular applications: A bass boost that gives the mix a solid foundation and thrust, and treble boost that gives the mix that signature shine.
All of the controls on the Crème are rotary switches for greater precision and limiting the range of settings has made adjustments much more precise. This gives the “Crème” its accurate stereo tracking features. The result is an EQ that is best experienced in person, in the studio.
The Crème's powerful VCA compressor brings a mix to the next level. It can be pushed hard, giving the mix a noticeably more open and brilliant sound without any loss of high end. The compression is very harmonic in nature, keeping the sound transparent and allowing individual instruments to find their place in the mix.
Crème's compressor helps define and unify the bass and refine it with subtle dynamics. The switchable high-pass filter in the side chain ensures that, when required, even heavy bass doesn't lead to pumping.
Tegeler Audio Manufaktur also offers the Vari Tube Recording Channel, the Classic Equalizer EQP-1, the Vari Tube Compressor, the analogue mastering matrix Konnektor, and soon to be released: the Schwerkraftmaschine, the ultimate compressor.
Tegeler Audio Manufaktur offers a 14 day Try-Before-You-Buy Program: studios and sound engineers can have a unit shipped directly to their studio to evaluate for 14 days free of charge.
The Crème is available for $1,799.00.