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NEXT GENERATION TUBE EQUALIZER

Next generation tube equalizer with digital recall

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ngTubeEQ

Next generation tube EQ with digital recall and automation

For decades, tube equalizers have been cherished for their rich, musical sound, shaping the sonic character of countless classic recordings. Our ngTubeEQ elevates this legacy, offering a refined, analog experience seamlessly integrated into the modern digital workflow. With its lush tonal quality and intuitive digital control, the ngTubeEQ is set to become an indispensable tool in studios worldwide, continuing our tradition of blending vintage charm with contemporary functionality. Experience the best of both worlds – the soul of vintage sound and the ease of digital technology with ngTubeEQ.

Main Features

ngTubeEQ fully analog tube equalizer with digital recall.

  • Purely analog equalizer boasting an impressive 26dBu headroom.
  • Features four fully passive, inductor-based bands spanning a frequency range of 22Hz to 28kHz.
  • Equipped with active low-pass and high-pass variable filters, which can be completely bypassed as needed.
  • Offers flexible control via DAW/Live plug-in for quick and effortless recall settings.
  • Dual output design, featuring both a Tube and Carnhill transformer with an IRON PAD, alongside an electronically balanced option.
  • Includes adjustable Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) control for tailored sound dynamics.
  • Choice of Proportional Q or Constant Q for versatile equalization shaping.
  • The equalizer's operational range can be set to either moderate (-5dB to 5dB) or extended (-15dB to 15dB) levels.

ANALOG SOUND, DIGITAL CONTROL

True ANALOG sound with extremely convenient control!

100% analog Tube Equalizer

  • ngTubeEQ is a 100% analog processing unit with 26dBu of headroom
  • Regardless of its full digital control, the analog signal path provides full amazing analog processing.

Heart of the unit = Passive section

  • Fully passive EQ section we all love.
  • Based on custom inductors.

4 Passive bands

  • 12 frequency points per band.
  • Each band can be easily disabled.
  • Variable Q configuration.
  • Total frequency range from 22Hz to 28kHz.
  • Each band supports Bell or Shelf configuration.

LPF & HPF Active filters

  • Active circuit.
  • 12dB/Oct or 24dB/Oct slope.
  • Whole circuit is fully bypassable on analog level.
  • Variable control.

3 Modes of operation

  • DUAL
  • STEREO
  • MID-SIDE

Carnhill transformers

Transformers in audio compressors aren’t just for electrical isolation – they can add a warm, sonic saturation we all love in our recordings. Carnhill transformers are part of the ngTubeEq adding all that vintage flavor!

Total recall and control plugin

  • Unit implements full control and instant recall via DAW plug-in.
  • Support of all common plug-in formats and Digital Audio Workstations.
  • Completely new GUI engine and Intuitive UX design.
  • All parameters are accessible from the sweetspot.

Selectable output stage

  • GREEN – Electronically balanced for cleaner and punchy sound with less sonic imprint.
  • RED – Tube amplification stage, transformer balanced output stage with IRON PAD – this architecture allows to raise the output of the unit and hit the Tube Amplification stage and transformer section harder, while maintaining the same output signal through passive attenuation section.

Hardware A/B/C buttons to compare two independent settings

Even using ngTubeEQ as a pure analog signal processor you can easily switch between three parallel settings with the magic of a simple button.

THD – total harmonic distortion

  • Proprietary Harmonic distortion circuit.
  • Entirely bypassable through analog relay.
  • Variable control with 100 steps.
  • Integrated with internal gain structure to add inductor- based saturation.

Propotional and Constant Q

  • Proportional Q became part of many other EQ designs often described as being very musical – technically the more You boost the more narrow Q becomes.
  • Constant Q is on the other hand much more precise and very often desired by professional users to gain more control over the source material – this option doesn’t alter the Q of a particular band while gain is modified.

5dB/15dB Gain Mode

  • ngTubeEQ gains for each band can work either in 5dB or 15dB mode:
    • 5dB ~0.1dB step
    • 15dB ~ 0.25 dB step

Plugin Integrated metering

Precise Plugin metering from 0dBu to 26dBu with clip detection.

  • Interactive LCD Display: Real-Time Parameter Editing
  • Integrated high precision metering

Plug-in presets database

  • Plug-in of course features an unlimited number of presets.
  • Those presets can be categorized for user presets.
  • And we will also deliver units with some factory presets.

Main features summary:

  • 100% Analog Parametric Tube Equalizer: The ngTubeEQ offers pure analog processing with a substantial 26dBu headroom.
  • Custom Passive Section: At its core, the ngTubeEQ features a passive section built around custom inductors for exceptional sound quality.
  • Four Passive Bands with Extensive Range: Boasting 12 selectable frequency points per band, covering from 22Hz to 28kHz.
  • Bypassable Passive Bands with Variable Q: Each band is independently bypassable and includes a fully variable Q for nuanced sound sculpting.
  • Versatile Active Filters: Active LPF & HPF filters with 12/24 dB per octave slopes, variable controls, and analog bypass switch.
  • Three Operational Modes: Offering dual, stereo, and mid-side operational modes for flexible sound staging.
  • Comprehensive DAW Plugin Control: Full control and instant recall through an efficient GUI in all plugin formats, compatible with PC/MAC across all DAWs.
  • Dual Output Options: GREEN for electronically balanced output, RED for a tube amplification stage with transformer output and IRON PAD.
  • THD with Proprietary Circuitry: Features a unique harmonic distortion circuit, fully bypassable, that integrates with the gain structure for adjustable inductor-based saturation.
  • Unique Q Settings: Proportional and Constant Q options, making it a rare EQ with both constant and variable Q implementations.
  • Flexible Gain Modes: Two gain modes – 15dB (±15dB range, 0.25dB step) and 5dB (±5dB range, 0.1dB step).
  • Integrated LCD Parameter Display: A compact LCD screen that visualizes metering and parameter changes upon knob interaction.
  • Comprehensive Metering: Integrated LCD and plugin metering for detailed input and output monitoring.
  • Hardware A/B/C Memory Settings: Easily switch between three analog preset settings using simple buttons, even when using the ngBusComp as a pure analog processor.
  • USB and Ethernet Connectivity: Supports direct USB connection or network integration via Ethernet for versatile setup options.
  • Analog Automation Capability: Draw automation lines in your DAW to control the analog device settings dynamically, with touch-sensitive encoders for recording automation back to your DAW.

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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Which 1176 revision ng76 is based on?

ng76 implements two different revisions due to the selectable input mode:

VINTAGE – Revision F (transformer balanced input).
MODERN – Revision G (electronically balanced input).

ng500 Module (e.g. _DIONE) is frozen and doesn’t react to encoder moves – Factory reset is needed

If the module doesn’t react to any changes to the knobs on the front panel, the first necessary step is to rewrite firmware into the flash memory (Factory reset procedure re-writes firmware into internal flash memory – it doesn’t affect anyhow unit configuration). To proceed with factory reset, please follow below steps:

  1. Connect unit either:
    1. Through front panel USB socket,
    2. Or keep the unit in ng500 chassis – _TITAN, but please note that chassis has to be connected to the PC/MAC either via USB or Ethernet cable.
  2. POWER OFF your 500 series chassis.
  3. Depends on the product please press following front panel control:
    1. _MIMAS – RATIO button,
    2. _DIONE – RATIO button,
    3. _RHEA – THD button,
    4. _PROMETHEUS – HIGH CUT encoder (top-right encoder),
    5. _HYPERIONLMF GAIN encoder,
    6. _CALYPSO – MENU encoder.
  4. While keeping this control (button/encoder) pressed, POWER ON your 500 series chassis.
  5. LEDs should present a strange pattern.
  6. Now open GConManager:
    1. WIN: C:/Program Files (x86)/WesAudio/GConManager.exe
    2. MAC: /Applications/WesAudio/GConManager.app
    3. Or click on the WesAudio “Tray” icon, and select “Open GConManager”
  7. Go to _UPGRADE application.
  8. Hit start!
The NGRack unit (e.g. ngBusComp) is frozen and doesn’t react to encoder moves – Factory reset is needed

If the module doesn’t react to any changes to the knobs on the front panel, the first necessary step is to rewrite firmware into the flash memory (Factory reset procedure re-writes firmware into internal flash memory – it doesn’t affect anyhow unit configuration). To proceed with factory reset, please follow below steps:

  1. Connect the unit to either USB or Ethernet.
  2. POWER OFF your unit.
  3. Depends on the product please press following front panel control:
    1. ngBusComp – far left Ratio on Channel 1 (Ratio “-”),
    2. ngLEVELER – use a small screwdriver and press button available on the rear panel via a small hole in the chassis.
  4. While keeping this control (button/encoder) pressed, POWER ON your unit.
  5. LEDs should present a strange pattern.
  6. Now open GConManager:
    1. WIN: C:/Program Files (x86)/WesAudio/GConManager.exe
    2. MAC: /Applications/WesAudio/GConManager.app
    3. Or click on the WesAudio “Tray” icon, and select “Open GConManager”
  7. Go to _UPGRADE application.
  8. Hit start!
Unit passes signal only when bypassed

This is a very common issue and in most cases the root cause lies in the connection of the unit and audio interface. If that happens it should be checked if audio interface input isn’t connected to the chassis input and if audio interface output isn’t connected to chassis output. As this initially would seem to be entirely wrong and shouldn’t work at all, as all our units implement “True Bypass” via relays, the unit will pass a signal when the bypass is engaged. The reason for that is that the relay is in fact hard wiring input to the output, and thus the unit will pass the signal, as it doesn’t go through any active circuit of the unit.

Plug-in doesn’t connect to hardware when a plug-in instance is created

This is actually how it is supposed to work, so after the plug-in instance is created, please use a small triangle button which usually is on the bottom side of the plug-in and select proper HW ID from the drop down menu. If the drop down menu doesn’t list any hardware units, please check Your connectivity and other possible root causes in this FAQ.

Unit can’t connect to a plug-in

This is a wide topic, and there may be at least several root causes, but there are few things that should be checked. However, the first and most important thing is to double check that GConManager doesn’t list this device in the _CONFIG app. If this is the case, it means that WesAudio unit can’t connect on the OS level, and some of the below steps may help:

  1. First of all double check if module connection is properly executed, this procedure is described here.
  2. USB specification indicates that USB 2.0 works up to 5 meters. This is however not entirely true, as it strongly depends on the peripherals that unit is connected to. Even if our modules are USB 2.0 compatible, your USB port could support USB 3.0 – USB is a backward compatible protocol, so it may be that USB 3.0 cable length limit should be considered which is 2 meters. We would recommend having a USB cable up to 2 meters to remove those limitations from the equation.
  3. USB HUB is very common root cause to those problems, if module can’t connect via HUB – just for the sake of the test, it is mandatory to connect unit directly to PC/MAC to verify if the problem isn’t caused by it.
  4. Please note any system warnings attached to “WesAudio Tray Icon”.
Unit disconnects by itself

As USB controllers have limited capacity it could be a reason for random unit disconnection. Usually, it happens when a lot of USB devices are plugged into the PC/MAC. The usual behavior would be that the unit works normally, and after reboot it doesn’t, but it strongly depends on the OS implementation so exact reaction could be a little bit different. If this is suspected, just for the test, it would be good to disconnect most of the devices from the USB ports, reboot PC/MAC and double check the connectivity from stability point of view. If it leads to the conclusion that this is the root cause of the problem, we would recommend using a decent USB hub, and ideally a TB/USB dock station which tends to offload a lot of responsibilities from our PC/MAC.

Unit can’t connect anymore

If the unit was working fine, and suddenly it couldn’t connect (it is not visible in the GConManager _CONFIG app) that could lead to the conclusion that some devices were added to our USB line, and we could have problems with the USB controller inside PC/MAC. In that case please check the description in the above “Unit disconnects by itself”.

How to open GConManager in Admin mode

GConManager in Admin mode enables special functionalities which are used during WesAudio units calibration.

OSX: 

  1. Please open terminal.
  2. Copy-Paste following command:

open /Applications/WesAudio/GConManager.app --args --admin

WINDOWS:

  1. Go to “START” and open “Command Line”.
  2. copy paste this command:

"c:\Program Files (x86)\WesAudio\GConManager.exe" --admin

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