You can get the Plugin Alliance version of the Museq, or the UAD version if you have an Apollo. It includes two variations, the Mastering version, and a Mix version with a slightly simplified interface.
Let’s do a quick walkthrough of the interface. We’ll focus on the mix first as there’s fewer knobs. The Elysia Museq can affect 5 frequencies. The bottom knobs are what you use to select the frequency. While there are labelled frequencies, the knobs fully rotate (there is no detent forcing you to use only those frequencies labelled.)
One nice feature is the mouse wheel support. Click a knob, and then you can scroll with the mouse. Much faster than dragging the knobs. And for fine tuning, hold down the shift key. Also alt(option) clicking on a button cycles it between 0 and your last setting. This is kind of like doing an A/B test of the knob in bypass.
The top knobs are used to boost the frequencies, up to 15db of gain. Each frequency has 2 buttons between the knobs. To cut, you have to select the right button (looks like a minus sign) for each frequency and then the top button becomes a cut instead of a boost. For the 3 middle frequencies, the left button is used to toggle between wide and narrow Q. The left button for the first frequency toggles the low cut/shelf and the one for the last frequency toggles the high cut/shelf.
The Warm button on the left offers a subtle analog emulation. And the active button is used as a bypass.
As far as the Master version, just think of it as two Mix units. If the link button is engaged, then adjusting the left unit also adjusts the right unit, and they act as a linked stereo pair. If you want to boost or cut the overall level of the unit, the screw icon above the “Left” button is really a hidden knob. The Elysia Museq also does Mid/Side by selecting the MS Mode button in the middle. The left then becomes the Mid and the right becomes the Side.
We’ll use the following drum track to run through some settings of the Mix.
This Kick Chest Punch preset really adds the oomph to the low end.
The Telephone Guitar preset applied to the drums offers a cool effect.
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You can do the “Pultec Trick” where you cut a frequency and boost a neighboring frequency. To cut, use the right button under each knob (red in the image above) and the top knob now cuts rather than boosts (but still turn the knob to the right.) Here’s an example of cutting at 185 HZ, boosting at 210 HZ and also boosting at 3.7 kHZ.
Now we’ll apply the Master version of the plugin to the mix bus. This is an EDM sample with no effect applied.
Here’s the sample with the Punchy Master preset applied.
I selected Mid/Side mode, with some slightly extreme settings to show off the difference. For the Mid, I boosted the lower frequencies, and cut the higher frequencies. For the Side, I did the opposite, cut the lower frequencies and boosted the higher frequencies. You’ll notice that it gives a bit more punch to the lower end and a bit more clarity to the high end.
While definitely a nice plugin to add to your arsenal, it probably shouldn’t be the first EQ you choose. If you’ve mastered the Pultec and now need to move to more bands, then this can be considered. I particularly like the Dance Pop preset on the mix bus for EDM style mixes.
The closest plugin I think I’d compare this to would be the Manley Massive Passive. That too has a Mix and Master version, and pretty good frequency coverage, although that only covers 4 bands, whereas the Museq covers 5. The Museq’s Master version also offers mid/side, which may give it a leg up over the Manley plugin. Still, I find myself using the Manley plugin more then the Elysia Museq plugin. Since the odds of running into the Manley in a professional studio are much higher, it might make more sense to be comfortable with how that works. With that being said, the Elysia Museq is a totally fine EQ to consider for your 2 Bus as well as individual tracks.
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