Berlin-based Tegeler Audio Manufaktur, maker of high-quality, hand-made professional audio gear, is now shipping their products in the US market. The company is highly respected by pro audio insiders, and their recording, mixing, and mastering products, which are sought-after by elite studios all over Europe, have a reputation as some of the best-sounding on the market.
One of Tegeler Audio Manufaktur’s best sellers is the Crème, a passive EQ based on the Pultec principle and a high-end bus compressor in a single device.
“Many successful mixing engineers mix with a compressor and EQ in the master channel to get an idea of how the mix will sound in mastering”, said 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 Unnecessary controls have been replaced by fixed values and irrelevant frequencies have been removed from the mix bus.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 $1,799.00.