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Massive

89,00$

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The most complete passive EQ plugin. Musical and intuitive, a must-have for mixing and mastering.

Pulsar Massive + Free Relab LX480 Essentials

89,00$
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A DIFFERENT EQUALIZING EXPERIENCE

Pulsar Massive is an emulation of the Manley Massive Passive* EQ that is present in almost every mastering studio in the world. This machine was designed as a synthesis of the best passive equalizers of the last 70 years, and several distinct features in the design give it an absolutely unique sound.

First of all, the fully parallel topology of the EQ gives completely different kind of response to a digital equalizer with the same settings. A parallel equalizer’s tonal corrections aren’t cumulative, but tend to interact with each other, resulting in a more intuitive and fluid way to shape the frequency spectrum.

As well as this, the whole equalization circuit of the original hardware is passive, and therefore has several inductors. These inductors, machined and wound specifically by the manufacturer, are responsible for a creamy, non-linear and organic sound due to the magnetic saturation they introduce.

Finally, the input, output, and internal gain stages are entirely tube and transformer operated, providing another step of warm and organic coloration.

Our software meticulously reproduces all these important aspects of the original hardware, but also offers an interface inspired by its ergonomics, which were much appreciated by its users.

But we’ve taken Pulsar Massive even further, adding all the key features you would expect from a modern, versatile EQ plugin, including visual curve editing for a fast workflow and a drive parameter to push the inductor and tube saturation stages harder for more vibe.

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Improving on a classic

Pulsar Massive comes with a complete on-screen curve editor and spectrum analyzer. This best-of-both-world approach gives an accurate overview of your EQ changes while highlighting the singular behaviors of the original unit. The easy-to-use graphic interface allows a fast and radical workflow for mixing applications.

The Drive control allows usage of the plugin at internal levels where the analog vibe of the original unit is unusual and musical. Pulsar Massive’s accurate models of transformers, tubes, and inductors produce large amounts of harmonics and non-linearities. All coupled together, these are responsible for the subtle, dynamic and program-dependent low-end compression beloved by generations of sound engineers.

Pulsar Massive is a component-accurate model of the original unit, perfectly emulating its parallel EQ design and the unique sound-sculpting feeling. With parallel EQ, band gains don’t accumulate as in most other EQs, but rather recombine to produce natural-sounding corrections. The Pultec-like low-shelf filters allow a generous and tight low end, even at extreme boost settings. The high-shelf filters provide a pristine top end and air without harshness.

Pulsar Massive takes full advantage of modern CPUs to do more with less. Despite the tremendous amount of complexity in the audio algorithms you’ll be able to use a large number of instances. The resizable interface and wise choice of modern features will make Pulsar Massive your go-to color-EQ.

Listen for yourself

How does it sound?

Smooth and musical

Just ask any experienced engineer to hear a ringing endorsement of passive EQ and its uses! Pulsar Massive’s sound can be described as giving a creamy top-end, well-balanced mids, and a punchy low-end. Whether you’re using subtle or extreme settings, audio never sounds over-equalized, but rather vivid and natural, keeping true to the nature of your source material.

For mastering

In mastering, Pulsar Massive is the perfect tool to add sparkle and heft to your mix. For instance, it’s often used to add power to the low end (47 or 68 Hz) while retaining dynamic separation and balance between kick and bass, or to add air (16 kHz high-shelf) without any harshness. Pulsar Massive is also mind-blowing when used in Mid/Side mode, for perfect control over the stereo scene.

On vocals

A creative and musical tool for lead vocals, Pulsar Massive is excellent for adding presence (with the 3.3kHz or 4.7kHz bell filters), and some low-mid warmth without any mud (with the 220Hz low-shelf for instance), thanks to the Bandwidth parameter. The 1.6kHz bell filter is magic to add or remove density, helping a vocal to sit in the mix. Don’t hesitate to really push the drive for some creamy saturation!

Mixing electric guitar

Saturated electric guitars are very busy in the midrange – especially in extreme musical styles, and this can make them difficult to mix. Because the human ear is very sensitive to spectrum and phase manipulation in these areas, Pulsar Massive, with its smooth parallel EQ curves and naturally gentler phase alteration, is the perfect tool for shaping tone without messing with the phase.

Working the drum bus

Whether it’s used for cleaning mud (a gentle bell cut at 180Hz), to tame harshness on overheads (a gentle bell cut at 2.2kHz), or to add brilliance (a gentle high-shelf boost at 8.2kHz), Pulsar Massive will bring a coat of polish to push your drums to the next level. To top it off, you can adjust how Pulsar Massive reacts to the transients of the kick and snare with the Drive control, for a customized dynamic response.

Electronic music

Pulsar Massive can be used as a sculpting tool for very rich sources like synth pads or synth basses. Use it in creative ways, experimenting with extreme curves and driving it hard – you won’t have to work hard to get great results. In addition, on a mixbus, choosing the right transformer will allow you to beef up your kick drum or keep it tight.

Main Features

Visual curve editing

For the first time, a plugin enables you to manipulate a very peculiar analog-shaped EQ curve in an intuitive way. The curve editor is extremely easy to use, with a clear and concise overall frequency response display. You can edit all properties of any filter – including its assigned name – without touching the lower panel.

Drive control

This parameter helps you increase or even decrease the distinctive and musical analog vibe of the original unit. Accurate models of transformers, tubes, and inductors are all coupled together to reproduce the program-dependent subtle low end compression beloved by generations of sound engineers.

Mid-Side processing

Pulsar Massive comes with built-in optional M/S encoding and decoding, enabling a signal’s mono and stereo information to be processed separately with different settings. The Listen buttons help audition each signal in isolation, and the screen displays only the channel you’re working on, so you always know what you’re doing.

Auto-gain

This control compensates for volume changes introduced by equalization, keeping output level consistent with input. It uses a C-Weighting-based algorithm to introduce a level compensation based on EQ curve analysis. The compensation gain applied only depends on your EQ settings and won’t change during playback.

Oversampling

Pulsar Massive takes full advantage of modern CPUs to do more with less. A selectable oversampling mode is also available for computers that can handle it, with processing at rates up to 384 kHz. You can choose for higher oversampling settings to be applied at export than at playback.

Transformer

Choose between three output transformer options: An “original” mode that is true to the performance of the hardware’s circuitry; an exclusive setting even more colorful than the original, allowing warm low-end coloration; and an option to remove output transformer modeling altogether.

Metering & Spectrum analyser

The on-screen analyzer displays the audio spectrum in real-time (fast and slow window settings) or over the long-term with the Infinite Spectrum setting. In addition, peak metering provides insight into overall dynamics, and RMS meters let you monitor loudness and level matching. An overall gain meter is also available.

Smart GUI

Pulsar Massive comes all wrapped up in a responsive and resizable interface. A resize handle enables you to choose the perfect size for each use case, from nice and compact to highly visible.

System Requirements

 
Windows

CPU

  • Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 / i9 / Xeon or AMD Quad-Core minimum

Memory

  • 4 GB RAM
  • 1 GB free disk space​

Operating System

  • Windows 7 with SP1 64 bit
  • Windows 8.1 64 bit
  • Windows 10 64 bit​

GPU

  • OpengGL 2.0 compatible GPU​

Monitor

  • Resolution: minimum 1024×768, recommended 1920×1080
  • Refresh rate: 60 Hz
 
Mac OS

CPU

  • Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 / Xeon / Apple Silicon (M1)

Memory

  • 4 GB RAM
  • 1 GB free disk space​

Operating System

  • MacOS 10.9 and higher

GPU

  • OpengGL 2.0 compatible GPU​

Monitor

  • Resolution: minimum 1024×768, recommended 1920×1080
  • Refresh rate: 60 Hz

Compatible plugin formats

AAX

AAX Native
Windows: 32/64 bits
Mac: 64 bits only

Audio Units

Audio Unit
64 bits only

VST2

VST 2.4
Windows: 32/64 bits
Mac: 64 bits only

VST3

VST 3
Windows: 32/64 bits
Mac: 64 bits only

Downloads

Our software is protected with PACE Anti-Piracy, so you will need an iLok account to use it. On Windows, our installers will automatically install the iLok License Manager on your computer. You can find additional information and support on the PACE iLok website.

Main Features

Topology Preservation Technology

Our modelling technology guarantees a perfect emulation of the original device’s behavior. From the saturation of diodes, transistors or tubes, to the slight internal filterings, to the tiny calibration defects, everything is perfectly reproduced. What's more, we can reproduce all these behaviors without going through a complete simulation of the circuit, thus saving CPU power.

Saturation stage

Push the signal further using one of four saturation flavours, and adjust the processing strength. Tape emulates the character of magnetic recording technology; Warm offers subtle distortion that’s great for high frequencies; Triode emulates a Class A tube amp, adding mostly odd harmonics; Clip offer digital clipping for heavy-handed action.

Mid-Side processing

Pulsar 1178 comes with built-in optional M/S encoding and decoding, enabling a signal’s mono and stereo information to be processed separately with different settings. The Listen buttons simplify the setting by allowing you to listen to Mid or Sides signals in isolation, and the modern visualization can be set to monitor only the channel you’re working on, so you always know what you’re doing.

Look ahead, look behind

Bring the compressor’s detection action forward in time – practically impossible in an analogue signal path – or delay its action by up to 10ms to help transients to pop through. You set the exact timing of the Look-ahead or Look-behind delay stages, up to 20ms for the former or up to 10ms for the latter.

Powerful sidechain EQ

High-passing the sidechain is possible with Pulsar 1178, but so is a lot more, thanks to an entire sidechain EQ section. Five filter types are available here, as is band solo and sidechain audition to help perfectly tailor your signal and arrive at the ideal detection response.

External sidechain

Pulsar 1178 allows to define an external sidechain input, as all compressors should in the digital age. This opens a very wide range of applications: ducking, de-essing, filtering the sidechain signal with your favourite EQ, or even applying dynamic processing.

Advanced metering section

Gain reduction, input level and output level are all visible in different ways. The scrolling gain reduction meter offers a view of gain reduction and the audio signal; VU-style metering shows instantaneous gain reduction for both stereo channels; and LED-style input, output and gain reduction is available to calibrate peak and RMS loudness.

Smart GUI

Pulsar 1178 comes all wrapped up in a responsive and resizable interface. Just drag the resize handle to set it to your preferred size, from nice and compact to highly visible. What’s more, in most DAWs, loading Pulsar 1178 on a mono channel will open the plugin with a streamlined interface that shows only a single channel of operation.

Downloads

Our software is protected with PACE Anti-Piracy, so you will need an iLok account to use it. On Windows, our installers will automatically install the iLok License Manager on your computer. You can find additional information and support on the PACE iLok website.

System Requirements

Windows

CPU

Memory

Operating System

GPU

Monitor

Mac OS

CPU

Memory

Operating System

GPU

Monitor

Compatible plugin formats

AAX

AAX Native
Windows: 32/64 bits
Mac: 64 bits only

Audio Units

Audio Unit
64 bits only

VST2

VST 2.4
Windows: 32/64 bits
Mac: 64 bits only

VST3

VST 3
Windows: 32/64 bits
Mac: 64 bits only

Andrea Lepori

Producer | Mixing Engineer

U2 | The Rolling Stones | Jack Savoretti

“Pulsar Massive gives a whole new and more modern appeal to the sound even when used in the more ‘traditional’ boost/cut way – that made the original unit so unique, but it also adds the flexibility of actually sculpting sounds to their core in a super musical way that is, to me, unmatchable by any other of this kind

John Nathaniel

Producer | Composer | Mixer

OneRepublic | Gwen Stefani | Madison Beer | Kygo

This eq is incredibly cool! It gives you the vibe and sonics of an analog EQ, but you can also control it like a modern slick digital EQ, taking full advantage of the digital power!

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Massive & Mu

The ultimate musical mastering chain

129,00$

Pulsar Massive is also designed and built to complement our variable-bias compressor plugin, Pulsar Mu. This powerful combo already constitutes a complete mastering chain that allows a musical and colorful control of the spectrum and dynamics.

Pulsar Massive & Mu Bundle

* The Massive Passive is a hardware product and a registered trademark of the Manley Laboratories, Inc with which we are not affiliated or associated in any way, nor are we in any way officially connected. Discover their excellent products on their website: www.manley.com.

The name Massive alone is a registered trademark of Massive Audio Inc.

Massive is also the name of a virtual synthesizer plug-in released in 2007 by Native Instruments GmbH, with which we are not connected in any way.