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Wes Audio Prometheus

Digitally Controlled Analogue EQ By Matt Houghton

Wes Audio Prometheus

Two channels of Pultec-style EQ in a 500?series module would be enough for most manufacturers. But not for Wes...

Wes Audio are one of a small handful of pioneering companies developing analogue hardware that can be digitally controlled from a DAW plug?in. You just hook up their devices' analogue I/O, as with any analogue hardware, connect to your computer over USB, and enjoy two-way communication with your DAW. Importantly, though, Wes Audio's implementation of this concept means that everything can also be controlled from buttons and touch-sensitive encoders on the front panel — while you can enjoy the convenience of DAW integration, you don't have to.

One of the most recent additions to their portfolio is the Prometheus, which is, in essence, a two-channel, passive, solid-state EQ, akin to the famous Pultec EQP?1A but without the valve stages. The design, which uses Carnhill inductors, is delivered in the popular 500?series module format. It's one of a growing number of such 'ng500' modules from Wes, all named after the Titans of Greek mythology. Consuming only 70mA per rail, it will work in any VPR Alliance compliant 500?series chassis/power supply unit, as long as the physical layout allows them to host double-wide modules. With third-party racks, the USB connection is via the front panel, but Wes also make a high-quality chassis with USB connection, the Titan, which communicates with ng500 modules via the card edge...

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Published July 2020