How To Listen: Pultec Edition

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The Pultec series of equalizers live in the family of prized analog gear, shrouded in mystery. Regarded as magic boxes on the stereo bus, a must-have component of the most magical vocal chains, and so on, the Pulse Technologies Pultec EQs have been on thousands of recordings and earned their place in recording history.

But what about understanding them? The concept of boosting and cutting at the same frequency can be confusing, and there are many versions. Tube, Solid State, silver face, blue face, EQH-2s, MEQ-5s, EQP-1As, Oh my!

In the latest installment of our How To Listen Series, Fab Dupont explains what makes the Pultec series of EQs unique and highly sought after and teaches you how to listen to the prized characteristics of this EQ.


  • The history of the Pulse Technologies Pultec EQs
  • How to add weight and sparkle to tracks using the Pultec's unique curves
  • How to use the mid-range version of the EQ, the MEQ-5.
  • An invaluable technique for both boosting and cutting at the same frequency and why it works.

And see Fab demonstrate examples of these techniques on both plugin versions and hardware versions to help you print the tone of the Pultec equalizers in your head.

Learn how to use the Pultec series of EQs from Fab Dupont. Only on

Equipment & Software
  • Analog Pultec EQH-2
  • Analog Pultec MEQ-5
  • UAD Pultec EQP-1A
  • UAD Pultec MEQ-5
  • iZotope insight
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Fab Dupont

Fab Dupont is an award-winning NYC based record producer, mixing/mastering engineer and co-founder of

Fab has been playing, writing, producing and mixing music both live and in studios all over the world. He's worked in cities like Paris, Boston, Brussels, Stockholm, London and New York just to name a few.

He has his own studio called FLUX Studios in the East Village of New York City.

Fab has received many accolades around the world, including wins at the Victoires de la Musique, South African Music awards, Pan African Music Awards, US independent music awards. He also has received Latin Grammy nominations and has worked on many Latin Grammy and Grammy-nominated albums.


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2022 Apr 16
OH ! Thanks a lot Fab, it's a great video.
Sariel Montalván
2021 Mar 04
Increíble como siempre! Gracias, Fab, por compartir tus conocimientos y hacerlo de una forma tan agradable. Por favor sería grandioso que hagan una serie Start to Finish de Salsa. O alguna mezcla de algún artista como Marc Anthony, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Tony Succar, etc... Muchas Gracias!
Castor X
2020 Dec 24
Nach einem Tag Pro Mitgliedschaft-habe ich es nicht bereut. Auch weil ich Fab aus einigen UAD Sessions kenne,war mir klar,das diese Plattform großartig sein muss.Endlich werden mir diese Dinge ausführlich erklärt.Danke.
2020 Sep 03
Love Fab's approach to communicating what he's hearing and thinking about using his gear and working his craft. Always informative. (Thanks, Fab!)
Richard Leclerc
2020 Jul 17
This is an amazing video. I purchased a Pultec eqp-1a, but i returned because I wasn't happy with the performance after I compared it with the Waves plugin. After I watched this video, I understood my decision. You are great teacher. Thank you so much for this video, peace
2020 Jul 14
Supersnoid sh*t, but cool. The plugin does do "the thing" when you engage with no boost or cut - even slightly more to my ears than the hardware box. I like your hardware box on the low end of the drum loop better - it's more gluey. Nice one boss.
2020 Jul 14
Supersnoid sh*t, but cool. The plugin does do "the thing" when you engage with no boost or cut - even slightly more to my ears than the hardware box. Nice one boss.
2020 Jun 28
Très intéressant! I'm all pumped up in using the midrange version a little more often.
2020 Jun 11
2020 May 29
Please do more How To Listen videos with other hardware, this was such an informative watch/listen for me!! Would love one for the dbx160 or the Fairchild 670!
2020 May 24
Voilà la VF. Merci. Explication limpide en partant du mode d'emploi d'origine. C'est trop bien tout ça. Merci Monsieur Fab.
2020 Apr 27
j'attend la version française s'il vous plaît. Mais en attendant bravo, bravo pour votre super site.. cool, efficace.. sympatoche et très pro. C'est un pur mix, mais aussi un pur plaisir...
2020 Apr 17
"How to listen" is my favorite series. Thank you, Fab!
2020 Apr 03
I was not quite sure how to use the Pultec in the past... but now I know, thanks to Fab, and I intend to use it.
2020 Mar 31
Not sure if it's just me, but i'm not sure if the tone generator is coming through audio-wise. everytime Fab unmutes the tone, i hear nothing... please check, I really enjoy this tutorial
2020 Mar 17
I really enjoyed the explanations and walkthrough with the spectrum analyzer. The examples with drums, vocal, and mix bus were great. I wish there would have been some more examples of coaxing different sounds out for effect, say with the bass guitar, or perhaps swinging between vintage to modern horns. That's style more than substance, I suppose, but seeing those examples really help to learn where to start. Cheers
2020 Mar 12
2020 Mar 06
Thank you so much Fab! This series is fantastic! Like all your videos! Can't wait for the next! Hungry to learn! :)
Edward Bolda
2020 Mar 01
When I grow up, I want to be FAB …
2020 Mar 01
Is it typical to run the signal through the MEQ5 first followed by the EQP1A? Or are there instances you would switch them up? I was surprised because I would have thought the low end would get treated first since that "Smile" EQ seems to be a broader stroke, so it seems like you would do the broad strokes first and follow with the mid. I know what sounds right IS right, but... Thoughts?
2020 Feb 28
Fab is a FAB teacher. I know the Pultec well but thought I would watch it anyway just in case there was something I could learn more ... and Fab definitely did that. Well done video and highly recommend even for those that have used the Pultecs for decades.
2020 Feb 28 Man chill, take it like a opportunity, on Puremix you grow like mixer but also in your life because with time you will learn and be confident with a different language, I speak to you with experience, I had the same problem but the knowledge on Puremix is too important to me and I can't go with the excuse of I don't speak the language... Today I understand everything Thanks Puremix
2020 Feb 28
Great video. Wow, that terrible
L Pass
2020 Feb 27
I loved seeing the graph. Wow. You're such a great teacher. Thanks, Fab.
2020 Feb 27
I noticed on your lower silver pultec, it has Media Sound etched on it. What a great piece of history. If only that thing could talk huh? I have a AKG 414 from 1979 that has almost the exact same etching on it. "Media Sound 1979". I will never give it up. Priceless in my opinion.....
2020 Feb 27
Great video. Thanks!!!!
2020 Feb 27
Add Spanish translation to your videos, otherwise, I will have to cancel the subscription, feeling it a lot. Thanks.
2020 Feb 26
Fantastic! Thank you for sharing. I'm already using the UAD Pultec plugins. I will do the curves test just for the fun. Cheers!
2020 Feb 26
Now this is an education. I wish this platform was available when I was getting a degree. Would have saved so much time and money. These are the important things that schools leave out (or at least mine did). Thanks so much for all of these incredible videos!
2020 Feb 26
This was fantastic - thank you for sharing this. Goes again to mixing without fear - if it sounds good, it is good. Who cares if they told you not to boost and cut at the same time? :) It would have been nice to see the shapes of the curves for the MEQ-5 in Insight, but no problem - gives me an excuse to test it on my own!