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Overview

The original UE-100® EQs are extremely rare but producer/mixer/engineer Rafa Sardina, who has 12 Grammy wins and 35 nominations, owns 10 of them. What is so special about this weird and wonderful device? Read on! For some time, hardware equalizers had to each be developed with a specific purpose in mind, requiring engineers to combine different EQ types in one signal chain in order to achieve the frequency response they needed on any given source. They would have to accept the necessary evil of the resulting phase and intermodulation distortion when treating these sounds. When released in 1961, the Klein & Hummel UE-100 Universal Equalizer changed all that.

This all-tube minimum phase EQ used six discrete filter modules to create a collection of band-pass filters that could create dynamic curves for any application from source mixing to vocal tracking to mastering. While some earlier UE-100s were used to transparently filter out junk low and high frequencies when printing to tape and vinyl, it quickly became commonplace to take advantage of the unique pushbutton frequency selection; this provided an easy way to not only recall settings, but also alter them on the fly while recording a performance. The UE-100 became known for its musically warm curves and precise response, offering a myriad of possibilities for treating frequencies by boosting and/or cutting across the spectrum to shape sounds “like a Pultec on steroids.”

That tube-powered universal sound and innovative behavior from K&H is now available to you in plugin form. The Lindell TE-100 is an exacting emulation of all the sweet and savory frequency treatment offered by the original hardware EQ. Right down to the pushbuttons on the interface and the all-tube filter bypass, the TE-100 re-creates this piece of German audio history with immaculate realism. Only now, a stereo pair won’t cost you upwards of $7,000.

Hone in on your sound with low and high pass filters at each end of the TE-100, then boost at one of four critical frequencies with rounded or high-Q shelf bands to add body and presence. Create dual parametric band-pass filters in the TE-100’s mid section to quickly bring out the true character of your sound. The pushbutton frequency selectors offer a unique way to shape your frequency response by focusing on each corner frequency of a filter and moving those frequencies closer or further apart while letting your ears guide your mix decision.

The TE-100 plugin also adds a few useful extra features that help improve workflow in the digital environment: Maintain full control across a variety of mix situations by taking advantage of level calibration, internal oversampling adjustment, and an analog mode that adds additional tone coloration and noise floor taken from the original unit. Dial in precise gain adjustments in 0.5 dB steps, contrasting the 2 dB to 3 dB resolution available through the knobs of the original hardware. With the Lindell TE-100, the legacy of the original Universal Equalizer can be brought to your DAW in a convenient digital form that stays true to the hardware.

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Legal Disclaimer: Klein & Hummel, K&H, and UE-100 are registered trademarks of Sennheiser, GMBH. The TE-100 was developed by Lindell Audio based on its own modeling techniques. Sennheiser has not endorsed nor sponsored the TE-100 in any manner, nor licensed any intellectual property for use in this product.

Features

  • Faithful emulation of the all tube and transformer circuit from the Klein & Hummel UE-100 vintage equalizer of the 60's
  • Eight bands allow you to carve and customize the perfect response for critical frequencies in your mix
  • Unique parametric low and high band pass filters allow broad or focused, musically sweet curves
  • Warm tube saturation and musical bands from the classic Rundfunk broadcasting EQ
  • Analog Mode adds simulated noise floor and transformer saturation from the original hardware
  • Create dynamic frequency response curves that simultaneously cut and boost – like a Pultec on steroids
  • One of the most sought after tube equalizers in the history of recording. The hardware contains no less than 14 tubes! 
  • Full control over workflow with adjustable oversampling rate, level calibration, and resizable interface

Audio Examples

Industry Reviews

  • Rafa Sardina
    Rafa Sardina

    The hardware EQs are the most fantastic ever made, and I have to say the plugin is a very close representation of the original.

  • James Wiltshire
    James Wiltshire

    I’m lucky enough to have used the valve powered monolith that was the original EQ this plugin is based on and not only has this captured it’s immensely solid and future retro sound but… Read More

  • Ronan Chris Murphy
    Ronan Chris Murphy

    What impressed me most about the TE-100 is how aggressively I could push the EQ and radically sculpt sounds without the nasty artifacts that I hear in so many other digital EQs.

  • Thomas Gold
    Thomas Gold

    Wow, this thing sounds incredibly warm and fat! You can crank the levels and there is no bad sound at all!" It worked great for sound shaping in drum busses or even the master channel. This… Read More

  • Simon Franglen
    Simon Franglen

    In my youth, if you were very very lucky, you could strap two of these across your master buss and smile as 4 billion valves did their work on bringing joy to your mix. The real thing is… Read More

Customer Reviews

  • ★★★★★
    Love the warmth sound
    by Renato Patriarca
    Love the warmth sound of this plugin emulation.
    I have been using for mixing and mastering with great results.
  • ★★★★★
    Wouw
    by Labby
    I never thougt it could be such a difference in an EQ than the Lindell one does it to a standard. Since I first tested it I was impressed by the analog sound. Very special, very good! F.e. Try to… Read More
  • ★★★★★
    TE-100
    by That low end and top end!
    I compared thi eq´s top and low end with all PA eq´s and 90% of Acustica Audios... nothing could match this eq in terms of low and top end, nothing, not even bx_console N.
    This this is beauty… Read More
  • ★★★★★
    Bring warmth and clarity
    by Jonathan George
    If you have a sound that you already love coming out of your DAW but notice there is still a certain sharp edge to the sound, slap this on the master bus and you will be amazed at the warmth that… Read More
  • ★★★☆☆
    Lindell TE-100
    by dannyL
    The TE-100 EQ is pretty nice mastering EQ with one major drawback - there is no Master Level control. I find that the plugin sounds quite nice, and at the current sale price of US$69.00, it is a good… Read More

Specification

Supported Plugin Formats
AAX Native, AU, VST2, VST3

Supported Operating Systems
Mac OS X 10.8 through 10.12
Windows 7 through 10
Pro Tools 10.3.10 or higher or any VST/VST3/AU-compatible host running on a supported operating system

Mac
Intel CPU only (minimum 2 GHz recommended)

PC
Intel-compatible CPU with SSE2 instruction set (Pentium 4 compatible or higher; minimum 2 GHz recommended)

System Requirements
Display resolution: 1440 × 900px or 1280 × 960px or higher
Memory: 2 GB RAM

Downloads

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