We often get asked what equalizer we used as a model when we created The Hoser. We are happy to announce that the hardware is a Ward-Beck Systems M462B. For those unfamiliar with the history, Ward-Beck Systems is a Canadian hardware manufacturer and has been a key player in making some of the most sought after hardware processors.
Why did we model this piece of hardware?
When we were looking at the different options of which hardware we would use to model our EQ plugin, the Ward-Beck M462B stood out in the crowd. Not only does it have an easy to use and read layout, but the sound of this thing was just something that we couldn’t not share with the world. These units are no longer in production, and they are getting harder and harder to find (I guess people aren’t giving up the ones they have).
We knew that not everybody had the ability to get one of these EQs for themselves (it was hard for us to get ahold of one), and we couldn’t find any other plugins out there that modelled this unit, so we took it upon ourselves to get the EQ into your hands.
Here is a picture of the actual hardware unit that we modelled.
After we released The Hoser, Ward-Beck contacted us and had this to say about the plugin:
“All of us at Ward-Beck Systems are pleased to learn that Boz and David have recognized the performance and uniqueness of the legacy Ward-Beck Systems audio processors. The choice of modelling their Hoser plug-in on our legendary M462B Parametric Equalizer (circa 1975) pays homage to the near 50 year legacy of our company. Their Innovative plugins are enabling a new generation of audio engineers to access sought after performance of hard to find analog hardware.
The team at Ward-Beck Systems would like to thank them for this compliment and are excited that the Hoser is available to world. We wish them continued success!”
Needless to say, we are super excited to be a part of Ward-Beck System’s legacy, even if it’s just a small part.