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Tegeler Audio Creme Bus Compressor and Mastering Equalizer

Stereo mastering passive EQ based on the Pultec principle combined with a high-end bus compressor in a single device
MFR# Creme

Product Description

Many successful mixing engineers share one thing in common: They mix with a compressor and EQ in the master channel. The EQ is usually set to subtly boost the bass and treble, while the bus compressor compresses the sound by a couple of dB. This gives the engineer an idea of how the mix will sound after mastering, even still during in the mixing stage. It also helps in finding the right volume balance for individual sounds (especially vocals).

The Tegeler Audio Creme Bus Compressor and Mastering Equalizer puts the very best of both functions into one device. The passive EQ has been reduced down to the most popular applications: Bass boost, to give greater definition to the bass, and treble boost, to give the mix the necessary shine. The boost has been made switchable to enable total recall and to reduce the boost to more appropriate levels for use on the master channel.

The bus compressor has a few additional functions such as a low-pass filter for the side chain and an additional ratio of 1.5:1 for especially subtle compression.

The placement of the EQ and compressor in the mix can also be switched. Similarly, the Crème is suitable for use in mastering as well.


Do you want to softly and inaudibly balance the track or give it a particular rhythmic signature? The Crème’s VCA compressor can do all this. Its characteristic and powerful sound can bring every mix to the next level. The compressor can really work hard, giving your mix a more noticeable open and brilliant sound.

The compression is very harmonic in nature, the sound always remains transparent, and the individual instruments find their own place in the mix. The often lamentable loss of high notes in compression simply doesn’t happen here – rather, the signal sounds like it has already been fed through an exciter.

Bass sounds like a unified whole and refined with lean dynamics. The switchable high-pass filter in the side chain ensures that, when required, even heavy bass sounds don’t lead to pumping.

  • Lowcut filter: 60 - 120 Hz
  • Attack: 0.1; 0.3; 1; 3; 10; 30 ms
  • Release: 100 ms; 300 ms; 600 ms; 1.2s; Auto
  • Ratio: 1.5; 2; 4; 10
  • Stepped Potentiometers
  • Frequency response: 20 - 40 kHz ±1.5 dB


Passive equalizers with their elaborate circuits with coils and capacitors are still among the most popular sound makers in master compression. The Creme features the filter circuitry from the original Pultec for good reason - no other type of EQ manages to sound as good in almost any matter of setting. Soft and silky highs that deserve the name. A bass boost that gives the mix a solid foundation and thrust, without squashing everything into an indistinct nothingness.

Tegeler took the filter circuitry from the original Pultec and carefully updated it. Unnecessary controls have been replaced by fixed values. Similarly, unnecessary frequencies have been removed from the mix bus.

All controls have been replaced with rotary switches for greater precision. Limiting the range of settings possible to reasonably required values has made these adjustments much more precise. This gives the Crème its accurate stereo tracking features.

The result is an EQ you really have to hear. Hear it only once, and you’ll forever miss its absence. If you’ve never heard it, it’s that EQ that you’ve always been looking for.

  • Passive EQ (Pultec style)
  • Bass boost frequencies: 20-30-60-100+140+200 Hz
  • Bass boost level: 0-5 dB switchable
  • High boost frequencies: 10-12-16-18-20-24 kHz
  • High boost level: 0-5 dB switchable


  • Stereo device
  • EQ switchable before and after the compressor
  • Lowcut filter in side chain
  • Balanced inputs and outputs
  • Internal power supply with toroidal transformer
  • Height: 88.4 mm (2U), width: 483 mm, depth: 250 mm

Product Specifications

Condition New
Channels Dual-Channel
Chassis 19-inch Rack-mount
Rack Spaces 2U
Input Connectors Analog XLR
Output Connectors Analog XLR
Compression Type VCA
EQ Type Pultec-Style

Product Reviews

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The EQ section is unreal, lives on the mix bus and for my budget I couldn't have hoped for more of a game changer. The compressor is a tricky beast, it's incredibly transparent. After a couple months of playing with it on the mix bus there's not a whole lot of wow factor there for me other than it's quite skilled at gluing, and my mixes have gotten better. But it has left me seeking a second stereo compressor that can add some energy and do that special magic thing to the mix. Where I've found the compressor really excels is on vocals, vocal groups, acoustics/groups. It does something really beautiful and unique with acoustic harmonics. Like any hardware youve gotta date it for a while before you really know who they are and what makes them incredibly special and i get the feeling Im only scratching the surface. Overall, this thing is worth every penny!

By Dimitrios S on January 15, 2023

I’ve had this for a little while now. I’ve used in on many sources and it sounds great.

Lives on my two buss currently.

By Henry H on October 12, 2022

My primary vocal chain, 76 into the 2A, Nice!

By tom M on August 24, 2022

There is a choice to have the Pultec EQ before or after the compressor allowing this unit to act like 2 units.
The EQ has 2 frequency filters, with the addition of Hi and Low boost knobs to add the extra bottom and top end. It's passive with no Tubes, so it does not color the sound.
You will need another EQ along with this unit though most of the time.
As a wish, they could add 2 extra filters to the EQ to help overcome the parametric feel though, and give more use to the boost knobs, so you wouldn't need an additional EQ.

The compressor adds a very thin and clean harmonic saturation to help glue the accurate and even sounding audio together. Making it sound beefy and polished as a result.
It does not have an input drive knob, so you'll need to drive the unit externally to get extra saturation.

By Mark M on July 24, 2022

Excellent addition to and already excellent studio.

By Charles H on May 2, 2022

Very Nice !!

By Kenjiro I on January 4, 2022

The Tegeler Crème is a beast! It can be be very aggressive if you need it to be and also subtle if need be. Instant warmth and thickness and the eq is sweet, no harshness or unwanted boominess. Couldn’t be happier with this purchase.

By Javier A on December 3, 2021

1st piece of outboard gear…what can I say. It’s made me a gear addict. That said, I do find this to be pretty utilitarian for SSL VCA style comp and a Pultec-ish style high and low shaping. Pushing it hard doesn’t leave you unsatisfied either.

By Tom J on June 11, 2021

I love it

By ambiance r on June 7, 2021

Very cool unit. Brings life to the mix

By Antonio O on January 28, 2021

Love this unit

By karl t on January 27, 2021

The Tegeler Audio Creme is a great sounding, superbly well built, and thoughtful piece of equipment. Highly recommended!

By Howard G on January 11, 2021

I love this piece! For the price of that unit, you can never go wrong.🔥🔥🔥

By PATRICK B on November 25, 2020

This piece of gear is amazing best purchase I’ve made!

By Clifford W on November 24, 2020

I love the Tegeler Creme.it is permanently on my master bus.this unit adds a nice punch and subtle sheen to my mixes.i have to say that I’m very impressed with the build quality as well.i now understand why the demand for this unit is high.thanks to the staff at Vintage King.my sales rep was able to get this piece to me quickly.can’t go wrong with this buy.just get it.you won’t regret it.

By Nick B on October 16, 2020

Does Exactly what it says. Bus Comp and Mastering Grade Eq. Its SUPER Clean. Like really. its Crazy! Sometimes its been too clean for my liking if that ever was a complaint. Its a Good Addition to the Arsenal and excels at Mastering. The EQ is Smooth and Brilliant But far from Harsh. All Knobs Stepped or indented for easy Recall and the Sidechan and Eq position With almost make it into a new unit. Picked up mine on Sale and my only complaint is that I don't have a "Character Comp" to go with it.

By Keron T on October 7, 2020

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