You might be sitting there thinking (hey my Waves, URS, Vox, blah blah sound completely different). With some emulation plugins you have EQ+X. X can = Saturation, bandwidth limits, softclips, offset numerical values, & so on. Separate the X variable what do you have? The EQ algorithm.
If you find yourself asking the question “is my mix missing that magic EQ?????” Don’t. Your EQ needs are fully covered using a fully variable EQ & a saturation tool of choice.
The quality variables come down to, unlocked filter flexibility, internal resolution, oversampling capabilities, & so on. There is no magic in audio DSP, It’s math. If you make your EQ decisions while listening, you can get to the same aesthetic result with tools at hand.
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P.S. I’ve created a test song in Reason 8 using both MClass EQ and the SSL EQ (download link). Because we cannot fine tune parameters in Reason extremely precisely I couldn’t match the EQ and gain settings 100% but just listen and you will find out that both EQ’s are the same and will phase cancel almost perfectly (they would if we were able to match both settings!).