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Lil FrEQ de-esser - is it as good as folks say?

Lil FrEQ de-esser - is it as good as folks say?

(as good or better then the old DBX 902 card de-essers)

and - do the latest ones have less shiny, less blinding knobs?

anything else to know about them?

(yes, ive read many posts here..... most don't mention the de-esser specifically)

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Lil FrEQ de-esser - is it as good as folks say?

(as good or better then the old DBX 902 card de-essers)
Its better.



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anything else to know about them?
It rocks on vocals.
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never used the 902's, but yeah the de-esser is awesome...not to mention the rest of the eq
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Great box.

Very good 'surgical' EQ.

De-Esser is supurb in most instances.


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super cool!!!!

thanks everybody
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lil freq kicks ass... The di is pretty cool sounding too
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l'il freq kills on vox; it lets you get narrow and push formants the way you can with a plug, but it sounds incredible. when you get the freqs tailored so well, it makes it easy to get the vocal to sit with less compression.


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It is a VERY powerful eq, and between the deesser and high freq limiter and the eq, basically if you can't dial it in with a lil freq, you can't. Amazing box. I just wish the knobs weren't bright chrome finish, it makes it hard for an old fart like me to read the box.
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It is a VERY powerful eq, and between the deesser and high freq limiter and the eq, basically if you can't dial it in with a lil freq, you can't. Amazing box. I just wish the knobs weren't bright chrome finish, it makes it hard for an old fart like me to read the box.
i think the newer models have less shiney knobs. I think.
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i think the newer models have less shiney knobs. I think.
Nope same knobs I saw, and I had a new demo unit here for almost a month. I just had to put my glasses on. It's a really great tool
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Nope same knobs I saw, and I had a new demo unit here for almost a month. I just had to put my glasses on. It's a really great tool
did you see the picture above? Dont the knobs look less shiney?

i'm confused.
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the knobs are mostly matte, but with a cheap digital camera shooting head-on using bad lighting or a flash () i can see them looking like that.


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The knobs on mine are just fine. And I have had mine for about 8 months.
If no one ever said anything about them, I would have never thought about it.

It looks great. There is a lot packed in a little space so you have to learn the unit, no matter what knobs are on it.

But it is worth it.

AWESOME SOUNDING. (I have two)
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The knobs on mine are just fine. And I have had mine for about 8 months.
If no one ever said anything about them, I would have never thought about it.

It looks great. There is a lot packed in a little space so you have to learn the unit, no matter what knobs are on it.

But it is worth it.

AWESOME SOUNDING. (I have two)
i wonder what the odds are that if i buy one... i'll eventually buy a second one...

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i wonder what the odds are that if i buy one... i'll eventually buy a second one...


After trying one out...... I'd say pretty high! Compared it to the Great River EQ which was also very cool, since I have limited funds, It'll be the Lil FrEQ. I'm going for two myself. As far as the knobs....... I think the unit looks very cool in person. YMMV.




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Let me put it this way... I got my first one around Christmas last year to bolster my existing processing rack. I've yet to not use it when mixing a vocal track. It's definitely one of those "I wish I knew about this thing earlier" kinda devices in my rack.
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I may get one of those!
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I may get one of those!
Definitely test it out for yourself before purchasing. You have to take people's opinion around here in context. For example it wouldn't be or isn't my only analog EQ. I am not sure if it would even be first my purchase as a standalone EQ. Also there are times in a mix it doesn't get used(same went for GML 8200 i had and a Great River EQ i have as well). For me it has a specific purpose and when i need it i am glad its there.
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As usual, Thrill speaks a lot of sense.......but I've got to say, if you only have ONE analog EQ, I think this has to be a major contender.

I'm not saying it's the best EQ you'll ever use (although it may well be) but it's just so versatile. The de-esser is simply the best I've ever heard, you can add a nice amount of colour at various stages, there are EIGHT sections to play with.....

I love my Ibis, I love my Massive Passive, but I now reckon if I could have only one EQ it would quite possibly have to be a Lil Freq.

Oh, and the DI is one of the best I've ever heard for bass too.

I've said it before, but it baffles me that Dave Derr is best known for the Distressor (which is also, of course, a very fine unit) when the Freq is, for me, an even better piece of kit in every way. I can see why some people might not "get" Distressors, or why it might not be their thing, but I honestly can't imagine why anyone wouldn't want to use the Freq.
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As usual, Thrill speaks a lot of sense.......but I've got to say, if you only have ONE analog EQ, I think this has to be a major contender.

I'm not saying it's the best EQ you'll ever use (although it may well be) but it's just so versatile. The de-esser is simply the best I've ever heard, you can add a nice amount of colour at various stages, there are EIGHT sections to play with.....

I love my Ibis, I love my Massive Passive, but I now reckon if I could have only one EQ it would quite possibly have to be a Lil Freq.

Oh, and the DI is one of the best I've ever heard for bass too.

I've said it before, but it baffles me that Dave Derr is best known for the Distressor (which is also, of course, a very fine unit) when the Freq is, for me, an even better piece of kit in every way. I can see why some people might not "get" Distressors, or why it might not be their thing, but I honestly can't imagine why anyone wouldn't want to use the Freq.
I guess i am more of liking the school of gear that does the one thing stellar than something that does a bunch of things well which is what people see the Distressor as.

I purchased the LilFreq more as a kick ass analog desser which it is.

Its function as an EQ to me is a throw in.
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I guess i am more of liking the school of gear that does the one thing stellar than something that does a bunch of things well which is what people see the Distressor as.

I purchased the LilFreq more as a kick ass analog desser which it is.

Its function as an EQ to me is a throw in.
Yeah, I hear what you're saying - and I agree, actually. All I mean is, given the limitation of only having ONE eq available, the Lil Freq covers most bases very well.
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I guess i am more of liking the school of gear that does the one thing stellar than something that does a bunch of things well which is what people see the Distressor as.

I purchased the LilFreq more as a kick ass analog desser which it is.

Its function as an EQ to me is a throw in.
We could do with gear having throw ins like the Lil Freq Eq. For the short time I had one here I reallllllllllllllly liked it
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I guess i am more of liking the school of gear that does the one thing stellar than something that does a bunch of things well which is what people see the Distressor as.

I purchased the LilFreq more as a kick ass analog desser which it is.

Its function as an EQ to me is a throw in.

Same here !
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