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Kick drum EQ Single-Channel Preamps
Old 4th August 2004
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Kick drum EQ

So, what is everyone's favorite EQ's for kick drum???

The SSL E242 eq's are one of my favorites..... there's something about that bell shape.... heh
Old 5th August 2004
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I've been really impressed with the original daking's eq... and the headroom on those pre's kick so much a** for drums!!!
Old 5th August 2004
Crane Song Ibis has been good to me when the band has the budget.
Old 5th August 2004
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560 combined with digital eq to get rid of resonance.
Old 5th August 2004
For kicks:

SSL,GML 8200(my favorite),560B,Pultecs and lately when a Pultec is not around the MP EQ.

Basically any EQ's that don't have a lot of phase shifts.
Old 5th August 2004
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I dunno... maybe because it's the latest toys in the rack but I keep going back and forth between the EQ on the "Quartet II" and the "EQ-2NV"... but the Manley 'Massive' has worked as has the GML 9500

API's usually don't suck, and the Chandler LTD-1 is sometimes the ticket... but lately I've been on a Great River and Pendulum jag
Old 7th August 2004
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I love the Dakings for drums (EQ and Comp btw)

Old 7th August 2004
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CLM Dynamics expounder... this thing can turn a ****ty kik into a powerhouse. Fantastic problem solver and all round EQ.

API 560- swiss army knife EQ.... seriously underated!grudge

Neve 1073.. not good @ sorting our ****ty or problematic kiks but nice for the low mid scoop cos of the wide Q

focusrite ISA.. nice mid range point for a bit of attitude

Pultec of some variety if the kik is great sounding, if from the outset the kik is golden an doesnt need much work.. things only get better from there if they are around!

Liked my Wunder when we did a quick trial of it a few weeks ago. Wide and musical Q, little or no phase shift. even @ full tilt it sounded great. I think this may be the closest i have experienced to the famed Helios 'FBAAF' Full Boost At All Frequencies. I think there is a little bit of helios in the Wunder, so i think that there is some kinda similarity in design and application.... Mike?

Old 7th August 2004
Mostly Neve 1073 + Transient designer (with Focusrite 215 as the cavalry if tuning and adjusting padding fails us)

on mixdownin PT its URS (+ Sony as the cavalry if extreme 'notch out' is required)

I used to go back out to 1073 + Dbx 160 for kick AND snare but lately it usually just L Vox that take a trip through outboard on my mixes these days....
Old 7th August 2004
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anyone is bringing Wunder into Australia?


Old 7th August 2004
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Track and mix with Vintech X73i. Maybe the occasional problem solving with UAD Cambridge or sweetening with UAD Pultec.
Old 7th August 2004
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I forget the number but I use an old Urei graphic eq for kick. Great big output transformer sounds great on kick.
Old 7th August 2004
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CLM Expounder
Old 7th August 2004
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Might catch hell for this but I've been using a SPL Vitalizer Classic.

Works for me
Old 8th August 2004
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I like the sound of the SSL black E series eqs. I also love the channel eq on the Midas Venice, the low shelf adds a great rich low to anything. In plugin land, the Sonalksis is good.
Old 8th August 2004
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currently its the toft atc-2 for me..... but thats mostly because its what i have available. it does do the job though...
Old 8th August 2004
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ADR Vocal Stressor
Old 12th August 2004
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I either use an 560 or a Pultec. Maybe the SSL eq if that's what I'm doing

What's the
Old 12th August 2004
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it's not exactly a "slutty" piece of gear, but I find that a old Ashly 15 band graphic can give me what I want on a kick when nothing else can. (but I still wanna get some API 560's to see how they compare....the gear lust never stops.) Rick
Old 12th August 2004
Originally posted by djgout
I've been really impressed with the original daking's eq... and the headroom on those pre's kick so much a** for drums!!!
my 52270b lives on the snare. I usually track with the pre and use the eq in the mix. For kick I use the 9098. If you can't get a sound with it, you can't get a sound.
Old 12th August 2004
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Lately I have been using either the Amek 9098 with the EQ (Great EQ for drums) or a Midas XL42. In fact, we are just about to put in 6 channels of XL42s to live on the drum kit. Those things rock. I tried the URS API stuff and now I know what my next big purchase is going to be. The everything bundle.

Take care.
Old 13th August 2004
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I agree about the Midas stuff..I have the Venice and the eq is really nice for the $$.
Old 13th August 2004
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My usual setup is a 560B or a newer 560.

I also think the 560 is underrated ,but I love em!

If I need to EQ the kick it's generaly my 1st choice .
(for rock that is..)

Old 15th August 2004
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Wunder Audio on Kick drum


I totally agree with your choices for the kick. Have you gotten around to try the Wunder on some more kicks since that first session?
What we have found is the the Wunder smokes our Olympic era Helios Console on kick and about everything else so I never considered that there is any relationship. Our Helios modules have the large Lustraphone transformers. The Helios seems a bit polite and therefore needs on many occasions a full boost. The Wunder will get aggressive with only a small ( a 1/4 of the boost/cut range ) boost. The cool thing is that you can boost cut all the way with an incredible 21 dB of boost and cut with virtually no Phase shift! I better calm down...

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