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Old 2 weeks ago
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Looking for a new mastering EQ

Hi,

I am looking for a new mastering EQ to complement my Elysia Xfilter, Pultec clone and TK-Lizer. Budget around $2500
Transparent but musical, stereo and with stepped controls for the 2-bus.
Any suggestions?
Old 1 week ago
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What is it that you feel you are missing?

High Voltage Audio EQ-6S and DAV BG3 are in your budget. If you can stretch it a bit Gyraf G23-S is well worth considering.

If I was you I'd think about taking my $2500 and selling 1 or 2 of my other EQs for a main mastering EQ like Barry Porter, Buzz, Maselec, SPL, etc. If you find one used it could get you there.
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HCL Thermos. Done deal
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HCL Thermos. Done deal
^This^
Old 1 week ago
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a 500-frame with

Mastering-Desk

passive shelf, passive mid, filter aso...
Old 1 week ago
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HCL Thermos. Done deal
or this one?

PORTER-GRINDER Precision Mastering EQ
Old 1 week ago
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... or the underrated api 5500

API: 5500 Dual Equalizer

check my eq comparison thread :-)
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I think thats way more expensive than a Thermos.
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I think thats way more expensive than a Thermos.
you would have to look at and listen to them side by side, listen to sound quality and use components, e.g. the rotary switches.

maybe the higher price is worth it (in a long term)?
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you would have to look at and listen to them side by side, listen to sound quality and use components, e.g. the rotary switches.

maybe the higher price is worth it (in a long term)?
Of course, as with anything. But I like mine better than the Buzz eq, so theres that. The switches are stiff but they work great, and the sound is really nice.
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From the ones you are using, I'd say you need something that has the ability to be more precise. A "main" EQ. The ones you are using are all pretty broad strokes and may not work on all material.

I'd suggest building either the Porter NetEQ or the DR-MQ5 by DIY-RACKED. The cost is about what your budget is, but it might be 6-8 months before you have something working. However, you'll end up with something that is on par with EQ's in the $6-8k range instead. Both of those EQ's are mega-clean (depending on the DOA you chose for the DR-MQ5) and super versatile. Exactly what you want as a mastering engineer.

Plus, it's very satisfying to work with something you built with your own two hands
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Of course, as with anything. But I like mine better than the Buzz eq, so theres that. The switches are stiff but they work great, and the sound is really nice.
that's great to hear!
what is the lowest possible q?
to you use it mainly for dip and combine it with a eq who has broader bands?
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Thanks for the mention.

A customer recently took some time to make a few notes on it.

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Gustav
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Thanks for the mention.

A customer recently took some time to make a few notes on it.

Matt Davis - I'm back with more paragraphs!

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Gustav
the test sounds very promising
i also really like the design of your eq - i am sure that you can work very efficiently with it.
some people might say "parrot" about it, but i think it's very transparent when the bands have different colors.
if i would be happy with a porter? i don't know, my porter experiences so far have been moderately euphoric, but your design seems to be a clear emprocement towards the original.
my search for the "clean" eq in the chain was stony and long - if i hadn't ended up at the knif eksa (which costs more than twice your eq), i would have tested your eq.

i can't find the exact q-range as well as the frequency range of the bands on your page.
that would be interesting to know, especially in comparison with thermos.

it would also be very exciting to see your eq right next to a hcl thermos, touch both of them and listen to them.

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i can't find the exact q-range as well as the frequency range of the bands on your page.
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q ranges are measured in the post you linked to.

They were not selected mathematically, or by graphs, but rather by trial and error/listenig tests (back and forth tweaking with the engineers testing the initial prototypes). This is generally how I like to work.

The q circuit is different from Porter's design.

The frequency ranges (mathematically) are in a reply on the link, and also attached here (And then theres the real world).

Gustav
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