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Old 2nd July 2005
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Buzz Audio REQ-2.2

Well it's been waiting for 10 years to see the light of day - and here it is! No doubt you want to know the price, we are just finalizing this and I will post as soon as I have an accurate figure.

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The Resonance Equaliser
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Last edited by Tim Farrant; 15th August 2008 at 10:42 AM.. Reason: updated link to new webpage
Old 2nd July 2005
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Originally Posted by Tim Farrant
Well it's been waiting for 10 years to see the light of day - and here it is! No doubt you want to know the price, we are just finalizing this and I will post as soon as I have an accurate figure.

Click for more info...

The Resonance Equaliser

Besides the price, the most important would be what does it sound like?

Are we talking on the "clean" side or the "character" side?
Old 2nd July 2005
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Originally Posted by thethrillfactor
Besides the price, the most important would be what does it sound like?

Are we talking on the "clean" side or the "character" side?
From the description and from the closeup look at the controls (look at the bigger pic in Tim's link), I'd say it looks like he was going for some controllability of "character"

I'll tell ya... I'm letting myself get psyched about this one. For a long time, I have been wanting to love some EQ out there, especially one suited to buss or mastering work..

Can't wait to hear this one.

I hope this kiwi can fly!! Kudos to Tim for the mere idea of the thing in the meantime..

-dave
Old 2nd July 2005
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Holy S H I T TIM THAT LOOKS GORGEOUS!!!
/Lindell
Old 2nd July 2005
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Here is the larger pic:

http://www.buzzaudio.com/images2/reqcompositelarge.jpg

Tim, the saturation is golden.

Dave - I'll have one when they are available (hopefully SN #001 if Tim will allow it!!)...we can get some A+ beer and see what it can do!
Old 2nd July 2005
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Dave - I'll have one when they are available (hopefully SN #001 if Tim will allow it!!)...we can get some A+ beer and see what it can do!
Excellent!! I'll supply the beer, you bring the gear. thumbsup

-dave
Old 2nd July 2005
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Hey Tim,

Quote:
The overall design is a "no holes barred" approach with ...
I believe the expression is "no holds barred"...

From one Wellingtonian to another... heh

Matt
Old 2nd July 2005
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Hey Tim,
I believe the expression is "no holds barred"...

From one Wellingtonian to another... heh

Matt
Yeah- "no holes barred" would be some kind of porn expression..... heh

Seriously though- That sucker looks mighty sweet!
Old 3rd July 2005
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YYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH TIM !!!!!!!


Looks awesome.

The saturation feature looks neat.

What`s it do exactly ?


Also what are the differences between this unit and your single channel EQ ?
Old 3rd July 2005
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Oooops, you are right Matt, "no HOLDS barred" - thanks for the correction.

Thrillfactor, the sound of the unit without Saturation engaged is pretty well clean, but full. The electronics is the same as that used in our MA2.2 preamp, so if you have heard that, you will know. The Saturation stage is intended to add some colour that would associated with older designs, single ended amplifiers and transformers. The inclusion of this was actually Nathan's idea.

The difference between our MPE single channel EQ and the Resonance Equaliser is the use of inductors and the BE40 amp module throughout - no electronic simulation or feedback type filter networks. Each band uses switchable inductors and capacitors, just like the mid sections of a Neve 1073 or 1081 or Pultec for example. The difference here however is there a a greater number of frequency selections available and the "Q" is variable.

IMO, there is no subsitute for a inductor based EQ, it just sounds huge to my ears. When you crank up the bass - you get bass! I designed this about 10 years ago, so I am pretty excited about it too - and it extends our True Class A 2.2 range which has always been the ultimate goal of Buzz Audio.

Note that there will be a Mastering detented version (as in picture) and a cheaper version with continuosly variable cut/boost control with an extended +/-16dB range. Will have pricies for you soon and this unit will debut in the flesh at AES NY in October along with another new product in the 2.2 range. I thought I'd give the Gearslutzers the skinny in the meantime!

Cheers
Tim
Old 3rd July 2005
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Wink

So to the most important question of 'em all; Is it three or four units high?


































hehehehe...just kidding.......BUT, the sad part is that that I have 0 U left over in my racks... =))))
Old 3rd July 2005
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hehehehe...just kidding.......BUT, the sad part is that that I have 0 U left over in my racks... =))))
so dump a couple of dbx boxes ....





no wait ... leave those, dump the 960 .......








argh ... no wait .... dump the 480, that's vintage ....








no wait .... throw the summits out .....







no wait .... leave the summits but ditch the Gyraf stuff ... who need tubes anyhow ...








NOOOOO .... forget that .... get rid of the Transient designer and the De-esser








nah ... not good either .... leave the spls where the are but take out the Eventides ....










No ... not good either. Uhm ... Take a Disk saw out and ditch 16 Neve channels (you might wanna disconnect the desk from the electricity before you do that) .... That' ought to create some space to put in an extra tack or 2 .... Matter of having some reserve for the future.
Old 3rd July 2005
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there .... done some interieur redesign ..... it'll cost you part of your famous couch though .... heh
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Old 3rd July 2005
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Looks great Tim.
can't wait to hear it.
Old 3rd July 2005
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there .... done some interieur redesign ..... it'll cost you part of your famous couch though .... heh
hahahah.....beautiful !!!!!
Old 4th July 2005
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this thing looks exremtely simple to use
so i think i'm going to have to buy one
Old 5th July 2005
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What to do, what to do.

Was planning on getting another ARC so as to have a pair and now this comes out...

Buy both?

Old 5th July 2005
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Just got the MPE 1.1 and tried it! Works like magic! Beats the plugin eq up and down and all around!

Wondering how much better will the REQ going to be!!!!
Old 5th July 2005
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way to go tim





Old 5th July 2005
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I'm a big fan of the Buzz stuff. Looks good!
Old 6th July 2005
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**** Tim I can't collect the money as fast as you design new gear - slow down man or I'm in deep troubles (GF looks over my shoulder with a very serious face)


Jo
Old 2nd August 2005
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any estimated price tag and release date? thumbsup
Old 2nd August 2005
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I spoke to Tim a while back, and he said he's expecting it to be between $3000 NZD and $3500 NZD, which is a window of about $2000 USD to $2400 USD. That was purely speculative, so take it for what it's worth...
Old 2nd August 2005
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Originally Posted by murp
I spoke to Tim a while back, and he said he's expecting it to be between $3000 NZD and $3500 NZD, which is a window of about $2000 USD to $2400 USD. That was purely speculative, so take it for what it's worth...

There will also be shipping costs from New Zealand (to the country of the distributor or buyer) and import fees/duties in addition to the basic build cost of the unit.
Old 4th August 2005
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So how much is this thing going to cost ini the US?
Old 5th August 2005
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Outstanding piece of "slutiness" Tim .... i'm thinkin' 4038's into the TG2 into REQ2.2 into apogee into..... mmmmmmm

Tom
Old 5th August 2005
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Thanks Moofie and all the others who have emailled me and provided feedback from our website too!

Bee, I know I promised the price soon, but have come up against a few issues with the type of switches used which will make a big price difference, but I think we have this resolved now, and can complete the costing.

In any event, we will (should) have a working unit at AES in Oct, and the price will certainly be pinned down by then. I am confident it will not be too "over the top".

edit: I meant to add that the power toggle switch has been replaced with a pushbutton type switch. This suggestion was given to us, the thought being that if the unit is laying flat in a Mastering console, shirt sleeves can easily catch the toggle and turn off the unit (or break off the toggle), thank you Graemme from Zen Mastering in Canada for your input!

Cheers
Tim.
Old 5th August 2005
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Originally Posted by Tim Farrant
edit: I meant to add that the power toggle switch has been replaced with a pushbutton type switch. This suggestion was given to us, the thought being that if the unit is laying flat in a Mastering console, shirt sleeves can easily catch the toggle and turn off the unit (or break off the toggle), thank you Graemme from Zen Mastering in Canada for your input!
Yeah, thanks for driving the price up .

Seriously, this could be just what I need. I have the MPE1.1 for a couple of weeks now and dig it very much! If this new one sounds even better, it could become my main tracking eq and live on the mixbus during mixing!

Now, try to keep it firmly under $3000,- .

Greetings,
Dirk
Old 5th August 2005
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Originally Posted by Tim Farrant
I meant to add that the power toggle switch has been replaced with a pushbutton type switch. This suggestion was given to us, the thought being that if the unit is laying flat in a Mastering console, shirt sleeves can easily catch the toggle and turn off the unit (or break off the toggle), thank you Graemme from Zen Mastering in Canada for your input!
Tim... I hope the pushbutton has a surround-collar (like the record button on some tape recorder remotes), or that it's a pushbutton that requires a good bit of pressure to engage -- some of the lighter-actioned pushbuttons out there are also at risk for being accidentally thrown -- for example, when leaning (or brushing) the edge of a hand across the unit to tweak the saturation knobs (when face-up in a mastering console).

And Tim, my mastering console and I are very eagerly looking forward to having one of these around for an audition! Cheers!

-dave
Old 5th August 2005
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$3000 I reckon I'd definately buy one,count 1 more sale if it's close to 3000 - 3500,I've been looking for a good eq such as this,but don't have $8000 for a manley.I wanna try a buzz audio opto comp too,I better start saving again,
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