What's the bottom feeder Eq flavor of the month right now? I know the Speck are highly regarded but what else is out there? Any news/rumors on the FMR Eq or is that dead in the water? Are the TL Audio Eq units that i've seen for about $700 used any good?
You can't go too wrong with an Orban. They're older and will probably need caps but they are pretty solid. The 622B is the 4-band, stereo parametric deal. I use it mainly on things where I need control over the low end, it's not clean enough for the mix buss IMHO.
this unit looks really interesting. don't know if it sounds any good but i have used their compressors and they are good, so if thats anything to go by it should be ok.
anyway i just think its a great concept. its a six band parametric eq. but each band has an input and output. so it can be used as six one band eq's, one six band eq, or any combination in between.
i know i posted about one of their preamps the other day, but i don't work for them or anything! they just make some interesting products that i have been checking out in recent times. not very sexy looking though.
Originally posted by Jay Kahrs You can't go too wrong with an Orban. They're older and will probably need caps but they are pretty solid. The 622B is the 4-band, stereo parametric deal. I use it mainly on things where I need control over the low end, it's not clean enough for the mix buss IMHO.
What Jay said.. The Orbans are sleepers.. I had much fun with the 672A, which is an 8-band para-graphic. I really regret selling mine.
I like the Urei 545 Eq.. nice an d usical and not too expensive if you can find them... they have not suffered the major price rise like the 1176...
Gee imagine if u coulda bought shares in 1176's before UA reissued them.. if they had never done that the original black and silver faces would be going up like fairchilds, 1081/73 etc... but then we woulda been fuct cos UA came and crashed tha party.. lol
Eq only on mixdown is not a bad habit. That is usually how I use it as well. I feel mic/preamp choice and mic placement are my form of EQ while tracking. Well other than wild tracks (vocal distortion and telephone effects) which Eq can be part of the effect.
Originally posted by Sir Bob I am just a home recording guy and I haven't used eq on the recording chain, just in mixdown.
What in the world am I missing?
Honestly, not much. If your building a project one track at a time your better off waiting until you get everything together before you EQ a lot. In your case I'd only EQ if there was a really obvious thing that needed to be done, like chop away at something boomy or too muddy or brighten up an acoustic guitar with old strings. Only whack or enhance what you know needs to be done. Other then that, your taking shots in the dark.
Originally posted by jspartz How about the DBX Project 1 EQ (Bob Orban designed - So I am told). Cost effective. Not as great of a tool as the Speck but it does work.
Yes, the dbx 242.
These are the ones Bob Orban will recommend to you, himself, as his best design. Very similar to the older Orbans, but with cleaner signal path and slightly greater flexibility. A steal for the money. Can be snagged off ebay anywhere between $100-200.
Originally posted by Wiggy Neve Slut I like the Urei 545 Eq.. nice an d usical and not too expensive if you can find them... they have not suffered the major price rise like the 1176...
The original 545 has a quad version of the 741 op amp (4741 I think) which is not a particulary good device as it's real slow. The problem is if you try and add 10dB boost at 10kHz , the 741 cannot slew fast enough and distorts. So if you get one, get the opamps changed to something a bit more modern - makes a big difference to the top end !!
This may sound strange but Pendulum audio's acoustic guitar stereo preamp/eq's are really good eq's. I use them to track with coming out of my Neve modules to tape. I have 2 of them. An HZ-10se 4 band mono eq and an sps 1 stereo 3 band eq's. Both are really nice and you can probably get them for around $500 or $600 and then you have the worlds best acoustic guitar pre to boot. Good luck.
Looks like Malcolm Toft is making another comeback. He was at AES with three of his latest gadgets, one being a dual mic pre/ eq. He was one of the few who actually had a few sounds available to play through it! I cannot see how people expect us to pay thousands for their gear without trying.tutt . Anyway, my impressions were "I'm going to order one as soon as it's on the market". Very nice eq...I cannot comment on the pre but it's cheap enough not to care.
That's right Jay. He has however been in a number of different partnerships, one with Ted Fletcher (Oram is another). Certainly the MTA A Range module was a piece of crap. Unfortunately I found out too late
I would still give his gear a listen though. He has one thing going for him, he's an audio engineer at heart. It really depends on who he teams up with. I see he's very buddy buddy with a guy called Alan Hyatt. I know that name is going to ring a few alarm bells.