Great River EQ-2NV by henge
The EQ2NV is a two channel digitally controlled analogue EQ that is based on the Neve 1081/1083 models. Great River has made some improvements to the original designs where they saw fit and the results are spectacular.
Each channel has controls for a high pass filter, low shelf ( switchable to notch ), low mid and high mid with Q adjustable between narrow, mid and wide and finally a high shelf which is switchable to notch. Each band can be defeated individually which is very cool. An input knob lets you drive the transformers at different levels as well as treat different incoming levels and also enables you to use the EQ in conjunction with the ME1NV pre. More on this later.
Each channel has a bypass for comparing what you’ve done to what was before. In and outs are standard xlr’s as well as a -10 output for both channels. Each channel also has a patch jack. This is where you interface with the ME1NV. Construction is top notch. I opened up the unit to look inside and the construction was GORGEOUS!! The knobs feel solid and smooth and the labelling is easy to read.
The EQ2NV is made to interface with an ME1NV or ME2NV via the patch points on the back of either unit, all you need is a TRS cable. This enables you to put the EQ between the in and out stages of the ME1NV. You get to drive the EQ with the pre and the sound is friggin HUGE. You can also use both the output on the EQ and Pre for even more variety. The EQ2NV practically becomes a different EQ. In fact the sound was so big and deep using the Pre, Eq combo…..I got scared. The EQ2NV is extremely versatile by itself, but pairing it with the MW1NV adds a whole different sonic palette which is also extremely versatile. As a one and only combo it’s (EQ2NV into ME1NV) it’s pretty incredible.
Ok on to real world use. Used on kick I sucked out a bunch of low mids using the low shelf set to notch and set to 330 Hz. I liked this setting better than using the low mid filter. The high pass was set to 33 Hz to get rid of any rumble. The sound was powerful, open and DEEP. All of a sudden there was this space around the sound which made it so easy to fit into the track. Snare benefited from a slight boost with medium Q at 220 Hz and a slight cut with narrow Q at 1.5 k. Again the depth and space around the sound were awesome. I could get used to this!! I went on to process the remaining drum tacks and was floored by the space and depth of each sound.
Bass was run through the ME1NV, EQ2NV combo and was massive. I sucked out 330 Hz with the low mid controls and was basking in huge bass heaven. Unfortunately the bass was too big so I went back to just using the EQ on its own. With the low mid cut and some high passing at 56 or 100 Hz I had my sound. Again easy and spacious.
I ended up running every track through the EQ2NV, UBK Fatso combo and the results were fantastic. I finally got the depth, clarity and separation that I always wanted with minimal effort. It was easy to carve out sonic space for each element in the mix.
Used on the 2 buss it,s pretty easy to match sides with the EQ2NV. It must be noted that the gain pots are not detented so you have to use your ears for level matching. For corrective buss eq’ing the EQ2NV was fabulous. I cut ever so slightly at 3.9k and 1.5 K using a narrow Q and the whole mix came together. Every element was defined and had space yet the mix was still cohesive.
This is a fabulous sounding EQ capable of sweet to surgical and it does what it does with wonderful sonics. A great all rounder! Thanks Great River.