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API 560 Graphic EQ 500 Series EQ\'s
Old 29th August 2007
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API 560 Graphic EQ

What would one use this for versus the 550? Any reason in particular to want a graphic versus a parametric eq? What is the sound (560 vs 550) like in comparison?
Old 29th August 2007
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Kick,bass,and acoustic guitar.
Old 29th August 2007
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ok, but why... the 560 over the 550?
Old 29th August 2007
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They sound quite different. A lot of guys will boost harmonic or fundamental frequencies (depending upon that specific mixing methodology) with a 550 or other EQ, and use the 560's for the desired cuts. You can sort of make a curve with the graphic. The 560's are quite useful.
Old 29th August 2007
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The 560's are quite useful.
Except for recalls, where they suck:

"-1 @31, -2 @62, +3 @ 125, [email protected] 250....?"
"No way it was -2, -3, +2 and +4..."
"Oh common that's not +4...."
"Dude, that IS +4...."

Two days later...Yawn....
Old 29th August 2007
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Except for recalls, where they suck:
But who cares anyway?
Old 29th August 2007
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I find the 560 useless for the price you have to pay for it. Most graphic EQs are, but at least they're considerably cheaper than the 560 and offer more bands of EQ.
Old 29th August 2007
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Each to their own....

I find it a quality and powerful eq at a reasonable price.
Old 29th August 2007
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The 560 sounds different from a 550a or 550b when there's no eqing at all. Thus more choices.

Also it's very quick on bass and kick. Cut some 31, boost a lot of 63, a little bit 125, cut a bit of 250 and more of 500, then boost a bit or a lot of 2k or 4k and cut everything above.... As you've done going from bottom to top you finished the eqing.

But of course, sometimes a simply 3-band 550a works better. Yet more choices is always better when you need...well, more choices....

As for the price, I think the 560 is a very cost-efficient purchase. When it does great, it does better than a 550x, but is much cheaper.

Yeah the recall is a big problem...gotta use a digital camera. As for why to recall a mix? Well, in case the record company changes its mind later. You can of course tell them "no way", but then again if it's your own album the one you hurt the most is going to be yourself....
Old 29th August 2007
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The 560's are great, it's super fast to get a character sound from them!

Also those shapes they form is easy to remember for recall, and not much harder to photograph!
Old 29th August 2007
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They sound quite different. A lot of guys will boost harmonic or fundamental frequencies (depending upon that specific mixing methodology) with a 550 or other EQ, and use the 560's for the desired cuts. You can sort of make a curve with the graphic. The 560's are quite useful.
Old 30th August 2007
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What else is out there with a comparable sound to the 550B but maybe a lighter load on the wallet...?
Old 30th August 2007
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I find the 560 very usefull on just about any instrument especially kick, snare and EG, also bass (to get that booooom out of it).


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