people slam the 1961, but there have been many situations when it has been very useful to me. i did replace the tubes a long time ago with telefunkens and upgraded some of the components, but regardless, this box shouldn't be overlooked if you want a "color" eq. the drive of the tubes is nice on its own. like the daking, i find it best as a "cutting" eq, but a bit of wide 20k boost adds a nice air to acoustic tracks.
for drum OH or room mics as well, this box excels. sometimes i find the api is a bit spikey in the upper midrange boost. of those 4 units, i'd probably want to give a listen to the great river first, the api second and either the speck or the drawmer last. also the filtek eqs have great low end boost that you can really feel and a fair amount of attitude overall and are pretty cheap to rack up.
What about the Daking? Haven't tried it myself, but I've heard its got a bit character.
Mind you, it'll be interesting to hear how the new Daking Plus range compares.
Yes, I have thought about the daking. I have his fet compressor 2 and have used his pres as well. I really liked the pres, and thought and thought that the compressor was great too, but a bit too transparent for my liking. Don't get me wrong, I like transparent, but have enough transparent pieces as of now.
so back to eqs.
I should probably hear the daking eq......and the chandler tone control.
550s have a touch of character. I think they are kinda clean compared to other EQs but mate logically with API preamps, which do the brunt of the character work.
Have a listen to Manley Mini Massive... or pony up to the Manley Stereo EQP-1A, fab EQ and lots of great color.
How about the Emprical Labs Lil' Freq? Have you listened to this?
I like the Great River, it's a VERY well designed unit. But clean, and nice!
I second the vote for considering the Germ EQ...the character of these circuits and componenets are just lovely.
Personally, my "color" studio EQs are Summit. Most of my EQs are clean and precise, which allow me to retain the color I'm geting via mic, preamp, and dynamics and just fix what needs to get cut out. Specks ASC-T's and others are excellent in this arena.
I have to agree with previous posts, none of those.
If I were to buy a stereo EQ, it would be something that could get into detail not character. I prefer character coming from Mic Pres and Compressors. I have used the Avalon and liked it. Loved the GML.
can anyone tell me if the chameleon labs pre/eq would be a good choice?
no one can really tell you that. I like mine so far (2 days old), but so what?
several of our trusty internet vendors (who post here regularly) sell them with liberal return policies... test them out yourself and see if they meet your needs. Other than that you'd be relying on the chatter here to tell you something they're not qualified to do. ("Will this unit sound good to me?" - maybe")
I just found this:
Originally Posted by warhead
This year's just been crazy...I've half way setup but never followed through with a session where I was going to spend the evening at our local tech's studio and swap out caps for tantalum etc.
Keep in mind, I am NOT a technically minded guy...this guy is.
Just hasn't happened. Don't know if it will matter much.
I can tell you that straight out of the box the 7602 is a phenomenal piece...great pre...great DI...astounding EQ...which is why they fly off the shelves as is...and virtually never come back.
I have to agree with Tony. The Avedis E27's are some of the best sounding eq's out there. Just running signal through them gives you a nice boost and you can't find a bad point on them if you try. I'm a huge fan of this eq. Worth every penny and Avedis is a great guy.
I would like to try out those Avedis, but I just got a Tone Control and if you want character, there is a whole world of it in here. Great EQ and for the lowered temporary price they're selling at right now, it's an awesome deal. Love'n it so far