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Ashly PQX-571 Parametric EQ???

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by jokerjkny, Nov 14, 2005.


  1. jokerjkny

    jokerjkny

    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PA
  2. Passinwind

    Passinwind I Know Nothing Supporting Member

    I have both that one and the stereo version, the 572. They have a divide-by-ten switch for the frequency pot, so you can get a finer scale adjustment for the lower frequencies. I've never tried to check the calibration, but I can if you like. I've been using these EQs for years for monitor duty, and I've used the 571 quite a bit for bass as well. The feature set is very good, with a bypass switch for each band, plus two shelving bands with frequency sweeps. They are very reliable and pretty good sounding in comparison to the Symetrix, Rane, DBX, Furman, and a few others I've used.

    I'm not sure if my Symetrix 551E is still listed in the TB classifieds, but that's a good sounding parametric as well, arguably a bit more hi-fi than the Ashly, and has three frequency divider ranges per pot, if fine scale adjustment is of critical importance to you.
     
  3. jokerjkny

    jokerjkny

    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PA
    thx PW,

    having accuracy is pretty important. i like being able to literally zero in on a particular frequency for those woofy freq's in a particular venue, which in my case, are usually churches.

    but ya know, i'm starting to like the multiple knobs of the same range, cause i like the idea of being able to punch in and out certain ranges, and be able to keep certain settings, while changing basses, which could need different settings. that sounds like a cool option to have. :cool:

    another question, tho, are the outputs of the ashly balanced only? i'm hoping to use the ashly for my Aguilar DB539, which i'm pretty sure it unbalanced 1/4".

    btw, it was your suggestion in another EQ thread that got me thinking about the Ashly. thx again!
     
  4. Passinwind

    Passinwind I Know Nothing Supporting Member

    The PQX has XLR outs plus 1/4" TRS impedance-balanced ones, which work just fine with 1/4 inch unbalanced gear.

    The ability to preset settings is a huge bonus, IMHO. It makes a pretty workable stand alone bass preamp for active basses as well, there's enough gain to drive a power amp no problem.

    btw, it was your suggestion in another EQ thread that got me thinking about the Ashly. thx again!

    No worries, hope you find what you need. I'm thinking about building a tubey parametric one of these days, but so far I haven't figured out how to do that without a substantial number of solid state sections, which would probably defeat the whole purpose.
     
  5. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    My band has used the stereo Ashly for several recording projects, and I've always been impressed with its effectiveness and ease of use.

    Tom.
     
  6. jokerjkny

    jokerjkny

    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PA
    hey guys, thx again...

    but just wanted to know, how flexible is the "Q" width adjustability?
     
  7. Passinwind

    Passinwind I Know Nothing Supporting Member

    Per the manual: 1/20th octave (.05) to 3.3 octaves. Quote: "You could effectively boost or cut by 15dB a middle C on the piano without affecting the adjacent B or D at all!"
     
  8. jokerjkny

    jokerjkny

    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PA
    holy...

    thx PW! so, when it says "to", that means its a knob i can variable adjust the Q? or is it a switch that goes from 1/20th to 3.3 octaves?

    but all in all, i think the Ashly is now on my look out list. :)
     
  9. Passinwind

    Passinwind I Know Nothing Supporting Member

    Each band (5 of 'em) has a continuously adjustable knob with that full range accessible, plus there are the 2 shelving bands which are frequency and gain only. :bassist:

    I use settings around 1/3-1/6th octave pretty often for feedback control in monitor applications. But remember that with great power comes great responsibility...LOL!
     
  10. jokerjkny

    jokerjkny

    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PA
    wow,

    consider me sold! mucho gracias, PW!