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best parametric (rack mount) EQ for the money?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by j-raj, Apr 18, 2005.

  1. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Indianapolis, IN
    I'm in need of a parametric eq and I was wondering what the best one is for the money.
  2. Tecx

    Tecx Radio Rock Leads To Sterility

    Jun 9, 2002
    Halifax, NS, Canada
  3. AlembicPlayer

    AlembicPlayer Im not wearing shorts

    Aug 15, 2004
    Pacific Northwet, USA
    I have to agree...a very hi-fi, extremely tweakable unit.
    I use one in my rig as a high signal preamp.
  4. The Reff

    The Reff

    Feb 11, 2004

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  5. The Rocktron Blue Thunder has an excellent Parametric EQ.

    Four filter sections with widely overlapping frequency selection.

    127 memory locations so you can store that great EQ tweak that works in the club with 800 square feet of bass sucking slat resonators. And plenty of room to store the EQ shape that works in the gig with low ceilings and standing wave problems.

    Plus many other fancy things, some of which are useless.

    The factory presents only make the unit sound bad so ignore them.

    With the effects turned off it is very quiet and sounds near pro level.

    Only the EQ gain controls are front panel accessable when in performance mode, user must be willing to go into edit mode and tweak parameters.
  6. andruca


    Mar 31, 2004
    Madrid (Spain)
    Disregarding fair concerns about the "B" brand I decided to give it a try. I bought the PEQ2200 Ultra-Q Pro model (not available in the USA but can be bought thru http://www.musicstore.de). I paid 77€+shipping for it. It's a 5-band full parametric with low and high cuts too. It's been doing nicely. So far I'm happy with it!

  7. Passinwind

    Passinwind I Know Nothing Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
    My favorite for bass is the Ashly PQX. It has five full bands, plus swept frequency high and low shelving filters, which are very useful IME. Also, each filter band is independently switchable, which allows you to set up a few different presets. I've used it as a standalone preamp with my active basses quite a few times. They run around $200 used on that auction site.

    Of the other ones I've used, the Symetrix and Rane (the higher end one) are two good sounding, reasonably priced units as well.
  8. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    Slightly different proposition but I recently bought a Yamaha FX500 for 60 bucks. It's an old programmable multieffect with a 3 band full parametric EQ.