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Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by j-raj, Apr 18, 2005.
I'm in need of a parametric eq and I was wondering what the best one is for the money.
The Furman PQ3 Parametric EQ
I have to agree...a very hi-fi, extremely tweakable unit.
I use one in my rig as a high signal preamp.
TC Electronic 1140 parametric EQ - http://www.tcelectronic.com/TC1140
They are Discontinued though
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.
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!
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.
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.