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best, smallest parametric EQ?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by David Wilson, Feb 3, 2003.


  1. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    I'd like to hear any recommendations / warnings for non-rack / half rack parametric EQ units. The smaller the better!

    I've been trying out the Carl Martin 3 band model, which is cool. Info page on carlmartinusa.com

    However, I'd like to know what else is out there before committing. I see plenty of parametric rack units, but not too many that could fit on / next to a pedalboard.

    The Carl Martin is 5" D * 4" W * 3"H, which is pretty small. I've heard nothing but great things about the Raven Labs True Blue, but I'm not sure of it's dimensions.
     
  2. BFunk

    BFunk Supporting Member

    Raven-Labs True Blue EQ. This the best out there for bass for small $$$. It is less that a half-rack wide and slightly higher that a rack-space. (Kinda wierd, I know.)
     
  3. redneck2wild

    redneck2wild

    Nov 27, 2002
    Memphis, TN
    Before I started using a preamp with a parametric EQ I used a Boss PQ-3B Bass Parametric EQ pedal. It had 3 parametric bands with frequency and levels for each. I liked the low band on the pedal since it could be adjusted to boost the 30Hz frequency of a low B. It is the only EQ pedal I had seen at that point that had a frequency boost down at the 30hz band.

    You can typcially find the pedal used on www.musicgoround.com for around $50-$60.
    Try a search for Boss PQ or Boss Bass.
     
  4. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    I've been reading reviews of this, and it sounds awesome. I read this snippet from one review at the Dudepit:
    Also:
    Bfunk, how well does this work in practice? So you boost, say, +10db @ 40hz. It keeps the overall level the same? If true, that's amazing and I simply must get one in a few weeks time, soon as that pesky bonus check arrives.
     
  5. BFunk

    BFunk Supporting Member

    I wouldn't really say that. I think that the effect is more subtle than other eq because of it's design. If you look at the specs, you will see that you can boost the signal of a band up to 15 dB. However the max overall gain is 6 dB. Weird, but this makes sense when you look at the design:
     
  6. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    BFunk, I'll check one of these out in a bit and report back...

    And redneck2wild, I'll keep an eye out for a PQ-3B and see if I can score one cheap. I'm not the biggest Boss fan, apart from the TU-2 tuner and V-Wah, but I'll try it out if I can.

    Thanks!