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Good Graphic Equalizer?

Discussion in 'Live Sound [BG]' started by Les Gonzalez, Mar 30, 2014.

  1. Hey there, i'm looking for opinions on the best upgrade from an old Behringer Ultragraph 31 band two channel that has deveolped a nasty buzz/hiss whenever the sliders are moved in any direction from flat.

    I really wish I could get it into one rack space instead of the three that the Behringer takes up. I'm looking at the DBX dual 15 band, is this a good choice? Application is for local bar band performances FOH and monitor EQ.

    What are you using as your sonic standard go to graphic EQ?
  2. I'd stay with 31 bands, with full range sliders - expressly for monitors. Also IMO, 3 band parametric EQ's are a "must have" for monitoring (Furman makes good ones). Anyway, I like Rane, White and Furman and DBX makes good equalizers too.

    EDIT: BTW, your old Behringer EQ may just need cleaning. Buy a can of De-Oxit, and spray it in the sliders and move the sliders up and down to distribute the stuff and you're done. http://www.all-spec.com/products/D5S-6.html
  3. dbx 231
  4. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    I always recommend a used Ashly as one of the best quality per dollar options.
  5. 4Mal

    4Mal Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2002
    Columbia River Gorge
    Peavey 2 space with FLS. No gucci name but they really don't sound bad...on par with the DBX for sure and ... The energy band lights are way useful... 2 spaces = longer throw sliders which are much, much easier to get right than 1RU EQ's... The only 1RU EQ that will see use in my Racks will be a parametric. 1RU graphics are for the boids...
  6. Rane here.

    Still suffering smoking in bars? Put the front cover on once you're dialed in. No big deal to have a tweak later and put it back.
  7. I, too, vote for a Peavey with FLS. Very quiet, balanced ins/outs, typical Peavey build quality, used for around $120 +/- for a Q231FLS model. Check Ebay.
  8. As others have mentioned, White, Ashly, and dbx have good units.

    I especially like the older Whites with knobs - not sliders. It tends to put a stop to people who EQ with their eyes instead of their ears.
  9. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    Used rane is the ticket to get closer to pro level for cheap, especially the balanced versions; i don't have any problem with 1RU sized versions, they're perfectly easy to use.

    Otherwise, DBX used are all over the place for dirt cheap, and are a step up from the ol' "B".