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Preamp vs EQ

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Chrisk-K, Oct 24, 2010.

  1. Chrisk-K


    Jan 20, 2010
    Maryland, USA
    How is a preamp different from an EQ (say, a 3-band EQ with 18 decibel boost and cut)? Don't they basically do the same thing?
  2. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Yep, to an extent. It's squares and rectangles: every active EQ is also a preamp, but not every preamp has active EQ. Check the FAQ linked in my sig for a long winding road about the many uses of the word "preamp". :)
  3. Some preamps can add drive/OD tones, which can be very useful to send to FOH/PA/studio.

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