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Equalisers, or EQs, are tools used in recording studios to adjust the frequency response of an audio signal. EQs are typically used to cut or boost certain frequencies, allowing the engineer to shape the overall sound of a recording. The frequency bands that an EQ can adjust can vary, but most common EQs feature a low-frequency band, a mid-frequency band, and a high-frequency band. The engineer can adjust the gain of each band to either cut or boost specific frequency ranges in the audio signal.

Equalisers can be used for a variety of purposes in the recording process. For example, a high-pass filter can be used to remove low-frequency rumble or noise, while a low-pass filter can be used to remove high-frequency hiss or unwanted harmonics. EQs can also be used to correct problems in the recording, such as excessive resonance or harshness in a particular frequency range. Additionally, EQs can be used creatively to shape the tone of a recording, such as boosting the bass for a heavier sound or cutting the mids for a more “scooped” sound. EQs are a crucial tool in the mixing process and can greatly affect the final sound of a recording.

Parametric equalisers, or parametric EQs, are a type of equaliser commonly used in recording studios. Unlike standard graphic EQs, which feature fixed frequency bands that can only be adjusted in level, parametric EQs allow the user to adjust the center frequency, bandwidth, and gain of each band independently. This provides the engineer with more precise control over the frequency response of the audio signal, allowing them to make very specific adjustments to the sound.

Parametric EQs are often used for more advanced equalisation tasks, such as surgical correction of resonant frequencies, precise tonal shaping of instruments, or adding emphasis to certain frequency ranges in a mix. The adjustable bandwidth, or “Q” factor, of each band also allows for more precise control over how much surrounding frequencies are affected by the EQ. Parametric EQs can be used for a variety of instruments and applications, including vocals, drums, guitars, and mastering. With their precise control and versatility, parametric EQs are a powerful tool for recording engineers and mixers, allowing them to fine-tune the sound of a recording with great accuracy.

First introduced in 1951, the Pultec EQP-1 Program Equalizer was the first passive equalizer on the market. Upon it’s introduction, it changed the recording world forever, offering a new way to manipulate sound. The fact that Pultec equalizers in one form or another are still in use today, is extraordinary.
The Urei 565 Filter Set introduces to the recording studio and motion picture sound department an effective tool for ‘saving’ problem tracks, and for creating innovative special effects.
The 360 Systems Model 2800 Programmable Equalizer was a fairly unique product at the time of it’s release in 1980, with it’s tactile controls and programmability. Using a Z-80 microprocessor and CMOS memory storage, the 360 Systems Model 2800 Programmable Equalizer was able to store up to 28 user created EQ curves.
The Boss RGE-10 Graphic Equalizer from 1985 provides fine tonal compensation with 10-Band Graphic Equalizer.
The Boss RPQ-10 Preamp Parametric EQ released in 1986, is A 2-band Parametric Equalizer that’s a key performer when creating sounds.
The Sony MU-E311 was part of Sony’s complete range of professional audio products, matching the aesthetic, sound quality and build quality of the Sony MU-R201 stereo digital reverb.
The Roland E-660 is a versatile two-channel digital equalizer with eight filters for precise sound adjustments, offering flexible configurations and intuitive controls, along with delay capabilities and extensive connectivity options.
The Sony MU-E041 is a professional-grade parametric equalizer featuring four-band EQ with independent control, boost/cut level switch, and transformerless balanced input/output circuits.
Manley’s modern take on the Pultec EQ – in stereo! – with extra frequencies the original never had; a vastly superior power supply and famous Manley line amps complete the package. Magic on drums, killer on guitars.
The Manley Enhanced Pultec Equalizer is Manley’s modern take on the Pultec EQ with extra frequencies the original never had; a vastly superior power supply and famous Manley line amps complete the package. Magic on kick drum, killer on guitars.
The TUBE-TECH PE 1C is a passive, all-tube EQ, based on the legendary PULTEC EQP 1A design and featuring a passive EQ section and a high quality op amp.
This single channel Manley Mid Frequency Equalizer is the secret weapon for vocal, guitar, snare and all the other midrange instruments that are the meat of the mix.
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