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EQ Reviews

By George Shilling

With many years as a recording engineer and producer George knows the good from the bad. In many cases it's a matter of taste, some prefer one EQ over another but George writes unbiased and objective reviews of the equipment tested to help you discover new or interesting gear.

Cartec EQP-1A Mono valve equalizer
Dec 23 2012 Mono valve equalizer
Cartec EQP-1A

Surely the audio industry’s most copied product, in hardware and latterly in software, is the Pultec EQP-1A Program Equalizer. Developed at the beginning of the 1950s in New Jersey, the

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CLM Dynamics DB500s Expounder Stereo / dual mono dynamic equalizer
Dec 23 2003 Stereo / dual mono dynamic equalizer
CLM Dynamics DB500s Expounder

In the area of studio outboard, there is always room for a new twist on an old idea, and Scottish company CLM have popped up, seemingly from nowhere, with this

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Daking 52270 Mic Pre/EQ and 91579 Compressor/Limiter Geoffrey Daking pro audio
Dec 23 2008 Geoffrey Daking pro audio
Daking 52270 Mic Pre/EQ and 91579 Compressor/Limiter

I suspect that many readers outside the US have never heard of Geoffrey Daking. I hadn't. The man himself is a studio owner and 'audio tinkerer'. His units have been

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Drawmer Front End One MX60 Mic / line channel strip
Dec 23 2003 Mic / line channel strip
Drawmer Front End One MX60

In the high-end 'voice channel' market, one can easily forget that Drawmer were an early entrant with the Vacuum Tube 1960. They now enter the crowded budget end of this

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Gyraf Gyratec XIV Stereo valve equalizer
Dec 23 2012 Stereo valve equalizer
Gyraf Gyratec XIV

Gyraf are a Danish company who have been quietly making valve-based outboard equipment for over 15 years; it is five years since Resolution last looked at any of their products.

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Helios EQ1 Lunchbox Classic British input module
Dec 23 2000 Classic British input module
Helios EQ1 Lunchbox

A brief history lesson: The late Dick Swettenham was a maintenance engineer at Olympic Studios in its late 1960's heyday. In the early 1970's he built a rather wonderful desk

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Inward Connections Vac Rac TEQ-1 Modular stepped valve EQ
Dec 23 2003 Modular stepped valve EQ
Inward Connections Vac Rac TEQ-1

The Vac Rac was originally reviewed by Dave Foister in the March 1996 edition of Studio Sound. This revisit is to evaluate the new EQ module, but first, a quick

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Joemeek MeekBox VC2 Valve channel strip
Dec 23 2003 Valve channel strip
Joemeek MeekBox VC2

I have long been a fan of Joe Meek's productions. I even went to a Joe Meek Appreciation Society event a few months back. But until recently I had not

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Manley Massive Passive Stereo valve EQ
Dec 23 2003 Stereo valve EQ
Manley Massive Passive

Manley have established a mighty reputation for their no-compromise outboard equipment. The attention to detail is astonishing, the manuals informative and entertaining, and the sound quality undeniably superb. So why

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Neve 8801 88R console channel strip
Dec 23 2008 88R console channel strip
Neve 8801

This is a product that now seems obvious, and although there have been board room and financial shenanigans, one might wonder why it has taken Neve so long to produce

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Neve 8803 Dual channel equalizer and filter
Dec 23 2008 Dual channel equalizer and filter
Neve 8803

The 8803 crams two channels of EQ into a single rackspace, so by definition the controls are fiddly compared to vintage Neves, but miniaturisation is ever-popular; even Rupert himself now

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Phoenix Audio DRS-Q4M Mono mic pre & 4 band EQ
Dec 23 2012 Mono mic pre & 4 band EQ
Phoenix Audio DRS-Q4M

Phoenix Audio’s DRS-2 and DRS-1 microphone and instrument preamplifiers have been delighting audio professionals for a number of years, and I have been a regular user since reviewing the DRS-2

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Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5033 Five Band EQ
Dec 23 2008 Five Band EQ
Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5033

George Shilling walks through another doorway to find out whether this EQ provides the entrance for classic Neve sounds... The pro-audio industry is littered with remnants of Mr Rupert Neve’s

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SPL Qure Stereo 3 band parametric EQ
Dec 23 2002 Stereo 3 band parametric EQ
SPL Qure

It never ceases to amaze me that many items are sent for review that are either faulty, or fail to include the (often vital) manual. If it happens to me,

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SPL Tube Vitalizer Stereo program equalizer
Dec 23 2003 Stereo program equalizer
SPL Tube Vitalizer

The Tube Vitalizer looks impressive, with a nod towards vintage valve equipment. It is a 2U steel box, with a bare metal front panel. There are plenty of black knobs,

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SSL Alpha Channel Pre-amp and EQ with digital conversation
Dec 23 2008 Pre-amp and EQ with digital conversation
SSL Alpha Channel

SSL seems an increasingly go-ahead and dynamic company, especially since the last change of ownership. The AWS900 moved SSL on from being the lumbering giant of stratospherically-priced giant consoles, but

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