A Designs EM-EQ2 Dual Channel EQ Details
The A Designs EM-EQ2 is a new, two-channel rackmount version of their Pultec-style EM-PEQ 500 Series equalizer module.
Well-suited for tracking, mixing and even mastering applications, the EM-EQ2 is a dual-mono equalizer housed in a rugged, all-metal 2U chassis. Sonically nodding to the classic Pultec EQP-1A sound, the EM-EQ2 utilizes the same discrete Class AB amplifier found in A-Designs’ popular solid-state EM-PEQ and Pacifica mic pres, putting a slightly unique twist on the classic filter design of yesteryear. That aside, the EM-EQ2 faithfully preserves the EQ section design, control layout and wonderfully smooth musicality of the original Pultec unit.
Additional features include a nickel core output transformer, Wima caps, and a true hard bypass. Instead of using common off-the-shelf chokes, A-Designs uses a custom-wound tapped inductor wound to the same values as the 500 Series EM-PEQ. Fully balanced, noise-free performance with modern impedance specs make for intuitive operation and quick studio integration.
“The original EQP-1A has long been revered by both recording and mastering engineers for its ability to improve the sound of literally anything running through it,” says A-Designs Audio’s Peter Montessi. “The much more affordable EM-EQ2 is our take on that classic design with all of the same freq settings and inductors that made the Pultec a must-have for capturing the bottom end. This product is perfect for those engineers who are looking to add some vibe to their ITB tracks or two-buss but prefer to use standard rack-mount gear instead of 500 Series modules.”
“I should also point out that the EM-EQ2 pairs up exceptionally with our HM2EQ HAMMER for those engineers looking to add some analog texture that the digital world still lacks,” Montessi adds.
A Designs EM-EQ2 Dual Channel EQ Features
- Fully Balanced Signal Path
- Same Discrete Class AB Amplifier as used in Pacifica and EM-PEQ
- Nickel Core Output Transformers
- Wima Capacitors
- Noise-Free Performance
- Pultec-style sound without Pultec-problems
A Designs EM-EQ2 Dual Channel EQ Downloads
What We Think - A Designs EM-EQ2 Review
"The A Designs EM-EQ2 is simply a killer. I came up in a studio that had a pair of original Pultec EQP-1A units in each studio. So, I used them regularly on acoustic guitars, vocals, and bass guitar. Putting the pair across the mix bus yielded an almost magical, smooth quality and togetherness of character to the mix. But, there was always some added noise from the aging tube design that could sometimes get out of hand.
"With the new EM-EQ2, you have a low-cost, yet ridiculously high-quality version that preserves all the same shaping that you would expect from a Pultec, but without the noise. Since this is a discrete Class AB design, utilizing Nickel output transformers, there is definitely a classic body. But the character is more tight than a Pultec - more together and better defined. So, with the two-channel format, you gain the ability to simply strap the EM-EQ2 across your mix bus and add the magic without the noise. And when I use it to track, it has shown it's worth on kick drums as well as all the same instruments where I loved using an EQP-1A in the past.
"The price is certainly right. So, whether you're just getting turned on to the fact that hardware equalizers simply sound better, or if you knew this all along, the A Designs EM-EQ2 is a fantastic addition to any studio looking to add a great sounding, flexible tool that you'll get tons of use out of, session after session."
Alan Moon - Front End Audio
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