A Designs EM-EQ2 Equalizer

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The A Designs EM-EQ2 Equalizer offers the stellar sound of a Pultec equalizer plus the added benefit of modern performance and reliability. Eminently suited for tracking, mixing, or mastering, this A Designs EM-EQ2 faithfully preserves the EQ section design, control layout, and wonderfully smooth musicality of the original Pultec.

The A Designs EM-EQ2 Equalizer is a new, two-channel rackmount version of the A Designs PEQ 500-Series EQ Module. Well-suited for tracking, mixing and even mastering applications, the A Designs 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 A Designs 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 A Designs 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 Hammer Equalizer for those engineers looking to add some analog texture that the digital world still lacks." Montessi adds.

A Designs EM-EQ2 Equalizer Features

  • Dual mono, three-band band, Pultec-style EQ
  • Faithfully preserves the EQ section design, controls, and musicality of the Pultec EQP-1
  • Eminently suited for tracking, mixing, or mastering
  • Same frequency settings and inductors as original Pultec make it a must-have for capturing bottom end
  • Fully balanced, noise-free performance and modern impedance specs
  • Quick and easy studio integration
  • Wima capacitors
  • True hard bypass
  • A-Designs proprietary, custom-wound tapped Inductor
  • A-Designs proprietary nickel core output transformer
  • Rugged 2U metal housing with custom-milled faceplate and control knobs
  • Big jewel power indicator lamp with heavy duty Carling power toggle switch

A Designs EM-EQ2 Equalizer Specifications

  • Design: Rugged 2U metal housing
  • Boost: 0dB to +10dB
  • Attenuate: 0dB to 10dB
  • Attenuate high band: 5k, 10k, 20kHz
  • Vary bandwidth/boost mid to high band: 3k, 4k, 5k, 6k, 10k, 12k, 16kHz Boost/attenuate low band: at 20Hz, 30Hz, 60Hz, or 100Hz

A Designs EM-EQ2 Equalizer Includes

  • A Designs EM-EQ2 Equalizer
  • Power Cable
  • Manufacturer Warranty

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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.

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