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turtlerock

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Re: Describe your 'ultimate' EQ...
« Reply #15 on: July 22, 2011, 07:50:28 am »

i really like the mid and the high of the avalon
 the bottom of the pultec  the bottom of the  dyn eq weiss  and i am still searching the world for the low mids  :)

interestingly i just bought  a  focusrite red two again
 i had serial no # 3 first time around and used it successfully  for many years  but sold it to buy a massive passive  when they were new

i have always wished i still had the red 2 and now they are  "just an old rubbish eq " according to the net
i was happy to buy one back again for small change

i just sold the api 5500  - i have too much stuff  and  only ever used its low mid anyway  and even that isnt right

i would love an eq that did something  to the 240 -450 htz range that i could use

i have a custom  parkside sound eq with an elliptical eq on board  that is pretty close to most of what  across the board - but its not easy to talk about the sound of them  as there are only a few of them around and all a bit different
i got stung with the brand  when they fell over  and ended up buying it
put that down to stupidity on my part
interesting circuits though  and over engineered all day long

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Re: Describe your 'ultimate' EQ...
« Reply #16 on: July 22, 2011, 08:47:03 am »

I also do not comprehend the 5500 as a mastering eq. It was afterall a desk eq and it very much sounds like it IMO. Pretty unrefined sound to me. If you want to rough something up it might do the trick.
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turtlerock

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Re: Describe your 'ultimate' EQ...
« Reply #17 on: July 22, 2011, 09:06:11 am »

cant really agree with that barry
 it certainly fills all the needs of a mastering eq except i dont ever seem to turn it on
i can do what it does better

the thing is that it  IS NOT the same as the  api desk eq  even if they market it as such
 i put it up against a 550a and a new 550b
on my audio precision  test set

the 5500 curves are different ...  its a classy refined box
i guess  just dont like it  i dont like lots of stuff

i bought it because the low mids are fantastic   better then most things

i sold it 3 years later  because i had not  put in on a record in 6 months  and i am trying my best to simplify
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Re: Describe your 'ultimate' EQ...
« Reply #18 on: July 22, 2011, 12:02:25 pm »

Well I cannot reconcile your 2 posts, sure seems like you have mixed feelings for it.

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only ever used its low mid anyway  and even that isnt right

cant really agree with that barry

i can do what it does better

the 5500 curves are different ...  its a classy refined box
i guess  just dont like it  i dont like lots of stuff

i bought it because the low mids are fantastic   better then most things

I thought it seemed weakly built for a piece of kit falling in the high end category and did nothing any eq plug in could not manage with ease. I think it is priced interestingly i.e. a grand or 2 cheaper than other boxes that could be deemed mastering grade but I felt it was inflexible and could hear it would not be much use/good value/suitable for much material I work with.
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Re: Describe your 'ultimate' EQ...
« Reply #19 on: July 22, 2011, 06:18:51 pm »

i guess my point is that its  a classy well made mastering eq , not  just  part of a console board
 and it  more the point ..it isnt what it "claims to be "  it is not a mastering  version 550b  -- the curves are different

 but i just wasnt using it - i have at least ten outboard mastering eq - when i say at least .. there are more but they are  up the back of my studio /warehouse awaiting use or sale or .... their time

there is so much stuff out there   nowadays
i would love a "ultimate eq "

i keep getting into a box for one sound - which has always worked out sonically
then you wake up one day look around and see the madness in it all

not conflicted  barry the api is about as good as any of it  - 
i guess i was just reacting to your  idea that it is a stepped 550 b - its not ... its better then that  !
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Re: Describe your 'ultimate' EQ...
« Reply #20 on: July 22, 2011, 06:44:19 pm »

Dig my 5500.  Actually bought it from another ME that wasn't using it much.   ;D

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Re: Describe your 'ultimate' EQ...
« Reply #21 on: July 22, 2011, 06:55:47 pm »

5 knobs & one switch

- 5 band peaking, fix frequency, proportional Q, no individual bypass
- stepped switch 0.5dB, 24 position is OK
- parrarel design
- band 1&2 (low) using discrete solid state amp
- band 3,4,5 (mid-hi) using tube amp
- bypass switch
- as high as possible headroom
- easy maintenance, wide availability parts







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Re: Describe your 'ultimate' EQ...
« Reply #22 on: July 22, 2011, 07:02:30 pm »

i want mine in a choice of black or black
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Re: Describe your 'ultimate' EQ...
« Reply #23 on: July 23, 2011, 04:57:06 pm »

6 Bands per channel, M-S/Stereo, Tube and clean ( A cross between the Ibis, Buzz Audio and the Millenia).
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Re: Describe your 'ultimate' EQ...
« Reply #24 on: July 23, 2011, 05:41:47 pm »

Right now i cant get the idea of a graphic eq á la Bernie G. out of my head.

~7 bands, vari Q, a few dbs cut boost...
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Re: Describe your 'ultimate' EQ...
« Reply #25 on: July 23, 2011, 09:57:25 pm »

An Ibis with Fearn VT4/5 circuitry. Color control not needed (not that the Fearn is colorful, just have other methods of achieving this)
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Re: Describe your 'ultimate' EQ...
« Reply #26 on: July 24, 2011, 01:22:47 am »

Right now i cant get the idea of a graphic eq á la Bernie G. out of my head.

~7 bands, vari Q, a few dbs cut boost...

I seem to recall fletcher telling me that those things were made out of the little  ( urei or shure ) room eq modules  the ones with fixed freqs in little boxes  that you stacked together to make  room / pa eqs
  he told me something like for the japn BGM he had to buy them  every module he could find  !

can somebody help my memory on this ..?
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Re: Describe your 'ultimate' EQ...
« Reply #27 on: July 24, 2011, 01:42:52 am »

... bonus if it also dispenses pie.

of three types:
pizza, meat, fruit
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Re: Describe your 'ultimate' EQ...
« Reply #28 on: July 24, 2011, 04:36:21 am »

A Niveau filter with two parametric bands. That thing could do anything.
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Re: Describe your 'ultimate' EQ...
« Reply #29 on: July 24, 2011, 11:51:49 am »

A Niveau filter with two parametric bands. That thing could do anything.

Jaakko,

Not hardware, but have you tried this?

http://www.elysia.com/software/niveau-filter/

Or am I out of the loop on something.
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