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Presonus EQ3B
« on: April 16, 2009, 08:01:47 am »

Has anyone tried one of these?



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Re: Presonus EQ3B
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2009, 01:13:31 pm »

Based on my use of the Presonus Comp 16 (I own one) from the same line, I think it will probably work but not bring anything additional to the table compared to the EQ on a sub $1000 mixer (like Soundcraft M-12, current Mackies, etc.). With the Comp 16, I will use it, but my modded Bellari, modded Rane, FMR, Valley and other comps get assigned according to their character while this one (Comp 16) is usually used on sources that will be more background texture that can't be allowed to poke up too much. Worth what I paid  for it, but not motivated to go out and buy more.

If the price is worth it to you to have a tone control in a single box that is not too different from what comes in a standard budget console, the EQ3B could be your unit.  

Years ago I regularly used a console loaded with API 550s. With the API, you could not get a bad sound out of it, but you did have a broad range of good sounds you could choose from, based on what would fit the mix. This is exciting.

If you are looking for a budget parametric EQ solution, my guess is that the Speck ASC or ASC-T might be the best new budget EQ solution. I have not used the Speck but did hear that FMR shelved their EQ development when the Speck ASC was released, so give it a look, and solicit a more experienced opinion on this than mine.

There are not as many budget parametric EQs designed for project studio work as there have been compressors. If you are stuck I have found that older RANE parametric EQs work well for me (common on ebay), if you replace the slow slew rate opamps (which are socketed, so soldering should not be necessary) like Jim Williams does, with Burr Browns, National Semis, On Technology MC33078/79s, current TI Semis or something else.

My advice is to replace like part for like - use new JFET opamps for old JFETs, new bipolar opamps for old bipolars. Also, don't go nuts in terms of the new part. If you are not a tech, when replacing a 4V per ms slew rate opamp (like many old JRC 4558s which are all over equipment from the late 80s to early 90s), find a part which is 8V to 20V per microsecond (bit better, but not wild). If you go with a 3000v per microsecond part, it is possible that the bandwidth of the new chip might not be properly controlled in a board designed for the old part. Having an electronics background and an oscilloscope, all these problems can be addressed but if you are limited in resources - go conservative or get help.

The other possibility is to find old consoles being parted out. Many of those EQs were very serviceable. As long as it is not API, Helios, Neve, or Quad Eight, it shouldn't be going for crazy money. You just need to know the character of the original piece and if it fits with what you are looking for.

Good luck!



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Re: Presonus EQ3B
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2009, 10:34:40 pm »

Here's a great compact EQ that is no longer being made. I have one for sale, FWIW

Benjy King


Phil Ramone quote: "If you can't get a good sound with a 57 and a Portastudio you're not going to get a good sound with a C-12 and a 3324."
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