Following the success of its EM-PEQ 500 Series equalizer module, A-Designs Audio has released the two-channel rack-mounted version known as the EM-EQ2.
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 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."
The classic all-tube Pultec EQP-1A goes down on the record books as one of the most venerated equalizers of all time, cherished by recording and mastering engineers for its almost mythical ability to improve the sound of just about anything running through it. Finally, after much research and development, A-Designs Audio announced that it had managed to capture much of the essence of the famed EQ in a new product - and one that fit in a compact 500 Series module frame size, called the EM-PEQ. Now with the EM-EQ2 you get two pultecs in one 2U rack unit!
The EQ section design and control layout of the classic EQP-1A has been meticulously maintained, as well as its wonderfully smooth musicality.