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Moondog55 17th November 2012 10:20 AM

Until I can afford a digital unit Old Technics??
On evilbate at the moment. Wondering whether to bid??

I like parametric EQ and while the bottom octave is missing I'm considering bidding. I'd like some opinions on its practicality in this day and age while I save for a digital suite

freax 17th November 2012 10:44 AM

Just buy a miniDSP if you are gonna go all-digital anyway.

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Moondog55 17th November 2012 10:50 AM

Like I said, I'm saving.
I was looking at the Behringer units too
At the moment money is more than tight and reading that I can't run on my current OS
New OS means new computer, no cash for either.
Part of me like analogue too

jaycee 17th November 2012 02:08 PM

you'd have to have a pretty poor PC for it to not be capable of realtime parametric EQ. I was doing that on my Windows 98 machine running on an AMD K6-2.

Ian Finch 17th November 2012 02:36 PM

Don't waste your cash on a glorified graphic equaliser, then.

I used a few such units back then, in the 1980s-90s and all I can say is that they do work but as to improving our enjoyment of, sorry to say. Some things really stuff up audio and using these coupled to a domestic audio system is almost always a backward step IME. We try things with steep tone cut and boost that should only be done with raw tracks which the final stereo mix isn't. Phase coherency for stereo image quality is an early casualty but I guess if that's not important then you can lose the stereo image thing if its not needed.

I dare say it will sound impressive at first but give it few weeks and you'll be glad to be rid of it or at least bypass it.

Recently, another Melbourne-ite told me how he ganged five stereo parametric sweep tone filters together for the greatest tone controls ever...(ahem). AFAIK, it is already binned. Initially he was very happy but comparison with the original sound quality can be very telling. I don't say categorically that it will be bad but I don't think it will be the solution you might be hoping for. The additional noise and distortion will also be higher than you may be used to.

Moondog55 17th November 2012 09:20 PM

Hmm Point taken
I do remember seeing equivalent units in a lot of pro/stage gear back then myself.
One of the main reasons I like my Yamaha pre-amp( being rebuilt at the moment: C-80 ) tho is the parametric bass tone control.
I do have, but do not use, a 7 band GE without the parametric so I see what you are saying. handy for the party machine tho, although the party machine mixer already has its own built in GE.
As for my computer Dinosaur says it all,

sreten 17th November 2012 10:05 PM


Its incredibly flexible, as you can vary the center frequencies, I
know some people who'd kill to have such a device for recording.

Analogue fans of course. I can't see the problem using it in
a bypassable tape loop, very nice toy you can do a lot with.

Minimum centre frequency is 20Hz, not missing the bottom octave.

rgds, sreten.

Moondog55 17th November 2012 10:20 PM

The matching pre-amp has some nice features too.
The quality of Technics stuff was probably at it's highest then.

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