TransAudio Group is shipping the Bettermaker EQ 232P, a flexible two-channel analog equalizer that updates a classic design and adds the digital accuracy, repeatability and consistency of a plug-in.
Every parameter setting of the EQ 232P, which is a Pultec-style stereo/dual mono analog equalizer featuring five filters on each channel, may be saved in up to 399 presets in the unit’s internal memory, and may additionally be fully automated, and all settings saved with the DAW project, using the supplied software plug-in.
Both channels of the EQ 232P include a 12 dB/octave high-pass filter covering the range 18 Hz – 200 Hz. There are two active parametric filters on each channel: EQ1 extends from 45 Hz to 1 kHz and EQ2 from 650 Hz to 15 kHz.
The PEQ section, an homage to the classic 1950s Pultec analog equalizer design, features high- and low-frequency shelving passive filters, each with separate boost and attenuation controls, just like the original. The HF section also includes a fully variable bandwidth control, also similarly to the Pultec.
All of the digital rotary encoders controlling the filter parameters are velocity sensitive, enabling coarse changes when spun quickly and very precise fine increments or decrements when turned slowly. The HPF, two filters and PEQ section may be individually hardware bypassed.
By applying digital control to analog hardware, the EQ 232P’s hybrid design allows inclusion of a unique feature that is simply impossible on a fully analog unit: an A/B switch. This enables the user to instantly compare two different EQ settings, similarly to the operation of a DAW plug-in.
A Preset section saves and recalls the entire state of the unit (except for the EQ section engage and A/B comparison switches) into 399 memory positions. Position 400 serves as an undo function. Seven factory presets created by Marek Walaszek, mixing/mastering engineer and Bettermaker CEO and product designer, are included.
The Bettermaker EQ 232P may be connected to a DAW via USB and controlled using the supplied software plug-in, which supports AU, VST and RTAS, and 32- and 64-bit architecture. The unit appears as a MIDI device and may alternatively be operated using Sysex commands.
The currently selected preset automatically saves with the DAW project. All setting changes are bi-directional between the plug-in, which does not pass audio, and the hardware, which must be connected via the computer interface or sound card.
The unit’s analog and digital circuits are totally isolated from each other. Digital signals are transmitted through optical connectors to avoid any interference with the sensitive analog circuits. The analog and digital paths additionally utilize separate, shielded power supplies.
The Bettermaker EQ232P is equipped with two sets of identical outputs, providing additional flexibility. For example, the unit could be wired to provide parallel processing or to provide a secondary feed to a recording device, or inserted before the 2-bus to provide simultaneous finalized and non peak-limited versions. (Note: the outputs are not transformer isolated.)
The Bettermaker EQ 232P Remote version features a blank front panel with external computer control exclusively via the GUI.
MAP for the Bettermaker EQ 232P is $4,950.
MAP for the Bettermaker EQ 232P Remote is $4,250.