Every musician knows the importance of tone control. Graphic equalizers are powerful tools for sculpting out the perfect space for your instruments in a mix — both live and in the studio. Sweetwater’s selection of graphic EQs promises the ultimate in tone-shaping precision, and for the best prices on the Web.
Graphic equalizers come with several numbers of EQ bands; the more bands, the more tonal diversity you can achieve. For example, a 31-band graphic EQ will often afford greater control than a 15-band graphic EQ. However, though a higher number of bands means more creative freedom, it also means that tuning may be more difficult. Sweetwater’s advice? If you’re a beginner, stick with an EQ with a lower number of bands. And if you need more control or greater feedback-fighting power, get your hands on one of our higher-band graphic EQs.
When choosing a graphic equalizer, it’s important to consider which features you’ll need. For example, some of our EQs have high- or low-pass filters to cut mud or fight harshness. We also carry equalizers with built-in analyzers, mastering processors, feedback destroyers, adjustable Q filters, and limiters. Do you want to get rid of noise in a performance without breaking a sweat? Then reach for a graphic EQ with built-in noise reduction and forget about having to toil to get a noise-free track or live mix.
Another important consideration is the physical size of your EQ and how it will fit in your rack. EQs typically come in 1U, 2U, and 3U sizes. Of course, this is a not a fixed constraint — you can always expand you rack to accommodate your new EQ. But budget-conscious engineers will work to find a unit that suits their current setup.
Sweetwater Sales Engineers are gear lovers ourselves, and we have centuries of combined experience in studio and live-sound environments. Give us a call with any questions about our graphic EQs. We’ll set you up with the right gear for the right price. Learn More
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