A "No Brainer"
Having never heard this product prior to purchasing it made me very nervous. My Sweetwater sales rep, did a great job explaining the charactoristics of this and other 500 series EQ's, which prompted me to purchase this one, and I am extremely glad that I did!
I am in the middle of tracking and mixing a CD for a local band and decided to go back to some of the tracks that had already been mixed and try out this EQ. First up, kick drum... I already had a nice, tight kick sound with plenty of low end and definition, but I wanted to see if the Great River 32EQ could do the same. I patched it in, and with a little tweaking, voila, the kick sound was even better!
Next, I tried it on bass guitar, and again, I heard an improvement in the sound.
Vocals were a bit trickier, and I found myself using the Great River 32EQ on many of the tracks, but not all. It didn't make any track sound worse, but there were instances where it didn't make any marked improvements either. In all fairness to Great River, my signal chain for the vocals was through premium equipment and the original tracks don't need much (if any) work to make them sit well in the mix.
The Great River handled both clean and distorted guitars very well, allowing me to dial in different sounds as needed.
In general, this is a "great" EQ and I will be adding another one soon. It seems to be much smoother sounding than other EQ's, and does add some sublte (very pleasant) coloration of it's own. I am now in the process of remixing several tracks using this EQ. I wish I would have purchased it sooner, but that's water under the bridge.
One word of caution... even though this is marketed as a "parametric" EQ, be aware that it is not fully parametric. The user is not able to adjust the "Q" for any of the bands. This is not necessarily bad, because Great River did a fine job of picking an appropriate Q.
All I can say is, "Buy it!" It is a great addition to any rack.