Dangerous Music BAX EQ

Stereo Mastering and Mix Bus Shelving Equalizer with Stepped Controls
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Expressive EQ with Vintage Smoothness

The magic behind the BAX EQ is decades in the making. Inspired by the classic Baxandall shelving curves — renowned by mastering engineers in the 60s and 70s for smooth, musical sloping and a unique sonic signature — the Dangerous Music team went to work creating the modern BAX EQ. This unique stereo equalizer features stepped controls for repeatability and identical stereo operation. When what you want is an expressive equalizer — backed up with audiophile accuracy — you've found it. Treat your mixes to the Dangerous Music BAX EQ.

Dangerous Music BAX EQ Stereo Mastering and Mix Bus Shelving Equalizer Features:
  • Hear your music neater, richer, and sweeter.
  • Classic Baxandall shelving curves from the '60s, with modern mastering components.
  • Stepped controls throughout for repeatability and identical stereo operation.
  • 7-position highpass and lowpass filters - 2-pole Butterworth configuration (12dB/oct).
  • 8-position high and low.
  • Low Cut filters will eliminate infrasonic rumble: allowing higher maximum levels on any playback device.
  • High Cut filters will elminate ultrasonic energy for greater A/D converter efficiency.
  • Wide, phase coherent shelving means the BAX EQ will also improve your existing collection of gear.
  • Broad Q Shelving
  • +/- 5dB Cut and Boost controls in 1/2dB steps
The Dangerous Music BAX EQ is an expressive equalizer with a nod to smooth, vintage musicality!

Additional Media

BAX EQ Spec Sheet
BAX EQ User Manual
Signal Processing Buying Guide
HANDS ON: Dangerous Music BAX EQ

Tech Specs

Number of Channels 2
Bypass Yes
Inputs 2 x XLR
Outputs 2 x XLR
Number of Bands 2
Q Type Fixed (Broad-Q Shelving)
Boost/Cut Range ±5dB
Frequency Response 10Hz-20kHz (±0.1dB), 1Hz-80kHz (±0.2dB)
Freq Range High 1.6kHz-18kHz
Freq Range Low 74Hz-361Hz
High Pass Filter Yes
Low Pass Filter Yes
Rack Spaces 1U
Height 1.75"
Depth 12"
Width 19"
Weight 12 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number BAX EQ

Customer Reviews

4.5/5
Based on 15 reviews
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5/5

Desert Island Hardware EQ

There's nothing really to say bad about this EQ. So if you're looking to talk yourself out of buying the BAX EQ by searching for reviews listing its "cons", you won't find it here. It's rare to find, but honestly; everything is 5 stars, easily: Build Quality, Sound, Connectivity, Component Quality, Intuitive Controls, Ease of use, etc. It's all good. I call this my 'desert island" hardware EQ because it's the only one in my rack I'd use for literally anything needing EQ. Of course, it goes without saying that you can't or won't want to use this for surgical notching, but I do that in DAW insert EQs mostly anyhow. I find it to work equally well on single tracks, groups/program material/stems, and/or the 2buss/master buss. Integrates excellently for both digital and analog source material/production medium. I love my pultecs and Maag eq's but they don't have the versatility (and dual channel count) of the BAX. Along with an SSL G style buss compressor, the BAX is almost never unpatched from my 2bus on practically ANY production type, genre of music, etc. I use it all the time; even during post/sound design applications. In my opinion, the term is MASSIVELY overused, however it's perfectly fitting to say that this EQ is VERY "Musical" but still has the heft to make individual tracks bright and/or larger than life while keeping the highs smooth with no strident artifacts. The low end stays tight and full without wobbling and mudding up at mid to high boost levels. On the master bus, subtle moves of cut and boost yeild transparent but sweet results. I'd describe it as having the smoothness of a pultec without the tube artifacts and a fullness akin to the lows and mids of an API style eq. Though it's billed as a program/mix bus/mastering EQ, it's just fine on individual sources. I particularly love what a subtle high shelf boost does for darker vocals, especially when tracked with ribbon microphones and/or darker/vintage style tube and/or FET mics. Also use it quite often on my electric guitar subs & busses, the mid/hi-mid band selections are absolutley perfect for a small boost of 2-3db to help the guitar tracks cut in just the right way. Generally I find that SIMPLE gear, with less controls, made by quality manufacturers is far superior than any overly complicated and feature laden equivalent. This is the reason pultecs and LA2A's are still used regularly by pro engineers in practically any genre of modern music. If you're like me, and you like to take your time with mic selection, placement & preamp pairing to "Get it right the first time" thereby making the mix process far more simple and/or if you also live by the mantra of "Keep it simple, Stupid", the BAX EQ will be a highly valuable tool for your arsenal and will be used on practically EVERY session. Don't take my word for it - go hear one yourself, or if that's not an option, check out video reviews on youtube and retailer's sites. There's some good comparison and/or features videos. Good Purchase, worth every cent.
Music background: Professional Audio Engineer, Film Composer & Producer
5/5

Outstanding!

My long-time Sweetwater associate, Mike Picotte, an accomplished mix and mastering engineer, recommended the Dangerous BAX EQ along with the Dangeous Compressor to help achieve high quality mixes. The combination of the two products is simply outstanding! By itself, the BAX EQ is an amazing piece of gear, providing terrific sculpting abilities on the Mix Bus that help poslish the mix. After a couple of mixing sessions, I cannot ever see producing a mix without the BAX EQ (or the DComp). They will long be main-stays on my Mix Bus. No plug-ins I've heard can rival what this outboard gear provides. If you are looking to elevate your mixes, I highly recommend the Dangerous BAX EQ (and D-Compressor). It should be noted I'm also using a recently acquired Dangerous D-Box purchased from Sweetwater earlier this year also on Mike's recommendation. The combination of all three is oh so sweet. This is one delighted mixer and customer. Thank you Dangerous and thank you Sweetwater!
Music background: Berklee College of Music
5/5

Must Have!

The BAX EQ is definitely a pro audio piece! I'm currently using it on my master mixes and it has cleaned up unwanted frequencies. Particularly the very low noise frequencies. The BAX EQ very transparent.
Music background: Recording and touring guitarist. Composer
5/5

Awesome

I do you have to say if this eq is doing nothing for you either you need to improve your monitoring or your looking for something more surgical. I am currently using Burl Bomber AD and DA converters and will say in mastering this box earns its keep. The filters for one are amazing and the low end is create for tightening up the bass and kick. Even with running settings flat with a simple push of the switch the mix/master immediately feels the image has been brought forward.
Music background: Producer | Mixer
5/5

Must-have for mastering and recording ..

Every mastering and tracking engineer should have this amazingly smooth and precise shelving EQ. For starters the bass control is phenomenal. You can quickly cut out unwanted low frequencies that rob you of punch and power. And enhance the more musical bass. And I can quickly control unwanted high frequencies and enhance the frequencies I want. And if you track at 44.1 sample rate You can cut out unwanted highs that cause the converter to sound harsh on the upper frequencies. This unit is extremely musical and pleasing to my ears . I highly recommend it . Oh and I also highly recommend the software version from Universal audio.
Music background: I love mixing and mastering music

Sweetwater Advice

Marcos Sanchez

The Dangerous Music BAX EQ is by far the best stereo EQ I've ever used on my main output. It adds a certain polish to your mixes that allows the lows to punch without being overbearing, and the high end to shine without becoming harsh. Every final mix I work on now has to have the BAX EQ on it right before I print it, without question.

Josh Estock

The Dangerous Music BAX EQ has quickly become my favorite EQ! This unit is extremely transparent, but allows you to make subtle frequency changes that make your mix come to life! I find the BAX EQ really brings out the crack of the snare in my drum bus, without muddying up everything. It is truly a brilliant piece!

Stuart Niven

The Dangerous Music BAX EQ is the new standard in high end equalization for mastering engineers and mix engineers. It provides silky smooth shelving curves that really make your mixes come to life. It'll make the bottom end of your mix punch and the top end shimmer without any coloration or artifacts. Simply amazing! Once you hear it across a mix, you will not want to ever switch it off! I can't believe I ever mixed without one in my rack. Once you hear what this can do for your mix, you won't either. If you are serious about your mixes and masters, do yourself a favor, get this today.

Sweetwater

There are two approaches to equalization: precise, tightly controlled "surgical" EQ that is used to correct problems and broad-stroke "shaping" EQ that is used to tune the overall frequency balance and tonality of a signal. The brand-new Dangerous Music BAX EQ falls squarely into the second camp. Inspired by the classic P.J. Baxandall shelving EQ curves popular in the 1960s and 1970s for shaping audio, the new BAX is a stereo unit that offers both lowpass and highpass filters as well as low- and high-shelving EQ bands. The controls are stepped for quick, exact repeatability and identical stereo operation. True hardware bypass is used for the filters and overall bypass, ensuring pristine audio when you aren't using the filters or EQ. There are seven frequency selections available for the low filter (10, 20, 30, 41, 50, 62, and 71Hz plus bypass) and seven for the high filter (12, 14, 16, 17.5, 21, 26, and 35kHz plus bypass). Both filters use a 2-pole (12dB/octave) Butterworth design. The low and high shelves offer 5dB of cut or boost in 1/2dB steps, with eight frequency points (40, 60, 96, 140, 240, 480, 700, and 1,200Hz on the low EQ shelf, and 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 16, and 19kHz on the high EQ shelf). The two channels share high- and low-frequency settings for the shelves, but there are separate boost/cut controls for each channel. Hook up is simple, with XLR inputs and outputs for each channel. A lighted overall bypass switch rounds out the control complement. In a word, the Dangerous BAX EQ sounds awesome. I used it on full mixes as well as for delicate solo classical guitar recordings. Even with no boost or cut, the BAX seems to bring a richness and a "reality" to the signal. I found myself running signals through it with no EQ, just to enjoy that flavor. But you'll definitely want to engage the controls and dial in some EQ. And when you do, everything just gets better and better. Both the low and high filters are smooth and unobtrusive - great for removing unwanted low- and/or high-frequency material, and for smoothing the high end before running a signal through a digital-to-analog converter. The low- and high-shelving EQ bands are just perfect for shaping the sound of a track or a mix. This isn't a heavy-handed smash-it-to-fit EQ; it's a tasteful, subtle equalizer that imparts a great quality to the sound. On the low end, you can dial up thump or fullness, or pull back if things get boomy. On top, the high shelf is sweet and broad. Use it to open up the top end, to sweeten harmonics, and to tame harshness or microphone hype. Not to rave, but the Dangerous BAX EQ is truly in a class by itself. If you've never worked with a great analog shaping EQ, do yourself a favor and check this one out!
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See also: Dangerous Music, Dangerous Music Parametric EQ, Dangerous Music Mastering, Dangerous Music Parametric EQ