Behringer Ultracurve Pro DEQ2496

24-bit/96kHz Equalizer, Analyzer, Feedback Destroyer and Mastering Processor with 4 EQ Modules, Dynamics, Digital Delay, Feedback Destroyer, and FFT Analyzer
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The Behringer Ultracurve Pro DEQ2496 is a 24-bit/96kHz Equalizer, Analyzer, Feedback Destroyer and Mastering Processor. Essentially, it's an entire rack of powerful EQ, dynamics, and time correction - all designed to correct problems and generally max out sound quality. With all that it does, you might expect the Behringer Ultracurve Pro DEQ2496 to cost a fortune, but it doesn't. You get all this, and more - all packed into a trim, amazingly affordable 1U package. Brimming with sophisticated equalization, dynamics, feedback correction, and automatic FFT analysis with Auto EQ, the Behringer Ultracurve Pro DEQ2496 is a must-have.

Behringer Ultracurve Pro DEQ2496 at a Glance:
  • Dual 31-band Graphic Equalizers (stereo linkable)
  • Dual 31-band Virtual Paragraphic Equalizers (stereo linkable)
  • Dual 10-band Parametric EQs per stereo side
  • Dynamically-activated EQ
  • Feedback Destroyer with Learning Mode
  • Stereo Imager
  • Compressor/Expander
  • Limiter
  • Digital Delay
  • RTA/SPL/FFT Analyzer with Auto EQ
A wealth of EQ choices

The Behringer Ultracurve Pro DEQ2496 gives you dual 31-band Graphic Equalizers, 31-band Virtual Paragraphic Equalizers and a 10-band Parametric. Of course, you get phase-neutral digital graphic EQ, however the DEQ2496 lets you to alter the bandwidth of each frequency. If you favor the traditional approach to variable bandwidth, you also get 10-band parametrics that can be fine-tuned in increments as small as 1/60 of an octave!

Mastering processor

The Behringer Ultracurve Pro DEQ2496 is a digital 24-bit/96kHz EQ/RTA mastering processor - ideal for sophisticated live sound troubleshooting or audiophile mastering. Whether you're putting the finishing touches on recorded material or shaping your sound for a PA system, the DEQ2496 will give you the exacting control you need.

RTA/SPL/FFT Analyzer with Auto EQ

The Behringer Ultracurve Pro DEQ2496 features an FFT (Fast Fourier transform) real-time analyzer for accurate graphic display of 61 frequency bands. You can monitor main or digital I/O, AUX/ digital out, or a feed from your RTA mic - and display the results in an assortment of ways (including delightfully retro VU meters). Auto EQ lets you analyze and adjust your system's frequency response automatically. Now, how cool is that?

Behringer Ultracurve Pro DEQ2496 Features:
  • Ultra-high resolution 24-bit/96 kHz mastering processor featuring 32/40-bit floating-point DSP technology
  • Audiophile 24-bit/96kHz A/D and D/A converters offering 113dB of dynamic range
  • Four concurrently selectable EQ modules:
  • 31-band graphic EQ, 10-band parametric EQ, Feedback Destroyer, plus 3 Dynamic EQs per stereo channel
  • Ultra-high resolution 61-band real-time FFT (Fast Fourier transform) analyzer
  • Analyzer features additional auto EQ function for room and loudspeaker equalization
  • Unique VPQ (Virtual Paragraphic EQ) option allows parametric control of graphic EQs
  • Compressor/expander with peak limiter per stereo channel
  • Additional stereo imager and stereo delay for delay line applications
  • Multi-functional level meters (peak/RMS, VU and SPL meter with dBA/dBC weighting via RTA/mic input)
  • 64 user memories for complete setups and/or individual module configurations
  • Separate mic/line input with phantom power for RTA and Auto-EQ applications
  • Balanced inputs and servo-balanced outputs with gold-plated XLRs, stereo aux out, AES/EBU and S/PDIF I/O
  • Wordclock input and MIDI connections for full remote control, preset dumps and system updates
  • Open architecture allowing future software updates via MIDI
  • "Planet Earth" switching power supply for 100-240V flexibility, clean audio, and energy efficiency
  • High-quality components and exceptionally rugged construction ensure long life
The Behringer Ultracurve Pro DEQ2496: your rack needs one!

Additional Media

Signal Processing Buying Guide
Ultracurve Pro DEQ2496 Spec Sheet
Ultracurve Pro DEQ2496 User Manual

Tech Specs

Number of Bands 2 x 31-band
Q Type Variable
Boost/Cut Range ±15dB
Low Cut Filter Variable
High Cut Filter Variable
Faders Throw Virtual Faders
Rack Spaces 1U
Height 1.75"
Depth 8.5"
Width 19"
Weight 4.519 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number DEQ2496

Customer Reviews

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Flexible Sound Processing Unit

I have two applications for this sound processor and it works well for both. The first is for equalizing a stereo listening room after acoustic treatments were installed. I can attenuate some modal remnants in the room as well as flatten out the low end response curve from 20Hz to 100Hz between the main speakers and powered sub-woofer. I used REM software to measure the room response and provide the detailed filter settings for the unit. The second application is for a large screen television application where I wanted to compress the audio (when loud material such as from commercials) is present, to improve the room response, to widen the stereo imaging from the sound bar speakers, and to optionally apply filters to improve voice intelligibility which is appropriate to most material. The unit is very easy to use and it has more processing power than either of the applications require.
Music background: Musician, Vocalist, Recording, Electronics Development Engineer


From time to time I required something to reduce and eliminate feedback for wedding ceremony events. The worst thing to have is feedback during the "I do" part of the ceremony. In tight confined indoor locations this product gave me the needed headroom for microphone gain before feedback. It also provided EQ analysis for room PA sound and music playback. The real time analyzer functions comes in handy as well as the choices for metering and bar graph displays of audio signals. Technically it takes a bit of time to learn how to use this product. I'm still learning so plan on playing and experimenting with the product before going live. Of course the live experiences are valuable learning sessions too but not the feedback. I did notice that the LCD display seems to flicker at various contrast setting. I thought perhaps this was a problem with my unit but the replacement did the same. It would be great if Behringer resolves that issue someday. All in all its amazing what this product does for the price point.
Music background: Broadcast engineer

Best processor for ESSB, on HamRadio user

I have used the DEQ-2496 as the core processor for voice audio on ham-radio, I CAN "T find anything that can beat this little processor , the daisy chain equalizers produce any audio you wish. The down side is the poor electronic components quality, for the most part made in china. They are very likely fail rather soon.
Music background: Radio communication and Audio

Great product

Amazing equalizer so many options to get your projects taken care of. The owner manual lacks descriptions of all the functions you can do.Takes time to learn the functions. Great price and very good service sweetwater, Thank you
Music background: Hobbyist

For whats its worth I'd Say its all right

Well, I am one of the last to buy Behringer but I have seen over the past year a major improvement in the company (especially their mixers and control surfaces). This device DEQ2496 is particularly interesting and quite enjoyable to work with. You have basic processing capabilities. Equalizers, compressor/limiter, expander, Stereo Imager, AES, Optical connectivity - which btw is pretty decent expander as compared to other noise gates and such, the stereo imager is one of my favorites just because lets say i have two tracks one panned to the left, other to the right. both are from two mic's recorded stereo or dual mono on an acoustic guitar. Well you tweak the stereo imager for the left then right channels then play them together the image is perfect. The graphic EQ is intuitive meaning you get it right away no learning curve. Basically its a mastering tool. The Feedback destroyer was one of the big reasons why I went for this however I have yet to examine it in its full capacity. So far I've only been using this processor for about 45 minutes via AES > Symphony I/O. Oh and last but not least IMHO, are the meters! Remember - meters never lie and they can be your guidemap as to what is really going on. In other words if you don't see the meter bridge lighting up you're doing something wrong. :) all in all a pretty neat processor that can be used in place of a lot of more expensive and complicated gear.
Music background: Lots o' stuff
See also: Feedback Eliminators, Behringer, Behringer Feedback Reduction, Behringer Graphic EQ, Behringer Feedback Reduction, Behringer Graphic EQ