Maag Audio EQ4

500 Series 6-band EQ
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An Amazing EQ for Your 500 Series Rack!

Add air to your tracks, with Maag Audio's EQ4 500 series equalizer. Have you ever wanted to get condenser-style high-end coloration from your dynamic microphones? The EQ4 is just what you need. Its AIR BAND control features five fixed shelf boost curves that add breath and lightness to your sound. From snare drums to solo guitar, this highly celebrated tone-shaping tool is the secret weapon of engineers everywhere. The EQ4's six fixed-width frequency bands provide you with minimal phase shift, providing you with the purest EQ sound possible. What's more, every control is fully detented, so you can easily recall the tone curves you create with the Maag Audio EQ4 500 series equalizer.

Maag Audio EQ4 500 Series Equalizer Features at a Glance:
  • An amazing 6-band equalizer for your 500 series rack
  • Features Maag Audio's legendary AIR BAND shelving EQ
  • Highly linear phase operation preserves your sound with minimal phase shifting
  • Detented controls make recalling settings easy
  • Compliant with the standards set by the VPR Alliance
Add the pure sound of the Maag Audio EQ4 equalizer to your 500 series rack!

Additional Media

500 Series Buying Guide
EQ4 Cue Sheet
EQ4 User Manual

Tech Specs

Number of Channels 1
Number of Bands 6-band
Bypass Yes
Q Type Fixed
Boost/Cut Range +15dB/-4.5dB
Frequency Response 10Hz-75kHz
Freq Range High 2.5kHz, 5kHz, 10kHz, 20kHz, 40kHz
Freq Range Hi-Mid 2.5kHz
Freq Range Mid 650Hz
Freq Range Lo-Mid 160Hz
Freq Range Low 40Hz, 10Hz
Manufacturer Part Number EQ4-500

Customer Reviews

4.5/5
Based on 5 reviews
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5/5

Great EQ!

It sounds good in every setting. I was blown away by the AIR band, and had to snag one. I'll be buying a second one soon :) Shoutout to Dan Overstreet (#1706) at Sweetwater for setting me up with this beast of an EQ.
Music background: Professional Bass Player, Professional Engineer
5/5

Essential Character EQ!

Nothing can match the Maag eq for tail end vocal processing, especially backing vocals and vocal-esque synth embellishments. It adds qualities to the sound that are strikingly fat and engaging. Although it can be used for practically any other instrument (or set of), it seems to be made for the above in particular, and the price is hugely worth it just for that alone. Buy it, you won't regret it.
Music background: Opera Composer, Lead Guitarist, Sound Designer, Producer.
5/5

Excellent Tool

I just wanted to chime in because i think there is a real misunderstanding with this eq. It took me a bit to figure it out myself, as Maag Audio doesnt really explain this unit in much detail. This eq is not something you would throw up at the beginning of a chain. It is VERY broad and therefor if you are trying to "grab" something or dig in and transform a sound this is not the tool. What this eq is brilliant at is being at the END of a chain, and for carving instruments around each other. It goes on top of the cake, not in the batter ;) Two examples where i personally use the Maag EQ4 on every session ... 1. last insert on lead vocals - smooth bright top end & allows for final tuning of vocals without ruining the sound you have. Need to dip out a little 200 but dont want to mess with the sound otherwise? No prob. Its super subtle and gets the job done clean. 2. Carving Drum Stem & Bass Stem around each other - I only have a stereo pair of EQ 4's at the moment, so my workaround is using a Waves Qclone to find the settings and then print DRM & BASS stems individually ... but I have never had such a wonderfully easy time of making the bottom and bottom mids glue. Again, this wont let you ruin what you have ... just do small mirror dips & bumps (i.e. +1db @ 40hz on Drums ... -1db @ 40hz on Bass) and on up into the mids. Lastly its probably worth noting that while all bands interact, the Air Gain is separate from the rest of the bands ... so for instance if you turn up the Air Gain, love the sound, but its too hot, you can roll all the other bands down an equal amount and the curve will remain exactly the same but just a lower volume. Great tool. Wish I had a whole rack of them. Enjoy.
Music background: Professional Engineer
4.5/5

Does what it does WELL

These are great sounding EQs. Very musical. As many have said before, the EQ4 is great for sweetening the signal, especially at the end of a chain. If you're looking for something ultra-flexible, surgical, and/or a piece to act as the lone the lone EQ in your setup, I'd look elsewhere. But for what it does, the Maag is well worth it's weight.The EQ4 is a super clean EQ that you can crank without suffering noticeable phase shift. The air band is fantastic, especially 20k. The way the other five fixed frequency curves interact with each other gives this EQ it's uniqueness and magic, especially when working with the 160, 40, and sub bands. You can really do a whole lot to shape a signal's bottom end, sitting it nicely in a track. Having detented pots/knobs makes for easy recall, which is a huge bonus. The only drag is that the cut/boost is in 2 dB increments, and often times I find myself wishing I could split the difference. 1 dB or even 1/2 dB steps would have been ideal.All in all, the Maag EQ4 is a little powerhouse, priced up there with other EQs worthy of lunchbox space, like the Harrison 32EQs, API 560s, SSL 611s, and/or Purple ODDs, to name a few. So justifying the purchase is entirely a matter of personal taste and workflow.
Music background: Producer/Engineer
3.5/5

Much a do about nothing

Overall the Maag is halfway decent. It's very easy to use and to adjust the settings on the bands. However for the price, I would have to say its not worth it. The Harrison EQ's are much better and cheaper even the API 550A would win a battle against this EQ. In conclusion, I'd say that the EQ4 doesn't allow a whole lot of slack to work with unlike others but it is still a good EQ.
Music background: Musician
See also: Maag Audio, Maag Audio 500 Series EQ