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Maag Audio EQ4 Reviews

4.5 stars based on 5 customer reviews
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  • from North Hollywood April 1, 2017Music Background:
    Professional Bass Player, Professional Engineer

    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.

  • from Winooski, VT January 27, 2015Music Background:
    Opera Composer, Lead Guitarist, Sound Designer, Producer.

    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.

  • from Brooklyn March 1, 2013Music Background:
    Professional Engineer

    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.

  • from Nashville, TN. USA June 26, 2014Music Background:
    Producer/Engineer

    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.

  • from OKC, OK March 28, 2012Music Background:
    Musician

    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.

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