Joemeek oneQ2

1-channel Channel Strip with Microphone Preamp, EQ, Optical Compression, and De-esser
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Classic Optical Compression!

The Joemeek oneQ2 channel strip packs serious punch for pro studios and home recordists alike. It's based on the same design as Joemeek's acclaimed oneQ, sporting a mic pre, optical compressor, de-esser, enhancer, and 4-band EQ, with your choice of mic or line-level inputs for maximum studio versatility. And just like the original unit, the oneQ2 lets you switch the Cinemag transformer in and out of the signal path with the "Iron" button, for either "colored" or transparent audio. The oneQ2 has moved the transformer down the chain to post-line input, so now you can run line-level signals through the transformer to spice them up! Factor in sweet VU metering, an intuitive front-panel interface, and a DI input for recording guitar and bass direct, and you've got a serious studio workhorse with the Joemeek oneQ2 channel strip.

Joemeek oneQ2 Channel Strip at a Glance:
  • Switchable transformer coupling for two distinct sonic flavors
  • The famous Joemeek optical compressor
  • A true studio workhorse
Switchable transformer coupling for two distinct sonic flavors

One of the most useful features of Joemeek's oneQ2 channel strip is the switchable transformer coupling, which lets you switch a Cinemag transformer in or out of the signal path to choose between two different sonic signatures. Switched off, you get the vibrantly transparent sound of Joemeek's renowned microphone preamps, letting you hear the uncolored sound of your microphone and source sound. Switch the "Iron" mode on, and an iron transformer is switched into the signal path for a decidedly colorful character. Which setting to use depends on your sources and requirements of your mix, and you'll love having the ability to choose what's right for each recording you make. And now that Joemeek has moved the transformer in the oneQ2 to post-line input, you can run recorded tracks through the transformers to add a new vibe to them!

The famous Joemeek optical compressor

Joemeek's optical compressor has earned a solid reputation in broadcast, production, and mixing circles, thanks to its uncanny ability to produce great results quickly on virtually any type of program material. And thanks to the oneQ2's addition of a highpass filter before the compressor circuit, you can cut out low rumble that you may not want the compressor to respond to, for a cleaner overall sound. You can link both channels for stereo compression tasks - and thanks to the available line inputs, you'll find that the oneQ2 is a formidable unit just for compression!

A true studio workhorse

The sonic versatility of the Joemeek oneQ2 channel strip makes it ideal for recording everything from detailed acoustic instruments and vocals all the way to raging guitar amps and direct-recorded bass guitar. It's also fully suited to work as a standalone compressor or EQ, or both! And whether you prefer to track "flat" or with compression and EQ fully engaged, the oneQ2 has all the functionality - and impeccable sound quality - you need to get the sound right on the first take.

Joemeek oneQ2 Dual Channel Strip Features:
  • Channel strip with microphone preamplifier, optical compressor, de-esser, enhancer, and 4-band EQ, with analog and digital outputs
  • Cinemag transformer can be switched in/out of signal path for two completely different sonic characteristics
  • Highpass filter before compressor circuit prevents it from reacting to extreme low frequencies and making your mix muddy
  • Accepts mic, instrument, and line-level sources - a true studio workhorse!
  • Third EQ band is switchable between 7kHz/14kHz to focus on the needs of different sound sources - add "air" to vocals, or snap and attack to drums
Take control of the world-famous Joemeek optical compressor and a whole lot more, with the oneQ2 channel strip!

Additional Media

oneQ2 Cue Sheet
Studio Preamp Buying Guide
Hands On Review: Joemeek Q2 Series

Tech Specs

Preamp Type Solid State
Number of Channels 1
Frequency Response 15Hz-70kHz
Phantom Power Yes
EQ Yes
Compressor Yes
Other Processing Enhancer, De-esser
Analog Inputs CH 1: 2 x XLR (Mic), 1 x 1/4" (Line); CH 2: 1 x 1/4" (Line)
Analog Outputs CH 1: 1 x XLR, 1 x 1/4"
Digital Outputs 1 x AES/EBU (XLR), 1 x S/PDIF (Coax), 1 x S/PDIF (Optical)
Other I/O 1 x Word Clock In (BNC), 1 x Word Clock Out (BNC)
Rack Spaces 2U
Height 3.5"
Depth 8.66"
Width 19"
Weight 6.61 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number one Q2

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Joemeek oneQ2

If want a real stuff this is not for you, very cheap sound, bad quality for the money.
Music background: Jazz

Sweetwater Advice

Mitch Gallagher

I've always tried to live my audio life by Joe Meek's ca 1964 motto: "If it sounds right, it is right." Words to live by, indeed, in this time when we have so many options and different ways of creating music and doing things. The Joemeek company lives up to the lofty aspirations of their namesake with their gear, too. Case in point, the new, completely re-engineered Q2 Series channel strips. There are three units in the series, the SixQ2, the TwinQ2, and the OneQ2. I received all three units for review. The SixQ2 is a single-channel unit, with a mic preamp, optical compressor, three-band EQ, and analog and digital outputs. The TwinQ2 doubles this to two channels. The OneQ2 takes it over the top with a four-band EQ and the addition of an enhancer and a de-esser. All three units can accept mic, line, or instrument inputs, and include 48-volt phantom power, polarity reverse, and highpass filtering. All three also allow a Cinemag transformer to be switched into the circuit for additional tonal flavor. Digital connectivity includes AES/EBU out on XLR, S/PDIF on RCA and optical, word clock I/O on BNC, and sample rate selection. On the single-channel models, a second, external analog input may be routed through the onboard analog-to-digital converters -- a handy feature. There is also a post-preamp/pre-compressor analog insert point, and two single-channel units can be linked for stereo compressor operation. We're talking a full array of features here! Joemeek gear has always been known for having "character," and these units are no exception. They have a big, full, rich, aggressive tonality that works well. If you want the full-on Joemeek experience, the OneQ2 is the unit to get. I loved it for vocals because with the EQ and enhancer, you can get exactly the high-end brilliance and articulation you want while still controlling sibilants with the de-esser. But all three Q2s handle their job admirably well. In fact, I didn't find a situation or an application where I couldn't get the sound I wanted from any of the three Q2s -- they're that powerful. Having the digital outputs is handy, and the comprehensive feature list allows all three to cover a ton of ground in the studio. If you're looking for maximum channel-strip power in affordable packages with a nice dollop of flavor and character added on top, check out the all-new Joemeek Q2 series.
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See also: Joemeek, Joemeek Preamps, Joemeek Channel Strips