Joemeek sixQ2

Channel Strip with Microphone Preamplifier, Optical Compressor, 3-band EQ, Analog and Digital I/O, and DI Input for Instruments
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Joemeek sixQ2
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This Channel Strip Is Ready to Go to Work!

Perfect for project and professional studio owners alike, Joemeek's sixQ2 channel strip gives you everything you'd expect from a premium channel strip - and a whole lot more! Everything starts with a clean mic pre that is switchable to a more vintage-styled "Iron" setting with special transformer coupling. Next up is the star of the sixQ2 - the legendary Joemeek optical compressor! That's right; the same sound that made Joemeek gear famous is right here inside the sixQ2. There's also a highly musical 3-band EQ to shape your sound on the way to recording. Joemeek pushed it one step further by including both analog and digital I/O on the back panel. Whether you're an analog purist looking for a new variety of color, or a digital enthusiast chasing vintage vibe, you'll find the Joemeek sixQ2 channel strip to be a welcome addition to your rack!

Joemeek sixQ2 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 sixQ2 channel strip is the switchable transformer coupling, which lets you choose between two different sonic signatures. Switched off, you get the vibrantly transparent sound of Joemeek's renowned Burr-Brown IC preamp, 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.

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 sixQ2'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.

A true studio workhorse

The sonic versatility of the Joemeek sixQ2 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. And whether you prefer to track "flat" or with compression and EQ fully engaged, the sixQ2 has all the functionality - and impeccable sound quality - you need to get the sound right on the first take.

Joemeek sixQ2 Channel Strip Features:
  • Channel strip with microphone preamplifier, optical compressor, and 3-band EQ, with analog and digital outputs
  • Iron 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 6kHz/12kHz 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 sixQ2 channel strip!

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Additional Media

sixQ2 Cue Sheet
sixQ2 User Manual
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
Analog Inputs 1 x XLR, 1 x TRS, 1 x 1/4" (hi-Z),
Analog Outputs 1 x XLR, 1 x TRS
Digital Outputs 1 x S/PDIF
Other I/O 1 x TRS Insert
Rack Spaces 1U
Height 1.75"
Depth 8.7"
Width 19"
Weight 4.4 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number sixQ2

Customer Reviews

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Excellent Pre!

I tried several lower end/midrange pres (Studio Projects, DBX comp's, DBX tube pre, Presonus Studio Channel) before trying this, and I realized that by the time I would purchase all those, that I was spending just as much as buying this. The only difference: This sounds significantly better and is dead quiet. I would make this comparison. This SixQ2 is to the others previously mentioned as Radial DI's are to cheap DI's. After using this on many gigs and countless hours of comparison it's hard to understand why anyone would purchase 2-3 other units which end up costing the same, sound worse, and create endless noise/feedback headaches which then have to be solved by purchasing a 1U rack EQ. I've also been in a studio which used a focusrite RED and I liked the overall characteristic of this Joe Meek SixQ2 better. It better matches the natural resonance of the voice and acoustic instruments (sax and guitar). You won't be dissappointed and if you are, find a way to contact me so I can purchase it off you!

A sweet item from Sweetwater

I had been using a presonus eureka preamp for my mic for live perfomances. (which is not a bad pre for the price) But when I used the sixQ2 for the first time, Wow...what a difference! This was a wise step up for me. I've got alot more people complementing my voice as well as more people just stopping as they are walking past to listen.
Music background: Professional Musician

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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