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  • What's a good (cheap rack EQ that won't affect my tone?

    I'm looking for a good rack EQ that won't break the bank (~$100?) but I hear that some of them can really suck the tone out, and I'm not full of money. What are my options?

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    That's what an EQ is designed to do. It sucks tone, or it boosts tone. It is designed TO affect tone.
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      I'm looking for a good rack EQ that won't break the bank (~$100?) but I hear that some of them can really suck the tone out, and I'm not full of money. What are my options?


      In the past, I used a mono 31 band Peavey Q431F. It was a heavy 2U unit, but made in the ole USA and very good.

      I use now a stereo 1U dbx215 with satisfactory results.
      My band's page: www.defender-music.net

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        That's what an EQ is designed to do. It sucks tone, or it boosts tone. It is designed TO affect tone.


        A good transparent EQ should maintain not only the same tone, but also the dynamics, the harmonic content and the headroom, with all sliders at 0db. A low end one, like any low end effect made with cheap components, might suck-out the dynamics (add unwanted compression), add noise or dull the tone. OP is right asking for advice.
        My band's page: www.defender-music.net

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