SPL PASSEQ 2595 passive mastering EQ, 72 passive filters, 120-V-OPamps (SUPRA-OPs), 3 band filters, cut- and boost with 12 switchable frequencies for each channel, LF shelfing (CUT/BOOST), HF band with variable bandwith, 19" 4U
Smoooooooooth. that's the word. A LOT of filters in the machine, very powerful, very sweet sound. It sounds very open, very clear, with a nice controlled bottom and very lovely crisp highs. The filters are not completely transparent but introduce a sweetness that could be compared with a Neumann or Sphere eq. With one BIG difference: So many more choices! A wonderful machine to shape a mix. I particulary liked the complete absence of nasty artefacts. (passive design) It works beautifully. Musically it fits. The amp is like a passive volume controller. that's how it feels -completely transparent- The Passeq is a new design, that is not directly related to any previous like the Pultec. The boost and cut filters are also tuned at different frequencies, which in my view makes a lot of sense.
There are different types of equipment: the ones that you tolerate, the ones that you need and the ones that you love. The Passeq is clearly a piece of love. It sounds so well on any type of mix, that it lives on my master bus. It's clean enough to use on classical music, but even there it will add some magic that not many EQ's can give you. It's very natural, yet extremely pleasant.
The headroom of this unit is very high and the high voltage make up amplification is very, very good. The only thing that I miss sometimes is a low cut. Also, the user interface needs a lot of getting used to. It is vital to read the manual and experiment to fully understand how to get the best out of the Passeq. Once you do, it will be a golden addition to your studio.
Originally I purchased this unit for a much higher price than it is now, so the price/performance score has gone up significantly. I've a second one on my wish list!
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