Artec Parametric EQ

Professional Parametric EqualiserArtec is THE Korean pickup specialist for acoustic guitars and solid bodies The team around mastermind Byoung-Yul Lim has been in the last two years very busy developing an independent range of analogue pedals and combo amplifiers. The result is excellent and it does not need to shy away from international comparison. Published test reports in professional journals make a clear statement on the quality.

Again and again, effects makers are trying a Parametric EQ, but somehow guitarists (...are we too stupid?) can't seem to get their heads around the devices. There is no more effective sound processing if you really want to change your sound specifically. It's not that hard. Raise the frequency with the gain control and turn the freq knob until you find what's annoying you. Now lower this frequency until it does not annoy anymore and use the width control to tailor how wide the cut should be. This can be simply decided by ear. It is even easier if you want to boost something; e.g. nice mids for the lead sound. Also here: raise, pick out frequency and determine width. And use the level control so that the EQ sound is about the same volume as the unprocessed one. Or turn up the level and heat up the amp when wanting to conjure a lead sound from a single channel amp.

The Artec Parametric EQ can do it all for very little money.

  • Controls: FREQ / WIDTH / GAIN / LEVEL
  • True Bypass
  • Power supply: 9-volt battery or power supply (both optionally available)
  • Heavy zinc die-cast housing
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 75.5 x 116 x 49 mm
  • Weight: 340 grams
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Excellent little tool

TonyOsax, 19.05.2017
I have been trying to set up my looper to play backing tracks through a Mackie SRM 350 pa speaker to get enough volume to practice my sax. The volume is fine but the speaker is ridiculously bass heavy and unusable at home.

I have tried taming the bass with a small Behringer mixer which helps a bit, but it's not hitting the right frequencies and it's a cumbersome solution. I had thought about a graphic eq pedal but had doubts that it would be effective because of my experiences with the Behringer. Then I discovered the Artec Parametric EQ and decided to take a risk with it because of its potential ability to target the frequencies I want to control.

It works! It does exactly what I need and is very effective. It's very simple to operate - you can set a boost or cut and then turn the frequency knob until you hit the offending frequency. Then you can alter the Q setting to adjust the range of frequencies you want to modify.

The build quality is good, at least for what I need. I do agree with other reviewers that having tiny frequency and q control knobs with an even tinier black on black centre point marker is a very poor design. It was ok at home where I could hold it up to a bright light to see, but using it live to adjust the tone would be a challenge to say the least.

The sound quality is good and I didn't detect any noise or impairment of the signal going to the speaker. It works well with the supplied battery it is a much tidier solution than a mixer with an external power supply. I don't know what the battery life is yet.

So, in summary, for my very specific requirement it is an excellent solution and the Artec is a fraction of the price of other parametric eq pedals.
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Great parametric eq

wgen, 13.11.2016
If you are here you'll probabily know what we are talking about. This is one little precious piece of equipment, a parametric equalizer in pedal form is definitely not that common these days, and definitely not at this price! Parametric equalizers let you sculpt your tone in a much more musical way than graphic equalizers, which boost or cut specific bands with a very narrow spectrum for each, so that your tone will be typically affected with strange noises. Try and you'll see/hear, especially in recordings. This parametric example, instead, lets you choose very precisely the one frequency you want to cut or boost, with a useful width little knob: this one lets you set how many frequencies around that one that you chose as the central one, you want to be boosted or cut, too
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