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Black Lion Audio
Black Lion AudioAM/CHA1 15 Band EQ
We're all fans of inducto-based EQ. While it doesn't offer the surgical precision of its solid-state based gyrator circuit cousin, it has a wonderful musical quality that's very natural sounding. Typically a good inductor EQ has, in the past, been rather expensive to purchase. A classic API or Pultec-based EQ will set you back a few thousand dollars for a stereo pair. So Black Lion Audio's challenge was to develop a transformer coupled two channel inductor based EQ that could perform every bit as well as a high priced mastering-grade setup, but do it at a lower price. Since there are lots of Pultec clones out there, they wanted do develop something that was unique. BLA based it on what's known as a state-variable filter, and built it around custom wound Cinemag inductors, and gave it overlapping frequencies within each set of frequency bands to enable flexibility and frequency correction when needed. They also used grain oriented silicon steel transformers for the input and output stages to give the audio a nice vintage character, although amorphous core Lundahl transformers are available as an option for an additional charge. And since Black Lion Audio has access to a few mastering-grade inductor EQ's, they tweaked and refined the circuit until they were satisfied that it was every bit as good as the expensive brands. The smooth highs, natural mids, and thick, powerful bass that only a good inductor EQ can deliver. Go ahead; shoot it out against your Neve, Massenburg, API, or Tube Tech. Trust Black Lion Audio; they think you'll be very impressed.Features: 2U high rack mount chassis 15 band, fully adjustable boost/cut with variable Q Low boost/cut: 65Hz, 115Hz, 290Hz, Q variable from 0.2 to 1.5 Low mid boost/cut: 205Hz, 500Hz, 840Hz, 1.76kHz, Q variable from 0.2 to 1.5 Mid boost/cut: 560Hz, 1.2kHz, 3.1kHz, 6.1kHz, Q variable from 0.3 to 2.6 High boost/cut: 2.4kHz, 3.7kHz, 8.2kHz, 15.6kHz, Q variable from 0.3 to 3 Selectable peak or shelf for low and high frequencies Fully transformer coupled input and output 1/4" TRS connectors 110/220vac power