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What do we think about parametric EQ in a stompbox?

Postby microbailey » 20 Apr 2018, 00:07

Just curious as to opinions really.
I think I've only ever seen one parametric EQ in a stompbox for guitars - (I'm sure others are gonna correct me on that!!)

What got me thinking was I was using 2-band parametric EQ on a mixing desk (on a guitar part) and I started thinking about how much tonal variety you can get with the Hi and Lo bands compared to your graphic EQ pedal with its fixed frequencies (which is also pretty useful for tones).
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Re: What do we think about parametric EQ in a stompbox?

Postby resynthesis » 20 Apr 2018, 00:37

Dead useful! I have a couple of things with a parametric (or semi-parametric) and I've been on the lookout for a reasonably priced TC Dual Parametric for ages. Really useful to have when playing with a second guitarist or keyboards and obviously a great recording tool.
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Re: What do we think about parametric EQ in a stompbox?

Postby lead2203 » 20 Apr 2018, 02:31

Boss made a PQ 4. Kind of rare. I used to use it as a boost like people do the Furman. Great pedals. Here's the schematic....

http://www.synthdiy.com/files/2007/boss_pq-4.png
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Re: What do we think about parametric EQ in a stompbox?

Postby microbailey » 20 Apr 2018, 08:35

Yeah lead2203 I think its the Boss that i remember seeing someone use once.
As you say, don't see many of those around now.

Its funny that what seems (to me anyway) like a really useful pedal doesn't have more makers - maybe its because a lot of guitarists don't get what it does?
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Re: What do we think about parametric EQ in a stompbox?

Postby DiscoFreq » 20 Apr 2018, 09:57

Here's a long list, some of them combine parametric EQ with other effects though:
http://www.effectsdatabase.com/type/equ ... parametric

IMO parametric EQ is a lot more useful than graphic EQ, even if those pedals usually only have 1-3 bands.
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Re: What do we think about parametric EQ in a stompbox?

Postby lead2203 » 20 Apr 2018, 15:36

microbailey wrote:Yeah lead2203 I think its the Boss that i remember seeing someone use once.
As you say, don't see many of those around now.

Its funny that what seems (to me anyway) like a really useful pedal doesn't have more makers - maybe its because a lot of guitarists don't get what it does?

A lot of players couldn't dial them in and don't understand how to get them to sound right. Almost to much range for most. For me it was the best boost pedal to kick the front end of an old Marshall and dial in just the right mid frequency to keep it tight wile adding gain. Might have to dig it out again now that I think about how good it sounded. It was a big part of my rig back in the 80s. Then I started to just mod my amps to get what I wanted but it's still an awesome pedal. I don't think it sold very well so it was just discontinued after a short run.
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Re: What do we think about parametric EQ in a stompbox?

Postby idy » 21 Apr 2018, 02:49

I made a strip-board 3band para that is my acoustic guitar preamp. Added a master gain knob. Just right.
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Re: What do we think about parametric EQ in a stompbox?

Postby Dirk_Hendrik » 21 Apr 2018, 14:26

Ibanez PQ9 and the later PQL, to add to the list.

I used them a lot for acoustic guitar live as a quick way to dial out the most "eager" feedback frequency.
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Re: What do we think about parametric EQ in a stompbox?

Postby soulsonic » 29 Apr 2018, 07:25

My experience has been that subtle hi-pass/lo-pass filters are more *musically* useful. Those active filters tend to be too sharp sounding.
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Re: What do we think about parametric EQ in a stompbox?

Postby soulsonic » 29 Apr 2018, 07:46

I'm talking about for shaping "tone". Dirk makes a point about taming feedback with active filters....
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