Are you someone that’s always striving to enhance your tone? It’s time to un-leash the power of the Empress ParaEQ w/Boost EQ Pedal
on your instrument – sadly, it may piss you off that you haven’t been using it for years.
Most Beta testers were not excited to test this pedal for us – it didn’t have the bells and whistles of the superdelay…but they were pleasantly surprised. Here are a few comments:
I'm beginning to dislike my clean tone without this pedal on.
- Ian, electric guitar player.
Wow, the eq is the best I’ve heard in a pedal. It out-performs my _______ eq and I’m able to get a huge variety of tones. I also love that it’s so small
– Jake, upright bass player and recording engineer.
What's been really nice about this pedal is how fast I can get to really nice sounds with it. I wasn't expecting that. I was expecting to have to hunt for a while. That's been my experience with DAW-based para eq plugins. Not so with the pedal. It's very quick to sweep and find a sweet frequency spot, both cutting and boosting.
– Peter, guitar player.
The Empress ParaEq w/Boost EQ Pedal is designed to be a simple device that does its job extremely well. We noticed that the EQ section of many instrument amplifiers offer a very limited range of control. We designed the Empress ParaEq w/Boost to give musicians a powerful, musical, high quality EQ in a conveniently small package. The signal path of the ParaEq w/Boost is comprised of the highest quality components chosen for their transparency, powerful tone shaping capabilities, and low operating noise.
With the Empress ParaEq w/Boost your instrument will still sound like your instrument, only better.
Manual & FAQ
Empress ParaEQ User Manual
Here are a few applications:
- Say you really like the tone of your guitar but find it could just be a little brighter and detailed. With the Empress EQ adding a small boost in the range of a of 3kHz to 5kHz with a broad Q can add a bit more detail while still retaining the sound of your instrument. Similarly, adding to the lows would bring out some warmth.
- Say you’ve set your amp up in the venue and find that the acoustics of the stage are making your rig sound too ‘boomy’ or ‘boxy’. By cutting some of the frequencies in the lower mids (200Hz- 600Hz) with a medium Q you can bring minimize the negative effect caused by the room acoustics. Also, if you find your guitar isn’t cutting through the rest of the band you can boost in the upper mids instead of just turning up the volume, which could lead to you drowning everyone else out.
- With Di’d acoustic instruments playing live can sometimes be a nightmare because of the feedback coming through the monitors. Using the Empress Mid and Hi controls in the ‘tight’ Q setting you’ll be able to cut at the frequencies causing the feedback while retaining much of your instruments tone. With most equalizers the Q is not very tight, so by cutting higher frequencies your instrument gets much duller and ‘muddy’ sounding.
- Having eq control before the amp can shape distortion sounds. For instance, if you want the treble of your signal to distort more you can boost it before the amp. The boost control on the EE Eq is also great at overdriving the input of tube amps in a very musical way.
The Empress ParaEQ has three ‘bell shaped’ bands of eq : low, mid and high. Each band has the following three controls:
- This control selects the frequency at which you’d like to boost or cut. For flexibility, the frequency controls span a wide range. This makes the eq good for bass players who want to adjust the low frequency part of the signal and for acoustic guitar players who may want to remove a high frequency that is prone to feedback while playing live.
- The Q determines the range of frequencies which the eq affects. i.e. If you have a wide Q and you’re boosting than the frequencies around the frequency selected will get boosted as well. Conversely, if you select a tight Q and are boosting you’ll tend to only boost at the selected frequency and frequencies close to it, the other frequencies will remain un-touched. When looking at the eq, ‘medium q’ is the left switch position, ‘tight q’ the middle, and ‘wide q’ on the right.
- This determines the amount of boost or cut. At 12 o’clock there is no boost or cut. At the extremes the unit will provide 15dB of boost or cut.
- This is an output boost control. It is perfect for providing gain before an effects chain to minimize noise, or to overdrive the input of a tube amp. The range goes from 0dB to 30dB.
- This control lowers the level at the input of the eq. Ideally, this control should be set at 0dB to maximize the signal to noise ratio of the unit. However, if you are adding lots of gain with one of the gain controls you may be clipping the eq internally – you’ll hear distortion when this happens. In this case switch the input pad to -6dB or -12dB. By lowering the level at the input you’ll prevent the distortion.
- This is a true bypass switch, which does exactly what its name implies.
Q: What are the ranges of each band of EQ?
A: Low Frequency - 35Hz to 500Hz
Q: How Much Gain does each band offer?
Mid Frequency - 250 Hz to 5kHz
High Frequency - 1kHz to 20 kHz
A: Each band of EQ has -15dB to +15dB available
Q: What is the range of the boost knob?
A: The boost ranges from 0dB to +30dB (That's a lot of boost!!!)
Q: What Q's are available?
A: Each band has 3 Q settings. Narrow, Medium and Wide. The Q's are about 7.4, 2.9, and 1.2.
Q: What input pads are available?
A: The input pad is selectable between 0dB, -6dB and -12dB.
Q: Is the ParaEQ true bypass?
Q: What power supply does the ParaEQ need?
A: The power supply must be 9v DC, negative tip. We recomend the Boss PSA-120 adaptor. Internal dip switches can be configured to accept up to 24V DC.
Q: Does the Para EQ come with a power adaptor?
A: Nope, but unless this is your first pedal, you probably already have one that will work. As long as it's 9v DC, negative tip... you're good to go.
Q: Can the ParaEQ work from batteries?
Q: Will the ParaEQ work with the BBE Supa-Charger?
Q: Will the ParaEQ work with the Voodoo Labs Pedal Power and Pedal Power II?
Q: What is the input and output impedance of the ParaEQ?
A: The input impedance is 340 Kohms and the output impedance is 510 ohms.