The audio examples available on this page accompany my review of the LANG PEQ-2 equaliser by Heritage Audio. This recreation of a lesser seen 1960s inductor-based EQ encourages a creative way of using EQ in the studio and I've provided a few examples of how I enjoyed using it during the review period. Included are before and after examples and what I was trying to achieve with each setting.
This is an example of a typical 'inside' kick drum mic to be used as part of a multi-track drum recording.
The PEQ-2 works superbly for adding natural-sounding weight to low-end sources. For this example, I added a generous amount of 'boost' at 60Hz combined with a similar amount of 'droop' at 100Hz. I also added some 'boost' at 7.5kHz for some extra definition - with a narrow Q setting.
This is a typical sounding 'top' snare mic captured with an SM57.
Here I used the lang to add some weight and a little definition to the snare. a healthy boost at 120Hz combined with a droop at 100Hz added weight whilst a boost at 7.5kHz helped retain the 'point'. I also added a little 'droop' at 20Hz to reduce some cymbal bleed.
A bass guitar captured via direct input (DI).
I used the PEQ-2 to add more substance to the bass guitar and the combination of boosting at 80Hz combined with an equivalent cut (droop) at 100Hz ensured the bass kept its focus for the mix it was sitting in. Boosting around 2.5kHz seemed to generally work well at bringing out some articulation on bass instruments.
An example of a vocal I recorded at my studio recently for an artist called Naomi Randall.
On Naomi's voice, I set the 20kHz boost nearly all the way up to extract a sense of 'air' from her voice. I also liked how a boost at 80Hz combined with a 100Hz 'droop' helped shape the lower end of her voice.
A strummed acoustic guitar part recorded with a single condenser mic pointing at the 12th fret.
I liked how boosting at 15kHz brought out the 'airy' percussive part of the guitar sound in a natural way and I found adding 'droop' around 2.5kHz steered the boost away from the harsher sounding frequencies.