Behringer DEQ2496 Digital 24-Bit/96 kHz EQ/RTA Mastering Processor
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- Ultra-high resolution processor for all EQ, RTA and dynamic applications, especially for PA and audiophile mastering
- 4 concurrently selectable EQ modules (31-band graphic EQ, 10-band parametric EQ, Feedback Destroyer plus 3 Dynamic EQs per stereo channel)
- Flexible compressor/expander function with peak limiter per stereo channel as well as additional stereo imager and stereo delay for delay line applications
- Unique VPQ (Virtual Paragraphic EQ) option allows parametric control of graphic Eqs
- Ultra-high resolution 61-band real-time FFT analyzer with additional auto EQ function for room and loudspeaker equalization
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Ultra-high resolution 24-bit/96 kHz mastering processor featuring 32/40-bit fl oating-point DSP technology Audiophile 24-bit/96 kHz A/D- and D/A converters offering 113 dB dynamic range 4 concurrently selectable EQ modules (31-band graphic EQ, 10-band parametric EQ, Feedback Destroyer plus 3 Dynamic EQs per stereo channel) Ultra-high resolution 61-band real-time FFT analyzer with additional auto EQ function for room and loudspeaker equalization Unique VPQ (Virtual Paragraphic EQ) option allows parametric control of graphic EQs State-of-the-art compressor/expander with peak limiter per stereo channel, additional stereo imager and stereo delay for delay line applications Multi-functional level meters (peak/RMS, VU and SPL meter with dBA/dBC weighting via RTA/Mic input) 64 user memories for complete setups and/or individual module configurations Separate mic/line input with phantom power for RTA and Auto-EQ applications Balanced inputs and servo-balanced outputs with gold-plated XLR connectors, stereo aux output, AES/EBU and S/PDIF inputs and outputs (XLR and optical) Professional Wordclock input and MIDI connections for full remote control, preset dumps and system updates Open architecture allowing future software updates via MIDI "Planet Earth" switching power supply for maximum flexibility (100 - 240 V~), noise-free audio, superior transient response plus low power consumption for energy saving High-quality components and exceptionally rugged construction ensure long life 3-Year Warranty Program*
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Overall the signal-chain events are similar to high-end plug-ins such as Izotopes' Ozone 5 but the system lacks any on-board presets which I feel would add desirable functionality. Programming the unit for specific scenarios can take considerable time when compared to a plug-in equivalent or when compared to other types of rack processors that provide presets as a standard feature. (except for the RTA function which is very quick). The control and programming logic however is straight forward so the unit does its job pretty well. I will confess that some of the parameter functions' audible results are not readily apparent and that I am still working through some of the intricacies involved in programming the signal chain to produce desired results. The manual is verbose in nature offering an explanation of functionality but limited mixing tips and tricks content so prepare for some schooling. For the price it is proving to be a worthy tool for general mixing/mastering duties. Labor is not included.
If you want to use it this way, the device's instruction manual will provide absolutely no guidance, and unlike the now discontinued Ultramizer, there are no processing presets available to provide any sort of adjustment starting point. In fact you'll be confronted with screen after screen of geeky, obscure adjustments to set and tweek.
It's too bad Behringer didn't take the time to detail suggested settings which would unlock the many great things this box will do. However, a ham radio guy, NU9N, has put up an excellent online setup guide, and his 3-band processor settings (ignore the narrow band EQ settings which are appropriate to a ham radio station) are loud, transparent and musical. A good resource for the DEQ2496 and a great starting point for anyone using the box for dynamics processing.
In our case the box provides a substantial upgrade in sound over the box it replaced, it was quite inexpensive, and the build quality is adequate. Negatives to Behringer for not giving the customer the basic info to use it properly.
Though i have experienced some defect or shall i say unexpected behavior of my unit such as rebooting a couple of times and eventually never start at all. Luckily i found a tweak to disconnect the power supply connector from the main board and connect again. so far it's been stable and been running overnight without any abnormalities.
Together they are a harmony in sound. You wont be disappointed .
The DEQ 2496 is just sweet with all the features, your audio will shift into another gear.
Room correction is great just be sure before you run the pink noise have your amp level down then increase to prevent sudden loud pink noise. I read a review that someone blew up there speakers. Well that's not a good thing but again use some common sense and you will be fine.
I love the DEQ 2496 ultra curve pro