Tonlux Eq Review
by, 11-06-2011 at 08:47 AM (1036 Views)
I got these tonelux eq's on the same day I received my ELI Doc derr module so it was like christmas came early
Right away you can tell that this is high end boutique gear from its construction. Slight imperfections from less robotic or automated assembly processes I'm not sure but I totally dig that kind of thing. I did have trouble fitting one of the eq's in the V8 box and am thankful I won't be needing to do that anytime soon. After I got over the installation I hooked it up and ran a bunch of sources through it as well as my Doc derr, API 550b, and console eq's.
My initial thought was that I wanted to be smacked in the face by color like the API eq's do. I wasn't. For me one of the biggest tests of an eq is snare. Eqing a snare (not a sample) so it has point and not too much hat bleed starts to show the character of the eq. Nothing beat the API 550b although all 4 eq handled snare the 550b has something special.
In this thread I showed the cool pultec trick the eq does and it is worth the price of admission IMO. http://forum.recordingreview.com/f66...97/#post305584
This is probably the most well thought out, feature packed eq I've ever used. It is far more flexible then the ssl eq and can be very surgical(although not as surgical as the SSL)
I bought a tonelux V8 rack and not a lunch box version. By concern with this was committing to eventually getting 8 tonelux modules. Would I want that many tonelux products. The answer is definitely yes after my using this product. For the most part I've been using them on Bass and rhythm guitar.
Another interesting feature. The selectable hi shelf eq goes all the way from 500hz to 21K. This means you can shift the entire energy of a guitar for example to a higher part of the frequency spectrum using the low knob to control the body of a source(500hz down) this still leaves you with 2 bands left. One with 500hz -21k and the other 50hz-somewhere like 5k. Very wide over lap on these things.