EQx5 is an effective 5-band stereo equalizer for eurorack synthesizers. The module allows for quick and musical adjustments to the frequency content of audio signals, with voltage-control of all parameters for experimental EQ processing.
The BALANCE parameter is essentially an equal-power crossfader which simultaneously and inversely affects the gain of the Left and Right channels. When a stereo signal is connected to the module’s inputs, this parameter functions like a Pan control, shifting the stereo image Left and Right. When two mono signals are connected to the module’s inputs and the OUT L+R mono output is used, this parameter functions like a volume crossfader with no perceivable level drop in the center.
The LEVEL parameter is a post-eq volume adjustment, used primarily to compensate for level changes after frequency equalization. The module implements a pseudo-loudness feature, which gradually boosts the LOW and HIGH shelving filters as LEVEL is reduced. This helps to retain the signal’s “fullness” as it is attenuated, accounting for the equal-loudness contour.
A key feature of EQx5 is the ability of all parameters to be controlled with external voltages, opening up a range of experimental possibilities in the eurorack environment.
The amount of boost or cut for each band can be modulated using control voltage signals, with the full range being ±5 V (10 Vpp). The frequency band’s gain knob then defines the bias point to offset the incoming control voltage.
Additionally, both BALANCE and LEVEL have their own respective CV inputs, also with a full range of ± 5 V. The LEVEL parameter can act very much like a VCA when used in combination with its CV input.
The two inputs, L and R, are designed for audio signals within the audible spectrum. These inputs are AC-coupled, and will block DC signals to reduce noise. R is normalled L, so if no plug is present, the channel will obtain a of copy of L.
In addition to the two discrete L and R outputs, the module has a mono output, OUT L+R, which is the sum of the two channels. As mentioned previously, this output is useful when crossfading between two signals using the BALANCE parameter, or to conveniently obtain a mix of the two audio signals.
- Five frequency bands with ±12 dB gain
- Post-EQ balance and level controls
- Control voltage inputs for all parameters
- Stereo I/O with discrete signal paths
- Additional mono sum output
Power: +60mA, -49mA