Cartec EQP-1A

Sep 1, 2012 9:00 AM, Mix, By Wes Maebe



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I’m currently producing a record for Gallows Ghost, so it was the perfect time for more tube action. This is a grunge/folk act, and we’re going for an old-school organic sound. I’ve now inserted the EQP-1A on acoustic guitars (Brauner Phantom V and sE Electronics RNR-1), more vocals (the Jade again) and bass (Brauner VM1 and a Rainbow 180 amp). Everything went through D.A.V. 501 lunchbox pre’s and again switching the Cartec into the circuit added so much weight, dimension and clarity.

After testing this second unit, the Cartec not only exhibited versatility—proving it has that “works on anything you throw at it” quality—but it also demonstrated that all these hand-wired boxes are consistent. You can rest assured that the unit you buy will sound exactly like the demo unit.

Impressive Operator

The Cartec is an impressive box to have in your rack—it looks great, it sounds even better and for the noise geeks out there, it has a really low noise floor. I don’t mind saying that I had to work twice as hard to get close to the Cartec vocal sound I had without it. You will quickly get used to having this unit in the signal path, and only once it’s gone will you realize how much you relied on it. I definitely want one! Arrange a demo, record through it, try it out on parts of your mixes, link two units across the mix bus, insert it over your final masters. You’re going to love it.

Wes Maebe is a UK-based recording, mixing, mastering and live-sound engineer. Follow Wes, his work and Sonic Cuisine studio shenanigans at


Try This

One of my favorite tricks is to put an EQP-1A on the kick. Depending on where it needs to live in the mix, I like to boost either 30 or 60 CPS a fair bit and simultaneously attenuate it to taste. If you find one of the original Pulse Technologies manuals, it will tell you: “Do not attempt to boost and attenuate simultaneously on the low frequencies.” Rules are there to be broken. Cutting at the same frequency creates a nice little dip just in front of the frequency you’re boosting. This way you’ll end up with a really ballsy bottom end without muddying up the sound.

Product Summary


PRODUCT: EQP-1A Equalizer


PRICE: $2,895

PROS: Quality construction. Great-sounding unit.

CONS: May be too pricey for some.

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