Dangerous Music BAX EQ Review

Dec 1, 2011 9:00 AM, By Fab Dupont

STEREO BAXANDALL EQ WITH FILTERS AND SWEETNESS TO SPARE

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Dangerous Music BAX EQ
Top: The 70k filter is designed to get rid of  out-of-hearing-range quantization artifacts. Below: The BAX EQ is based on curves devised by UK electronics engineer Peter Baxandall.

Top: The 70k filter is designed to get rid of out-of-hearing-range quantization artifacts. Below: The BAX EQ is based on curves devised by UK electronics engineer Peter Baxandall.

The BAX EQ is Dangerous Music’s first foray into the world of actual audio “processing.” The brand is well known for pioneering the concept of analog summing with its Dangerous 2-Bus, as well as bringing high-end monitoring systems and mastering consoles to the independent studio market. For this first attempt at a processor, Dangerous Music chose to bring an old-school hi-fi concept to the professional world.

Do you remember your parents’ or grandparents’ (depending on how old you are) stereo hi-fi receiver? Think ’60s or ’70s. Remember those two knobs—bass and treble—that always seemed to make music sound better no matter how much you abused them? (We will not discuss the “loudness” button and the fact that you had it on no matter how loud music was playing. You know what I mean.) Those circuits were for the most part based on curves devised by a British gentleman named Peter Baxandall, who is definitely worth a few minutes of Googling. The particularity of this negative feedback design is that it has very low harmonic distortion and that, unlike traditional shelving curves that reach a plateau (hence the name “shelf”), the BAX curves continue to rise (or dip) above and beyond human hearing range. This all translates into a sound that is very pleasing to the ear, very gentle on program material and has been putting smiles on the faces of music enthusiasts for decades. What can it do for us pros?

THE BAX BOX
The Dangerous BAX EQ is a solidly built, 1U rackmount unit. It has a thicker and arguably sexier faceplate than previous Dangerous boxes, with a bevel and features the same slick knobs as the company’s high-end line of mastering-level products. The back is simplistic: two XLRs for the inputs, two XLRs for the outputs and a receptacle for an IEC cable as the power supply is built-in. On the front side, in order of appearance from left to right, you get the traditional Dangerous Music orange logo, a highpass filter frequency-selection switch (the BAX filters have one switch operating both channels), the low-end frequency-selection switch, separate left and right gain switches for the low end, separate left and right gain switches for the high end, the high-end frequency-selection switch, a lowpass filter frequency-selection switch, and an in/out backlit switch that is dimmed when bypassed and shines bright when engaged. That’s pretty much it. I love the fact that everything is switch-based because there are no mistakes to be made when writing settings down for recalls. Even the most brain-dead of interns is able to recall BAX settings without fail.






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