Bettermaker Mastering Equalizer

 

The Bettermaker Mastering Equalizer is a mastering grade EQ for recording, mixing, mastering, and an expansion on their popular EQ232P MkII.  Like all Bettermaker products, the Mastering EQ features a 100% analog signal path with comprehensive digital control, recall, and automation.  All parameters can be controlled via the onboard 5” touch screen/encoders or via DAW with a dedicated plugin.  The USB connectivity is MAC/PC compatible and the custom USB protocol is used exclusively for control which does not pass audio.  Up to 399 presets are recall-able via internal memory or plugin.

 

mastering eq display closeup

EQ Control

The Mastering EQ features 4 parametric EQ bands as well as high and low pass filter sections.  The outer boundary parametric bands may also be changed from a bell curve to a shelf.  A passive Pultec style section and “air bands” at 23 and 28 kHz have also been included.  The display features a live representation of the EQ curve with a RTA (Real Time Analyzer) for input/output signal built-in to the unit.  100% true analog bypass can be engaged via a front panel switch and each EQ section can be individually enabled/disabled.  EQ bands can be interlocked to adjust a combination of bands in sync, for example quickly to make a wider EQ range darker/brighter.  The mastering EQ can operate in stereo, dual mono, and M/S modes for a wide array of applications.

 

Features:

– 100% analog audio signal path
– USB connectivity with MAC/PC
– all parameters are digitally controlled via touchscreen and/or DAW (with dedicated plugin)
– 399 presets, total recall, A/B comparison
– 5-inch capacitive touchscreen with back-light, four encoders with push-button action for ease of control
– stereo, dual-mono and mid/side operation modes with focus function
– stereo 12 or 24dB/oct high-pass filter with adjustable cutoff frequency (10Hz – 240 hz; extended to 6Hz with the resonance enabled)
– four stereo parametric filters with 15dB boost/cut range, variable Q (0.2 – 7):
– EQ1: 22Hz – 470Hz (bell/shelf)
– EQ2: 90Hz – 2kHz (bell)
– EQ3: 480Hz – 10kHz (bell)
– EQ4: 1kHz – 23kHz (bell/shelf)
– stereo passive equalizer with extended hi-boost section (20 and 28 kHz)
– stereo 12dB/oct low-pass filter with adjustable cutoff frequency (2 – 38 kHz)
– adjustable output level (+/- 10dB)
– Frequency Search, Gain Lock, Note and Auto-Q functions
– on-board measurement of PEAK/RMS levels and RTA analyzer
– on-screen live representation of the EQ curve

 

Download/view a complete spec sheet PDF here

 

How is it different from the Bettermaker EQ232P MkII?

The Mastering Equalizer contains the same circuits as the EQ232P MkII plus:

-+/- 12dB input regulation.
-Two additional parametric filters that can be turned into shelf filters.
-Additional Lowpass 12dB/oct filter.
-The Highpass filter is switchable between 12 and 24dB/oct and has resonance regulation.
-The P section has the low frequency selection disbanded between boost and attenuation and the high section has two additional bands, 23kHz and 28kHz.
-There is a perfect representation of the EQ curves, just like you would use a plugin.
-On top of that, there is an input and output RTA.

 

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All filters enabled, set flat
Balanced Stereo XLR Input: 23dBu max input level (THD < 0.2%)
Balanced Stereo XLR Output: 23dBu max output level (THD < 0.2%)
Operating Level: +4dBu
Input Impedance (differential): 48kΩ (for balanced signal)
Output Impedance (differential): 50Ω + 50Ω (electronically balanced)
Frequency Response 20Hz to 20kHz: +/- 0.2dB
Dynamic Range: 128 dB @ +18 dBu, 20 kHz BW
THD+N: 0.03% @ +4 dBu, 0.06% @ +18 dBu, 20 kHz BW
CMMR: max 85 dB @ 3 kHz, min 52 dB @ 20Hz, 20 kHz BW
Crosstalk: min -100 dB @ 30Hz, max -65 dB @ 20kHz, +18 dBu, 20 kHz BW
balanced stereo input (XLR) 23dBu max input level (THD < 0.2%)
balanced stereo output (XLR) 23dBu max output level (THD < 0.2%)
Operating Level: +4dBu
Input impedance (differential): 48kΩ (for balanced signal)
Output Impedance: 50Ω + 50Ω (electronically balanced)
Rack Mount Dimensions: 2U enclosure, 230mm deep
Power Supply: Advanced linear power supply with toroidal AC mains transformer
Voltage: 115/230V via rear switch
Maximum Power Consumption: 20W
Shipping Weight: 5.5 kg