Source Audio EQ2 Ultrawave Multiband Processor review

Take the technologically advanced approach to stompbox EQ'ing

Source Audio EQ2
(Image: © Source Audio)

Guitar World Verdict

Highly detailed sound sculpting makes this a consummate stage tool.

Pros

  • +

    Programmable presets.

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    Powerful EQ with 18dB of boost/cut.

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    Deep editing via Neuro app.

Cons

  • -

    Pricey for the casual EQ consumer.

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This is a combination graphic and parametric equalizer with 10 fully adjustable frequency bands. Each band can be moved to any point on the frequency spectrum from 20Hz to 20kHz and has up to +/-18dB of boost or cut available with adjustable bandwidth. 

There’s also some shelving and high-pass options, noise gate, limiter and tuner. The pedal has four presets instantly at hand, scrolled through via a front-panel button, although all 128 of them can be recalled directly from the pedal. 

Besides a small Output knob, there’s just a rotary encoder knob with push and turn actions that works extremely well to quickly dial in an EQ curve on the fly. But with the Neuro app you can really get in and map out your EQ curve in detail. Whether you need to set your rig for a venue, have different EQ settings to suit particular guitars, or just kick it in as a frequency boost, it’s all here.

Source Audio EQ2

(Image credit: Future)

Specs

  • PRICE: $265 / £285
  • ORIGIN: USA 
  • TYPE: Programmable EQ pedal 
  • FEATURES: Selectable analog buffered or relay based true bypass, tuner, 128 presets, 10 band graphic equalizer, parametric equalization capabilities
  • CONTROLS: Encoder knob, Output,  Select button, control input switch, Bypass footswitch 
  • CONNECTIONS: Standard inputs (1 & 2), standard outputs (1 & 2), MIDI In, MIDI Thru, USB, control input 
  • POWER: 9V DC adaptor (supplied) 180 mA  
  • DIMENSIONS: 70 (w) x 114 (d) x 51mm (h)
  • CONTACT: Source Audio (opens in new tab)

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Trevor Curwen has played guitar for several decades – he's also mimed it on the UK's Top of the Pops. Much of his working life, though, has been spent behind the mixing desk, during which time he has built up a solid collection of the guitars, amps and pedals needed to cover just about any studio session. He writes pedal reviews for Guitarist and has contributed to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and Future Music among others.