Crane Song Insigna — 500-Series Tube Equalizer / EQ
Fat sounding 500-series tube equalizer with a 12AX7 tube, featuring 2 shelving EQs, a parametric band and a low and high pass filter set.
The Crane Song Insigna is a 500-series-compatible tube equalizer with a fat sound rich in second harmonic triode tube color. Designed by Dave Hill, the Insigna comes from a long line of industry standard, high quality audio hardware and features a dual triode circuit with a 12AX7 tube, featuring 2 shelving EQs, a parametric band and a low and high pass filter set. The filters are both 24 dB/Octave with 7 frequencies each. The high and low frequency bands are both shelving with 8 frequencies a piece. The mid frequency band is a peak EQ containing 8 frequencies. All three bands employ buffered RC circuitry in the negative feedback path around the tube amps.
The output stage features a shielded Lundahl high level line output transformer, all the stepped frequency
pots are high quality Grayhill series 56 Rotary Switches and Bourn pots for the gain.
Crane Song Insigna unique features:
- Dual triode circuit with a 12AX7 tube
- 2 shelving EQs, a parametric band and a low and high pass filter set
Crane Song Insigna key features:
- Fat sound rich in second harmonic triode tube color
- 2 shelving EQs a parametric band and a low and high pass filter
- Filters are both 24dB/Ocatve with 7 frequencies each
- High and low frequency bands are both shelving with 8 frequencies a piece
- 12AX7 tube for easy replacement and consistent control
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RSPE’s Rack Revolution, a virtual 500-series rack builder that lets you custom-configure the perfect 500-series lunchbox for your studio, DAW, or mobile recording rig. RSPE carries every 500-series module imaginable, including mic preamps, compressor-limiters, equalizers, and 500 power racks.
Crane Song Insigna Frequencies
Let's have a closer look at the frequency ranges you'll get to work with.
The high pass filter ranges from 25 Hz to 150 Hz (25 - 40 - 50 - 60 - 90 - 120 - 150) and the low pass filter from 6kHz to 20 kHz (6 - 7.5 - 9 - 10.5 - 12 - 15 - 20).
The filters will give you enough power to clean up low rumble, tidy up the low end on LF centric instruments and control harshness at the top like guitars for example.
On the other side of the spectrum, the LF band shelves from an extremely low 10 Hz up to 200 Hz. Straddling the middle, the MID peaking band deals with anything from 150 Hz to 7.2 kHz and is centered around a proportional Q (bandwidth). All three bands give you +/- 12 dB boost and cut.
Crane Song Insigna In Use
One thing the Insigna is not, is a one trick pony!
This EQ is an extremely versatile recording and mix EQ. If you track with EQ in the recording chain, the Insigna is a very powerful tool to help you clean up any low rumbles trying to sneak onto the recording through the mic stand. The filter set is extremely effective in tidying up the low end in any low frequency emphasized instrumentation like kick drums, floor toms, bass, piano and guitars. At the high end of the spectrum , the low pass filter will aid in controlling any harsh content in acoustic and electric guitars and brass instruments. When you're recording in lively environments, the high roll-off can come to your rescue when you're trying to get those higher room frequencies under control.
Who’s using Crane Song:
With a user list including Dave Pensado, Michael Wagener, Tony Maserati, Michael Brauer, Ross Hogarth, Dylan Dresdow, and many more, Crane Song Equipment, such as the Hedd 192, Trakker, Avocet, and STC-8 have achieved secret weapon status in the recording industry. Crane Song is just one of those brands that you know you need to have if you take your audio seriously.
About Crane Song
Crane Song owner, founder, and design engineer Dave Hill has become one of the most respected inventors in the professional audio business. Dave has been doing studio and film sound recording since 1972. Early in the 1980's Dave was asked by a used equipment dealer if he could design a tube compressor that would have the sound of the older tube type devices and still be clean enough to compete with modern devices. The result was the Summit Audio TLA-100. Building on the success of that first design, Dave went on to design multiple tube devices, giving Summit a premier position in pro audio. In 1995 Dave founded Crane Song, a company offering innovative solid-state hardware and software used at the highest levels of pro audio.
If you’ve been looking for a more affordable way to put Crane Song tube equalization to work for you, put a 500-series Insigna EQ in your 500 lunchbox or rack/PSU. For more information, call or chat with an RSPE representative today.