Maag Audio EQ2 – 500-Series EQ
A 2-band, single-channel 500-series equalizer with Maag Audio’s famous Air Band EQ
The Maag Audio EQ2 is a 2-band, single-channel 500-series equalizer module that provides top-end presence and transparent audio due to its minimal phase shift operation. Primarily designed for stereo bus chores, the EQ2 is built with the same high-quality components found in the powerhouse 6-band Maag EQ4. Not just for the 2-bus, the EQ2 also makes a great companion for any preamp in your rack—particularly those that have no EQ of their own. Using the Maag Audio EQ2 with your favorite preamps lets you bring out the air, and achieve greater clarity from your mics. And with ribbon mics, not only do you get their voice-of-god sound; the EQ2 gives you the air and clarity you’d get from condenser mics, only without the harshness that can come from boosting high frequencies. Plus, the EQ2’s stepped input attenuation control not only makes gain structuring easy, but when paired with a preamp it also gives you level control on high-SPL sound sources. The Maag audio EQ2 is certified VPR compliant to ensure compatibility with any 500-series power rack.
Maag Audio EQ2 unique features:
- Air Band shelf boost from 2.5kHz to 40kHz via Maag’s Vari Air™
- Minimal phase shift preserves natural audio quality
Maag Audio EQ2 key features:
- Selectable tight and wide bell curves for low frequencies
- Detent controls for easy recall-ability
- Stepped input attenuation control from -12.5dB to 0dB
- Low mid-frequency selector from 40Hz – 1.4kHz
- VPR Alliance certified
Don’t forget to check out 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.
INSIDE THE BOX — Maag Audio EQ2
The EQ2 is a no-compromise, 500-format equalizer featuring Cliff Maag’s famous Air Band high-frequency shelf EQ, plus a low mid-frequency (LMF) bell boost from Sub to 1.4 kHz. The EQ2’s LMF provides both tight or wide bell curve options to dial in the perfect amount of warmth on the 2-bus. The EQ2 also has and an Input Attenuator to control down to –12.5 dB of level control. The EQ2’s Air Band is equipped with an additional frequency selection, 15kHz, which gives you the air you need when 10kHz is a little too low to grab the air and 20kHz overshoots the highs you’re looking for—making the EQ2 useful for any situation.
Because of the Maag Audio EQ2’s unique design, phase shift is very minimal, which lets you maintain the integrity of the original sound and enhance the “air” frequencies, all while tonally shaping the sound from the top to bottom. The lack of phase shift plus the Air Band make the EQ2 great on anything that needs EQ shaping.
The Maag Audio EQ2 is VPR Alliance-certified compatible with the API 500-6B lunchbox and 500VPR rack systems—and any other 500 Series spec rack.
OUTSIDE THE BOX — Maag Audio PREQ2
The front-panel controls of the sky-blue Maag EQ2 include:
- Air Band: Boost only shelf at 2.5kHz, 5kHz, 10kHz, 15kHz, 20kHz, or 40kHz. Frequencies below the shelf peaks are also affected due to the transitional slope
- Air Band Gain: Gain control for the Air Band
+12 dB (40kHz) to +17dB (2.5kHz)
- LMF: Low Mid-Frequency selector. Bell curve boost at Sub, 40Hz, 57Hz, 65Hz, 88Hz, 150Hz, 220Hz, 250Hz, 400Hz, 1kHz, or 1.4kHz
- LMF Gain: Gain control for the LMF
+12dB (tight bell) to +15dB (wide bell)
- Peak: Red LED starts to illuminate when the output signal reaches 23dBu
- Signal: Green LED indicates audio signal presence. Illumination starts @ -28dBu
- Air Band In/Out: Engages and disengages the Air Band
- LMF In/Out: Engages and disengages the LMF
- LMF Bell Selection: Choose between tight (Red) or broad (White) bell curves
- Input Attn: Input attenuator (0-12.5dB)
Who’s using Maag Audio:
“Thank god for Dave Pensado who turned me on to it (Maag EQ2P)”
James “Jimbo” Barton, Engineer-Producer
(Eric Clapton, 30 Seconds to Mars, Rush, Kiss, Men At Work, and Metallica)
"Maag EQ's have been living on my mix buss since I got them! The AIR BAND has been a game changer!"
Sean McLaughlin, Award Winning Mixer/Producer/Engineer
(Sarah Blacker, Matchbox Twenty, Queensryche, Girls Guns & Glory, OldJack)
"The Maag Air Band 2-channel EQ enhances the richness, warmth and intensity in my mixes without becoming brittle. Absolutely the best sounding EQ I’ve put across my buss – EVER!!"
D. Brent Nelson, Composer / Music Director-Producer
(Days of our Lives)
"Since I had Maag EQ in my rig, sound quality incredibly improved. For its presence and transparency, Maag is my first choice for vocals, snare and kick drum. Maag... mamma mia!! :)"
Gianluca Vaccaro, Producer, Sound Engineer
(Nelly Furtado, Coolio, Carmen Consoli, Fiorella Mannoia...)
About Maag Audio
— Elite professional audio gear to complement the audio engineer's Craft.
Cliff Maag, who has been a recording engineer for over 35 years, founded Mäag Audio in 2009. With a strong passion for high quality sound, Cliff is an inventor of the acclaimed NTI EQ3, Nightpro PreQ3, and EQ3D. He was also the President of Research and Development during the early years of NTI and Nightpro. The Air Band is still known to this day as an unsurpassed element of the original NTI and Nightpro gear. The Air Band is vow available in the new EQ4 and PREQ4 500 Series gear from Mäag Audio.
The Mäag Audio team has worked hard to make the technology sound and function even better than the original gear. The need and desire for the best possible sound is what has driven Cliff and the Mäag Audio team over the last 35 years and is the catalyst behind Maag Audio. Committed to excellence Maag Audio’s goal is to provide all audio engineers cutting edge technology that they need to compete in their industry.
Only the finest components are used in Mäag Audio gear. Build quality is among the highest in the professional audio industry. You can rest assured your Mäag Audio gear will perform at sonically superior levels, every day.
Open up your 500-series rack and let a little air in with the Maag Audio EQ2. For more information, call or chat with an RSPE representative today.
Scott Wiley, owner of June Audio Recording Studios on how he uses the EQ2
Demo of the Maag EQ2 500 Series Equalizer w/AIR BAND®