The Buzz Audio REQ-2.2 is a True Class A Resonance Equalizer that uses a combination of passive filter circuits and active amplifier stages.
A high end stereo four band inductor based parametric mastering equaliser, that operates and sounds like no other.
The resonance factor
Instead of active filters, the REQ-2.2 utilises parallel resonant circuits in a clever configuration whereby the bandwidth (Q) of the circuit can be adjusted like an active filter, but without any complex relay switching. The inductor/capacitor resonant "tank" circuit runs at a low internal signal level which avoids any inductor saturation effects. The overall result is the sound of real choke based filters with a big open sound, but without the limitation of only a few - or no bandwidth selections.
Audio path quality
As you would expect, the REQ uses our BE40 True Class A circuits developed for the MA-2.2 microphone amplifier for the best possible audio performance that mastering engineers desire. But sometimes you might need a bit more color, so we have included a saturation section that introduces measured amounts of low frequency harmonic distortion via a steel audio transformer driven by a single ended tansistor amplifier. The High Pass Filter is placed in the beginning of the eq chain and the Low Band eq section is placed last in the chain. This layout produces the best overall equaliser coherency.
The large knobs and positive feel of the switching make the REQ a pleasure to operate and everything is visually clear when mounted into a console. In total there are 72 frequency choices per channel with overlapping selections across the four bands so you can always find the centre frequency you are looking for. A looping line XLR input and two parallel XLR outputs provide flexible connection options in the mastering control room. Finally, the brushed aluminium low glare rustic silver finish and retro Elma knobs give the REQ an impressive look in your rack!
The REQ is available in a mastering or recording version with different boost/cut ranges as noted above. The High Pass Filter section of the mastering version has a softer slope (12dB/oct) compared to the recording version (18dB/oct) and the cutoff frequencies are more applicable to the mastering process.
They are now offering an option for the Low Band section of the REQ. This option replaces the Choke based filter with an Active filter which provides a "tighter" bass sound. This option has come about from requests from some users who work with modern music styles in mastering. The only operational difference between the Active and Choke filters is in Shelf mode, the Bandwidth control does not work as a slope control and is disabled.
No other equalizer like it in the world.
Fully discrete hi-bias wide bandwidth differential Class A amplifiers.
Real choke and capacitor resonant circuits that sound fantastic.
72 frequency choices per channel.
Individual discrete power supply regulators for each EQ band.
Large easy to adjust knobs.
High quality long life switches and potentiometers.
Modular internal construction for easy future servicing.
Mastering and recording versions.
Unique transformer saturation module.
Overall and individual band bypass switches.
High-end balanced input and output amplifiers.
Input connectors with loop through.
Two output connectors on each channel.
Rugged chassis construction.
Measured with all eq bands ON set flat, Saturation and HPF OFF 5Hz to 125kHz +0.2/-3dB
Harmonic Distortion At +10dBu :
Saturation OFF 100Hz 0.007%...1kHz 0.004%...10kHz 0.007%...100kHz 0.013%
Saturation ON POS-1 20Hz 1.5%...100Hz 0.07%...1kHz and up 0.01%
Saturation ON POS-2 20Hz 1.5%...100Hz 0.14%...1kHz and up 0.01%
Saturation ON POS-3 20Hz 1.5%...100Hz 0.16%...1kHz and up 0.01%
Saturation ON POS-4 20Hz 1.6%...100Hz 0.17%...1kHz and up 0.01%
Saturation ON POS-5 20Hz 1.7%...100Hz 0.18%...1kHz and up 0.01%
Saturation ON POS-6 20Hz 2.0%...100Hz 0.22%...1kHz and up 0.01%
Maximum Input Level: +25dBu
Input Impedance: approx 20k ohms
Maximum Output Level: +32dBu balanced...+26dBu unbalanced
Output Impedance: approx 70 ohms
Input Common Mode Rejection: (ref 0dBu) 100Hz -65dB...1kHz -65dB...10kHz -60dB
Noise: all bands ON set flat -110dB below max input level A weighted
Power requirements: 115V/230V selectable on rear panel