Equalizers can be great tools for getting exactly the tones you want. They allow you to sculpt and enhance your tones and bring out that little extra from pedals that might need a certain something. I recently got my hands on the Flexwaves Flex EQ7 – a programmable analog equalizer. Here’s my review.
I’ve never really used EQ in my rig that much. To be honest, I’ve always thought of them as a hassle. Most of the EQ pedals that are available are either noisy or their circuit tend to add a little colouration, which is not what you want from an EQ. You also end up spending most of the gig on your knees, setting up new settings for each song. If you don’t have an arsenal of EQs in your right, that is. Or, enter the Flexwaves Flex EQ7.
The EQ7 is housed in a TRex sized box featuring true bypass switching and input for 9V Boss-style power adapter. The pedal feature an easy to see status display and a mini switch for choosing the different modes. Of course, being a seven band EQ, the Flex feature seven bands ranging from 100Hz to 6.4kHz, with boost/cut of +/- 15dB per band, as well as a volume band.
What’s unique about the Flex EQ7 is that it has a 100% analog circuit and it’s programmable. You can run the pedal in manual mode, adjusting on the fly, or set up 8 custom presets and recall the setting you want whenever you need it. With a minimum of controls, the pedal is easy to operate and navigate. If you use other FlexWaves pedals in your rig, you can also utilize a link mode, allowing one pedal to operate them all. See more about this feature on the FlexWaves site.
So all the technical stuff aside – what’s it all about? Well, it’s dead quiet for one and the signal is pure and clean. Compared to most other EQs that I’ve used, the response on the sliders is much more accurate and dynamic. Still though, being able to set up multiple presets is what makes this pedal unique and extremely versatile. With just one pedal, I can low cut some of my heavier sounding Big Muffs, compensate for the lacking low end on the RAT and OD808, give the cleans a little mids boost for more presence and attack, roll off the treble on some of the rhythms and boost the volume to drive the tube amp over the edge. All without a single adjustment of the sliders. How cool is that!
Having a good equalizer in your bedroom setup, can do wonders for your tones. Regardless of your guitar, pedals and amp, you will loose much of the lower end and mid range when you play at low volume levels. Placing an EQ after your gains, will allow you to compensate for some of that loss and bring the smoothness back into you tones, with a little mids boost. Another cool trick is to place the EQ in the effects loop of your tube amp. This will drive the output tubes for that fat tube tone you get when playing loud. Try also a couple of dB mid range boost around 400hz and a slight dip around 6.4kHz to eliminate that fizzy top from your gains.
Check out the Flex EQ7 and hear what it can do for your rig! Highly recommended! Visit flexwaves.com for more info and video clips.