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Mastering Equalizer

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ADVANCED ANALOG MASTERING EQUALIZER
– 100% analog audio signal path
– USB connectivity with MAC/PC
– all parameters are digitally controlled via touchscreen and/or DAW (with dedicated plugin)
– 399 presets, total recall, A/B comparison
– 5-inch capacitive touchscreen with back-light and multi-touch functionality, four encoders with
push-button action for ease of control
– stereo, dual-mono and mid/side operation modes with solo function
– stereo 12 or 24dB/oct high-pass filter with adjustable cutoff frequency (10Hz – 250 hz; extended to 6Hz with the resonance enabled)
– four stereo parametric filters with 15dB boost/cut range, variable Q (0.2 – 3):
– EQ1: 22Hz – 470Hz (bell/shelf)
– EQ2: 90Hz – 2kHz (bell)
– EQ3: 480Hz – 10kHz (bell)
– EQ4: 1kHz – 23kHz (bell/shelf)
– stereo passive equalizer with extended hi-boost section (air bands – 20 and 28 kHz)
– stereo 12dB/oct low-pass filter with adjustable cutoff frequency (2-38kHz)
– adjustable output level (+/- 10dB)
– Gain Lock and Auto-Q functions
– on-board measurement of PEAK/RMS levels and RTA analyzer
– on-screen live representation of the equalization curve

Features

Technical specification (all filters enabled, set flat):
– Frequency response 10Hz to 30kHz (+/- 0.2 dB);
– Dynamic range: 129 dB @ +18 dBu, 20 kHz BW
– THD+N: 0.023% @ +4 dBu, 0.1% @ +18 dBu, 20-20 kHz, unity gain, 20 kHz BW
– CMRR: max 80 dB @ 3 kHz, min 55 dB @ 50Hz, 20 kHz BW
– Crosstalk: min -110 dB @ 30Hz, max -65 dB @ 20kHz, +18 dBu, 20 kHz BW
– balanced stereo input (XLR), 23dBu max input level (THD < 0.1%)
– balanced stereo output (XLR), 23dBu max output level (THD < 0.1%)
– Operating Level: +4dBu
– Input impedance (differential): 48kΩ (for balanced signal)
– Output Impedance: 50Ω + 50Ω (electronically balanced)
– 2U enclosure, 230mm deep
– 115/230V switch
– advanced linear power supply with toroidal AC mains transformer
– Maximum power consumption: 20W
– Shipping weight: 5.5 kg

Technical
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Mastering Limiter

Description

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The sound of the limiter is of course based on the quality of its hardware design. But all the control and user interactions are performed in the digital domain. This allows us to incorporate options and possibilities not found in any standard analog limiter:
– Save and recall presets
– Instant reset of all parameters
– Rapid, precise and repeatable adjustments
– Precisely linked stereo operation with the ease of a single control
– DAW automation
– Comprehensive metering operations based on high quality A/D conversion and DSP

Features

Analog section

Great care and thought went into the development and implementation of the analog section of the Bettermaker Mastering Limiter. High quality capacitors and low noise op-amps are used in the analog path. Relays were used, whenever creating the shortest path for the audio signal was necessary.

The analog section consist of high quality input/output buffers capable of passing thru high level audio signals (up to +23dBu, balanced, THD < 0.1%)

All these modules are controlled by the digital section of the Mastering Limiter, so no mechanical switches or knobs are required to adjust any of the parameters.

Digital Section

The digital section of the Mastering Limiter is based around two high speed, 32- bit micro-controllers, with dedicated firmware programmed into their memory (with the possibility of updating the firmware via USB connection). One of them is responsible for controlling the VCA limiter, when the other watches over the user interface, presets management, audio measurement, USB connectivity and other Mastering Limiter functions.

The use of separate ground planes for analog and digital section results in perfect noise isolation between these two worlds. The linear power supply was used instead the switching one to improve the sonic qualities even further.

Front panel and LCD touchscreen

The front panel of the Mastering Limiter is build around big LCD touchscreen, that allows you to control almost all functions available in the device. Apart from that, you can also monitor input/output levels, amount of gain reduction (and clipping) applied by the limiter, perform advanced measurements (FFT, LUFS, K-metering), use on-screen QWERTY keyboard for naming your presets and more. You can even display fully configurable, analog style VU meters!

Main features

The Limiter has 3 functionalities that are essential to make a perfect master. All of them are recallable by the internal memory and a plugin that also handles automation.
Analog Mastering Limiter:
-100% analog signal path
-intelligent and manual release
-variable mix between limiting and clipping
-possibility to turn off the clipping section, so you can clip with you favorite AD or other.

Color, for giving that special flavor to your mix:
-Two color modules introducing different saturation that can be used simultaneously
-Color 1 with Majority of odd harmonics
-Color 2 with Majority of even harmonics
-Both color sections can be internally EQed so for example you can present more odd harmonics in the low end to give the mix more bite and sweeten the highs with the even harmonics at the top end.

Metering
Metering, an additional screen in your studio. As it’s a touchscreen it also utilizes control functions of the Mastering Limiter. You can view your gavotte set of stats.
-Input, output and reduction
-Analog style meters (VU, PPM, RMS, Peak with peak hold functionality)
-LUFS (Short term, Integral, Loudness Range, view in time)
-K metering
-30 Band FFT analyzer
-Goniometer
-Correlation meter
-Two points of measurement, the output of the Limiter or the plugin
-and more…

DAW integration

The Bettermaker Mastering Limiter can communicate with your DAW via USB connection. The unit appear as a HID device and can be managed via Bettermaker Mastering Limiter Plugin.

Internal signal path diagram

Specification

Bettermaker Mastering Limiter Manual v08

Maximum input level: +21,5 dBu (balanced)
Maximum output level: +23 dBu (THD < 0.1%)
Operating Level: +4dBu
Maximum gain reduction: 20 dB
Makeup gain: automatic
Attack time: 0.1 – 250ms
Release time: 0.01 – 1.3s + IREL (intelligent release)
Input impedance (differential): 48kΩ (for balanced signal)
Output Impedance: 50Ω + 50Ω (electronically balanced)
Frequency response 5Hz to 30kHz; +/- 0.1dB
Dynamic range: 115 dB @ +18 dBu, 20 kHz BW
THD+N: CMRR: max 80 dB @ 3 kHz, min 55 dB @ 50Hz, 20 kHz BW
Crosstalk: min -90 dB @ 1KHz, max -55 dB @ 30Hz, +18 dBu, 20 kHz BW
Maximum power consumption: 30W (uses 630mA slow blow fuse)

 

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EQ 232P MKII

Description

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Besides their pure analog signal paths, these units have a full digital recall with 399 cells for your own presets, which you can recall with one touch. You can save your settings in the internal memory of the EQ’s as well as in your D.A.W….AND… in your project with your AUTOMATION.

You also have an A/B comparing function known from plugins.

By building these equalizers, Bettermaker wanted to create devices that would have a maximum range of usage and a very characteristic, but clean sound. We picked out the best classic designs and modified them to be more practical. As we  work faster and faster every day, we need to have the highest quality and maximum speed we can get. That was the main motivation to develop the Bettermaker® EQ 232P. Now we took a step forward and presented EQ232P MKII.

Between EQ232P and EQ232P MKII we took a huge step improving this amazing EQ even more. There is over 30 changes and improvements in construction, firmware and software. This is by far our most complex and perfect product and by it’s sound and functionality compared to it’s price the unit presents huge value to a professional engineer.

Features

Here are some of Bettermaker’s® EQ 232P MKII amazing features:

  • 10 filters (5 on each channel) based on classic designs including 2 famous  Pultec sections, 2 Highpass filters and 4 parametric filters with wide frequency ranges.
  • Pultec section- Shelf filters based upon legendary constructions, offered in combined, matched stereo, with all the features including separate boost and attenuation knobs.
  • 24dB/Oct Highpass filter, the only one on the market
  • 4 Parametric filters (2 on each channel) covering form 15Hz to 15kHz.
  • Full digital recall with 399 cells for your own presets.
  • USB link to use the EQ’s just as you would use a plugin, including Automation.
  • AU, VST, RTAS, AAX (32 & 64 bit, WIN, OSX) supported
  • A/B comparing function
  • Fully isolated analog and digital path for maximum separation of these two worlds.
  • 11 presets to have a kick start including 4 Exclusive mastering and bus presets made by Luca Pretolesi form Studio DMI
  • 24 dB headroom.
  • Stereo, Dual Mono, M/S modes!

Specification

Bettermaker EQ232P MKII manual v2

Studio DMI Presets by Luca Pretolesi

Model: EQ 232P MKII
Frequency response: 5Hz to 100kHz (-0.5dB)
Dynamic range: more than 106 dB
S/N ratio: more than 104 dB
THD+N: less than 0.004%
Channels: 2
Weight: 7kg
Supply voltage: 110V AC 50/60Hz or 230V AC 50Hz (depending on model)
Power consumption: 15 W
Input impedance: 10k Ohm unbalanced, 20k Ohm balanced
Output impedance: 100 Ohm unbalanced, 200 Ohm balanced
Max input level: +24dBu balanced or +18dBu unbalanced
Max output level: +24dBu balanced or +18dBu unbalanced
Unity gain: balanced: 0dB, unbalanced: -6dB
Clip detector: present
High-pass filter: 24db/oct 18…200Hz (variable)
EQ 1 freq. range: 45…1000Hz
EQ 1 gain: -15…+15dB
EQ 1 bandwidth: 0.2oct…3oct
EQ 2 freq. range: 650…15000Hz
EQ 2 gain: -15…+15dB
EQ 2 bandwidth: 0.2oct…3oct
P EQ low freq. range: 20, 30, 60, 100Hz
P EQ high freq. range: 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 12, 16 kHz
P EQ high cut freq: 5, 10, 20 kHz 6db/oct
Preset storage capacity: 399 presets
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EQ 232P MKII Remote

Description

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Besides their pure analog signal paths, these units have a full digital recall with 399 cells for your own presets, which you can recall with one touch.

You can save your settings in the internal memory of the EQ’s as well as in your D.A.W….AND… in your project with your AUTOMATION.

You also have an A/B comparing function known from plugins.

By building these equalizers, Bettermaker wanted to create devices that would have a maximum range of usage and a very characteristic, but clean sound. We picked out the best classic designs and modified them to be more practical. As we  work faster and faster every day, we need to have the highest quality and maximum speed we can get. That was the main motivation to develop the Bettermaker® EQ 232P. Now we took a step forward and presented EQ232P MKII.

Between EQ232P and EQ232P MKII we took a huge step improving this amazing EQ even more. There is over 30 changes and improvements in construction, firmware and software. This is by far our most complex and perfect product and by it’s sound and functionality compared to it’s price the unit presents huge value to a professional engineer.

The remote version of the Bettermaker EQ232P MKII has the Exactly same circuit as the original EQ232P MKII. The only difference is that all operations are done via a dedicated plugin in your D.A.W.

Features

Here are some of Bettermaker’s® EQ 232P MKII Remote amazing features:

  • 10 filters (5 on each channel) based on classic designs including 2 famous  Pultec sections, 2 Highpass filters and 4 parametric filters with wide frequency ranges.
  • Pultec section- Shelf filters based upon legendary constructions, offered in combined, matched stereo, with all the features including separate boost and attenuation knobs.
  • 24dB/Oct Highpass filter, the only one on the market
  • 4 Parametric filters (2 on each channel) covering form 15Hz to 15kHz.
  • Full digital recall with 399 cells for your own presets.
  • USB link to use the EQ’s just as you would use a plugin, including Automation.
  • AU, VST, RTAS, AAX (32 & 64 bit, WIN, OSX) supported
  • A/B comparing function
  • Fully isolated analog and digital path for maximum separation of these two worlds.
  • 7 presets to have a kick start!
  • 24 dB headroom.
  • Stereo, Dual Mono, M/S modes!

Specification

Bettermaker 232P and Remote Manual

Model: EQ 232P MKII Remote
Frequency response: 5Hz to 100kHz (-0.5dB)
Dynamic range: more than 106 dB
S/N ratio: more than 104 dB
THD+N: less than 0.004%
Channels: 2
Weight: 7kg
Supply voltage: 110V AC 50/60Hz or 230V AC 50Hz (depending on model)
Power consumption: 15 W
Input impedance: 10k Ohm unbalanced, 20k Ohm balanced
Output impedance: 100 Ohm unbalanced, 200 Ohm balanced
Max input level: +24dBu balanced or +18dBu unbalanced
Max output level: +24dBu balanced or +18dBu unbalanced
Unity gain: balanced: 0dB, unbalanced: -6dB
Clip detector: present
High-pass filter: 24db/oct 18…200Hz (variable)
EQ 1 freq. range: 45…1000Hz
EQ 1 gain: -15…+15dB
EQ 1 bandwidth: 0.2oct…3oct
EQ 2 freq. range: 650…15000Hz
EQ 2 gain: -15…+15dB
EQ 2 bandwidth: 0.2oct…3oct
P EQ low freq. range: 20, 30, 60, 100Hz
P EQ high freq. range: 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 12, 16 kHz
P EQ high cut freq: 5, 10, 20 kHz 6db/oct
Preset storage capacity: 399 presets
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Technical
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C502V

Description

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Besides their pure analog signal paths, these units have a full digital recall with 399 cells for your own presets, which you can recall with one touch. You can save your settings in the internal memory of the compressor as well as in your D.A.W….AND… in your project with your AUTOMATION.

Features

Here are some of the amazing features Bettermaker C502V has to offer:

-3 in 1 compressor- 3 different modes of compression, one original and two based on classic designs.

-500 series

-Stereo/Dual Mono/MS (with solo function)

-Free AU, VST, RTAS, AAX, 32 & 64 bit plugin controller for digital recal

-399 onboard presets

-onboard UNDO function

-USB side chain (you can use the side chain just like in a plugin, no physical I/O needed)

-On board high pass side chain with selectable frequencies

-Lookahead mode for analog compression

-Wet/Dry for both channels

-1:2 ratio for Expansion, Transient designing

-Unit to unit Internal linking. You do not need USB cables hanging, or any special enclosure. Modules will connect with each-other as long as they are inserted side by side.

-Possibility to use different modes on different channels, even different modes on M and S in Mid Side operation.
A little about the different compression modes:

BM:
This is the most gentle but versatile mastering compression mode but with very unique attack behavior. It works for the widest range of settings. It is great on Drums, Mix Buss.

SG mode.
-This will be inspired by the classic British VCA buss compressor,
-similar parameters
-same ease of use
-It has all additional functions mentioned above, plus fluent attack and release ratio.

DX:
-Classic aggressive American compression based on a classic 160A
-Attack and release parameters do not display as they are fixed
-It has all additional functions mentioned above vs. the original.

Specification

Bettermaker C502V Manual

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Technical
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EQ 502P

Description

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Besides their pure analog signal paths, these units have a full digital recall with 399 cells for your own presets, which you can recall with one touch. You can save your settings in the internal memory of the EQ’s as well as in your D.A.W….AND… in your project with your AUTOMATION.

By building these equalizers, Bettermaker wanted to create devices that would have a maximum range of usage and a very characteristic, but clean sound.

We picked out the best classic designs and modified them to be more practical. As we work faster and faster every day, we need to have the highest quality and maximum speed we can get. That was the main motivation to develop the Bettermaker® EQ 502P.

Features

Here are some of Bettermaker’s® EQ 502P features:

  • Stereo/Dual mono Pultec section- Shelf filters based upon legendary constructions, offered in combined, matched stereo, with all the features including separate boost and attenuation knobs.
  • Full digital recall with 399 cells for your own presets.
  • USB link to use the EQ’s just as you would use a plugin, including Automation.
  • Free AU, VST, RTAS, AAX, 32 & 64 bit plugin controller
  • Steel screen isolators for maximum separation of digital and analog sections
  • You can connect up to 99 EQ502P’s to one D.A.W. and control them with dedicated plugins.

Specification

Model: EQ 502P
Frequency response: 5Hz to 100kHz (-0.5dB)
Dynamic range: more than 106 dB
S/N ratio: more than 104 dB
THD+N: less than 0.004%
Channels: 2
Weight: 0,5 kg
Input impedance: 20k Ohm balanced
Output impedance: 200 Ohm balanced
Max input level: +24dBu balanced or +18dBu unbalanced
Max output level: +24dBu balanced or +18dBu unbalanced
Unity gain: balanced: 0dB, unbalanced: -6dB
Clip detector: present
P EQ low freq. range: 20, 30, 60, 100Hz
P EQ high freq. range: 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 12, 16 kHz
P EQ high cut freq: 5, 10, 20 kHz 6db/oct
Preset storage capacity: 399 presets

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EQ 502P Remote

Description

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Besides their pure analog signal paths, the units communicate with you DAW via USB and are fully recallable via plugin in your host.

You can save your settings in your D.A.W….AND… in your project with your AUTOMATION.

Another important thing is that when working with EQ502P Remote, you are always in your sweet spot.

Remote version means that the EQ has no front controls and all operations are made form your DAW.

By building these equalizers, Bettermaker wanted to create devices that would have a maximum range of usage and a very characteristic, but clean sound. We picked out the best classic designs and modified them to be more practical. As we  work faster and faster every day, we need to have the highest quality and maximum speed we can get. That was the main motivation to develop the Bettermaker EQ 502P.

Features

Here are some of Bettermaker’s EQ 502P Remote features:

  • Stereo Pultec section- Shelf filters based upon legendary constructions, offered in combined, matched stereo, with all the features including separate boost and attenuation knobs.
  • Full digital recall with 399 cells for your own presets.
  • USB link to use the EQ’s just as you would use a plugin, including Automation.
  • Free AU, VST, RTAS, AAX,  32 & 64 bit plugin controller
  • Steel screen isolators for maximum separation of digital and analog sections
  • You can connect up to 16 EQ502P R’s to one D.A.W. and control them with dedicated plugins. (At this time, there can be connected up to two Bettermaker EQ50o series products for one USB port).

Specification

Bettermaker EQ502P manual

Model: EQ 502P
Frequency response: 5Hz to 100kHz (-0.5dB)
Dynamic range: more than 106 dB
S/N ratio: more than 104 dB
THD+N: less than 0.004%
Channels: 2
Weight: 0,5 kg
Input impedance: 20k Ohm balanced
Output impedance: 200 Ohm balanced
Max input level: +24dBu balanced or +18dBu unbalanced
Max output level: +24dBu balanced or +18dBu unbalanced
Unity gain: balanced: 0dB, unbalanced: -6dB
Clip detector: present
P EQ low freq. range: 20, 30, 60, 100Hz
P EQ high freq. range: 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 12, 16 kHz
P EQ high cut freq: 5, 10, 20 kHz 6db/oct
Preset storage capacity: only DAW
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EQ 542

Description

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Besides their pure analog signal paths, these units have a full digital recall with 399 cells for your own presets, which you can recall with one touch.

You can save your settings in the internal memory of the EQ’s as well as in your D.A.W….AND… in your project with your AUTOMATION.

By building these equalizers, Bettermaker wanted to create devices that would have a maximum range of usage and a very characteristic, but clean sound. We picked out the best classic designs and modified them to be more practical. As we work faster and faster every day, we need to have the highest quality and maximum speed we can get. That was the main motivation to develop the Bettermaker EQ 542P.

Features

Here are some of Bettermaker’s EQ 542 features:

  • Stereo Parametric section, two parametric filters offered in combined, matched stereo/dual mono.
  • High pass section, 24 dB/oct filter with selectable frequency
  • Low pass section, 12 dB/oct filter with selectable frequency
  • Global hard bypass as well as hard bypass on every channel
  • Full digital recall with 399 cells for your own presets.
  • USB link to use the EQ’s just as you would use a plugin, including Automation.
  • Free AU, VST, RTAS, AAX soon, 32 & 64 bit plugin controller
  • Steel screen isolators for maximum separation of digital and analog sections
  • You can connect up to 99 EQ542′s to one D.A.W. and control them with dedicated plugins. (At this time, there can be connected up to two Bettermaker EQ500 series products for one USB port).

Specification

Bettermaker EQ542 Manual

Technical
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EQ 542 Remote

Description

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Besides their pure analog signal paths, the units communicate with you DAW via USB and are fully recallable via plugin in your host.

You can save your settings in your D.A.W….AND… in your project with your AUTOMATION.

Another important thing is that when working with EQ542 Remote, you are always in your sweet spot.

Remote version means that the EQ has no front controls and all operations are made form your DAW.

By building these equalizers, Bettermaker wanted to create devices that would have a maximum range of usage and a very characteristic, but clean sound. We picked out the best classic designs and modified them to be more practical. As we  work faster and faster every day, we need to have the highest quality and maximum speed we can get. That was the main motivation to develop the Bettermaker EQ 542 Remote.

Features

Here are some of Bettermaker’s EQ 542 features:

  • Stereo Parametric section, two parametric filters offered in combined, matched stereo/dual mono.
  • High pass section, 24 dB/oct filter with selectable frequency
  • Low pass section, 12 dB/oct filter with selectable frequency
  • Global hard bypass as well as hard bypass on every channel
  • Full digital recall with 399 cells for your own presets.
  • USB link to use the EQ’s just as you would use a plugin, including Automation.
  • Free AU, VST, RTAS, AAX soon, 32 & 64 bit plugin controller
  • Steel screen isolators for maximum separation of digital and analog sections
  • You can connect up to 99 EQ542′s to one D.A.W. and control them with dedicated plugins. (At this time, there can be connected up to two Bettermaker EQ500 series products for one USB port).

Specification

Model: EQ 542Remote
Frequency response: 5Hz to 100kHz (-0.5dB)
Dynamic range: more than 106 dB
S/N ratio: more than 104 dB
THD+N: less than 0.004%
Channels: 2
Weight: 0,5 kg
Input impedance: 20k Ohm balanced
Output impedance: 200 Ohm balanced
Max input level: +24dBu balanced or +18dBu unbalanced
Max output level: +24dBu balanced or +18dBu unbalanced
Unity gain: balanced: 0dB, unbalanced: -6dB
Clip detector: present
Highpass Filter 24dB/OCT frequencies 30, 60, 120, 240
Lowpass Filter 12dB/OCT frequencies 3kHz, 5kHz, 8kHz, 12kHz
EQ1 range 45Hz-1kHz, +15dB – -15dB
EQ2 range 650Hz-15kHz, +15dB – -15dB