Brave new world of digital equalization
The traditional smiley-face curves of analog equalizers have begun to be replaced by a new generation of digital equalizers. Digital equalizers can offer more precise frequency settings as well as other options that allow users to optimize the sound mix in any given room. Regardless of what your audio needs are, chances are you will be using an equalizer in your audio chain. Using an equalizer is an
effective way to help sweeten the sound of the room and reduce feedback.
If you are still using an analog equalizer you might want to consider the benefits of a digital equalizer. With a digital equalizer you can take a hands-off approach to setting any room for a flat response, and get as detailed as you want with the settings.
User flexibility is another strong point of digital equalizers. Changing equalization settings on a digital equalizer can literally be as simple as a one-button touch. With a typical analog equalizer you would have to adjust the frequency bands to help remove feedback. The same holds true for a digital equalizer, but you have the option of SAVING YOUR SETTINGS or using presets to adjust the frequency bands. How many times have you had to re-EQ your set up, because of intentional or inadvertent change in your equalization? Once is usually enough to understand the value of saved settings.
A good current example of this technology is the recently introduced Phonic i7600 iSupracurve dual 30-band digital equalizer. This unit is a 1/3-octave equalizer, as well as spectrum analyzer with pink noise generator. It will allow you to correctly set the equalization levels in a room in a matter of moments. After the equalization is set, you can then save the settings in one of the user banks to be accessed at a later time. However you decide to avail yourself of this digital capability, these new equalization tools would not only make your sound better, but your life easier!