The Clariphonic Parallel Equalizer is a mastering grade, parallel shelving EQ matrix with a new filter shape that allows a single band to lift both the top and the bottom, simultaneously but asymmetrically - high frequencies get lifted at approximately a 3:1 ratio compared to the low end.
There are two sound-sculpting engines per channel, the Focus Engine and the Clarity Engine, each of which can have one active band. Each engine allows you to choose from four unique bands, each with its own slope and corner on top and bottom. So essentially, it's a dual channel two-band EQ that behaves like a four-band hi/low EQ, with eight available filter shapes per channel which, because of the switching network, can be configured in 16 possible combinations.
Sonically, the filters are insanely smooth up top and do crazy cool things to the bottom, but the general idea is tighten/define the lows and lift/open the top with minimal coloration or phase smear. Each engine does that in its own way.
The Focus Engine is more of a broad push that totally clears the mud from sounds, lifts them up and forward, and can be aggressive at max boost but is always easy on the ears; combined with the tight lows it brings a new level of detail and immediacy to the picture.
The Clarity Engine works further out in the spectra, with the highest band's corners being somewhere in the 40hz area on the bottom and the 40k range up top, which produces a unique shimmering effect. Used with caution, the Clariphonic is a pristine-sounding musical tone shapper every studio should have in their arsenal of tools.
Number of Channels 2
Number of Bands 6
Inputs 2 x XLR/TRS Combo
Outputs 2 x XLR, 2 x TRS
Rack Spaces 1U
Manufacturer Part Number UBK Clariphonic
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