Mercury EQ-P1 Program Equalizer
Pultec Equalizers are some of the rarest and most
sought after studio tools in the industry today.
Engineers lucky enough to be able to work with them
find their musicality and warm tonality extremely
important to their studio's "sound." The simple beauty
of these EQs is unsurpassed!
The original Pultec equalizers were tools developed to
deal with the limitations of recorded music.
Limitations that most often manifest themselves in
the highest and lowest frequencies of the program
material. Pultecs were designed to bring back the life
and musicality lost in the recording. Whether by
accident or genius, nothing has been able to do it
better. The interaction of the passive boosting and
attenuating shelving eqs (not relying on negative
feedback), as well as the transformers, tubes and
other amplification circuitry all add to the
incredibly musical character of the product. Working
engineers try other types of equalizers, but always
end up coming back to the Pultec as the equalizer of
choice for those final touches.
Mercury Recording Equipment Co. is committed to
recreating every magical nuance of the original in a
modern production. The goal was that the Mercury EQ-P1
Program Equalizer would add that magic touch to music
like the original, we achieved that goal. Mercury has
tried to keep all elements in line with the original
designer's ideas with only minor improvements. Adding
a couple of extra frequencies for more flexibility and
we use DC on the heaters (of the tubes) rather than AC
for better performance as well as a new very quiet and
stable power supply.
The Mercury EQ-P1 has transformer balanced input and
output, with a fully balanced (push-pull) gain make up
amplifier. Our new Mercury production utilizes only
the highest quality passive components, while
remaining true to the original production.
The only modernization feature on the unit is a user switchable
(in/out) interstage transformer. In the original
Pultec EQP this transformer was always in the signal
path, however, realizing that some of today's
engineers might want to remove it with the Mercury
EQ-P1 Program Equalizer it is possible to do so with
I.S.T. (Interstage Input Transformer) in/out switch,
below the EQ in/out switch on the front panel. This
takes the middle (interstage) transformer out of the
circuit. Down, in the "in" position, it is more
"vintage" like the original Pultec. Up, in the "out"
position, it is a little more "open" and "airy" on the
top. Either way, the input and output transformers are
always in the circuit.
MERCURY RECORDING EQUIPMENT has gone to great lengths
to recreate the pride and passion of the past, both
sonically and aesthetically, while offering the
reliability of a present day production. The choices
made in looks, layout, functionality, features and
build quality all answer back to one question: How
would "they" have done it today?
Mercury Recording Equipment Co. products are hand
wired and/or assembled using silver solder and
no-compromise parts. All Mercury products are
transformer balanced, inputs and outputs and there are
no I.C.s (chips) in the signal path. The chassis
and front panels have a very distinctive "vintage"
look with custom powder coating finish. They look as
good as they sound!
Also see the Mercury EQ-H1 Program Equalizer
LIST PRICE: $2800.00
US STREET PRICE: $2374.00
Please call Dave at (510) 581-3817 for more information.