z-Q2 Digital EQ

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by Scott Gould, Mar 19, 2002.

  1. Scott Gould

    Scott Gould Active Member

    Oct 22, 2001
    Pt. Charlotte FL
    Is anybody familiar with the z-systems z-Q2? It claims to be a mastering EQ (and has a corresponding price tag) so I thought this might be the place to ask. I specifically wondered about the M/S encode-decode function, which changes it from applying EQ to the L & R channels, to applying it to mid and side. Is this a common mastering function? When would you want one EQ setting on the center of the mix and another on (both) sides? Or is this feature just one of those "because we can" things? I really got this box to use as a digitally inserted EQ on channels & buses, not for mastering (I don't do that). But I'm curious about that M/S thing, wondering if I should slap it across the 2 mix on the way to the Trakkers.

  2. brad

    brad Guest

  3. errollem

    errollem Guest

    Hi Scott,

    Brad's response was quicker then his shadow :D
    Oke my turn.
    I have z-systems z-Q2 and I use it every day.
    This eq is very special when you use wide q factors and go down or up.
    It removes the dirt in nasty freq's.
    Even if you have to master a impossible mix
    it can clear a lot of mud.

    The rest of your question is answered by Brad.

    If you own the machine already you also can use the pwr dithering for if you want to mixdown to 16 bit.

    best wishes,


    Errol Lem
  4. Scott Gould

    Scott Gould Active Member

    Oct 22, 2001
    Pt. Charlotte FL
    Thanks guys!! Some good info there. Almost everything that leaves my studio is never going to see a mastering engineer. After more than 30 years, I quit doing anything in the recording/musical field for a living, now I just take on zero budget projects for those who would otherwise never get to do a 'professional' recording. (Community orchestras, students, churches, talented amateurs, etc.) If anything is going to be mass duplicated for release I would, of course, have it mastered by a professional. BUT - I wouldn't mind putting a little extra polish on the "lesser" things that leave my hands (since I already have the equipment, the time & inclination) and I do tend to get people begging me to do a little 'turd polishing' on things they've already recorded (& they rarely have multitrack masters...) So it's nice to know what the M/S configuration is good for.
    Thanks again,
  5. joe lambert

    joe lambert Active Member

    Oct 17, 2001
    321 West 44th Street Suite 1001
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    I also have a couple Zsys EQ's and have for a while. They sound great. I have the ZQ1M, and we also have the new 6 channel 96K one hear at Classic. Is the ZQ2 the same as the ZQ1 just a 96K version? I can't keep up with all the updates.

    As Brad already mentioned the M/S can be very helpful sometimes.
  6. Gold

    Gold Active Member

    Mar 27, 2002
    The ZQ-2 is the 96k version of the ZQ-1 with a single LCD display for all bands. I don't think there is an "M" version available.

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