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The ParaEq MKII and ParaEq Deluxe bring back one of Empress’ most beloved pedal designs with exciting new features. The original ParaEq, released in 2010, steadily grew in reputation for its visceral tone-shaping, extreme transparency, and intuitive controls, rivalled only by studio-grade equipment. After being discontinued in 2020, we’ve watched used ParaEq prices on sites like reverb.com skyrocket, and it solidified our belief of the importance of highly controllable EQ adjustments with studio quality sound.
With the reintroduction of the ParaEq, we’ve kept everything people loved about the original, but we took it to the next level. We’ve enhanced the already amazing audio path purity with lower noise circuitry and a huge 27V of headroom. We’ve also managed to squeeze it all into a pedalboard friendly footprint with top-mounted jacks for maximum convenience.
3 bands of parametric EQ, each with 3 selectable Q widths, give you an extremely flexible EQ. The wide Q is great for general tone shaping and is extremely transparent. The medium Q is perfect for everyday problem solving like pulling out boxiness from the low mids or reducing harshness and adding a bit in the upper mids. The narrow Q excels at notching out problem frequencies and is a saviour for acoustic guitarists when combating feedback issues.