Axe-Fx III

Blocks Guide Description

The Graphic EQ is a stereo multi-band equalizer consisting of a number of filters spread across the frequency spectrum. This powerful and precise sound sculpting tool is extremely easy to use and understand. Each filter has just one setting, indicating how much to boost or cut at a given frequency.

Type determines the number of bands, and their behavior. Each band can boost or cut up to 12 dB. The outermost bands are shelving filters. The 10-, 8-, 7-, and 5-band types can be run as Constant Q or Variable Q. In a Variable Q equalizer, the bandwidth varies as a function of boost/cut level, such that lower boosts/cut levels result in a lower Q for a more broad equalization.

Several Passive EQ types are also offered: 5 band Mark (based on the EQ found in some MESA/Boogie® amps)
5 band: (Low, Low Mid, Mid, High Mid, and High), 4-band (Low, Low Mid, High Mid, and High), and 3-band (Low, Mid, High), plus a 3-band Console type. These models capture the quirky “overshoot” behavior of analog filters found on classic consoles.

Master Q (on the Mix page) adjusts the Q or bandwidth of all bands. A value of 1.0 sets the Q to the default value (typically one octave). Lower values increase the bandwidth, making neighboring bands overlap more, while higher values make each band more narrow and focused.

List of Types

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10 Band Constant Q
8 Band Constant Q
7 Band Constant Q
5 Band Constant Q
10 Band Variable Q
8 Band Variable Q
7 Band Variable Q
5 Band Variable Q
5 Band Passive
4 Band Passive
3 Band Passive
3 Band Console
10 Band 2/3 Oct Constant Q
10 Band 2/3 Oct Variable Q
5 Band Mark

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Axe-Fx II

Owner’s Manual Description

The Graphic Equalizer is a multi-band equalizer capable of running in 5,7, 8, or 10 band configurations.

The TYPE determines the number of bands. Each band can boost or cut up to 12 dB. The outermost bands are shelving filters.

The above modes can be run as Constant Q or Variable Q. In a variable Q equalizer, the bandwidth varies as a function of boost/cut levels, such that lower boosts/cut levels result in a lower Q.
MASTER Q adjusts the Q of all bands. A value of 1.0 sets the Q to the default value (typically one octave). Lower values increase the bandwidth and overlap of each band, higher values decrease the bandwidth.

Two Passive EQ types are also offered: 4-band (Low, Low Mid, High Mid, and High) and 3-band (Low, Mid, High), plus a 3-band Console type. These models capture the characteristic sound of vintage analog gear.

For any type, [on the hardware] press ENTER while on PAGE 1 of the block’s edit menu to reset all bands to flat.

The AMP block (p.39) has a built-in graphic equalizer at its output, making it unnecessary to follow it with a separate GEQ. There is also a global, 10-band graphic equalizer on each output (p. 146), which can be used to modify the sound of all presets at once.

The Graphic Equalizer is stereo-in/stereo-out. 

List of Types

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10 Band Constant Q
8 Band Constant Q
7 Band Constant Q
5 Band Constant Q
10 Band Variable Q
8 Band Variable Q
7 Band Variable Q
5 Band Variable Q
5 Band Passive
4 Band Passive
3 Band Passive
3 Band Console

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