Fancy a Pultec EQ, but can’t afford one? If you’re not afraid to pick up the soldering iron, there’s now a new alternative. The Analogvibes Tube Program EQ kit contains everything you need to build your own Pultec EQP-1A replica.
Analogvibes Tube Program EQ Kit
The Pultec EQP-1A is the most famous tube equalizer out there, and it comes with a hefty price tag. If you’re craving that signature sound, but are a bit short on cash, you can opt for one of the many plug-ins by Black Rooster Audio, NoiseAsh, Acustica and others. But what if you want a true hardware tube EQ? Analogvibes says that it has the answer: build one yourself!
According to the developer, the Tube Program EQ Kit contains everything you need to build your own EQP-1A. It includes all electronic components, many of which are custom made. The first 100 kits will come with vintage Pultec bypass switches. Other components like the inductor/filter coils, high frequency filter caps, rotary switches and potentiometers come from suppliers like Moby Electronics, Mundorf and Blore-Edwards. The developer says that the input, interstage and output transformers are custom made to the original specs by Beezneez Pro Audio. The kit also includes a NOS (new old stock) rectifier tube.
While many DIY kits require you to supply your own enclosure, the Tube Program EQ Kit comes with a chassis set, as well. The front and back plates are powder coated and come fully finished, so you don’t need to cut any metal or drill your own holes. Screws, terminal strips and Neutrik XLR connectors are also included.
Price and availability
Analogvibes says that the components will be acquired using a group buy scheme. This means that once they have a sufficient number of pre-orders, they will order the parts and put together the kits, and then ship it out to you. The minimum number of 30 kits has already been met, so the Tube Program EQ Kit will definitely happen, according to Analogvibes.
You can pre-order the Tube Program EQ Kit on their website for EUR 1299 plus shipping. That’s a lot less than an actual Pultec EQ, and if you’re in the mood for a little DIY project, this one sounds like a lot of fun.