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Behringer DEQ2496 Ultra-Curve Pro Mastering Processor 

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The Behringer Ultra-Curve Pro Mastering Processor is ideal for mastering and PA purposes. It offers 4 concurrently selectable EQ modules: 31-band gra...Click To Read More About This Product

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Affordable mastering and PA tweaking.

The Behringer Ultra-Curve Pro Mastering Processor is ideal for mastering and PA purposes. It offers 4 concurrently selectable EQ modules: 31-band graphic, 10-band parametric, Feedback Destroyer, and 3 dynamic EQs per channel. Other highlights are the 61-band RTA that can run simultaneously with the EQ section, high-quality 24-bit/96kHz A/D/A converters, and 2 high-performance 32/40-bit floating-point SHARC digital signal processors which yield ultimate sonic resolution and 113dB dynamic range. Multifunction level meters, 64 user memories, RTA mic/line input with phantom power, word clock input, and MIDI connections. Balanced inputs, servo-balanced outputs with gold-plated XLR connectors, stereo aux output, and AES/EBU and S/PDIF I/Os (XLR and optical).

FEATURES
  • Ultrahigh-resolution processor for all EQ, RTA, and dynamic applications
  • 4 concurrently selectable EQ modules (31-band graphic, 10-band parametric, Feedback Destroyer, plus 3 dynamic EQs per stereo channel)
  • Flexible compressor/expander function with peak limiter per stereo channel plus stereo imager and stereo delay for delay line applications
  • Unique VPG (virtual paragraphic EQ) allows parametric control of graphic EQs
  • Ultra high-resolution 61-band realtime FFT analyzer with additional auto EQ function for room and loudspeaker equalization
  • Multifunction level meters (peak/RMS, VU, and SPL meter with dBA/dBC weighting via RTA mic input)
  • 64 user memories for complete setups and/or individual module configurations
  • Separate RTA mic/line input with phantom power, professional word clock input, and MIDI connections
  • Ultrahigh-quality AKM 24-bit/96kHz A/D/A converters (113dB dynamic range)
  • Open architecture allowing future software updates via MIDI
  • 2 high-performance 32/40-bit floating-point SHARC digital signal processors for ultimate sonic resolution
  • Balanced inputs and servo-balanced outputs with gold-plated XLR connectors, stereo aux output, AES/EBU and S/PDIF I/Os (XLR and optical)

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BehringerDEQ2496 Ultra-Curve Pro Mastering Processor
 
4.1

(based on 23 reviews)

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    (3)

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Great... Except for the bypass relays

These are really awesome when they work... I've had problems with the bypass relays where the connectors in the relays weren't making full contact with the pads in normal effect mode (non-bypass). ...Read complete review

These are really awesome when they work... I've had problems with the bypass relays where the connectors in the relays weren't making full contact with the pads in normal effect mode (non-bypass). All the other parts are great quality, but those mechanical relays just cause too much trouble. It's not hard to fix or even bypass the relays all together (maybe that's why they call them bypass relays) but they are supposed to just work right? Solutions: On mine I found the plastic around the relays to be a little warped so I cut away the plastic and pow! It now works every time without the nasty noise and drop in level. Since I have an engineering background it was easy for me to fix, but for others it may be more difficult.If you have one of these or are planning to buy one and find the sound quality on one or both channels to be horrible, then find a skilled tech. All that needs to be done is to 'carefully' cut away the plastic around the relays. The problem is most notable when 'all' the effects are off and you switch the main bypass mode on and off. You can hear the relays click in the back and sometimes they fix themselves, but hopefully Behringer has learned from this and fixes it in later products or provides some sort of fix for current users.

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Audiophile

The spectrum from around 40Hz to 16KHz seems rather true, but beyond, forget it. Yes, the digital processors do make some clicks and pops on occasion, and I even have power conditioners. ...Read complete review

The spectrum from around 40Hz to 16KHz seems rather true, but beyond, forget it. Yes, the digital processors do make some clicks and pops on occasion, and I even have power conditioners. I feel it is an internal design issue. I personally went back to Linear Analog EQ to avoid all that A/D D/A converstion and keep the signal as pure as possible. Yes, it is a very nice / pretty looking device with all the light show in the RTA mode, but if you want a TOOL, then you may consider something like AudioControl, Rane, Audio Precision, Linear X, for RTA's that have calibrated Mic's and have a prooven performance track record in the industry. Yes, they will cost considerablly more, but, you get what you pay for. There is no "Free Lunch" in a nut shell. For a beginner on a budget, not too concerned about LAB Grade results, it will suffice. For a Serious Sound Engineer, I would reconsider alternative brands.Overall, I can't really condem Behringer, they do give you a value and tons of features. The thing is that, almost every company uses the word "Professional", and I feel that until you have spent the money to have it in hand to evaluate, the word itself dose not hold a lot of weight alone aside from a marketing phrase.I hope my views and experiences will aid future buyers from being more informed with their future purchase(s).

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(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Audiophile

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Behringer DEQ2496 Ultra-Curve Pro Mastering Processor:

The spectrum from around 40Hz to 16KHz seems rather true, but beyond, forget it. Yes, the digital processors do make some clicks and pops on occasion, and I even have power conditioners. I feel it is an internal design issue. I personally went back to Linear Analog EQ to avoid all that A/D D/A converstion and keep the signal as pure as possible. Yes, it is a very nice / pretty looking device with all the light show in the RTA mode, but if you want a TOOL, then you may consider something like AudioControl, Rane, Audio Precision, Linear X, for RTA's that have calibrated Mic's and have a prooven performance track record in the industry. Yes, they will cost considerablly more, but, you get what you pay for. There is no "Free Lunch" in a nut shell. For a beginner on a budget, not too concerned about LAB Grade results, it will suffice. For a Serious Sound Engineer, I would reconsider alternative brands.Overall, I can't really condem Behringer, they do give you a value and tons of features. The thing is that, almost every company uses the word "Professional", and I feel that until you have spent the money to have it in hand to evaluate, the word itself dose not hold a lot of weight alone aside from a marketing phrase.I hope my views and experiences will aid future buyers from being more informed with their future purchase(s).

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great... Except for the bypass relays

By Ron Novy

from Los Angeles

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Comments about Behringer DEQ2496 Ultra-Curve Pro Mastering Processor:

These are really awesome when they work... I've had problems with the bypass relays where the connectors in the relays weren't making full contact with the pads in normal effect mode (non-bypass). All the other parts are great quality, but those mechanical relays just cause too much trouble. It's not hard to fix or even bypass the relays all together (maybe that's why they call them bypass relays) but they are supposed to just work right? Solutions: On mine I found the plastic around the relays to be a little warped so I cut away the plastic and pow! It now works every time without the nasty noise and drop in level. Since I have an engineering background it was easy for me to fix, but for others it may be more difficult.If you have one of these or are planning to buy one and find the sound quality on one or both channels to be horrible, then find a skilled tech. All that needs to be done is to 'carefully' cut away the plastic around the relays. The problem is most notable when 'all' the effects are off and you switch the main bypass mode on and off. You can hear the relays click in the back and sometimes they fix themselves, but hopefully Behringer has learned from this and fixes it in later products or provides some sort of fix for current users.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great tool but with standard Behringer gremlins

By AzDude

from Arizona

Comments about Behringer DEQ2496 Ultra-Curve Pro Mastering Processor:

I really like the usefulness, sound quality, and low noise of this device. It's Auto-EQ function solved some major issues for my studio. But I've noticed a trend in each of the digital Behringer units that I've owned. They crash frequently until you unplug all the internal connections and clean and reseat them. I spray them with Caig D5 Deoxit and have not had any repeat issues. If you're technical enough to do this, Behringer gear is reliable and cost effective.

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Chunk of crap!

By JVonD

from Boulder, CO

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Comments about Behringer DEQ2496 Ultra-Curve Pro Mastering Processor:

Well I just tested my 4th one and it has the same issue. When using the DEQ the sound field totally changes putting the majority of the sound into the left ear by dropping the "M-Gain" by 1 DB. I had 3 that all did this error and the other unit wouldn't even turn on. I have no clue how no one else have not noticed this. Don't waste your time buying this because you will return it after adjusting the "M-Gain" level on the DEQ.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Great Concept, but...

By Septemfluous

from Norman, OK

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Comments about Behringer DEQ2496 Ultra-Curve Pro Mastering Processor:

When these things work, you get features that you can't get in another EQ that's X10 the price. Unfortunately, this is the 3rd one I've gone through in 5 years.I'm using this in a studio to balance the system to the room. The first one, the right channel gave out. The other two have had the left channel give out.I'm not pushing them hard and I'm not running them hot. They are racked (and never moved once in place) with conditioned power running to them.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Behringer Hits A Grand Slam

By Danny-LHVdv

from Salt Lake City, UT

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Comments about Behringer DEQ2496 Ultra-Curve Pro Mastering Processor:

This is an excellent unit with great features. Having an entirely separate EQ and feedback destroyer module is worth the entry cost. The most beautiful thing is having a feedback destroyer that improves over the original stand-alones by allowing you to lock the filters entirely with a couple of button presses (much better than tedious setting of all filters to parametric mode on an individual basis). The dynamics module is very, very useful, even though I question the usefulness of an expander/ gate in a "full mix" situation. On the downside, the "width" function seems a little bit superfluous, and I've never had a use for dynamic EQ (I would have preferred that they save the DSP for an additional parametric EQ section). The RTA (and accompanying auto EQ) are more interesting than useful to me, but others seem to find them very useful. Behringer did a good job on the interface, but it does do some counterintuitive things at times (though once you get used to the small quirks, they fade into the background). A usable EQ in your rack can make the difference between a mediocre PA sounding good, and a good PA sounding great, and this unit goes far beyond mere usability.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

This never worked!

By MMonyhan

from Louisville, KY

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      Comments about Behringer DEQ2496 Ultra-Curve Pro Mastering Processor:

      This device never worked correctly! After blowing 4 very expensive sub-woofers I removed it from my rack. I forgot to return it during the warranty period so I am stuck with a expensive device that I cannot use.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Nice Idea but..........

      By jbplayer-fmjLg

      from Los Angeles

      Comments about Behringer DEQ2496 Ultra-Curve Pro Mastering Processor:

      The Behringer DEQ2496 is exactly what I like in a system processor with the Parametric and Graphic EQ. But it suffers in quality. The internal chips run far too hot and I get crashes that require a power down reset. Somewhere, Behringer decided to save a few dollars in the power supply or heat sinking which makes the unit unreliable.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Awesome Signal Prossesor!!!

      By Chrispynoise

      from Montauk, NY

      Comments about Behringer DEQ2496 Ultra-Curve Pro Mastering Processor:

      It is astounding how so much capability is packed into such a reasonably priced box! I started using one for FOH and after a week I ordered three more for a monitor rack. I?ve use it for about a year. Out of four units out for a year I?ve had one lock up on me on an out door show (rebooted has not repeated since) and recently the same unit started making static at very low volume. Three of the units have worked flawlessly and I LOVE the DEQ and having the ability to sweep a parametric while using a graphic. There are other features that are equally cool. All in all it does a lot of things well in one rack space, and for what you pay it almost free.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      So Much for So Little...

      By Chiphed

      from Glen Mills, PA

      Comments about Behringer DEQ2496 Ultra-Curve Pro Mastering Processor:

      I am a basement studio hobbyist. I have been drooling over the single rack-space mastering processors I see in magazines. The price (frequently well over 1,000.00), however, makes me sick. LEAVE IT TO BEHRINGER to give us the opportunity to own a mastering processor which is not only effective, but way affordable. Best of all, the price is "wife-approved"!

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