Prism Sound upgrades Maselec Master Series EQ, compressor

Prism Sound’s MEA-2 stereo analog equalizer and MLA-2 stereo compressor have both undergone major upgrades to improve their performance and update their appearance. The new versions of these modern-day classics were updated by engineer/producer Leif Mases, who first developed them for Prism Sound in 1995.

Designed for recording and mastering applications, the MEA-2 is a stereo or channel-channel, four-band precision analog equalizer with stepped Q/shelf, frequency and cut/boost controls on each band. The new version features faster amplifiers with wider bandwidth and improved low-frequency EQ filters. The individual EQ sections are now completely switched off when the gain controls are set to 0dB, and the unit goes into full bypass when the power is switched off. These developments have significantly improved the unit’s specifications by providing lower noise and wider dynamic range, while the new output amplifiers have improved high-frequency performance. The new look features custom metal knobs and a thicker front panel.

Similar updates have been applied to the MLA-2, a stereo or two-channel compressor with stepped drive (input gain), ratio, attack and release time and output gain controls. The exterior has been modernized to include custom metal knobs and a thicker front panel. Like the MEA-2, new output amplifiers with improved high-frequency performance have also been incorporated, and total bypass when the unit is powered off has been added.

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