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PhazeQ™ FAQ

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Is the PhazeQ compatible with API and other 500 series racks?
Yes. Like all Radial 500 modules, the PhazeQ has been designed to work following API's specifications. This includes both mechanical and electrical requirements.

What is the difference between the PhazeQ and Phazer?
They are almost identical. The PhazeQ ads a blend control that lets you mix the wet and dry signals together and use it as an EQ. You can rig up the same effect using the Phazer by splitting the signal (wet and dry) by using two channels on a mixing console.

How does the PhazeQ compare to the Little Labs IPB device?
Little Labs make very good products. Their design is more text book, IC chip based and very accurate. The PhazeQ is more 'old school' with 100% discreet electronics and class-A circuitry. Folks that have done comparative listening usually say the Little Labs sounds clinical and the Phazer sounds fatter.

What is the difference between using ICs and discreet electronics?
Today, computers and many audio devices use integrated chips or ICs to manage the signal flow. These handy devices combine transistors, resistors and capacitors into small chips that are easy to use and low noise. The problem is that most engineers find that the sound is better when you use full sized parts. This is why we try to build products using discreet electronics. This approach costs more and takes more time to build, but the results are usually preferred. Vintage audio gear is made this way.

Is analogue phase the same as digital delay?
No. Digital delay shifts all frequencies over the same time period while analogue delay shifts the sound based on the wavelength. Both can sound good. Analogue phase shift is more fluid as it is not limited by digital stepping.

I heard that minimal phase shift is better for EQ'ing a sound?
Yes. If you are trying to retain the original tone of the instrument or voice, minimal EQ with minimal phase shift is best. The PhazeQ is designed to either reduce phase shift or in EQ mode act as a radical filter. It is the sheer range of the PhazeQ that makes it so amazing!

Can I use the PhazeQ and Workhorse in a live environment?
Yes of course. You can rack up to 8 PhazeQs in a Workhorse and use them in the inserts for the kick drum, bass guitar, guitar amps, snare…

Is this better than using a PhazerBank?
No. This will be the same. The PhazerBank has four channels, is packaged to be less expensive and fits in a single 19" rack space.

When I turn it on, I immediately notice a tone change. Is this normal?
Yes. Being a 100% analogue device, the PhazeQ circuit has a sound and the effect starts immediately. It is least noticeable when it is set 'in phase' and the phase control is turned completely clockwise.

It seems that the effect is most noticeable when the control is between 7 and 12 o'clock. Is this normal?
Yes. When the control knob is completely clockwise, it only affects the high frequencies. Our ears are most sensitive to lows so only until you begin to shift these longer wavelengths will you begin to hear the effect.

Why did you assign the Omniport as a direct dry signal output?
We thought it would be fun to take a single signal, split it to two channels and then phase adjust one. This way, the Phazer can be used as a creative EQ with only one source.