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Empress Effects ParaEQ MKII Deluxe

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Empress Effects ParaEQ MKII Deluxe

The original ParaEq has been loved and trusted by musicians on a variety of instruments for over a decade. Both the ParaEq MKII and the ParaEq MKII Deluxe feature a low-noise, transparent signal path that is extremely versatile.

With three fully parametric bands, you can simultaneously achieve broad tonal shaping and precise fine-tuning to sculpt your perfect sound.

The ParaEQ MKII Deluxe will appeal to players who:

  • Need high-pass and low-pass filters for precision work at the frequency extremes
  • Want the glorious sound of Bandaxall filters for sparkling high end or extra weight in the low end
  • Want to be prepared for any EQ situation


Input Impedance
Output Impedance
Frequency Response (-3dB)
22Hz - 25kHz
Total Harmonic Distortion
< 0.05%
> 107dB
Input Voltage
9VDC Centre-Negative
Required Current
Power Input Connector
2.1mm Barrel Connector
Height (Enclosure Only)
Height (Including Controls)
Graphic equalizers provide a convenient visual sense of the EQ curve. However, there is a tradeoff in transparency and precision.

On a graph the ParaEq MKII Deluxe  vs a 7-band graphic EQ pedal both providing a +4dB boost at around 2 kHz. It was seen, the ParaEq is much more precise in the changes it can make, whereas the graphic EQ affects nearly the entire frequency spectrum. Furthermore, at around 10kHz the ParaEq is providing unity gain, whereas the graphic EQ is attenuating the signal by nearly 6dB. This makes the ParaEq a more transparent circuit than the graphic EQ.

This combination of transparency and precision is why recording studio control rooms are dominated by parametric equalizers, and why they’re a great choice for creative and corrective EQ on your pedalboard.