Buzz Audio Tonic
A simple but effective 3 band equaliser for the 500 Series system, the Tonic utilizes real inductors (chokes) in the high and low bands. These two bands are switchable shelf or bell modes and have 2 turn over frequency choices. The sweepable mid band features the Constant Amplitude Phase Shift circuit proposed my Mr Steve Dove in 1981 which has a very fluid sound. A high pass filter is also provided with two frequency choices (50Hz or 80Hz) selected by the user with jumpers on the pcb.
As with the other 500 Series modules on this range, the signal path is True Class A with a Lundahl output transformer. The Tonic has a big grunty sound with stacks of headroom making it an excellent tracking equaliser and a perfect partner to our Elixir mic preamp. Add an Essence compressor and you have a complete Buzz Audio channel strip!
controls and functions
The low band and high band have centre detent pots for +/-15dB of boost/cut range. Toggle switches select bell or shelf mode on these bands. The low band turnover frequency can be selected to 60Hz or 120Hz and the high band 5kHz or 11kHz. The mid band frequency range of 75Hz to 11.5kHz is selected with a x1/x10 range switch. A switch for wide or narrow bandwidth (Q) selection and a centre detent pot sets the mid +/-15db boost/cut range. Additional toggles for Bypassing the module and engaging the High Pass Filter and a Peak level LED complete the picture.
Super Sonic Samples
Hey, just wanted to mention to you that I've been using your Tonic pretty extensively lately. Incredibly useful design and it sounds phenomenal! It has already made many appearances on the samples I've been making for my next release. Just the ticket for electric guitar too. Very nice work. I have to check out more of your stuff!
[May 2008 Supersonic Samples]
Maximum Input Level; +23dBu
Maximum Output Level; +26dBu into 3k ohm load
Frequency Response EQ set flat; 17Hz to 175kHz (+1dB, -3dB)
Harmonic Distortion measured +10dBu output level; 0.08% @ 100Hz, 0.02% @ 1kHz, 0.005% @ 10kHz
Signal to Noise Ratio; -88dB A wtg, input shorted
Input Impedance; 20k ohms approx balanced
Indicators; Single LED overload indicator
Size; (37Wx132H). Fits 1 space in API* 500 series rack format
Power requirements; 120mA +/- 15-18 volts DC, as supplied by frame power supply.
Specifications are typical of a production unit and are subject to change without notice. 0dBu reference = 0.775 volts RMS
standard product warranty
Buzz Audio guarantees the Product to be free of defective materials and/or workmanship for a period of 1 year (12 months) from the date of sale, and will replace defective parts and repair malfunctioning Products under this warranty when the defect occurs under normal installation and use - provided the unit is returned to our factory (or duly authorised service centre) via prepaid transportation with a copy of the proof of purchase, ie, sales receipt. This warranty provides that examination of the returned Product must indicate, in our judgement, a manufacturing defect. This warranty does not extend to any Product that has been subjected to misuse, neglect, accident, improper installation, or where the date code has been removed or defaced. The standard warranty is not transferable to a new owner should the Product change hands during the 1 year period.
product warranty extension
The Standard Product Warranty may be extended to a period of 2 years (24 months) from date of sale provided the Product is registered with us within 4 weeks (28 days) from the purchase date. The extended warranty is transferable to a new owner should the product change hands within the 2 year period.