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DEQ 60L Graphic Equalizer

DEQ 60L Front

DEQ 60L Rear

  • Perfect-Q™: What You See Is What You Get (no filter interaction)
  • Proportional-Q: Classic smooth response
  • Independent Accelerated-Slope™ 3-band full-cut tone controls
  • Low-Cut and High-Cut filters
  • Input and Output Level controls, each with 8-segment metering
  • Each channel may use A or B channel controls:
    · Stereo Linking
    · Two “analog memories”
    · A-curve / B-curve comparison
  • Switchable Cut-Only Mode (0 to -12 dB)
  • 45 mm sliders
  • Two Boost / Cut ranges: ±6 dB or ±12 dB
  • XLR, TRS and Euroblock connectors
  • Bypass switch (DSP), Bypass relay (power failure)

This product has not been tested to the current CE requirements and is not available in markets requiring CE compliance.

DEQ 60L Graphic Equalizer

DEQ 60L Front

When the term “graphic equalizer” was first coined, the intent was to provide a device that allowed the user to “draw” the desired frequency response using slider controls on the unit’s front panel. Thus, the Holy Grail of graphic equalizers is a device with a response that truly matches the slider settings. For years, this seemingly unobtainable goal resulted in products based on the fine art of compromise … until now … until the DEQ 60L.

It’s not Constant—not Proportional—It’s Perfect! Digital Signal Processing (DSP) allows filter technology not possible with analog designs. Rane coined the term Perfect-Q™ to describe the results (U.S. patent 7,266,205). The DEQ 60L is the world's first true graphic equalizer (i.e., one providing real mechanical front panel slide controls) whose output response precisely matches its front panel settings. Perfect-Q features virtually no band interaction and extremely low ripple between adjacent bands. To keep things flexible, fear not proportional-Q lovers, each channel of the DEQ 60L is selectable between Perfect-Q or Proportional-Q response.

The DEQ 60L features 45 mm sliders, a switchable Cut-Only mode, additional Cut filters, and additional 3-band Tone controls. The DEQ 60L provides the most complete set of pure EQ functions ever offered in an analog controlled equalizer.

Perfect-Q or Proportional-Q

We know you know how to use a realtime analyzer, but using PERFECT-Q mode will make that a lot easier. Since there is no interaction between filters, the multiple adjustments through all the bands just to get the analyzer to read flat is a thing of the past. One pass should do the trick. Then use the TONE controls or CUT FILTERS for general sweetening. We know your sound is important and your time is valuable.

If you want to compare the sound of your old (non-Rane) EQ to this one, and you are used to the way the slider bands interact, then use PROPORTIONAL-Q mode. It's your choice with the front panel switch.

Constant-Q vs Proportional-Q

DEQ 60 Ripple

Additional Filters Included

DEQ Tone ControlsLOW, MID, and HIGH TONE controls provide independent, Accelerated-slope™, 3-band Tone controls allow easy, intuitive adjustment of tone response without the hassle of adjusting 30 bands. The Tone controls use 12 dB per octave Linkwitz-Riley filters. As with the EQ sliders, center detent provides a guaranteed flat response.

  • The Low/Mid crossover point is 300 Hz.
  • The Mid/High crossover point is 4 kHz.
  • The control range is +6 dB to OFF.
Tone Control Response

DEQ Cut FiltersAdditionally, the LOW CUT and HIGH CUT FILTERS remove the unheard and unwanted extremeties.

The LOW CUT FILTER is adjustable over four octaves with a frequency range of 15 Hz to 240 Hz.

The HIGH CUT FILTER is adjustable over two octaves from 5 kHz to 20 kHz.

Cut Filter Response

DEQ 60L Specifications

Parameter Specification Limit Conditions/Comments
Inputs: Type Active Balanced    
.....Connectors XLR, 1/4" TRS, Euroblock XLR pin 2 hot per AES
.....Maximum Input +22 dBu 1 1 kHz
.....Common Mode Rejection 60 dB typ. 1 kHz
.....Impedance 14.6k Ω 1% Each leg to ground @ 1 kHz
DSP: Dynamic Range 106 dB typ. A-weighted (in to out); unity
Sample Rate 48 kHz   24-bit Converters
Propagation Delay 1.29 ms typ.  
Input Level: Range ±12 dB    
Output Level: Range ±12 dB    
Graphic EQ: Bands 30 (1/3-octave ISO)   25 Hz to 20 kHz
.....Type Perfect-Q or Proportional-Q Switchable, each channel
.....Range ±6 or ±12 dB   Switchable, each channel
.....Slider Travel 45 mm   Center detent = 0 dB
Tone Controls 3-band;
Accelerated Slope™
  2nd-order,
phase 0º @ unity gain
.....Range +6 dB to off   Center detent = 0 dB
.....Low/Mid Crossover 300 Hz    
.....Mid/High Crossover 4 kHz    
Low-Cut Filter 15-240 Hz    
High-Cut Filter 5-20 kHz    
Meters Input and Output   Each channel
.....Type Peak responding   Peak-dBu displayed for 1.5 sec
.....Attack/Decay 0/500 ms typ. per 20 dB step
Bypass: Power Failure Automatic relay bypass Input wired to Output
Bypass Switch Mode     Each channel
.....Rear switch: Bypass All Filters & Levels bypassed By front panel bypass
.....Rear switch: Bypass Filters Filters bypassed   By front panel bypass
A/B Switches Determine controls to channel   Bypass and A/B not affected
Outputs: Active Balanced    
.....Connectors XLR, 1/4" TRS, Euroblock XLR pin 2 hot per AES
.....Impedance 100 Ω 1% Each leg to ground
.....Maximum Output +22 dBu 1 600 Ω or greater
EMI Filters Yes   Inputs and Outputs
Frequency Response 15 Hz to 20 kHz   +0/-3 dB
THD+Noise .02% typ. +4 dBu, 20-20 kHz, 20 kHz BW
THD+Noise .006% typ. +4 dBu, 1 kHz, 20 kHz BW
Crosstalk <-100 dB typ. 2 kHz
Power Requirement 100 to 240 VAC   50/60 Hz, 20 W
Unit: Agency Listing UL/cUL    
Unit: Construction All Steel    
.....Size (3U) 5.25"H x 19"W x 8.25"D (13.3 x 48.3 x 21 cm)
.....Weight 11 lb   (5 kg)
.....Shipping: Size 11" x 23" x 16"   (27.9 x 58.4 x 40.6 cm)
.....Weight 18 lb   (8.1 kg)
Note: 0 dBu=0.775 Vrms

DEQ 60L Literature

Note: The DEQ 60 model has been discontinued. Though it shares most DEQ 60L features, It had shorter faders and did not have the Cut-Only mode switch.

Each unit is shipped with a booklet containing the Manual with Safety and Compliance information, the Data Sheet, the RaneNote "Sound System Interconnection," Declaration of Conformity, and Rane's 2+ Year Warranty information.

DEQ 60L Support

Can I use the XLR and 1/4" and Euro outputs at the same time?

Yes. Both sets of output connections may be used simultaneously. However only one input may be used at a time. If you combine a unbalanced 1/4" with a balanced XLR you could create a ground loop problem. See "Sound System Interconnection" below.

If the above options don't answer your question, or it's urgent...
Phone 425-355-6000, 8:30 AM to 5 PM PST, Monday through Friday.
If it's less urgent, you can email the factory.
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