<!!>Whick Audio/EQ is best for an HF rig to put on my Desk Mic<!!>
I need some help determining which Audio \ EQ unit will give me the best output audio on my FT-950 using the MD-100 Mic. Any help with your experience in this would be most appreciated. Thanks in Advance .
Lots of options out there. I've had very satisfying results with the W2IHY 8 Band EQ/Noise Gate. www.w2ihy.com
The W2IHY EQ will do a good job but you want to know more about the dynamics.
First, the mike needs to have reasonable low end response below 500 hz.
Most mikes are more than good at the mid and high end.
Next what filter bandwidth does the radio have?
This determines the high end that you can get through the radio.
For example if the filter is a 2700 hz, you can't force to much audio beyond about 2900 that will still be down the filter skirt by a number of DB.
On the low end, the radios usually fall off quite steep below 200 hz.
So this becomes what you have to work with.
Get your bandwidth filled and compatible with your voice and you should sound good.
This is not real wide ESSB but good within stock radio parameters you have to work with.
On the example above, the IHY box 50 and 100 hz will be of little use as well as the 3200hz will be of little use if your total bandwidth is narrower than these EQ bands.
Lastly, the advice is not to get to many involved at the same time, telling you how you sound or you will be confused as to who is right.
Everybody hears differently but if you get it set well, then come on the air you get feedback/comment that tells you what you you have without all the hassle.
I began with an EQ setting about oppisite of the mike response, meaning you don't boost the areas that are already high until it becomes fine tuning time.
Boost or fill in the low response areas first, then fine tune
What are you trying to accomplish?
. . . There's a 3-band parametric EQ built into the FT-950.
And your TX bandpass is limited by the IF filters to (I think) 2.7 MHz.
And the second question (always relevant):
. . . What's your budget?
There are any number of "voice processors" on the market. They usually include a mic preamp, EQ, noise gating, and compression. Visit the "pro audio" section of you local (large) music store to see what's available.
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