Gyraf Gyratec XIV
Handmade by Jakob Erland in Denmark, the Gyraf Gyratec XIV is a purist’s tube EQ. Featuring no single ICs or semiconductors, it’s as close to the sound of a ‘pure’ tube EQ as you’re going to get; similar in design to the infamous Pultec EQs, but far more flexible.
The Gyratec XIV is a parallel passive 5 band parametric EQ, meaning that a) the 5 bands don’t overlap when in circuit, b) the sound isn’t coloured by active circuity and c) it has 5 bands of parametric EQ. Although there are no shelves, the Q can be set so wide as to pretty much do the same thing.
The sound is lush, detailed and swathed in wonderful sounding euphonic distortion. You can boost highs without it ever sounding harsh thanks to the natural saturation of the tubes. The output knob driving the transformer is almost a saturation knob; yes delivering a gain boost, but also delivering more/less saturation as you turn it up and down.
The Gyraf excels at broad tone shaping – particularly when boosting – giving tracks a fatness you just can’t replicate in digital.