Purple Audio TAV 500-Series Graphic EQ  From Purple

Clear and transparent 500 Series 10 Band Graphic Inductor EQ

Purple Audio

$775.00

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Manufacturer's Description from Purple

Designed by Ed Anderson for Purple Audio.
 
An illuminated pushbutton for relay true bypass (green) allows for easy comparison with unprocessed source material. A Tricolor LED meters the signal. The frequency response is +/- 0.25dB from 15Hz to 25kHz, and -3dB at 60kHz.A new take on the console graphic, with ten easy to use bands. Each band uses a high quality inductor and carefully selected caps to set the center frequency. At full boost and full cut the bands are narrow enough to still be useful individually, but at lower settings the bands widen out for more gentle shaping. Even at full boost and cut, the filters are shaped to be musical and useful.
 
With specialized input and output transformers, the TAV has plenty of headroom, even at full boost. The entire circuit is discrete, with no electrolytic capacitors in the signal path, and no servo amps. With only two active stages, the current draw is low enough to work in any rack, and leave plenty of juice for other modules. The Tav uses one KDJ3 opamp and one KDJ4 opamp.
 
 

Features:

  • Each band boost or cut by 12dB
  • Relay True Bypass
  • Tricolor LED level meter
  • Transformer balanced in and out
  • Discrete signal path
  • No electrolytic caps in signal path
  • Current consumption: 60mA
  • Over Current Resettable Fused (prevents any module problem from affecting your rack)
  • ROHS – Lead Free
 
 

Tav Pinout:

  • Pin 1: Chassis Ground
  • Pin 2: Output A +
  • Pin 3: Output B + (mult from pin 2)
  • Pin 4: Output A -
  • Pin 5: Audio Ground
  • Pin 6: Output B- (mult from pin 4)
  • Pin 7: Input -
  • Pin 8: Input -
  • Pin 9: Input +
  • Pin 10: Input +
  • Pin 11: NC
  • Pin 12: +15 or 16VDC 60ma
  • Pin 13: Audio Ground
  • Pin 14: -15 or 16VDC 60ma
  • Pin 15: NC (+48VDC)
  • Pin 15: NC
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About Manufacturer

Purple Audio was founded by Andrew Roberts in 1997.

While attending NYU’s music technology program in 1994 Andrew bought, sold and repaired recording equipment from a dorm room on the college campus.

In the fall of 1996, Andrew was introduced to John Klett who invited him to join a new repair shop in midtown Manhattan. This shop, dubbed Tech Mecca, was the new location for Manhattan Audio, a large repair facility and wiring company and Klett’s new midtown home.  Andrew apprenticed under Klett and began repair on high-end audio gear.

By the fall of 1997 Purple had introduced the MC76. Soon after Purple Audio’s inaugural AES show Purple needed more space, the operation was moved to a loft in Long Island City, Queens. This large space provided overflow space for Tech Mecca’s large projects.

Purple Audio spent the late 90s and early 00s shipping the MC76 and getting involved in console and tape machine rebuild projects. Andrew studied analog circuit and logic design, seeing it in practice during field service calls to major studios in the area.  While sales of the MC76 started to drop off as a result of a new competitor’s ad campaign, which in turn brought increased awareness of the MC76 product and user comments proved that the Purple Audio product was clearly superior.  Distribution was finally achieved and Purple Audio began selling direct and through select dealers.

Then began a long process in console design. Andrew designed a couple of large master sections, which were retrofitted into existing consoles. The master sections went through several design revisions before the Super 8 modules were designed. The process resulted in op amps and a mic preamp design that later became the Biz. Eventually Purple delivered 16 channel portable rigs and a 32 channel full-blown console.

In 2006 the bold move was made.  Purple Audio uprooted its operations in New York and shifted focus to a new location in Pennsylvania.   Andrew settled in the quaint little river town of Jim Thorpe Pennsylvania, where he began restoration of a 1850’s Victorian home.  Just a short drive from his new residence Purple’s new location was up and running in a 1000 sq ft. industrial complex in Weissport PA. The shop in New York still exists and is the home of Coral Sound, Exile Studios, Technical Audio, & Eisen Audio.

Upon his move to Weissport, PA in 2006 Andrew was now freed from the distractions of New York, Exile, and repair work. This allowed him to focus on the design work he had anxiously been working toward for years.  With that came the completion of the new Purple Audio products in 2007 : the Action, Cans, Pants, Sweet Ten ready for the AES show with actual production the first few months of 2008.

In 2011 Purple Audio once again upgraded its facilities and purchased a historic fire company in Jim Thorpe PA, called the “Marion Hose”.

Located just blocks away from Andrews residence in Historic Jim Thorpe PA.  The Building was sold to Purple Audio by the Mauch Chunk Historical Society.  An entire year was devoted to the gutting and refitting of the new Purple manufacturing facility.  While respecting the original historic architeture the exterior remains intact and historically correct while the interior reflects a NYC style loft with a hi-tech organic flare.   The second floor is primarily for design and manufacture, and an area designated for an artist lounge, kitchen, bath and views.  More to come on that.