Golden Age Project EQ-81 MKIII Neve-Style 4-Band Equalizer

Shape your sound, vintage-style! Golden Age's awesomely affordable half-rack EQ is based on the equalizer section of the classic 1081 console preamp module.

The Golden Age Project EQ-81 MKIII is a 4-band EQ unit based on the EQ section of the classic 1081 console module. The class-AB equalizer circuit used in the Golden Age Project EQ-81 MKIII is similar to the EQ section in the 1081 module, without the high and low pass filters.

The sound character is warm, punchy, sweet and musical. These classic characteristics have been heard on countless recordings through the years and it is a versatile sound that works very well on most sound sources and in most genres. The essence of this sound is now available at a surprisingly low cost, making it available to nearly everyone.

The EQ-81 MKIII has stepped frequency controls that offers a wide selection of frequencies from 33 Hz to 15 kHz. The BASS and TREBLE frequency bands are switchable between shelving and bell and the MID frequency bands is of the bell type with a switchable Hi Q setting. The control range is +/-18dB. All four bands can be set in an off mode.

The EQ-81 MKIII can be used either as a standalone EQ or connected to the insert jack of one of the Golden Age Project preamps. Combining a PRE-73 preamp and an EQ-81 MKIII using a UNITE rack kit to mount them together, one will get a 19-inch 1081-style unit at a low cost, with a great sound.


- Vintage Style electronics -- no integrated circuits in the signal path when the Insert connector is used
- 4-band with inductor based mid frequency bands
- Stepped frequency selection
- A wide selection of frequencies from read more 33 Hz to 15 kHz
- Control range up to +/-18 dB
- Each band has an off mode
- Tantalum capacitors in the EQ signal path
- Can be used together with one of Golden Age's preamps with an insert jack or as a standalone unit
- TRS jack for the INSERT mode in-and output connection, the nominal working level is around -18 dBu
- IC-based in-and output stage for the LINE IN mode with balanced TRS and XLR connectors
- Selectable ground lift jumper
- External power supply to avoid interaction with the audio circuits
- Great sound that suits most sound sources and genres
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Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 5.75 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 14 x 13 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): EQ81MK3

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Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (1 ratings)
Submitted February 18, 2024 by Roy Kirby in Lansing, MI

"Great Hardware EQ"

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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Great, musical sounding EQ. Unlike with plugins you can push the frequency to the max and it only sounds better. You can get classic Neve style EQ sounds and more. The shelving options for the low and high bands along with the high Q option for the mid bands let's you do some pultec style EQ curves. Beats plugin EQs imo and adds great analog saturation.

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