The GML 8200 comes industry standard with 5 band eq with overlapping bands and 15 db boost or cut. This thing is great, but the cost steers a lot of use away, most of us cant afford an item like this. That is why I go to the university to use it. I would never have this in my home studio anyways, its just too powerful for a small set up there would be no purpose in having it at home. So even if you can afford it, keep this in the big studio.
It has one of the best, most useful hardware EQs for a studio professional. George Massenburg invented parametric equalization, so is it any surprise that his own version of it is so highly regarded? The 8200 has a smooth, transparent sound that is great not just for fixing things in the mix, but also for sculpting your sound! And creating your own sound is very important in todays music, because there are so many copy cats, you will need to step out on the limb and be creative and come up with your own flavor.
I would recommend this EQ as it's the REAL DEAL! Honestly, if you can buy from the inventor of the parametric EQ industry, why wouldn't you? There is no compitition with the GML 8200 this is pretty much the highest quality you will get out of any product in this genre/ field. If you get a chance to get your hands on one of these than I congratulate you. Keep in mind they are around 5 grand brand new, and used around 3 grand. Even though it has been out for some time now, the price stays pretty high, I havent used any other model of the GML series so I really cant compare it. But I know 1 thing, the GML 8200 rocks1
The GML 8200 is a stereo parametric equalizer, with a ton of versatility. It is an analog piece of gear that XLR connections for input and output for each of the channels, and requires a five pin power supply. Each channel has five bands of EQ, and overall the unit is rack mountable, taking up two rack spaces.
If you know how to use a parametric equalizer, you already know how to use the GML 8200! It is really that simple. Each of the five bands has parameters for frequency and gain. The frequency knobs each have a certain amount of fixed frequencies to choose from. There are two low bands that are identical, as well as two high bands that also have the same frequencies to choose from. A manual isn't necessary to use the 8200, and if you think you need one I would recommend just learning about parametric equalizers in general rather than trying to tackle the 8200.
The GML 8200 is definitely one of the cleanest sounding equalizers that I've used to date. While I wouldn't say that it has as much character as some of the other, warmer sounding EQs that I've used, it cannot be matched when it comes to clarity and transparency. The GML 8200 is absolutely the perfect equalizer to use for all sorts of applications, and especially for notching and carving in very specific places.
The GML 8200 was definitely designed with professionals in mind, and for those looking for top notch sound regardless of price. They don't try to mess with the formula too much if at all here in terms of make up, which is something that I like very much since it makes it easy to use and to operate. Of course the price for the 8200 is insane, which makes it inaccessible to everyone except those with a ton of cash to spend on an EQ. While I can't say that it is worth the price, I will end by saying I'd be hard pressed to find a better sounding EQ at this price...