Updated: January 25, 2020 by Richard Cole
No matter how good the instruments you available are, or how talented the people behind them are, you just can’t have a good sounding band without at least some kind of EQ.
Being able to level out frequencies is imperative for a good show, every beginner sound tech knows this.
Equalizers come in a variety of different shapes and forms. Some are complex and require a lot of work to properly set up, while others strive to simplify the process as much as possible without reducing the amount of control available.
Behringer MINIFBQ FBQ800 is a compact EQ that brings a new level of simplicity despite the application. It is small, simple to use, and has a very versatile nature.
Today we are going to take this EQ for a test drive and see just how much potential it has for professional work. As you are about to find out, this little guy packs quite a punch.
Simple Approach To Equalizing
EQs can be your best friend or your worst enemy. It all depends on how versatile they are, and what kind of performance they offer. Bigger is not always better, and more complex can sometimes create too much confusion, especially if you’re trying to level out the whole band.
Behringer MINIFBQ FBQ800 takes a much more simple approach to equalizing. It’s comes with all the features you want, and none that would only clutter the process.
Behringer MINIFBQ FBQ800 is a very compact graphic equalizer that measures 9.5 inches in length. Its small size allows you to stack several or more of these units together, which completely expands its practical framework.
The front panel is where you will find the graphic EQ with 9 faders in the middle. To the left is your LED cluster that shows you the levels, and right next to it are level controls. On the opposite end is the EQ mode cluster where you can find a 12 to 6 dB pad and Behringer’s trademark FBQ feedback detection system.
Speaking of which, feedback detection works great when you are using this EQ during a live performance. It allows you to quickly recognize which frequencies are causing trouble, and take care of them on the go. The back side is where all your inputs are. This unit accepts both the instruments and microphones via the XLR/TRS inputs.
Its small size allows you to stack multiple EQs for different instruments or channels. There is also a low cut filter that gives you a way to get rid of those pesky unpredictable frequencies that can cause unwarranted noise. The low noise amp ensure a great quality of sound with little to no distortion, which is great for studio work.
The type of performance you can expect from Behringer MINIFBQ FBQ800 is subtle but efficient. Let’s face it, this is not the most advanced EQ out there but that is partially what makes it so good.
It’s a simple EQ that has a few very helpful features built into it. The lack of complexity is compensated by the fact that you can stack several or more of these together, and dedicate one for each channel or instrument. All in all, we are looking at a very capable piece of gear.
What we like
This fine balance between performance and form factor that Behringer has managed to achieve is the golden middle, the sweet spot. This EQ is perfect for studio use and light performance use on stage.
What we don’t like
There is nothing we can find to be a flaw with this EQ. It works as intended, and delivers exactly the type of performance a dynamic live situation requires.
Behringer MINIFBQ FBQ800 comes across as simple, but it’s a lot more capable than it appears. Its versatility comes from its modular nature, which is something many sound technicians can appreciate.
If you are looking for a great way to equalize the sound of your band while at the same time being able to fight off feedback, this is the EQ you are looking for.
The size is right and so is the price. It’s a very formidable model from Behringer, that is for sure.