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Can I use the EQ and compressor separate from the preamp on the 500CS channel strip?

Absolutely. Think of the EQ and compressor section on the 500CS 500 series channel strip as its own module that can be used as if it weren’t part of the 500DT preamp or, as a complete channel strip. Running the EQ separately is accomplished simply by flipping the SPLIT MODULE switch. In this mode, the 500CS is now two completely separate units. The effects path is re-routed to the corresponding XLR input/output jacks on the power supply and can be used however the user wishes. Below are a few ways to apply these functions.

Scenario 1: The 500CS Channel Strip is being used to record acoustic guitar but, you realize you need an EQ on a different preamp that’s being used for the vocal track. In this case, press the SPLIT MODULE switch. In this mode, you can still use the 500CS preamp on acoustic guitar but the EQ and compressor section is now available to be routed to the vocal preamp.

Scenario 2: You’ve finished recording and are preparing to mix. You’re set with in-the-box EQ’s but need something more natural sounding to shape/sculpt the electric guitar track. With the 500CS switched to SPLIT MODULE mode you can patch into the EQ section’s XLR input/output jacks for this task.

Scenario 3: You’re using the 500CS to amplify the microphone used to record a violin. You love the mic/preamp combo but would like to nudge a little more low-mids before recording. Leaving the SPLIT MODULE  switch disengaged auto patches the EQ and compressor to serve the preamp in this way. In this mode the 500CS is functioning as a channel strip.

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