TC Electronic 1220 Stereo Equaliser / Preamp (Refurbished & Recapped)

£375.00

In stock

Description

Modified & recapped with high-quality Panasonic electrolytic capacitors. The power supply has been recapped with higher-value reservoir caps and additional decoupling added. Electrolytics in the audio path have been replaced with higher-value bipolar caps for better audio quality and all other electrolytic capacitors have been replaced. The pots & switches have been cleaned & lubricated. Tested & working 100%. Photos show a TC 1220 sold previously


TC Electronics was founded in 1976 by the Rishøj brothers to build products for musicians and recording studios. The brothers were both musicians, so they designed products for other musicians. This led to useful features like the preamp in the 1220 which gives up to 20 dB of gain

TC studio gear was a well-kept secret in the UK till the success of the 2290 Delay Line and the Finalizer, both products that had a big impact in studios. Among the “sleeper” products in their back catalogue were parametric equaliser footpedals for guitarists, chorus units and rackmount equalisers like the 1220

The TC 1220 is a stereo rackmount equaliser. It has a built-in preamplifier with up to 20 dB gain, making it a useful device for recording synths & DIs. The input impedance is set deliberately high so there’s no loss of high-end when direct injecting guitars and basses

The 1220 has two sweepable EQ bands plus gain control and eq in/out switch for each channel. It can be used as two mono preamp / equalisers or as a stereo unit

Each channel has two bands with variable frequency, filter width (Q) and boost / cut. Band one covers 20 Hz – 2 kHz and band two, 2 KHz – 20 kHz. In addition there is a ± 20 dB gain trim and an eq bypass switch per channel

It’s a simple but effective equaliser and the results are always musical. It’s possible to dial in large amounts of boost or cut so the gain trim is a useful addition to keep gain staging spot-on. On the broadest setting the EQ gives a warm, wide boost ideal for brightening signals, and it’s also possible to put punch into the low end without making the sound flabby. At higher Q settings you can put a nice snap on a snare drum, or make surgical cuts at problem frequencies

The 1220 was alternately described as an equaliser and a feedback suppressor and is capable of both tasks. There’s no information about the 1220 on the TC website but there are details of the similar TC 1140 (see link below)

I used TC equalisers in the late 80s and 90s. It was always a pleasant surprise to see them in a studio as they were one the few equalisers I really liked. They’re precise but musical at the same time – a combination that escapes most other manufacturers

Analogue equaliser / preamplifier with per-channel bypass switch and variable gain from - 20 to +20 dB. Filter frequencies are variable between 20 Hz and 2 kHz (band 1) and 2 kHz to 20 kHz (band 2) with boost & cut of ± 16 db and filter width variable from 0.1 to 1 octave. Inputs and outputs are balanced on jack sockets. 220 Volt power input is on a standard IEC power connector Components are all through-hole devices on a large, spread-out circuit board. Unlike many modern devices using surface-mount components, this equaliser will be repairable in the future
Standard 1U device suitable for 19" racks. Mains input is on a standard power mains connector. UK IEC or Euro Schuko power cable supplied on request
Operating manual (for contemporary TC 1140) http://cdn-downloads.tcelectronic.com/media/686748/tcelectronic-tc1140-manual-english.pdf Review / advert from Talk Bass http://www.talkbass.com/threads/t-c-electronic-tc-1220-parametric-equalizer-vintage.1070259/
1U
Modified & recapped with high-quality Panasonic electrolytic capacitors. The power supply has been recapped with higher-value reservoir caps and additional decoupling added. Electrolytics in the audio path have been replaced with higher-value bipolar caps for better audio quality and all other electrolytic capacitors have been replaced. The pots & switches have been cleaned & lubricated. Tested & working 100%. Photos show a TC 1220 sold previously In excellent used condition. The knobs & switches are all original and the front panel is almost unmarked. The case has scratches but they won't be seen when the unit is racked and, of course, they don't affect operation in any way. Tested & working 100%. Photos are of a 1220 sold previously All vintage gear will have case scratches and marks. It may also have, or develop, noisy pots and switches. I make my descriptions as accurate as possible and note any existing defects. I test each item before shipping, and and supply a test sheet, but please understand that vintage gear will not be perfect and adjust your expectations accordingly

You may also like…