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MQX-2310 Graphic Equalizer
Operating Manual
Ashly Audio Inc.
847 Holt Road, Webster, NY 14580-9103
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Important Safety Instructions
Consignes de sécurité à lire attentivement
The lightning flash with arrowhead symbol, within an equilateral triangle, is
intended to alert the user to the presence of uninsulated "dangerous voltage"
within the product's enclosure that may be of sufficient magnitude to constitute
a risk of electric shock to persons. The exclamation point within an equilateral
triangle is intended to alert the user to the presence of important operating and
maintenance instructions in the literature accompanying the device
1. Read these instructions.
2. Keep these instructions.
3. Heed all warnings.
4. Follow all instructions.
5. To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not expose
this apparatus to rain or moisture.
6. Do not use this apparatus near water.
7. Clean only with dry cloth.
8. Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in
accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
9. Do not install near any heat sources such as radiators, heat
registers, stoves, or other apparatus (including amplifiers)
that produce heat.
10. Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized or
grounding-type plug. A polarized plug has two blades
with one wider than the other. A grounding type plug has
two blades and a third grounding prong. The wide blade
or the third prong are provided for your safety. If the
provided plug does not fit into your outlet, consult an
electrician for replacement of the obsolete outlet.
11. Protect the power cord from being walked on or pinched
particularly at plugs, convenience receptacles, and the
point where they exit from the apparatus.
12. Only use attachments/accessories specified by the
13. Use only with the cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table
specified by the manufacturer, or sold with the
apparatus. When a cart is used, use caution when
moving the cart/apparatus combination to avoid injury
from tip-over.
14. Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or when
unused for long periods of time.
15. Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel.
Servicing is required when the apparatus has been
damaged in any way, such as power-supply cord or plug
is damaged, liquid has been spilled or objects have fallen
into the apparatus, the apparatus has been exposed to
rain or moisture, does not operate normally, or has been
Le symbole de la flèche dans un triangle équilateral symbolisant la foudre est
prévu pour sensibiliser l’utilisateur à la présence de tension de voltage non
isolée à l’intérieur de l’appareil. Elle pourrait constituer un danger de risque
de décharge électrique pour les utilisateurs. Le point d’exclamation dans le
triangle équilatérale alerte l’utilisateur de la présence de consignes qu’il doit
d’abord consulter avant d’utiliser l’appareil.
1. Lisez ces instructions.
2. Conservez ces instructions.
3. Observez les avertissements.
4. Suivez ces instructions.
5. Pour réduire le risque de feu ou la décharge électrique,
ne pas exposer cet appareil pour pleuvoir ou l'humidité.
6. Ne pas utiliser l’appareil près de l’eau.
7. Le nettoyer à l’aide d’un tissus sec.
8. Ne pas bloquer les ouvertures de ventilation, installer
selon les consignes du fabricant.
9. Eloigner des sources de chaleur tel: radiateurs,
fourneaux ou autres appareils qui produisent de la
10. Ne pas modifier ou amputer le système de la mise à
terre. Une prise avec mise à terre comprend deux lames
dont une plus large ainsi qu’une mise à terre: ne pas la
couper ou la modifier. Si la prise murale n’accepte pas
la fiche, consulter un électricien pour qu’il remplace la
prise désuète.
11. Protéger le cordon de secteur contre tous bris ou
pincement qui pourraient l’endommager, soit à la fiche
murale ou à l’appareil.
12. N’employer que les accessoires recommandés par le
13. N’utiliser qu’avec les systèmes de fixation,chariots,
trépied ou autres, approuvés par le fabricant ou vendus
avec l’appareil.
14. Débrancher l’appareil lors des orages électriques ou si
inutilisé pendant une longue période de temps.
15. Un entretient effectué par un centre de service accrédité
est exigé si l’appareil a été endommagé de quelque
façon: si il a été exposé à la pluie,, l’humidité ou s’il ne
fonctionne pas normalement ou qu’il a été échappé.
FCC Compliance
This device complies with part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
1. This device may not cause harmful interference
2. This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation
Note: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection
against harmful interference in both a commercial and residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the
instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful
interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following
- Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
- Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
- Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
- Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
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About Ashly
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Connectors & Cables – 5
Operator Manual – MQX-2310 Equalizer
Congratulations on your purchase of an Ashly MQX Equalizer. MQX equalizers offer a
wide range of professional features including:
Silent In/Out Switching
Signal Present and Clip LEDs
Precision Wein Bridge Filters
25mm Faders with Center-Off Detent
Constant “Q” Design
Switchable Low Cut Filter
Selectable 15dB or 6dB Range
Worldwide Power Supply
Balanced XLR, ¼”, and Euroblock Inputs
Servo-Balanced XLR, ¼”, and Euroblock Outputs
Physical Description - 6
Installation – 7
Typical Applications - 8
Troubleshooting - 9
Dimensions - 9
Specifications - 10
Warranty - 11
We are confident that you will be pleased with the high performance, superb sound quality,
and reliability that Ashly is known for.
About Ashly
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Ashly Audio was founded in 1974 by a group of recording engineers, sound professionals,
and electronics designers. The first products were custom consoles for friends and
associates, but business quickly grew. The philosophy established from the very beginning
holds true today: to offer only the highest quality audio tools at an affordable cost to the
professional user – ensuring reliability and long life. Many years later, Ashly remains
committed to these principles.
In order to minimize the risk of injury, damage, or hearing loss, please read
the entire owner’s manual before connecting to a sound system.
The lightning flash with arrowhead symbol, within an equilateral triangle, is intended to
alert the user to the presence of uninsulated "dangerous voltage" within the product's
enclosure that may be of sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of electric shock to
persons. The exclamation point within an equilateral triangle is intended to alert the user
to the presence of important operating and maintenance instructions in the literature
accompanying the device.
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MQX Equalizers
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Introduction – 4
MQX equalizers use “Q” enhanced Wein bridge filters and interleaved summing for constant
“Q”, low ripple, and minimum filter interaction. A servo-balanced output stage simulates a
true transformer output to allow interfacing with virtually any type of load.
GQX Equalizers – 5
Connectors & Cables – 5
Physical Description - 6
Installation – 7
Connectors & Cables
Typical Applications - 8
Your MQX series equalizer is provided with three different connector types:
1. 1/4 inch stereo phone jacks (TRS)
2. Three pin XLR type connectors
3. Euroblock screw terminal connectors
These connectors will allow interfacing to most professional audio products. Inputs as well
as servo-balanced outputs can be used balanced or unbalanced. When possible, balanced
connections are recommend between all components in your system, as this eliminates
ground-loop induced hum and noise.
Unbalanced Connections and Grounding
If you must use unbalanced connectors, the negative lead of the connector should be tied to
the ground lead. Using unbalanced connections could result in chassis ground-loop noise.
Altering the signal/chassis ground relationship in equipment connected to your MQX unit
may eliminate the noise.
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Dimensions - 9
Specifications - 10
Warranty - 11
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MQX Equalizers – 5
Connectors & Cables – 5
Physical Description - 6
Front Panel
Rear Panel
Physical Description
The MQX-2310 is 2RU, and weighs 11 pounds.
MQX-2310 Front Panel
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Typical Applications - 8
Troubleshooting - 9
Dimensions - 9
Specifications - 10
Warranty - 11
Power LED – Displays power on or off.
Equalization - The individual equalization
faders adjust the gain or loss at each filter
frequency. There are 31 of these faders per
channel on the MQX-2310. By adjusting a
combination of faders, an overall frequency
response can be developed and the physical
position of the faders will give an approximate
visual indication of this response.
Gain - The gain control adjusts the overall gain
of the equalizer when the EQ switch is “in”. It is
generally used to compensate for level
changes due to the equalization process, but
can also adjust overall system level and gain
structure. Overall gain with this control is from
+6dB to -∞.
Signal Present LED – A green LED indicates
when input signal to the equalizer is above
–20dBu. EQ or Gain settings have no effect on
this indicator, as it only tells you the level of
signal applied to the equalizer.
Clip Indicator LED – The red Clip LED turns
on when any signal within the audio path
exceeds +19dBu. Clipping can be detected at
the input stage, gain stage, or equalizer output.
Range Switch - This switch selects the
operating range of the individual equalization
faders between 15dB and 6dB. The 15dB
settings should be used when this much
equalization is needed. The 6dB setting allows
finer resolution on the fader settings.
EQ In/Out Switch - This switches the Graphic
Equalization and gain adjustments, allowing the
effect of any equalization to be compared to a
“flat” response. This switch does not defeat the
High-pass filter.
High-Pass Filter - The high-pass filter can be
used to supplement the frequency response
achieved by the bandpass filters. Its function is
to “roll off” the response below a given
frequency eliminating subsonic interference like
wind noise or floor rumble. The high-pass
frequency is fixed at 40Hz with an 18dB/Oct
MQX-2310 Rear Panel
Power – Switches the unit power on or off
Inputs - For unbalanced inputs, the signal
should be on the + connection and the connection tied to ground. A mono 1/4” plug
used as an unbalanced connection will
automatically be grounded. When using a
stereo plug, XLR connector, or euroblock for an
unbalanced signal, the (-) input connection
MUST be tied to ground.
Ashly Servo-Balanced Output - This output
circuit is an active output which maintains a
constant output level between the (+) and (-)
output terminals, regardless of either terminal
being connected to ground. This servobalanced output provides an unchanged signal
without regard to ground.
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Introduction - 4
Use four screws and washers when rack mounting the Equalizer. For mobile use, the unit
should be further secured as appropriate.
MQX Equalizers – 5
Connectors & Cables – 5
Physical Description - 6
General Requirements
Installation – 7
MQX Equalizers have specific physical, electrical and signal requirements for proper
General Requirements
operation. These requirements will vary depending on your specific application, setup, and
AC Power
the settings on the Equalizer. When setting up and testing your system, please take special Typical Applications - 8
care to double check all connections and settings. Please refer to the specifications section
Troubleshooting - 9
of this manual for specific input, output and other figures.
Dimensions - 9
AC Power
Your MQX equalizer should be connected to a standard 3-wire grounded electrical outlet
supplying 100-240 Volts, 50-60 Hz. To reduce the risk of ground loop hum, connect all
audio equipment to the same electrical power source. Do not remove the AC plug ground
pin, as a potential shock hazard could result.
This unit will perform normally within the AC voltage range specified above. Voltages
less than this, as found in “brown-out” conditions, may reduce performance. No user
serviceable parts are inside the chassis. Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel.
Overall power consumption is less than 30 watts.
NOTE: The power switch does NOT isolate the appliance from mains. Make sure the mains
power socket or an alternative disconnect device is near by and easily accessible. When the
product is connected to mains, the line-filter and the input of the fuse are energized.
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Introduction - 4
MQX Equalizers – 5
Typical Applications
Connectors & Cables – 5
The following information will help you make the most of your new equalizer:
Physical Description - 6
General Tone Control
Installation – 7
The graphic equalizer is a very useful device for general tone shaping because it is intuitive
and easy to adjust. The visual reference provided by the slider position gives an
approximate idea of the frequency response generated, with the lower frequencies on the
left and higher frequencies on the right. To use the power of an equalizer effectively, you
need to translate your idea of the tone you want to produce into a range of numerical
frequencies. This is simple after a little practice. Here are a few references which are
useful for starting points:
Very low bass (the “wind” in a kick drum, almost felt as much as heard -40Hz80Hz.
The low register of a male voice - 200Hz
The low register of a female voice - 350Hz
Lower midrange (“warmth” frequencies) - 400Hz-1KHz
Upper midrange (“harshness”, snare drum “bite”, “hot” sound) -2.5KHz-4KHz.
Sibilance (“sss” sounds, cymbal “sizzle”) - 8KHz-15KHz.
Try using these starting points as a guide when you want more or less of these types of
sounds. Adjust by ear from there. It is always a good idea to remember that a little
equalization usually works out much better than a lot, and that there are many audio
problems which can not be solved with equalization alone.
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General Tone Control
Feedback Control
Console Equalization
Room Equalization
Troubleshooting - 9
Dimensions - 9
Specifications - 10
Warranty - 11
Feedback Control
A graphic equalizer can be used to provide some control over moderate feedback
problems, but does not have enough flexibility or resolution to handle severe situations.
You will achieve the best results when you can eliminate one or two feedback points by
setting one or two sliders for no more than a 6dB cut. Often you can find a feedback point
by boosting sliders in succession to determine which frequency ranges contain the
feedback modes, and then cutting those ranges. Be very careful in this process to avoid
explosive feedback and possible system and hearing damage. If you find feedback points
with many equalizer bands, cutting every band may not help (all you will do is reduce
system gain). The combination of a graphic equalizer for tone control and a parametric
equalizer for feedback control is highly recommended.
Console Channel Equalization
Many mixing consoles provide only simple equalization for individual channels. If your
console has channel inserts, you can patch your graphic equalizer into a channel requiring
more precise equalization.
Large Room Equalization
Large rooms tend to suffer from multiple reflections with long time delays, long
reverberation times, and “ringmodes”, all of which lead to reduced intelligibility and a
generally “muddy” sound. As sound travels long distances through the air, high
frequencies are attenuated more than low frequencies. In general, large rooms benefit from
some low frequency roll-off, high frequency boost, and attenuation of ring mode
frequencies. As in the case of feedback control, a graphic equalizer can help reduce an
isolated ring-mode or two, but a tunable narrow-band equalizer such as a parametric is
more effective here.
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Introduction - 4
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Connectors & Cables – 5
No Audio Output
Check AC power - is the power LED on?
Check in/out connections - are they reversed?
Are you sure you have an input signal?
Is the master EQ switch in?
The lowest and highest frequency sliders may be beyond the range of the program material
or speakers and may produce little or no audible effect.
If the peak light flashes, the signal level to the equalizer is too high. Turn down the gain
and/or reduce input level to the equalizer. If it is on all the time, disconnect the input and
output cables. If it is still on, the unit must be returned for service.
This will only be caused by too much signal which will show on the Clip LED. If the LED is
not flashing, there is an overload somewhere else in the signal path. Adjust the relative gain
of each component in your chain to keep everything at a comfortable level.
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EQ Controls Do Nothing
Peak Light Flashes or
Stays On All the Time
Distorted Sound
Excessive Hum or Noise
Hum will usually be caused by a ground loop between components. Try using the suggested
balanced input and output hook-ups if the other pieces of equipment used in conjunction with
your equalizer have balanced inputs and outputs. Noise (excessive hiss) can be caused by
insufficient drive signal. Make sure you are sending a nominal 0 dBu line level signal to the
equalizer. Most noise problems occur because gain is applied to audio signals too late in the
chain. For best performance, apply gain to individual source signals as early as possible, like
at the mixer input section. As gain increases, it also boosts the noise content of that signal.
Any cumulative noise built up in a mixed signal will only be increased by using an equalizer
as a gain device, so make every attempt to operate the equalizer with as little gain as
Note: Unshielded cables, improperly wired connections, and cable with broken strands
(shorts, etc.) are the most common problems. Make sure you use good quality cable with
connectors soldered firmly on the correct pin. When in doubt, get in touch with your Ashly
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Typical Applications - 8
Troubleshooting - 9
Dimensions - 9
Specifications - 10
Warranty - 11
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Connectors & Cables – 5
Physical Description - 6
Installation – 7
Typical Applications - 8
Troubleshooting - 9
Dimensions - 9
Specifications - 10
Warranty - 11
Operator Manual – MQX-2310 Equalizer
Max Level
Source Impedance
Active Balanced
1/4” Phone Jack (TRS), XLR, Euroblock
Min Load Impedance
Max Level
+23 dBu
1/4” Phone Jack (TRS), XLR, Euroblock
Frequency Response
20Hz – 20kHz ±0.25dB
IM Distortion (SMPTE)
Output Hum & Noise (unweighted)
Channel Separation
Gain Control
Subsonic Filter
Power Requirements
Nominal Voltage
Minimal Voltage
Shipping Weight
>85dB @ 1Khz
-∞ to +6dB
Constant Q/Wein Bridge
1/3 Octave
±6dB, ±15dB (switchable)
18dB/Octave @ 40Hz
100-240 VAC (50-60 Hz)
85 VAC
16 lbs (7.3kg)
19”Lx3.5”Hx8”D (483 x 89 x 203mm)
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(Other countries please contact your respective distributor or dealer.)
For units purchased in the USA, warranty service for this unit shall be provided by ASHLY
AUDIO, INC. in accordance with the following warranty statement.
ASHLY AUDIO, INC. warrants to the owner of this product that it will be free from defects in
workmanship and materials for a period of FIVE years from the original-date-of-purchase.
ASHLY AUDIO INC. will without charge, repair or replace at its discretion, any defective
product or component parts upon prepaid delivery of the product to the ASHLY AUDIO, INC.
factory service department, accompanied with a proof of original-date-of-purchase in the form
of a valid sales receipt. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have
other rights, which vary from state to state.
EXCLUSIONS: This warranty does not apply in the event of misuse, neglect, or as a result of
unauthorized alterations or repairs made to the product. This warranty is void if the serial
number is altered, defaced, or removed. ASHLY AUDIO, INC. reserves the right to make
changes in design, or make additions to, or improvements upon, this product without any
obligation to install the same on products previously manufactured.
Any implied warranties, which may arise under the operation of state law, shall be effective
only for FIVE years from the original-date-of-purchase of the product. ASHLY AUDIO, INC.
shall be obligated to only correct defects in the product itself. ASHLY AUDIO, INC. is not liable
for any damage or injury, which may result from, or be incidental to, or a consequence of, such
defects. Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, or the
exclusion, or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitations or
exclusions may not apply to you.
For warranty service in the United States, please follow this procedure:
1) Return the product to ASHLY AUDIO, INC. freight prepaid, with a written statement
describing the defect and application that the product is used in. ASHLY AUDIO, INC. will
examine the product and perform any necessary service, including replacement of defective
parts, at no further cost to you.
2) Ship your product to:
Attention: Service Department
847 Holt Road
Webster, NY 14580-9103
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