TC Electronic TC 1128
TC Electronic TC 1128

TC 1128, Grafischer EQ from TC Electronic.

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Skjold 14/07/2012

TC Electronic TC 1128: Produktbewertung von Skjold (content in English)

"Top quality equalizer"

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The TC Electronic 1128 digitally controlled analog 28-band high-performance graphical equalizer, winner of the 1995 Tin Ear Award really lives up to its name. The late 80's/early 90's amazingly transparent equalizer sports MIDI and footswitch controls. Features such as Store and Recall makes this a perfect EQ in either a professional recording studio, in a bass rack or even in conjunction with a guitar rack. And yes, this gismo is rackable and that's the only way you can have it.

The unit was originally shipped in different configurations. Some of them even had a D-sub connection, so you could hook up the unit to a TV and watch the spectrum analyzer on that instead of the rather small display build into it.

You have a choice of using either XLR or 1/4" jack connections with this unit. The 1/4" jack is -10 dB (instrument level). Not only do you get 28 bands of graphic equalization, but you also get a possibility of adjusting the input as well as output level for the whole unit. This is very convenient, if you go into some drastic cutting or boosting.

The unit is designed with variable Q as well as minimum phase shifting. The design and technology of these analog filters enable the user to do equalization in a better quality than any manually controlled analog graphic EQ.


As always, TC Electronic has made a product, that is simple and easy to operate. The manual is well written and easy to understand.

Programming presets is however a tad tricky. It is easy to locate the correct frequency band, that you want to adjust, get it adjusted and move on to the next. The problem lies in making sure that the preset is stored as you want it to. The lack of an "Enter" button makes it a bit confusing.
In order to store a preset, you press the Store button, select the preset number you wish to store on press store again. There are no confirmations that the preset has been stored. Besides that, the newly made preset gets named "USER". You then have to navigate on to a completely different menu, create a name there and then select a preset number on which you want this name to stick. Come on TC - you could have done better!

A good thing, however, is the ability to change the view angle on the LCD display.


Once again, TC has done an excellent job. This unit is really ridiculously transparent, which is great for a unit designed in the late 80's/early 90's and is digitally controlled. The unit sounds as an EQ should sound, with a minimum of added noise to your signal. It is hard to come by and EQ in that class, which is still affordable for a normal human being, even today!


The unit has been discontinued by TC Electronic and is therefor not supported any longer. Should you however be able to find one on the used market and are willing to take the risk of buying a unit without support - you won't miss out on something good!

- Build in spectrum analyzer
- Ability to store and recall presets
- Clear LCD display

- Poor menu layout
- No support anymore