The BAE 1084 preamp yields a really fat sound. It seems to add subharmonics to the low end which makes the bottom end sound huge. It smoothes the top end which gives the highs a silky sheen. As well the BAE 1084 compresses transients a little bit. It is a smooth fat larger than life sound. An added bonus is to use the DI inputs to fatten samples synths and mixes since the DI can handle line levels. The B.A.E. 1084 equalizer is very broadbanded and musical. It has a hi-pass filter with four frequencies- 45Hz 70Hz 160Hz and 360Hz. It has a lo-pass filter with five frequencies- 6kHz 8kHz 10kHz 14kHz and 18kHz. The low end of this equalizer is so tight that you can boost 220Hz and not muddy up the sound. The mid band has six frequencies- 350Hz 700Hz 1.6kHz 3.2kHz 4.8kHz and 7.2kHz. As well the 1084 has a Hi-Q button on the mid band for narrower bandwidth. The high band is shelving and is selectable with three frequencies- 10kHz 12kHz and 16kHz. It is smooth and silky and a little goes a long way.