Founded in 2007 by Ted Keffalo. Ted has a long history in the audio industry going back decades. In 1995 he co-founded Event Electronics whose cutting edge designs ushered in the active near-field monitoring explosion. Before that he was one of the initial members of Alesis Studio Electronics. Prior to Alesis, Ted owned a recording studio, managed a music store, was a live sound engineer at the Los Angeles Coliseum, and a front of house engineer for a prominent jazz club where he did the mixing for blues and jazz greats from BB King to Art Blakey. During his collegiate years he earned money as a working musician.
Both Alesis and Event Electronics specifically developed products to aid musicians in getting professional recording results at home as well as in the studio environment. It was recognized that using accurate reference studio monitors during the recording process was paramount to achieving a great end result. Throughout many years of studio monitor development, specific details about the manufacturing process, functionality and accuracy of the monitor designs were revealed. Equator was founded to fully address all that we discovered. The original cutting-edge Equator Q-Series studio monitors have since found their way into mission-critical recording situations in world class studios from Abbey Road to The Record Plant to Skywalker Ranch.
What We've Learned Over The Years
No two transducers have ever been manufactured with identical output characteristics. Without the left and right speakers having the same characteristics, image shifts will occur in the stereo field. The traditional way of mounting a high frequency transducer above the woofer creates mid-range phase distortion problems. The mid-range response area of the system is absolutely the single most critical and difficult area to clear up. Traditional voicing techniques are slow, tedious and full of compromise and lead to less than stellar results. Equator has spent thousands of man-hours developing systems that address these issues. We are committed to delivering studio reference monitor solutions that overcome the myriad of challenges faced in today's production environment.
Our original Q-Series monitors were geared for the top of the line, high-end professional seeking a mid-field or far-field monitoring solution. They feature a real high frequency compression driver horn for extreme SPL, as well as full digital room compensation with the patented Equator Room Analysis/Secondary Reflection Correction Software Interface.
Our Direct Field (D-Series) line of studio monitors are geared for the recording professional seeking a small, affordable, professional monitoring solution for work primarily in the direct or near field. This D-Series also features time and phase coherent Zero-Point Reference coaxial transducers and internal DSP for output matching and extensive voicing.