As one of the few manufacturers of
consoles with 500 series support,
we simply had to design 500 modules.

We currently offer three EQ modules.
Other modules are in the works and will be released over the coming months.

Iridium


4-band Inductor Equaliser

The name Iridium is based on “Iris”, the Greek goddess of the rainbow.
And that is exactly what you’ll get. A silky smooth rainbow of EQ.
Dial in any frequency, and be amazed.
We have yet to come across anyone who does not like this EQ.

Inductor based circuits are the “holy grail” of equaliser designs.
These were used for example in the much favoured Pultec equaliser design, which dates back to the late 1950’s.
Owing to their unique electro-mechanical properties, inductors impart a character all of their own, which is very distinctive.

The Iridium uses 16 inductors spread out over the four bands, with custom-wound Carnhill inductors in the low-mid and low bands, giving precise control and the inductor sound on each band.

Iridium is a Class-A, discrete design, with all components carefully chosen and matched to provide an extremely musical sound. You’ll get a very distinctive sound, which most sound engineers love.
However, this circuit is a decidedly modern design with updated techniques and components that were simply not available 60 years ago. This is definitely not a “clone” or “copy” (we at Interphase Audio do not build clones or copies of anything)

As a consequence of using inductors, this provides a “peaking” or “bell” characteristic, giving tight control of the frequency selected.

Each band provides switch selection of any of 6 carefully selected frequencies chosen at musically pleasing intervals.
Each band allows very fine control of up to 15dB cut or boost per band.

Iridium is available in 3 versions:
* Iridium : 500 module
* Iridium 51x : 51x series module
* Iridium DIY : Build-it-yourself module kit


All 3 versions are available with “Silver” or “Black” faceplate
To find out more about the difference between 500 and 51x modules, check our
500 page

Iridium Specifications

• Input impedance: 30kohm
• Common mode rejection: 80dB
• Distortion: 0.001% (+4dBu output, 1kHz)
• Frequency response: 7Hz to 70kHz (-3dB)
• Boost / Cut range: +/-15dB (continuously variable)
• HF Frequency: 8 - 9 - 10 - 12 - 14 - 16 kHz (stepped)
• HMF Frequency: 1.5 - 3 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 kHz (stepped)
• LMF Frequency: 125 - 250 - 500 - 1k - 2k - 4k Hz (stepped)
• LF Frequency: 50 - 80 - 100 - 150 - 300 - 600 Hz (stepped)
• Filter Q: 1.2 (just over 1 octave)
• Maximum input level (500 module): +28dBu
• Maximum input level (51x module): +32dBu
• Maximum output level (500 module): +28dBu (10k load)
• Maximum output level (51x module): +32dBu (10k load)
• Nominal input and output level: +4dBu (electronically balanced)
• Output impedance: 100 ohm
• Noise floor (typical, unweighted, EQ on): -80dBu
• Noise floor (unweighted, EQ off): -100dBu
• I/O connections (Rack XLRs): pin 2 +, pin 3 -, pin 1 ground
• Current requirement: 80mA (maximum) per rail
• Size and weight: Standard 500 Series, 0.75 kilos

Iridium is available in 3 versions:
* as 500 module
* as 51x module
* as DIY kit


All 3 versions are available with “Silver” or “Black” faceplate
Our rackmount
NDUCR features two Iridium running at +/- 24 volts.

To find out more about the difference between 500 and 51x modules, check our
500 page

What are Inductors ?

Inductors are wires wound around a coil that provide a form of frequency-dependant resistance. When they saturate, they bring out beautifully musical harmonics that give your tracks the silky-smooth, polished sound that has made classic consoles and equipment so desirable for over sixty years. This is what makes them different from capacitor-based EQ designs, which do a great job at surgical equalisation. But it has always been up to Inductors to provide the tone.

While some of the inductors we use are off-the-shelf, we also use custom inductors. This attention to detail in controlling variables such as the winding and core materials in relation to the surrounding circuitry allows our Inductive EQ’s to capture the classic sound, while at the same time be up to todays standards in sound-quality and noise level.

Sound on Sound magazine did a very nice review of our 500 series EQ modules.
You can check it out
here, or copy-paste this link:
https://www.soundonsound.com/reviews/interphase-audio-eq-modules

Bonedo magazine did a very nice review of the Iridium.
You can check it out
here, or copy-paste this link:
https://www.bonedo.de/artikel/interphase-audio-iridium-test/

You can also find a lot of Audio Samples in this test. Thank you Bonedo.de
Hint: use the translate function of your browser to read the German article in your own language.

Our products can be ordered from our online store.interphase.audio in your local currency.
You can also order below and check out later.
On check out prices will be converted to your local currency.
Note that we don’t have to charge VAT if you’re outside the EU, this is automatically calculated on check out.

Iridium (Silver or Black Faceplate)

€ 578 (excl. VAT)
€ 699 (incl.VAT)

Iridium Duo (Silver or Black Faceplate)
Because everyone wants two

€ 995 (excl. VAT)
€ 1199 (incl.VAT)

Iridium 51x

€ 599 (excl. VAT)
€ 725 (incl.VAT)

Iridium DIY

€ 413 (excl. VAT)
€ 499 (incl.VAT)

With the Iridium, Interphase has launched an excellent-sounding inductor EQ that delivers everything you would expect from a good equalizer of this type. Signal processing quickly becomes a truly musical affair: you think less in terms of frequencies and more in terms of character, energy, size, airiness, presence or warmth. The tuning of the frequencies and bands is very practical and, quite honestly, the Iridium is an EQ that you want to boost with in 90% of cases. What is striking is that boosting low mids - which you would rather turn down for many things - is great fun. From broad sound coloration to very specific sound shaping, everything is possible, and the results are all convincing.

For me, the Iridium steals the show, with the beautiful, effortless elegance to its sound. If you’re in the market for a 500-series EQ, then I’d heartily recommend checking out these modules.

I received the Iridiums and have been trying them out for almost two weeks. They sound amazing. Really, really great sound. I'm so impressed with how easily they can energize a sound without sounding like anything drastic was done to it. Of course the top and bottom end boosts sound great, but one thing that surprised me is that midrange cuts seem to sound particularly good with this EQ. I don't know what it is--maybe I'm imagining it! But I feel like I can tame whatever is honking in the mids and everything still sounds nice, and not like I just killed the presence of the sound.

Thank you for a really great EQ! I will be keeping an eye on your future designs.