Music Gear Review: Tech 21 Q\Strip Pedal

The Q\Strip is a channel strip in the style of a 1960’s or ‘70’s studio console. It even has metal control knobs like the British-made Trident or Helios consoles—classic rock & roll boards. Inside the 100% analog MOSFET circuitry is capable of all the warmth, girth and huge tone those vintage consoles are still coveted for today. There are four bands of pro-level EQ sections: two parametric mid bands and high and low shelving filters.

Other features include: an high pass filter for cutting out annoying low frequency rumble when going direct and the low pass filter rolls off undesirable high frequency noise.

With this extensive equalization, Tech 21 says you can recreate different speaker cabinet curves when going direct. The Q\Strip has a super high input impedance that easily handles piezoelectric pickups yet works fine with low impedance sources equally well. There is an XLR output connector with a -20dB pad plus a 1/4-inch output jack with switchable +10dB boost.

Tech 21’s Q\Strip comes in an all-metal cabinet and will operate with either phantom power or standard 9V battery, or optional Tech 21 Model #DC4 power supply. The Q\Strip sells for $249 MAP.


Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine. barryrudolph.com