500 Series Mic Preamps 2011

Dec 1, 2011 9:00 AM, By Matt Gallagher

A BUYER'S GUIDE TO A WIDE VARIETY OF FRONT-END OPTIONS

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BAE 312A

BAE 312A

BAE 312A
Basics:
supplied with Jensen input and output transformers, Avedis 1122 op amps, hi-Z instrument input, separate front panel switches for phantom power, front panel phone jack input, rear panel XLR connectors
Extra: no capacitors in the audio path, switches have gold contacts for long life, remote power supply with 4-foot cable
BAE 312A product page

Bozo Electronics MPA3

Bozo Electronics MPA3

BOZO ELECTRONICS MPA3
Basics:
20 to 64dB gain range, 12-step switched gain control (4dB step), 4dB fine gain control, 20dB pad, switchable 48V phantom power, polarity switch, peak meter, electrically balanced I/O, highpass filter
Extra: transformerless design based on Burr Brown INA103 instrumentation amplifier
Bozo Electronics MPA3 product page

Burl Audio B1

Burl Audio B1

BURL AUDIO B1
Basics:
stepped gain control, independent output level control, 70dB gain, 30dB pad, transformer-coupled impedance select, ¼-inch front panel DI input, balanced line-level input, phase reverse, tri-colored gain-level indication
Extra: proprietary BX3 input transformer and BX2 (nickel) output transformer; discrete, Class-A, direct-coupled, capacitor-free circuit path
Burl Audio B1 product page

BURL AUDIO B1D
Basics:
stepped gain control, independent output-level control, 70dB gain, 30dB pad, transformer-coupled impedance select, ¼-inch front panel DI input, balanced line-level input, phase reverse, tri-colored gain-level indication
Extra: proprietary BX3 input transformer and BX4 (iron) output transformer; discrete, Class-A, direct-coupled, capacitor-free circuit path
Burl Audio B1D product page

Buzz Audio Elixir

Buzz Audio Elixir

BUZZ AUDIO ELIXIR
Basics:
up to 70 dB of gain, +34 dBu of output level before clipping, low noise level (-132.5dB EIN), upper frequency response out to 300 kHz, output mute switch, high- and low-input impedance selection, polarity flip, input pad, phantom-power on/off, front panel ¼-inch instrument level input
Extra:s Class-A unit with a transformerless input coupled with a Lundahl transformer on the output
Buzz Audio Elixir product page

Cartec Audio PRE-Q5

Cartec Audio PRE-Q5

CARTEC AUDIO PRE-Q5
Basics:
discrete transformer-based microphone preamp, pad switch, equalizer circuit identical to Cartec’s EQP-1A but with boost controls at three different selectable high/low frequencies: HF boost selectable for 7, 10 or 16 kHz; LF selectable for 100, 60 or 30 Hz
Extra: passive inductor equalizer, balanced output attenuator, fully balanced stepped output attenuator switch (constant impedance T-pad) allows saturation of the output transformer while controlling the output level
Cartec Audio Pre-Q5 product page








Chameleon Labs Model 581

Chameleon Labs Model 581

CHAMELEON LABS MODEL 581
Basics:
transformer-balanced mic input and output, 25 to 80dB gain, rotary gain control, output control rating is from unity to off, power and tri-level metering provided by an LED array
Extra: designed to emulate the sound of the Neve 1081, discrete Class-A/B circuit design, LED-illuminated push-buttons control DI input, phantom power, phase and input mic impedance from 300 to 1.2 k-ohms
Chameleon Labs Model 581 product page






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