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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Alternate Soundings MD12

Alternate Soundings MD12

ALTERNATE SOUNDINGS MD12
Basics:
high impedance input, instrument input to line-level output
Extra: dual DI in one slot, Link output mirrors the hi-Z input
Alternate Soundings MD12 product page

MP1
Basics:
mic/line preamp, MP1 is one channel of an Alternate Soundings MP2 in one unit, -2 dB to 60 dB of gain, 48V phantom-power switch, inputs available on front and rear connector, electronically balanced output, passive phase-reverse circuitry
Extra: Sowter custom transformer input, no audio passing in switches, all switching made with relays, Clarostat potentiometers, draws less than 90 mA of power per voltage rail
Alternate Soundings MP1 product page

MP2
Basics:
comprising two MP1 mic/line preamps housed in a single unit, 48V phantom-power switch, up to 60 dB of clean low-distortion gain, inputs on front panel only, rear input used as channel 2 output
Extra: Sowter custom transformer input, no audio passing in switches, all switching made with relays, Clarostat potentiometers, draws less than 90 mA of power per voltage rail
Alternate Soundings MP2 product page

AMS Neve 1073LB

AMS Neve 1073LB

AMS NEVE 1073LB
Basics:
fine Trim control, switchable microphone input impedance, signal-presence LED, intelligently protected switching of front combi/XLR input connector, Neve’s Audio Processing Insert design
Extra: based on original Class-A Neve 1073 mic pre module, using the same architecture, matching components and original hand-wound transformers; retains the sonic characteristics of its predecessor
AMS Neve 1073LB product page

API 512c

API 512c

API 512c
Basics:
mic/line/instrument preamplifier, front and back panel mic and line/instrument inputs, mic preamp offers 65 dB of gain, line/instrument preamp offers 50 dB of gain, 20dB pad switch, switchable 48V phantom power
Extra: built with API’s fully discrete circuit design, LED VU meter for monitoring the output level, API 2520 op amp
API Audio 512c product page








ATLAS PRO AUDIO JUGGERNAUT
Basics:
Class-A, discrete components, transformer-coupled unit; switchable, custom-wound iron and nickel-input transformers; custom iron-core output transformer; variable impedance (300 to 10k ohms) on a 41-position, detented Alps potentiometer; instrument DI; dual gain ranges; detented gain and impedance knobs for repeatability; manual mute and stereo matching between multiple Juggernauts
Extra: 10dB output pad allows for slight saturation of the transformer; when switching between input transformers, an auto-mute function prevents loud pops or speaker damage
Atlas Pro Audio Juggernaut product page

Audio Maintenance EZ1073-500

Audio Maintenance EZ1073-500

AUDIO MAINTENANCE EZ1073-500
Basics:
Class-A mic/line preamp and EQ/filter module in a 2-slot package; three-stage amplifier architecture; Carnhill transformer-balanced (Classic VTB9045) mic input with 10 to 65dB gain and line input with -20dB to =20dB gain; , rotary switchable in 5dB steps and switchable 300/1.2k-ohm impedance input
Extra: EQ/filter stage incorporates three Carnhill inductor amplifier design; stainless-steel chassis for improved shielding
Audio Maintenance home page

Avedis M5

Avedis M5

AVEDIS M5
Basics:
single-ended Class-A amplifier, stepped-gain rotary switch in 5dB steps, output level pot for trim and mute, LED-lit pushbuttons, high headroom and CMR, low-noise design
Extra: UK-made Carnhill/St. Ives input transformer, custom-designed Jensen output transformer, 28kHz feature is said to bring out HF detail, custom-made Marconi-style knobs
Avedis M5 product page






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