Microphone Preamplifiers

Oct 1, 2002 12:00 PM


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A Designs Audio MP-1

A Designs introduces a true tube-in/tube-out mono version of the classic MP-2 stereo mic pre. The MP-1 has the same features and quality that made the MP-2 the buzz of the pro audio industry. Specs are the same, except the MP-1 is a mono version. Features include a world-class Jensen input transformer coupled with a custom-wound output transformer. Additional features include a balanced XLR connector with ¼-inch input and a true VU meter, along with phantom and phase switches. MSRP: $1,099.
Dist. by X-Vision Audio
241 Federal Plaza West, Suite 406
Youngstown, OH 44503
330/747-3862; fax 330/747-3865

ART TPS Tube Preamp System

The TPS (Tube Preamp System) features ART's proprietary V3" (Variable Valve Voicing) 12Ax7A gain stage, twin high-performance discrete preamplifiers with local feedback and analog outputs. The new enhanced mic preamp design can accept +20dB peaks while maintaining over 120dB dynamic range and incredibly low distortion. V3 delivers multiple tube voicings specifically tailored to voice, guitar, bass, synths and acoustic instruments. OPL" Output Protection Limiter is available to normalize levels before digital clipping occurs.

ART DPS DIO Preamp System

The DPS (DI/O Preamp System) features ART's proprietary V3" (Variable Valve Voicing) 12Ax7A gain stage, twin high-performance discrete preamps with local feedback, and both analog and digital outputs. The new enhanced mic preamp design can accept +20dB peaks while maintaining over 120dB dynamic range and incredibly low distortion. V3 delivers multiple tube voicings specifically tailored to voice, guitar, bass, synths and acoustic instruments. OPL" Output Protection Limiter is available to normalize levels before digital clipping occurs.
215 Tremont St.
Rochester, NY 14608
585/436-2720; fax 585/436-3942

Curtis Technology Opre2

The Opre2 preamplifier combines solid, reliable electronics spec'd to audiophile standards. Each channel has a custom Lundahl input transformer chosen for emphasis on "softening of the highs," while retaining transparency and accurate imagery. Opre2's two channels of super-quiet preamplification feature gold-plated, 24-position rotary gain switches, multicolor 10-segment LED VUs, -20dB pad, 48VDC phantom power, phase reverse and a dual regulated supply utilizing a torroidal transformer that minimizes crosstalk. Retail: $1,495.
129 S. Phelps Ave., #526
Rockford, IL 61108
815/399-8453; fax 815/399-2559

Dan Alexander Dual Class-A Preamp

The new dual-channel, Class-A mic preamp package from Dan Alexander Audio is a direct copy of the mic pre in a Neve 1073/1084-style module. Compared to the 1073, frequency response is down 0.75 dB at 40,000 kHz—virtually identical. Visit our Website for more details.
965 Hilldale Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94708
510/527-1411; fax 510/528-8721

Digidesign PRE

PRE features eight discrete, matched-transistor, hybrid preamp circuits, accepting nearly any input signal—mic, line and direct instrument (DI) level inputs on all eight channels, providing a pristine analog path to the Pro Tools | HD environment. Comprehensive remote-controllable operation via the Pro Tools software interface or Digidesign control surfaces lets users place PRE anywhere in the studio and take advantage of its rich feature set. Price: $2,495.
2001 Junipero Serra Blvd.
Daly City, CA 94014

Earthworks 1021

This single-channel, zero-distortion technology preamp equals wire with gain! Flat and wideband: 2-100k Hz, ±0.1 dB. No distortion: under 1 ppm at 10V RMS out. No noise: EIN is -140 dBV @ 40 dB of gain. No whistles and bells, but no rattle and hum either. Controls include phantom on/off, polarity reverse and standby. Overload LED lights before clipping. Stepped/variable gain control feeds two separate outputs. Price: $1,200.
Box 517
Wilton, NH 03086
603/654-6427; fax 603/654-6107

Focusrite Platinum OctoPre

The Platinum OctoPre has eight classic Focusrite mic pre's and eight independent comp/limiters. The perfect partner for Pro Tools, OctoPre makes high-quality, multichannel recording easy, offering an instant location recording solution (as part of an ultracompact 8-channel system with a laptop), or as additional pre's for any analog/digital console or DAW. List: OctoPre, $1,169; optional 24-bit/96kHz digital optional A/Ds: $250 for ADAT, $350 for ADAT, AES/EBU and S/PDIF.
Dist. by Digidesign
2001 Junipero Serra Blvd., Suite 200
Daly City, CA 94014
650/731-6300; fax 650/731-6399

Grace Design Lunatec V3

Grace Design's new Lunatec V3 portable mic preamplifier retains the performance and rich feature set of the previous Lunatec V2 preamplifier and adds a high-definition 24-bit, 192kHz A/D converter section, which also provides high-quality dithering to 20- or 16-bit media. Designed for concert taping, location recording and studio-based applications, the V3 offers a new level of performance not available with other portable mic preamps.
2434 30th St.
Boulder, CO 80301
303/443-7454; fax 303/444-4634

Joemeek VC6Qcs

The new Joemeek VC6Qcs is a single-rackspace tracking channel. It offers the new Current Sense auto impedance-matching mic preamp, a full Joemeek compressor and a full channel of the Joemeek Meequalizer. Loaded with all of the features you could expect and as many LEDs to match, the VC6Qcs is a must-have, offering warmth and tone to heat up your digital tracks. Retail: $499.99.
Dist. by PMI Audio Group
23775 Madison St.
Torrance, CA 90505
310/373-9129; fax 310/373-4714

Lavry Engineering MSPA 1000

The patent-pending model MSPA 1000 (Microphone Side Pre Amplifier) from Lavry Engineering (formerly dB Technologies) overcomes the decades-old limitations of traditional amplifiers. Unlike rackmount gear, it's practical to place the tiny (2x2.5x4.5-inch) but sturdy aluminum, die-cast MSPA 1000 near the microphone. The improvements are clear—driving the balanced lines with low-source impedance and high-level signals. With 12 gain settings and switchable 48V phantom power, the unit provides state-of-the-art performance for all applications.
824 Post Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
206/381-5891; fax 206/381-5835


The TAMPA is a pro mic/instrument preamp unlike any other. It incorporates a new technology called "Temporal Harmonic Alignment," giving clear and warm tube tone using solid-state technology. It comes with direct digital output and world-class, dual-optical servo compression built-in.
45 E Saint Joseph St.
Arcadia, CA 91007
626/445-2842; fax 626/445-7564

Summit 2BA-221 Mic/Line Module

This combination mic preamp/direct box features variable (100-10k ohm) mic input impedance; a variable highpass filter; hi-Z and mic inputs available simultaneously with gain controls for each; separate solid-state and 12Ax7A/ECC83 tube outputs; TRS insert jack; polarity switch; 20dB pad; internal high-voltage power supply; and XLR and ¼-inch I/O. Retail: $695.
390 Westridge Dr.
Watsonville, CA 95076
831/728-1302; fax 831/728-1073

TRUE Systems P2analog

The TRUE Systems P2analog is a 2-channel microphone preamp design based on the acclaimed Precision 8. Designed to offer ultimate sonic performance, the P2analog provides flexibility and special tools, helping users get the best sound in critical recording or SR situations. Features include M-S decoder, premium DIs, dual gain ranges and multifrequency highpass filter. P2analog also offers a stereo phase-correlation display to assist in optimizing mic placement for stereo recording.

TRUE Systems P2digital

TRUE Systems' P2digital 2-channel 24/96 digital mic preamp system is based on the acclaimed Precision 8 and offers ultimate sonic performance for critical recording and sound reinforcement. Features include: M-S decoder; premium DIs; dual gain ranges; highpass filters; stereo phase-correlation display for optimizing stereo mic placement; 24/20/16-bit digital outputs with sample rates to 96k; AES/EBU, S/PDIF and ADAT optical outs with multichannel digital routing; analog outs; and insert points.
8175 E. Slate Ridge Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85715
520/721-2735; fax 520/722-4057

Vintech Audio X81 Class-A

The Vintech "X81 Class-A" is an all-discrete, transformer-balanced, Class-A mic preamp with 4-band EQ. It's based on a combination of two classic Neve modules: The mic preamp and EQ amps are based on the Class-A circuitry found in Neve's legendary 1073, while its EQ is based on the more comprehensive one found in the Neve 1081 module. Many users love the 1081 for its EQ section, but some feel that its Class-A/B amps lacked a certain "magic" associated with the 1073.
4905 Reagan Ave.
Seffner, FL 33584
813/571-7899; fax 813/643-8114

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