NAMM 2013: Aphex Debuts Five New 500 Series Modules

Jan 31, 2013 4:57 PM

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From left: the PRE 500 Mic Pre; EQF 500 Parametric Equalizer; DUAL RPA 500 Mic Pre; A PRE 500 Mic Pre; the COMP 500 Optical Compressor; and the EX•BB 500 Aural Exciter/Big Bottom module.

Aphex is now shipping its new 500 Series modules. The 500 Series now includes six models: J PRE 500 Mic Pre ($749); EQF 500 Parametric Equalizer ($629); DUAL RPA 500 Mic Pre ($999); A PRE 500 Mic Pre ($699); the COMP 500 Optical Compressor ($629); and the EX•BB 500 Aural Exciter/Big Bottom module ($299).

The J PRE 500 mic pre is inspired by the flagship Aphex 1788A remote controlled preamp. Both have the same Jensen JT11K8 nickel input Transformer and Aphex patented Mic Limiter technology. The J PRE 500 also features a Jensen JT-11DL nickel output-balancing transformer.

The EQF 500 reissue is a modern take on the classic Aphex EQF-2 500 series 3-band equalizer, originally introduced in the 1980s. With a Jensen output balancing transformer and 25 to 20k Hz operation, the EQF 500 is said to be extremely versatile for any program material.

The DUAL RPA 500 mic pre is a 2-channel solid state/tube hybrid preamp. The solid-state front end is said to provide a fast transient response while the tube back end provides warmth and punch. The DUAL RPA 500 also has the Aphex patented Mic Limiter technology for “no second take” recording.

The A PRE 500 mic pre is inspired by the Aphex 188 8-channel preamp. However, the A PRE uses a custom-designed CineMag input transformer and a Jensen JT-11DL nickel output balancing transformer. The A PRE 500 is designed to sound extremely clear yet musical.

The new COMP 500 module is an optical compressor. It features an electronically balanced input and uses a Jensen JT-11DL nickel output balancing transformer. The optocoupler was specified to be as fast as possible and, is produced exclusively for Aphex. The module features stereo linking, and promises the transparency of an optical compressor with the flexibility to get aggressive compression when needed.

The EX•BB 500 is a mono, 500 Series module version of the Aphex Aural Exciter and Optical Big Bottom processors. Each processor has a dedicated, lighted enable button.

For more information , visit www.aphex.com.






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