Great River Intros ME-1NV Preamp T

Apr 23, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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Great River Electronics' (Inver Grove Heights, Minn.) ME-1NV ($1,499) single-channel preamplifier is designed to bring the classic '70s vintage sound to project and personal studios. The ME-1NV offers identical performance and specifications to its dual-channel predecessor, the MP-2NV "Mercenary Edition," to re-create the vintage sound of the Neve 1073 preamp.

The ME-1NV is a product of a collaboration between Great River Electronics, Mercenary Audio and Sowter Transformers. The custom-designed Sowter transformers and modern components result in a lower noise floor, extended frequency response and superior bass clarity.

The front panel includes a 12-position, gold-plated gain control adjustable in 5dB steps from 5 dB to 60 dB, and an output-amplifier continuous gain control that can be adjusted from -25 dB to +10 dB, providing an overall maximum gain of 70 dB. The front-panel 1/4-inch, hi-Z instrument input feeds an input transformer and a unique FET buffer amplifier. The output amplifier is a single-ended proprietary transformer-coupled design. Switches are provided for phantom power and signal polarity, as well as input impedance selection between 1,200 ohms and 300 ohms, and output transformer loading in/out. Dual six-LED ladders allow the metering of both the second amplifier and output stages and the optimization of levels through the device. The fully balanced inputs and outputs are accessed via rear-panel XLR connectors, and a TRS patch jack allows users to insert a compressor or equalizer ahead of the output amplifier. A 1/4-inch, -10dbV output jack can be used to feed a no-latency monitor mix.

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