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AEA Introduces RPQ2, RPQ500 Preamps

Specifically designed for use with ribbon microphones, the AEA RPQ2 Ribbon Preamp (price TBA) provides two channels of high-quality, high-gain, low-noise preamplification.   The RPQ2 offers 81dB of gain, JFET circuitry, and an input impedance of 63k ohms.

The RPQ2 is AEA’s second iteration of the high-performance RPQ preamp with the addition of some new and useful features. It is now possible to plug an instrument directly into the RPQ2’s high impedance circuit with its front panel direct inputs. The RPQ2 also includes a Mic/Line switch for balanced line inputs and outputs, as well as inserts for patching compressors or other effects between the preamp and CurveShaper EQ section. The RPQ2’s CurveShapers EQ has switchable and tunable low frequency (LF) and high frequency (HF) controls for taming proximity problems and providing high-frequency extension and slope control.

The RPQ2 also works with condensers and moving coil microphones.

The RPQ500 module’s (price TBA) JFET circuit topology provides dynamics, subwoofer bass, and fast transients for recording. The NoLoad input impedance above 10k ohms means the RPQ won’t load down a mic and change its sound. Its Low Energy Storage circuit design is designed to instantly recover from overloads for superior dynamic performance. The original RPQ with CurveShaper was designed to fully capture every nuance of ribbon microphones: vintage or modern, passive or phantom powered. The RPQ500 also complements moving coil, condenser mics.

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