dbx 540 Tube Mic Preamp with Optical Compressor
At Winter NAMM 2016 in Anaheim, Calif., dbx by Harman debuted seven additions to its 500 Series line of signal processing modules. Designed for studio, live sound and mobile recording applications, the 500 Series modules and PowerRack 500 Series chassis are compact, portable and highly modular. They also promise excellent features, control, sound quality, and the highly sought-after warmth and usability of analog signal processing.
The dbx 540 ($399.95) is a single-slot 500 Series tube microphone preamp that features a Class-A tube preamplifier, switchable phantom power and in-line optical compressor. The interchangeable 12AX7 preamp tube allows users to experiment with a variety of modern and vintage tubes for creating a customized sound.
The dbx 565 ($499.99 MSRP) features a dual-channel multi-frequency-band optical compressor, Linkwitz-Riley 4th-order (24 dB/octave) crossover slope, master level display with VU meter, gain reduction LED, Independent compression, Attack and Release controls, and a Circuit bypass switch.
dbx by Harman states that the 555 5-band parametric EQ ($499.95 MSRP), the 570 High-Z input ($299.95 MSRP) and the 590 Phase Manipulator ($299.95 MSRP) will join the current dbx 500 Series line offering a full range of processing tools for recording and live sound.
Also new at Winter NAMM 2016, the new PowerBlock3 ($299.95 MSRP) and PowerRack3 ($299.95 MSRP) both feature power sources designed to house up to three 500 Series modules. The rear panel sports three slots of balanced XLR inputs and outputs along with three slots of unbalanced ¼-inch inputs and outputs. A 48-volt phantom power switch is located on the front of the rack for easy access. The chassis are designed to be fully compatible with the 500 Series format, but in two different compact orientations–horizontal and vertical, respectively.