Grace Design has announced the upcoming release of its m201 ($2,295) 2-channel mic preamp. Housed in a 2U, 19-inch rackmount enclosure, the m201 features two balanced mic-level inputs on female XLR connectors, and two balanced line-level outputs per channel on male XLR connectors. Its signal path promises a dynamic range improvement of up to 3 dB over that of the now discontinued model 201. With its increased output current capability, the company states that the m201 can drive audio lines reaching upwards of 1,500 feet without audio quality loss.
Included on each preamp channel is a dedicated ribbon microphone switch, which shifts the
preamplifier's entire gain range up by 10 dB while deactivating 48-volt phantom power and bypassing
the coupling capacitors. A DI input is also included for each channel.
The new unit also includes an M+S (Mid + Side) decoder matrix for M-S mic techniques. Customers using 130V models from DPA Microphones have the option of 130V inputs. In addition, a 190V input pair option will be made available, which will support customers using DPA 4041-S and 4041-T2 mics. Finally, the m201 has been designed to incorporate a 24-bit/192kHz high-resolution A/D option that the company says will be available in the future.
For more information, visit www.gracedesign.com.