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Maag Audio Debuts 500-Series Preamp with Air Band EQ

The first product from Maag Audio is the PREQ4 ($995 MSRP), a single-channel microphone preamp with Air Band 2.5 kHz to 40 kHz top-end shelving boost in the popular API 500-Series Lunchbox module format. Maag Audio LLC is no newcomer to pro audio; its founder is Cliff Maag, the former president of R&D for Nightpro and the inventor of the acclaimed NTI EQ3 and the Nightpro PreQ3, and EQ3D Air Band equalizers and mic preamplifiers.

One of the newest members of the VPR Alliance, the PREQ4 offers 65dB adjustable gain, phase reverse capability, a 70Hz highpass filter, +48-volt phantom power and a -20dB pad. The PREQ4 follows the design of its PreQ3 predecessor as much as possible, using high-end components throughout, for an extended frequency response of 10 Hz to 75 kHz (-3dB) and ultra-clean EIN noise performance of -124 dBu, while THD+N is barely measureable at 0.0009 percent. The unit’s unique Air Band control provides shelf peaks set at 2.5/5/10/20/40 kHz with variable Air Gain boost of up to +12 dB, yielding a full, transparent top-end presence while maintaining the microphone’s true natural sound.

The PREQ4 is shipping now and is available from Vintage King Audio.

For more information, or to compare downloadable tracks recorded with/without Air Band processing, visit