Microphone Preamplifiers

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A DESIGNS AUDIO MP1A

Single-channel tube preamp with Jensen input transformer, custom output transformer. New features include special vibration-resistant tube socket and dual two-pole tone switches for four unique tones in one box. Also features line input, phase reverse, phantom power and pad switches. Price: $1,975.





A DESIGNS AUDIO MP2A

This dual-channel tube preamp features Jensen input transformers, custom output transformers, special vibration-resistant tube socket and two two-pole tone switches for four unique tones in one box. Also standard is a line input and switches for phase reverse, phantom power and pad.





A DESIGNS AUDIO PACIFICA

The Pacifica is an all-new, solid-state, dual-mono mic preamp based on the famous sound of the Quad Eight consoles. Using large transformers and high-quality parts, it features XLR mic and ¼-inch line inputs, phantom power and phase reverse switches.

702/365-5155

www.transaudiogroup.com/a_designs.shtml





AEA DUAL-MONO RIBBON MIC PREAMP

AEA unveils a high-gain, dual-mono ribbon mic (no phantom) preamp for those who need their sound louder, with 84 dB of quiet gain with mic and instrument inputs. Outputs are +4dBu balanced and -10dBV unbalanced. The continuously variable output level, 6dB/step preamp gain, phase and highpass controls on each channel are complemented by operating and overload-level LED metering. This compact, half-rackspace package powers from a 9- to 12-volt AC or DC external supply. AES booth: #649.

800/798-9127

www.ribbonmics.com





GML 2032

The latest 2032 single-channel microphone preamp and EQ has the same preamp as George Massenburg’s renowned 830x Series preamps and a 4-band mono version of the venerable 8200 EQ. It has all the GML quality and transparent sound as its predecessors in a new affordable package. Price includes internal power supply. MSRP: $3,000. AES booth: #858.

615/515-6656

www.georgemassenburg.com





JOEMEEK ONEQ

The oneQ is a single-channel mic pre/optical compressor/de-esser/enhancer. Its feature-rich topology incorporates a number of new and innovative features, such as an Iron switch, which inserts a transformer into the signal path of the mic pre, and digital outputs (AES/EBU, S/PDIF, optical and coaxial) for interfacing with DAWs, etc. Inputs are available for mic, line (balanced and unbalanced) and instrument. The large, oval VU meter provides easy monitoring of input level, output level or gain reduction. Price: $799.99. AES booth: #545.





JOEMEEK TWINQ

Offering everything you ever wanted in a dual studio channel, the twinQ starts with high-quality Burr-Brown ICs for the preamp and adding a musical EQ section and an optical compressor for that signature “Meek” sound and an Iron switch that switches the IC front end to a transformer—completely changing the topology of the circuit. It also includes 24-bit, 96k A/D converters. With sonic quality rivaling mic pre’s priced thousands more, twinQ sets a new standard for dual channels. Price: $999.99.
AES booth: #545.

310/323-9050

www.joemeek.com







LAVRY 2A2D2 MIC PRE
The 2A2D2 is a cost-effective—yet high-quality—“all-in-one” solution containing all of the standard features (plus AcousticBitCorrection) found in the Lavry Blue converters and microphone preamp.

206/842-3552
www.lavryengineering.com

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LIPINSKI SOUND L-408 AND L-409 MIC PRE

These preamps have a four-way gain adjustment with two different input transformers, each having a switchable turn ratio, giving endless flexibility to create a desired sound. According to Pro Audio Review, “The L-409 is reminiscent of a vintage Class-A mic preamp...somewhere between an API and a Neve 1081.” And, “The L-408 is one of the finest clean-sounding mic preamps that I’ve ever encountered. The resolution and detail of the pre’s are amazing, especially in the bottom end.” Price: $1,095. AES booth: #1043.

301/229-4360

www.lipinskisound.com

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LITTLE LABS LMNO PRE

Little Labs is excited to introduce a new and unique microphone preamplifier at the 119th AES convention. The Little Labs limited-edition Lmno pre is not just another great-sounding mic preamp, but a stellar-sounding mic preamp with some highly unique features, including low-frequency resonance adjust, infinitely variable phase adjustment, fully differential discreet circuit topology, output transformer saturation control and much more. Price: $1,200. AES booth: #1142.

323/851-6860

www.littlelabs.com





M-AUDIO FAST TRACK PRO 2

Offering the recording flexibility of Fast Track USB with more features, Fast Track Pro 2 has mic/line inputs with phantom power, outboard effects inserts, balanced/unbalanced analog outs, S/PDIF digital I/O, MIDI I/O and more. Fast Track Pro also has near-zero latency direct hardware monitoring and low-latency ASIO software monitoring, plus an A/B source switch and dual-output pairs for DJ-style cueing. It’s compatible with most PC/Mac music software. USB connection and bus power, along with Mac OS X class-compliancy, make setup a breeze. Price: $299.95.

626/633-9050

www.m-audio.com





MILLENNIA MEDIA HV-3D/R

The HV-3D/R is a remote-controllable, 8-channel microphone preamp. Based on the world-standard HV-3 mic pre, the HV-3D/R can be controlled by any Windows XP computer using standard Ethernet protocol. Up to three outputs per channel are available with the analog output option. There are format-specific digital output and console interface options available. Price: $4,995. AES booth: #922.





MILLENNIA MEDIA HV-3C A2D

The HV-3C A2D is an optional 2-channel A/D converter for the HV-3C mic preamp. It offers 24-bit PCM performance with sample rates up to 192 kHz. DSD at up to 2x is also available simultaneously. This feature allows you to compare conversion methods using the identical source. Price: $1,295. AES booth: #922.

530/647-0750

www.mil-media.com





RANE CORPORATION NM 1

The NM 1 network mic preamp is a versatile, single-channel CobraNet I/O box. The NM 1 presents matchless features in a compact, reliable, easy-to-install and easy-to-maintain package. It has a single studio-grade mic input with +48-volt phantom power and a single amplifier output for connection to an external loudspeaker. The mic signal can be transmitted over CobraNet, and the amplifier input can be driven by any CobraNet audio channel. Price: $1,689. AES booth: #743.

425/355-6000

www.rane.com/nm1.html





RESOAUDIOTRONICS RESOPRE 273

The ResoPre273 2-channel mic pre is a vintage re-creation based on the 1073 circuit, with modern features and functionality. Built on classic design methodology and an emphasis on authentic performance, while increasing functionality through improved components and advanced remote-control capability. With a Pro Tools system, the Reso273 operates as a Digi pre. It can be controlled via MIDI, HUI or RS-422. Price: $1,995. AES booth: #761.

Dist. by AXI

877/440-2717





RUPERT NEVE DESIGNS PORTICO 5032

The Portico™ 5032 single-channel mic pre/EQ has an independent transformer-coupled input. It includes a full-featured mic pre that is identical to that found on the 5012, with the addition of a flexible 3-band EQ in the Mr. Rupert Neve tradition. The 5032 is equipped with high- and low-frequency shelving curves. It also has a parametric mid-band covering 80 to 8k Hz in two ranges. AES booth: #841.

512/847-3013

www.rupertneve.com





STUDIO PROJECTS VTB-1

The ultimate in low-cost mic preamp technology, the Studio Projects VTB-1 is a totally discrete circuit incorporating true Class-A/B switching. Unique to the VTB-1 is the Tube Drive, a variable drive to a 12AX7 that lets users blend as little or as much of the Tube Drive as they want. Features include phantom power, phase reverse, detented pot input gain, ¼-inch DI input, HP filter, TRS insert, mic/line switch, switchable 50/200 impedance and more. AES booth: #545.





STUDIO PROJECTS SP828

The single-rackspace SP828 8-channel mic preamp/8x2 mixer incorporates the latest Burr-Brown ICs. Each channel offers phantom power, phase reverse, mic/line switch and level/pan/solo controls, and ¼-inch TRS direct recorder send. The output section has stereo L/R and headphone outs and a summed mono output. Expansion I/O jacks allow cascading several units for up to 32 inputs, with 32 inputs bused to the L/R and 32 direct outs for remote recording. Price: $799.99. AES booth: #545.

310/323-9050

www.studioprojects.com





TOFT AUDIO DESIGNS ATC-2

The ATC-2 is a direct descendent of the Trident 80B designs created by Malcolm Toft. Features include two high-quality mic preamps with phantom power; DI input; line input; classic FET compressors with variable attack, release and ratio; musical 4-band EQ with selectable HF/LF shelving frequencies; two sweepable mids; and 50Hz LP filter. The compressors can operate individually or as a stereo pair. Balanced XLR mic/line inputs and balanced XLR and TRS for line input/output. Price: $1,299. AES booth: #545.





TOFT AUDIO EC-1

A complete recording channel in one rack, the EC-1 is a high-quality mic preamp with selectable phantom power, phase reverse, front panel instrument input and selectable line input. Its musical 4-band sweep EQ can be switched pre/post-compressor. Features include classic FET compressor with variable attack, release and ratio; and VU metering of gain reduction and output level. Price: $799. AES booth: #545.

10/323-9050

www.toftaudio.com





TRANSISTOR AUDIO MODEL 702

Housed in a single rackspace, the Model 702 is a Class-A, 2-channel mic preamp with a discrete bi-polar transistor design using a Jensen input transformer and both DC and AC negative feedback. All transistors operate in the common emitter mode. Maximum gain is 65 dB. Maximum input is +20 dBm. Maximum output is +22 dBm. Also available is the model 704, a 4-channel version.

818/831-0515

www.transistoraudio.com





TRUE SYSTEMS P-SOLO

A single-channel mic preamplifier from True Systems that uses the same renowned preamplifier technology of the True Systems Precision 8 and the True Systems P2 analog units. Price: $749. AES booth: #227.

Dist. by Neumann USA

860/434-9190

www.neumannusa.com





UNIVERSAL AUDIO SOLO SERIES PREAMPS

The Solo Series tube Solo/610 and the Solo/110 Class-A mic single-channel mic pre/DI combos bring UA quality to a new (less than $1,000) price point. Using the classic Putnam 610 and Precision 110 designs, the Solo series retains the component and sonic standards professionals expect, and combine the tonal variety of all Universal Audio products. All Solo series products are hand-assembled by Universal Audio in California. AES booth: #266.





UNIVERSAL AUDIO LA-610

The LA-610 brings Universal Audio’s legendary “all-tube” sound into a modern channel strip format by combining the 610 Mic Pre/EQ/DI and the classic Teletronix LA-2A–style T4 Opto-Compressor in a single 2U rack, and at a groundbreaking price. The 610 tube preamp/EQ is based on the legendary console modules developed by recording giant Bill Putnam in the ’60s. Countless classics have been recorded using these preamps, noted for their musical character and warmth. Price: $1,749. AES booth: #266.

831/466-3737

www.uaudio.com





WUNDER AUDIO PAFOUR

The new PAFOUR is the rackmount 4-channel mic preamp version of the PEQ1. The PAFOUR is a fully Class-A discrete 1970s-style mic pre using the exact mic pre circuit as the PEQ1. The design employs proprietary, custom-designed mic and output transformers. It is no secret that the huge sound is due to the makeup of the Mu-Metal transformers. They are the exact ones that the old Zeppelin desk used. AES booth: #672.





WUNDER AUDIO PEQ1 “REV A”

The PEQ1R “Rev A” preamp/EQ represents the latest evolution in the PEQ1 line. The revisions include smoother highs and bigger lows in the EQ section with a lifted 20k “air band.” We also beefed up the output while reducing IM distortion. The huge transformers have extremely low-turn ratios, eliminating the need for a pad. These transformers also include Cobalt in the Mu-Metal for a smooth sound with virtually no phase shift. AES booth: #672.

512/338-6777

www.wunderaudio.com

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