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Radial Engineering Introduces PreComp 500 Series Module

Radial Engineering’s new PreComp module ($400 MSRP) is designed to fit the 500 Series rack format. The design begins with a high performance preamp equipped with Radial’s unique Accustate gain control, which simultaneously sets the output and sensitivity to maximize signal-to-noise at all levels. This is particularly important when recording in the digital domain where background noise can often be audible during quiet passages.

A full-feature compressor follows with adjustable threshold, compression ratio and make-up gain control that automatically transitions from soft-knee to hard-knee as compression increases. A slow-fast switch is designed to make it easy to set the PreComp for either percussion instruments or smoother tracks such as vocals.

Once connected to a 500 Series power rack, I/O connections automatically route to the XLRs for balanced operation. When used with a Radial Engineering Workhorse, connectivity increases with ¼-inch TRS connectors and D-Sub connectors, and the Omniport provides direct patching to the preamp or the compressor, enabling the engineer to use each processor separately.

Other features include 180-degree polarity reverse for phase matching two microphones, a highpass filter to eliminate unwanted resonance, 48-volt phantom power for condenser mics, and an In/Out switch that lets you quickly compare the original uncompressed signal with the processed result.

Radial states that it will begin shipping the PreComp in May 2013.

Find more information on the Radial PreComp.