At the 129th AES Convention in San Francisco, Geoff Daking and Company launched the MicPre 500 single-channel microphone/instrument preamplifier module ($650 MSRP). Derived from the company’s Mic-Pre One freestanding unit, the MicPre 500 is designed for installation in API 500 Series format equipment.
The new mic pre features switchable phase, 20dB mic input pad, +48-volt phantom power, and a selectable ¼-inch line/hi-Z instrument input. Like the Mic-Pre One, the MicPre 500 shares the gain structure and Class-A, fully discrete transistor circuitry design of Daking’s Mic-Pre IV. The front panel controls include a variable highpass filter (0 to 200 Hz) as well as continuously variable input gain. It also includes an 8-segment tri-color LED meter with simultaneous VU and Peak included.