TC Electronic, Tube-Tech’s North American distributor, announced the development of the new Tube-Tech SSA 2A stereo summing amplifier. Eight stereo inputs and one stereo output are summed together with low-noise, low-distortion tube amplifiers. Maximum input and output exceeds +30 dBu for optimal headroom, while the output level is set by a 23-step calibrated attenuator.
“The SSA 2A answers the specific call for adding vacuum tube warmth to digital mixes,” said Ed Simeone, chairman of TC Electronic. “The SSA 2A’s all-tube and transformer-coupled circuits have the warmth and definition that Tube-Tech is known for, and if offers the DAW owner a simple way to achieve a unique sound.”
The SSA 2A will be available in September 2004 for $3,895 MSRP.
In other Tube-Tech news, the company's new microphone preamplifier with multiband tube compressor, the MMC 1A, features a Lundahl transformer-equipped mic preamp with variable input impedance, 69 dB of gain, a high0impedance instrument input and a line-level input. The MMC 1A also includes a 3-band optical compressor with adjustable crossovers.
According to the chief engineer and Tube-Tech's founder, John G. Peterson, the idea for the product came straight from Tube-Tech users. "Several top engineers told us they were using one channel of Tube-Tech's multiband stereo bus compressor on lead vocals," he explained, "so we decided to give them a single-channel version with a mic pre so they can use it for the front end and the back end."
The MMC 1A will be available in September 2004 for $3,995 MSRP.
For more information on the SSA 2A and MMC 1A, visit TC Electronic online at www.tcelectronic.com.