By Jon Schafer
END There are a staggering amount of preamps and preamp styles to
choose from, with a wide variety of components used on the inside.
Certain transformers impart specific sonic properties to the audio
et’s face it. Most of us have switched over to
that passes through them, making them desirable choices. The
digital. There’s nothing wrong with tape, but impedance — and whether it’s variable or not — will also change the
nothing can compete with the convenience of characteristics of the sound. Take a common mic, such as the Shure
SM57, and listen to how the sound changes dramatically as you shift
digital. Nondestructive editing is commonplace between the different impedances. A preamp with variable impedance
— not to mention extremely fast — in the digital can completely reinvigorate your mic locker.
Universal Audio LA-2A
world, and getting the trusty razor blade out
to cut and splice analog tape is anything but
Digital, with its transparency and inherent lack of noise, again
has an edge over analog. But, if you’re looking for something
a bit more colorful, adding external analog gear to your digital
rig can be a great way to set your recordings apart from the
standard digital fare. Of course, an analog recording system
can also benefit from adding other pieces of analog gear to the mix,
so no matter if you’re embracing technology or rockin’ it old school, EQ and Compression
additional sonic flavors can breathe new life into your creativity.
So, you’ve captured your sound, and now you want to fine-tune it
The best way to look at incorporating outboard gear into any recording for the mix. Enter EQ and compression, the first steps to shaping the
system — analog or digital — is to think of these pieces as an entire sound. While there’s no certain order in which EQ and compression
signal-processing system, rather than individual components. What should be applied to a signal — some like to use them on the way in,
we’re trying to do here is to get you thinking about the how and why while others like to use them during mixdown — these two tools can
of integrating outboard gear into your system as a means of shaping alter tonality, either subtly or aggressively. Obviously, you can use any
sounds for a mix. EQ to cut or boost frequencies, but many great outboard EQs have a
certain magic within their circuitry that adds an intangible factor
— something beyond simply boosting or cutting frequencies.
This tinting of the sound is musical and pleasing to the ear, and
with its unique sonic character, the audio often stands out in
the mix. Compression can be used for coloration, as well.
Compressors come in different flavors and handle different
tasks. Anything with tubes has the capability of being pushed
into overdrive, which creates mild distortion that enhances
harmonics. Opto-cell and solid-state compressors can also
yield interesting results when pushed to the point of distortion.
Groove Tubes SuPRE But, each compressor reacts differently, so experiment to find
Preamps the sweet spot of your individual compressor (or compressors, as the
case may be).
The first step to injecting some analog soul into your recordings comes
at the front end. A preamp can be quite effective in flavoring audio on It’s easy to overdo compression, but sometimes letting a compressor
the way to the A/D converter. From tube to solid-state to hybrid models really clamp down on a signal brings out an aggressive edge. Drums
that offer the best of both worlds, the right preamp can take an average and bass can sound “mean” when massaged with a good compressor
mic and make it sound stellar. And the beautiful thing about preamps is — especially a tube compressor — and a compressor can really
that they come in so many flavors. The resurgence of vintage gear has thicken up weak guitars and vocals. Of course, transparently managing
spurred some manufacturers to either reissue their classic preamps or the dynamics of a song or a track should always be the first and
create new designs based on the tonality of classic circuits. After foremost goal when choosing a compressor, but it never hurts to have
all, much of what makes a 40-year-old recording sound so one that also boasts a good deal of character.
good is the circuitry used to record it on the front end.
SWEETWATER’S ESSENTIAL GUIDES
So far, we’ve discussed the uses and applications for
outboard preamps and processors, but for those of us
who mix inside the box (or at least largely inside the
box), without using external hardware, there are tools
available that bring a bit of analog soul to the digital
world. Analog summing has emerged in recent years
as a great solution for blending the two technologies
Manley VOXBOX together. Bounce out your tracks as stems, set up
Channel Strips the routing within your DAW, plug in your summing box,
and you’re on your way to analog summing. Proponents of this
The beautiful thing about the modern studio world is that we method say that it provides more headroom and, therefore, has a
can have our cake and eat it, too! Many manufacturers provide a cleaner, more organic sound as the end result. Summing amps are
preamp/EQ/compressor all-in-one combo called a channel strip — also a good way to integrate any of the external processing we’ve
and the cost is often not much more than the cost of a single EQ, discussed previously into your system, and many of them can serve
preamp, or compressor! These handy units are meant to function as as monitor management systems, as well. If you’re working digitally,
though you pried a channel out of a classic mixing console — hence a summing amp is a must have — and as a bonus, you’ll most likely
the name. Channel strips are great for adding coloration as you’re notice a bump in sound quality, too!
tracking, and some offer the ability to remove the EQ or compressor
from the signal path, or even a way to patch back into just the EQ Mastering
and compressor during the mixdown, making them true studio
multi-purpose tools. So, you’ve recorded, shaped, mixed, and summed your
Eventide H8000FW tracks, and now you’ve got the perfect 2-track stereo
mix. You’re ready to put the song on CD, except there’s
one thing: you need to master your song. At the end
of the day, the tools used for mastering aren’t terribly
different than those used at the mix stage, namely
EQ and compression. But the processors found at this
stage of the process are frequently among the most
expensive and the most transparent, and for good reason, as no
Reverb and Effects expense is spared to ensure the finest signal path possible. The
Reverb is key to making a mix sound as if it were all recorded with goal here isn’t to drastically alter the sound, rather it is to put the
a band playing in a single room. In the “old days,” many recording final “shine” on the track as a whole. If anything pops up in the
studios were large empty rooms that had a good natural sound. mix that needs drastic attention, it should be re-addressed in a
This sound often translated into “roominess” in the recordings. mixing session and then brought back for mastering, as
But as recording has turned more and more into an the tools designed for mastering are intended to
at-home affair, we’re reaching provide a more precise,
for effects processors to surgical approach than a
take the place of the classic creative one — you’re
recording spaces that used really looking to make
to be so prevalent. One of small corrections to
the really great things about the frequency balance
adding reverb by using of the overall track
external processing is that and to apply final
it’s easier on your computer compression or
than using a reverb plug-in. limiting to the song
Plus, many reverb proces- in order to get the
sors include emulations of levels and dynamics
classic recording spaces. This allows you to Focusrite ISA One right. Now that your track
make it sound as if your tracks were laid down in the finest studios is mastered, there’s nothing left to do but sit back and watch it climb
in the world. As a bonus, many reverb processors also include a the charts!
slew of other effects for creatively altering songs.
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192kHz Mic Preamp with 40
Classic Mic Pre Emulation
One of the hottest developments to come to
the audio world lately is the ability to inject vintage vibe into the digital realm — and since so many of us operate in DAW environments and require uncompromising fidelity, being
able to apply a classic touch to our source sounds is a real treat. In addition to providing premium digital sound quality, Focusrite’s impressive Liquid 4Pre gives you the ability to
call up just about any classic mic preamp sound you can think of. Plus, you can run four different settings at once. Talk about flexibility! You can apply 40 different emulations of
some of the most sought-after preamps to each of this unit’s four channels, all in pristine 192kHz clarity. Software is included to control the Liquid 4Pre, which also features large
VU-style digital displays.
Specs: In: 8 x XLR • Out: 4 x XLR • Dig out: AES/EBU on XLR, word clock • 20Hz-20kHz • Imp: variable • Gain range: 66dB
Liquid4Pre 4-channel Mic Preamp ..............................
ISA 828 ISA 428
8-channel Mic 4-channel Preamp
Preamp with with Selectable
Selectable Input Impedance Input Impedance “I’v
“I’ve owned an ISA 428 for a few years now, and it
Packing eight transformer-based ISA preamps into a single 2U enclosure, the ISA 828 The Rupert Neve- con
continues to be my go-to stereo mic pre. It gives you
brings the Focusrite signature sound to DAW users everywhere. The real beauty of the designed 4-channel ISA a detailed yet warm sound, and the impedance
ISA 828 lies in the fact that you not only get eight channels of great-sounding Focusrite 428 preamp’s extremely sw
switching comes in handy to work with any mic/input
option, including ribbon mics.”
preamps, but you also get a 25-pin D-type connector that lets you interface directly with low noise floor and 60dB — Paul Allen, Sales Engineer, Ext. 1318
hard disk recorders and mixing consoles. The input impedance is switchable (with four of gain are impressive,
possible settings per channel), and one setting is even the same as the much sought-after but it’s the 10Hz-200kHz
ISA-110! Each channel is also equipped with insert points, making it easy to connect frequency response that you’ll hear when you record high-definition audio. What’s
external compressors or EQs to the ISA 828. Focusrite’s ISA 828 ADC card adds digital more, its switchable impedance feature allows you to tailor the 428 to your personal
functionality to the preamp. ONLY $90/mo. microphone collection.
Specs: In: 4 x TS, 8 x XLR, 8 x
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TRS, 1 x ADC 25-pin • Out: 1 x ADC word clock • Imp: 600, 2,400, 6,800 ohms
$ 99 • Gain range: 60dB
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S/MUX • word clock • Imp: 600;
1,400; 2,400; 6,800 ohms
Portable Single-channel Preamp with Variable Impedance and Insert Point
Focusrite proves that what was old is new again, with the ISA One. Built on the topology of the original ISA
110, including the Lundahl L1538 transformer, the ISA One continues the legacy of the Forte console (The
original 110 preamp was the cornerstone of each channel of Focusrite’s legendary Forte console). There are
a mic/line input and a DI input with a variable impedance selector for sonic coloration, both packaged in
an ultra-portable desktop unit. Insert send and return jacks let you patch in external processing between the
preamp and the output, if you so desire. The ISA One’s headphone output provides an external stereo cue mix
that allows you to add a click track or to adjust the monitor mix to taste. Packing the same amazing sound
that put the Forte on the map all those years ago — and a low price — the ISA One makes premium preamp
sound available to home studios and pro facilities alike. The ISA Stereo ADC card brings 24-bit/192kHz
conversion capability to the ISA One, including AES/EBU, S/PDIF, and ADAT connections.
Specs: In: 2 x XLR, 3x1/4", 1 x DI • Out: 2 x XLR • Gain range:
60dB • Imp: 600, 1,400, 2,400, 6,800 ohms $
ISAOne Portable Preamp .......................List $99999
ISAOneCard A/D Card for ISA One .................List $69999 39999
OctoPre OctoPre LE
8-channel Mic Preamp with Individual Compressor/Limiters 8-channel Mic Preamp with Autoswitching Front and Rear Inputs
OctoPre’s eight mic Focusrite designed
preamps use solid-state OctoPre LE for
Class A design and budget-conscious
deliver detail and clarity without coloration. The first two “super channels” also studios that don’t require all of the original OctoPre’s features yet desire an excellent-
feature phase reverse and front-panel TRS jacks for quick and easy DI-free instrument sounding multi-channel front end. The OctoPre LE provides eight channels of pristine
connection. Each channel features a revolutionary compressor/limiter circuit that Focusrite preamps, including two “super channels” that offer mic-impedance matching
provides full control over input dynamics, with only one knob! DAW users, check out and instrument DI inputs. Autoswitching front- and rear-panel inputs and total control
OctoPre’s digital options: the ADAT interface provides 8-channel digital outputs at of the digital I/O from the front panel allow the unit to remain racked and patched, with
24-bit/96kHz resolution, while the Multi interface has ADAT plus AES/EBU and S/PDIF every I/O option available at the flick of a switch. The optional ADAT card allows you to
outputs. Both have word clock inputs. ONLY $27/mo.
use the ADAT I/O on your gear, along with word clock I/O for studio sync.
Specs: In: 8 x XLR, 8-ch 25-pin, 2 x $
89999 Specs: In: 8 x XLR, 2 x TRS • Out: 8 ONLY $21/mo.
TRS • Out: 8-ch 25-pin • Dig I/O: S/ OctoPre 8-Ch Mic Preamp ......................List $99999 x TRS • Dig I/O: ADAT, word clock •
PDIF, AES, ADAT, word clock • Gain $ 99 Impedance: 2,500 ohms • Gain range: OctoPreLE
OctoPreADAT OctoPre Lightpipe A-D Option......List $24999 222 47dB
8-ch Mic Preamp ......................List 699 $ 99
OctoPreMulti OctoPre Dig Output Card .............List $34999 32999 OctoPreLEADAT A/D/A Card for OctoPreLE ....List $24999 23999
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2-610 DCS Remote Preamp
2-channel Tube Preamp 2-channel Remote Preamp with Mid-side Encoder and Talkback
The 2-610 “Silverface” If you’ve ever tried to record yourself while playing an
edition includes a silver instrument, then you know there’s a lot of awkward
faceplate that matches reaching involved. So, for the solo artist/producer/
current UA gear and a 15dB engineer, Universal Audio’s DCS Remote Preamp may
pad that helps with hot mics or well seem heaven sent! Not only do you get an incredible-
very loud input signals. The 2-610 is based on the Bill Putnam-designed 610 console sounding 2-channel mic preamp at a great per-channel
preamp that left its mark on classic recordings, from Sinatra to Van Halen. It will make value, but you can also put the actual preamp anywhere,
you feel as if you have a whole new mic collection! A ribbon mic takes on unexpectedly then use the remote control to set up your sound via
huge dimensions when coupled with the 2-610, with powerful, dominating midbass. Ethernet — brilliant! There’s a headphone amp onboard,
Even an inexpensive dynamic mic can sound amazingly rich, airy, and expensive. This as well as reverb and EQ, for your monitoring-only mix.
magic is partly due to variable input impedance, which lets you optimize the preamp to You can dial in the amount you hear of inputs A and B,
the mic. It’s ideal for tracking when used in conjunction with an 1176LN FET compres- as well input C, a rear-panel stereo input. High-quality VU
sor. Whether you’re running pure analog or enhancing your digital audio workstation, meters display levels, and you can operate in mono, stereo, or with the mid/side decoder.
the 2-610 brings classic tube character to your recording. Specs: In: 2 x XLR, 2 x TRS, 2 x DI
ONLY $63/mo. • Out: 5 x TRS, 1 x phones, Cat 5 • ONLY $36/mo.
Specs: In: 2 x XLR mic, 2 x XLR line, 2 x 1/4" DI • Out: 2 x XLR • 20Hz-20kHz • Imp: 500k,
20Hz-20kHz • Imp: 2,000 ohms •
200k ohms • Gain range: 61dB •
Gain range: 61dB • Pad: 15dB
Pad: 15dB 2610S 2-channel Tube Mic Preamp.....List $239900 DCSRemotePre 2-ch Remote Pre .....List $149900
SOLO/610 710 Twin-Finity
Portable Tube Tube/FET Preamp with Blend Control
Universal Audio’s stellar reputation
The SOLO/610 is the tube-powered counterpart was forged with Bill Putnam Sr.’s
to Universal Audio’s popular SOLO/110 and legendary designs, sustained with
a direct descendant of the world-famous 610 faithful re-creations of those products,
console. Imagine being able to take the sound of and reaffirmed with great modern
the 2-610 (above) with you, in a box that is less products that meet the needs of today’s
than the size of a shoe box! The SOLO/610 offers production environments while staying true to
a dark, rich sound, which is great for thickening the vision of the company’s founder. Here’s a great example of the latter! The elegantly
up vocals, acoustic guitars, and electric guitars. simple 710 Twin-Finity preamp gives you the best of tube and solid-state tones — and
Plus, the tube circuitry really sweetens the sound even lets you blend them together! This easy-to-use 3-knob unit houses a fully Class A
of DI-ed bass. Whether you end up on the solid- FET mic preamp and a full-tube preamp. A tone blending knob lets you take the 710
state or tube side of the fence, one thing’s for sure: The SOLO/610 is an amazing from completely solid-state (for that tight transient “bite”) to a rich, vintage-sounding
single-channel value for any studio. tube circuit, allowing you to blend the two, as well. Its dual gain-stage settings also allow
Specs: In: 1 x XLR, 1 x DI • Out: 1 x XLR • 20Hz-20kHz • Imp: 500k, 2k ohms • Gain range: 55dB you to add plenty of coloration to your signal by cranking up the input gain.
ONLY $24/mo. Specs: In: 2 x XLR, 1 x DI • Out: ONLY $24/mo.
1 x XLR • 20Hz-100kHz • Imp:
Solo610 1-channel Tube Pre....................List $94900 2k ohms • Gain range: 70dB •
710 Tube/FET Preamp and DI............List $99900
2-channel Class A Tube Mic Preamp with
2-channel Mic Preamp Single-channel Mic Preamp
The Aphex 1100 mkII packs an incredible 2-channel Great River’s MP-2NV 2-channel boutique Class A The ME-1NV is a single-channel version of Great River
tube preamp with digital connectivity into a 1U microphone preamp was designed to emulate the classic Electronics’ MP-2NV (left) and features the same vintage
enclosure, giving your studio rack a compact piece of sound of a “British” console. Yet, the MP-2NV’s design sound, thanks to iron in its signal path. What’s more,
go-to gear that’s sure to become a permanent fixture. allows it to conquer the low-end buildup common to the there’s a hi-Z input onboard that’s ideal for shaping the
This Class A preamp gives you impressively high “British” preamps, providing a clean, transparent signal. sound of your bass, electric guitar, or sound modules.
headroom and very low noise. The 1100 mkII includes The MP-2NV is built with iron in the signal path, for a big Dual metering displays your gain staging, and you’ll
a custom-designed attenuator on the mic input line, vintage sound, and the circuitry allows for transformer also be glad to know that there’s a full 70dB of input
providing smooth limiting on your mic’s output signal. saturation. Push it hard and hear your electric guitars gain, so you can enjoy rich and creamy sound from your
The result is increased headroom and a great front end and drums come alive with punchiness — it’s also ultra- ribbon mic, with plenty of detail and no muddiness. And
for digital recording or mixing! High-quality circuitry quiet and perfect for vocals. The MP-2NV responds well its ultra-quiet noise floor allows for rich, textured vocal
and premium A/D conversion offer pristine sound quality, to ribbons and handles DI tasks with punch and clarity. sounds. Hear your favorite premium mics with incredible
whether you’re working in the analog or digital realm. All functions, such as phase reverse, phantom power, and detail, and even make your most affordable mics sound
Get the quality sonic results you’re looking for, with this input impedance, are selectable on the front panel. like top-shelf gems — it’s a great addition to any studio.
great 2-channel preamp! Specs: In: 2 x XLR, 1 x DI • Out: 2 x XLR, 1x1/4" • 20Hz-75kHz • Imp: 1.2k, Specs: mono • In: 1 x XLR, 1 x DI • Out: 1 x XLR, 1x1/4” • 20Hz-75kHz •
Specs: In: 2 x XLR • Out: 2 x XLR • Dig I/O: AES/EBU, 3k ohms • Gain range: 70dB Imp: 1.2k, 3k ohms • Gain range: 70dB
S/PDIF • word clock • Gain range: 65dB • Pad: 20dB
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1100mkII $ 00
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227500 ME1NV Class A Preamp .......................List $149500
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Half-rackspace Single-channel Microphone Preamp and 3-band EQ
There’s no arguing that Rupert Neve knows how to dial in a great EQ. And, with the Portico 5032, you can take
advantage of Neve’s finely tuned EQ expertise, with the benefit of a first-rate microphone preamplifier on the front end
— the preamp design is the same as a single channel of the 5012 (right). Imparting much of the same Neve-signature
sonic characteristics as the timeless consoles, the Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5032 features a 3-band EQ with high- and
low-frequency shelving, plus a parametric midband covering 80Hz-8kHz in two ranges. It also features an independent
transformer-coupled line-level input for just the EQ section.
Specs: In: 2 x XLR • Out: 1 x XLR • 1/4" bus I/O
Mic Pre/EQ Module............................
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Half-rackspace 2-channel Microphone
Rupert Neve is a living legend in the world of professional
audio. His high-end designs not only sound fantastic
individually, but they also carry with them a collective,
highly sought-after signature “Neve” sound. And, with
the Portico 5012 module, you’ll enjoy just that, in a
world-class microphone preamp.
The 5012 features a pair of preamps with Neve’s
custom-designed input and output transformers, which
are responsible for much of that Neve magic — in
Portico 5015 fact, the transformers are based on the same vintage
design principles as Neve’s classic consoles. With a TLA
Half-rackspace Single-channel Microphone Preamp and VCA Compressor
(Transformer-Like-Amplifier) preamplifier design, the
A formidable member of Rupert Neve’s latest project, the Portico series, the Portico 5015 combines the premium Portico 5012 sports a fully sweepable highpass filter,
preamplifier technology featured in the Portico 5012 (right) with a first-rate compressor, based on the Portico 5043 selectable phantom power for each channel, and a special
module. The Portico 5015’s compressor section sports two selectable VCA modes, with fully variable threshold, ratio, “Silk” mode, which gives the signal a decidedly sweet and
attack, release, and makeup gain. And, like all of the Portico modules, the 5015 features Neve’s custom input and output musical vintage character.
transformers. You can even run into the dedicated line input just to take advantage of the “sweetened” sound through Specs: In: 2 x XLR • Out: 2 x XLR • 1/4" bus I/O
the premium transformers. ONLY $60/mo. ONLY $57/mo.
Specs: In: 2 x XLR • Out: 1 x XLR • 1/4" Bus I/O
5015PreCompH Mic Pre/Compressor Module .......................
5012DuoMicH Mic Pre ........................................
Germanium Preamp/DI TG Channel MKII
Single-channel Microphone Preamp/DI with Germanium Transistors Microphone Preamp with Pultec-style EQ
Chandler Limited has found its niche in the pro audio world by taking the technology Capturing the magic of the original equipment found in Abbey Road Studios — the
of the past and putting a new spin on it, creating preamps and processors that capture same equipment used for the Beatles albums, not to mention Dark Side of the Moon
the vibe of their vintage ancestors, but with decidedly modern tone-shaping capabilities.
— Chandler Limited has brought the sound of the most famous studio in the world to
And, by employing germanium transistors — once commonplace in early Neve, EMI,
engineers the world over. The preamp section of the TG Channel MKII beautifully
Telefunken, and Fairchild consoles — Chandler Limited has done just that, with the
replicates the sound of the original, and, to many ears, possibly improves the high-end
Germanium Preamp/DI. This single-channel preamp offers up the signature warm
and smooth sound you’d expect from a germanium transistor, yet unique gain circuits response. The EQ section provides Pultec-style control over the sound, and, like a vintage
give it a tonal flavor all its own. unit, the sound is sweetened just by passing through it. The recordings done with the
original gear are still reference points for both musicians and engineers. Now you can
The Gain/Germanium Drive control and feedback control are intricately linked on the own the same gear! The output control works in conjunction with the input control to
Germanium Preamp/DI. By adjusting the feedback control, you can shift your sound offer wildly varying coloration. Use the input gain to really push the signal to saturation
from the clean, articulate realm to fatter tones well suited to guitar and vocal tracks and roll back the output to prevent overload at the recorder. Very handy for adding
— it’s all in your hands. What’s more, a hi-Z front-panel input makes the Germanium unique tones to your recordings. The Pultec-style EQ makes it easy to further sculpt the
Preamp/DI a stellar choice as a guitar or bass DI. Other controls include 48V phantom sound on the way to the recorder. A Chandler Power Supply is required.
power, phase, pad, and thick. This unit requires the Chandler ONLY $34/mo. ONLY $67/mo.
Specs: In: 1 x XLR • Out: 1 x XLR
Specs: In: 1 x XLR, 1 x TS • Out: GermaniumPre Preamp/DI .................List $120500 TGChanMkII Preamp with EQ ..............List $247000
1 x XLR ChandlerPS Chandler Power Supply......................List $22500 20597 ChandlerPS Chandler Power Supply.....................List $22500 $
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4-channel Mic Preamp
Daking’s latest studio gear offerings look
classic, sound great, and perform solidly —
and you’ll be knocked out by their decidedly
non-boutique prices. With a design based
on the legendary Trident 80 Series consoles,
Daking puts a premium on putting quality components at the heart of his gear, from circuits to transformers to amplifiers, while implementing modern techniques to ensure reliable,
The Mic-Pre IV microphone preamp puts four channels of classic-sounding Class A performance to work for you, at a very friendly price! The Mic-Pre IV features the same discrete
transistor circuitry featured in Daking’s Mic-Pre One (below right), with transformer-balanced inputs and outputs. You get switchable phase, 20dB mic input pad, phantom power, and
selectable 1/4" inputs on the front panel, plus large aluminum knobs to give you control over the variable gain. Made to fit into a single rackspace, the Mic-Pre IV
makes an incredible front end! $ 97
Specs: In: 8 x XLR/TRS, 4 x 1/4” hi-Z • Gain range: 70dB• Pad: 20dB MicPre4 4-ch Microphone Preamp ........List $315000
1-channel Mic Preamp
The Class A Mic-Pre One features the
same discrete transistor circuitry featured
Mic-Pre/EQ in Daking’s Mic-Pre IV, adding a variable
highpass filter. You get switchable phase,
Microphone Preamp and 4-band EQ
a 20dB mic input pad, phantom power,
Based on the Trident 80 Series consoles, the Daking Mic-Pre/EQ combines a 4-band and a selectable 1/4" line/hi-Z input on
EQ with a high-quality mic preamp for exceptional results. The Mic-Pre/EQ uses discrete the front panel. Protected by a sturdy
circuitry, Class A amplifiers, and transformer balanced inputs and outputs, giving you “DI-style” steel housing, the Mic-Pre One
the richness of classic console sound as well as the dependability and low noise only is built for the long haul!
modern technology and production techniques can provide. Large aluminum knobs put Specs: In: 1 x XLR, 1x1/4" • Out: 1 x XLR, 1 x 1/4" • Gain range: 60dB • Pad: 20dB
you in charge of highpass and lowpass, pad, and phantom power.
Specs: In: 2 x XLR/TRS • Out: 1 x XLR, DB25 • Imp: 1.2k ohms • Gain range: 70dB• Pad: 20dB ONLY $43/mo. ONLY $21/mo.
• 4-band EQ
MicPreEQ $ 00
Microphone Preamp/4-band EQList 2195
MicPreOne 1-ch Microphone Preamp ..........List 850 $ 00
DI Box and Mic/Instrument Preamp
SuPRE The Brick is a solid investment for any studio, yet it’s
also equally suited to the stage! This rugged silver box
2-channel Stereo Tube Preamp is a flexible DI as well as a stellar single-channel tube
Groove Tubes knows tubes. They’ve also established quite a reputation among musicians, producers, and engineers for microphone and instrument preamp.
their fantastic mics and outboard studio gear. The little brother to the very popular ViPRE, the SuPRE is a 2-channel
mic and instrument preamp. Using four pentode/triode dual-element vacuum tubes, this unit provides 72dB of gain. You’ll experience warm tube tone from the Brick, for your
The SuPRE possesses variable impedance inputs for microphone optimization and tone shaping, and accepts mic, line, electric basses, guitars, keyboards, and more, and there’s
and instrument signals. the right amount of juice for longer cable runs. When
placed in the studio, it’s an excellent choice for dynamics,
The SuPRE brings you many of the bells and whistles on the ViPRE, but with two channels, the SuPRE is great for stereo
condensers, and even ribbon mics.
recording or for powering your drum overheads. Illuminated custom VU meters let you keep an eye on your levels. The
Specs: I/O: 1 x XLR, 1 x TS • Available gain: 30dB instrument, 55dB mic
SuPRE offers big studio sound at a price that certainly makes it approachable for home studio owners. Its sound quality
and low-noise operation also makes this preamp a great addition to your rig.
ONLY $48/mo. ONLY $12/mo.
1600 00 $
Specs: I/O: 2 x XLR, 2 x TRS • Imp: 300; 600; 1,200 ohms • Gain range: 72dB
• Pad: 0, 15, 30dB SuPRE Stereo Tube Mic Pre .................................. Brick Tube Mic/Instr Preamp ..............................
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SLAM! AD 2022
Stereo Limiter and Microphone Preamplifier 2-channel Class A Microphone Preamp
What if the sounds of classic limiters such as LA2As, 1176s, 2264s, and others were to be The AD 2022 is Avalon’s premier microphone preamplifier. Incorporating the
packed into one stereo tube unit? The folks at Manley asked that question and came up most advanced high-performance microphone transformer available, the AD 2022
with this great unit. SLAM! stands for “Stereo Limiter And Mic pre”, and it pretty much features fully discrete symmetrical pure Class A circuitry. Split low-ratio primary
describes what it will do to most VU meters. windings are carefully combined within a custom mu-metal core, for extended
smooth frequency response and very low distortion. The dual-mono AD 2022
Packing a double punch, SLAM! combines a musical ELOP limiter with a fast, FET-based adds several features to its sonic capability and transparency, including selectable
brick-wall limiter reminiscent of some cool classics. A Mastering Version of the SLAM! is microphone source loading for optimized cable/mic matching, improved
also available with no microphone preamps. The mic preamp and input select switch are high-voltage Class A regulated power supplies, two hi-Z instrument inputs, and
removed, and the switches become dedicated “mode” switches. SLAM! has found its way a variable-passive highpass filter. In the low end, it’s crystal clear with ultra-fast
into studio racks everywhere — for good reason. transients. Whether you’re using the AD 2022 on vocals; miked instruments; or
Specs: SLAM/master In: 2 x XLR, 2 x TS, sidechain • Out: 2 x XLR, 2 x TS • 10Hz-40kHz • Imp: 2k ohms • Gain direct-line guitars, synths, or basses, you can expect stellar results. This preamp
range: 60dB • limiter
has become a “go-to” input-signal solution for everyone from project studio
$ enthusiasts to professional heavy hitters.
SLAM St Mic Pre/DI/ELOP/Limiter .....List 6600 $ 00
Specs: In: 2 x XLR, 2 x DI • Out: 2
x XLR • 1Hz-120kHz • Impedance: ONLY $90/mo.
variable • Gain range: 44dB •
AD2022 2-channel Mic Preamp ............List $330000
2-channel Tube/Solid-state Preamp
Manley’s TNT may well be the last preamp you’ll ever need. This 2-channel M5
preamp has two very distinct channels, each optimized for different sources — Mono Microphone Preamp
hence its name, “Tubes/No Tubes.” The tube channel is the same mic preamp from with Direct Instrument Input
the popular Manley SLAM!, while the TNT’s second channel features a clean, clear
solid-state design. Variable input impedance allows you to color your sound any The Avalon M5 pure Class A
way you like, and there’s also a knob to control the amount of “iron” in the signal microphone preamplifier is one of the most musical low-noise full-function
path as sound passes to the output transformer. What’s more, the TNT also sports preamplifiers available today. Designed to optimize absolute signal integrity, the
switchable overdrive effects, giving you a range of overload characteristics — from M5 combines an advanced transformer input stage with twin high-performance
subtle warmth through to heavy grunge. The toggle switch lets you choose among Class A cascade FET and bipolar discrete amplifiers, for sonic excellence. The M5
Clean, 60s, and 70s color. is ideal for vocals, adding sparkle to acoustic guitar, and as an active DI input for
instruments such as guitars, bass, and keyboards.
Specs: In: 2 x XLR, 2 x DI • Out: 2 x XLR, 2 x TRS • 5Hz-45kHz • Imp: tube channel: 600 ohm to 3M; cool channel: 300
ohm to 10M • Gain range: 70dB Specs: In: 1 x XLR, 1 x B&K 4000, 2 x DI • Out: 1 x XLR • 1Hz-120kHz • Imp: 1,500 ohms •
Gain range: 44dB • Pad: 20dB ONLY $48/mo.
TNT 2-ch Tube/Solid-state Pre........List $300000
270000 M5 $ 00
Mono Mic Preamp ...................List 1750
2032 Onyx 800R
Single-channel Mic Preamp with EQ 8-channel Preamp with 192kHz Digital Outputs
The GML 2032 single-channel preamp conforms to the strict audiophile standards held You can never have too many inputs, and if you’re looking to add eight premium mic
up by George Massenburg Labs, and it incorporates a bypassable 4-band EQ for surgical preamps to your audio setup, then the Onyx 800R is the perfect choice, equipped
yet transparent sound sculpting. With a gain range of 10dB to 75dB, even gain-hungry with Mackie’s amazing Onyx mic preamps. They’re clear and extremely detailed, with a
ribbon mics are easily handled. The 2032 is built from top-notch components from front full-spectrum sound. Massive amounts of digital outputs make the 800R the perfect front
to back, with Class A circuitry devoid of integrated circuit chips. end for your DAW, plus it’s a great preamp expander for any analog or digital mixer!
It supports sample rates up to 192kHz and accepts external clock sources. The ADAT
To ensure consistency of sound for years to come, the 2032 is DC coupled — no
outputs let you easily use the 800R with any lightpipe-equipped interface. Channels 1
interstage capacitors to add distortion or degrade over time, and there are no tantalum
and 2 each feature variable-impedance controls, which let you dial in various sweet spots
electrolytic, ceramic, or aluminum electrolytic capacitors in the signal path.
to custom-tailor the tone of your mic, and channels 7 and 8 each offer hi-Z instrument
Specs: In: 2 x XLR, 1 x DI • Out: 1 x XLR • Imp: 1k ohms • Gain range: 60dB • 4-band param EQ inputs. Take advantage of the potential offered by this 8-channel Mackie wonder.
Specs: In: 8 x XLR, 8 x DB-25, 2 x DI • Dig I/O: ADAT, AES/EBU, S/PDIF • 20Hz-30kHz • Imp: 300k, 500k, 1,300k, 2,400k ohm •
Gain range: 60dB • Pad: 20dB
ONLY $90/mo. ONLY $33/mo.
GML2032 1-ch Pre w/EQ ..........................................
300000 Onyx800R 8-ch Rackmount Preamp .........List $129999
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Transformerless Preamp with Wide
We’re thrilled about TRUE Systems’ P-SOLO, an
incredible bargain in single-channel microphone/
instrument preamplifiers. This high-end preamp
provides stunning sonic detail and transparent
Precision 8 musical character — and this level of performance
is practically unheard of at this price point! The
8-channel Microphone Preamp with Two Instrument Inputs
compact size makes the P-SOLO an unobtrusive
The Precision 8 from True Systems is among the best high-end preamps available, choice for premium preamplification on a live
affording your studio a wealth of sonic possibilities, thanks to its eight preamps. What’s stage or on location recording projects. P-SOLO’s
more, it’s an absolute steal when you consider its cost-per-channel bottom line. Each professional feature list includes an 80Hz low-cut
channel on the Precision 8 offers phantom power and phase reverse. And a built-in M-S filter, switchable 48V phantom power, a 4-segment
decoder helps you achieve exceptional stereo imaging without having to continually level meter, an input attenuator, and an internal
adjust your microphones. Designed to be sonically pure, you’ll hear your microphones linear power supply. The P-SOLO Ribbon preamp
in fine detail. In addition, two accurate FET instrument inputs are onboard for recording version provides higher gain and impedance, for optimum
direct. A 5-segment, peak-hold leveling meter offers selectable peak reference, for easily ribbon and dynamic mic performance.
setting up program levels. The Precision 8 takes up only one rackspace — perfect for
Specs: P-SOLO In: 1 x XLR, TRS • Out: 1 x XLR, TRS • 1.5Hz-500kHz • Imp: 5.5k ohms • Gain range: 64dB P-SOLO
both studio and mobile recording. Ribbon In: 1 x XLR, TRS • Out: 2 x XLR • 1.5Hz-500kHz • Imp: 10k ohms • Gain range: 76dB
Specs: In: 8 x XLR, 2 x TRS • Out: ONLY $15/mo.
8 x TRS, 8 x DB25 • 1.5Hz-500kHz • ONLY $78/mo. $
Imp: 5.5k ohms • Gain range: 64dB
$ PSolo 1-ch Microphone Preamp ..........List $69500
Precision8 8-channel Mic Preamp ............List $299500 PSoloRib P-Solo Ribbon Mic Pre ...............List $74500 $
Mic/Instrument Preamp with Selectable Tube or Solid-state
Operation and EQ
TD-1 is a compact yet sophisticated
analog preamp for all types of instru-
ments and systems, and its switchable
tube/solid-state operation gives you a
HV-3C full range of great tones. Onboard EQ,
REAMP® and Speaker Soak technolo-
Stereo Solid-state Microphone Preamp
gies make tracking instruments easy
All mic preamps exhibit coloration to some degree. However, critical acoustic recording and flexible. The TD-1 “Twin Direct”
applications demand highly accurate reproduction, as free from coloration as possible. includes Millennia’s acclaimed HV-3
That’s where the Millennia HV-3C really shines. This stereo mic preamp is precisely microphone preamplifier, making
optimized to capture the subtlest details of music and ambience. Unlike many “textbook” TD-1 an uncompromised front end for
preamplifier designs, the HV-3C signal path never unbalances or rebalances the original virtually any audio recording application.
signal, thus it maintains a high degree of signal integrity. Stereo gain matched to 0.08dB,
Specs: In: 2 x XLR, 1 x 1/4" • Out: 3 x XLR, 5 x 1/4", 1 x phones • 3Hz-300kHz • Imp: 470k ohms, 2 Mohms, 10 Mohms
the Millennia HV-3C offers 23dB of input headroom (no pads required!) and 32dB of • Gain range: 45dB • Pad: 20dB
ONLY $56/mo. ONLY $54/mo.
Specs: In: 2 x XLR • Out: 2 x XLR
HV3C • 3Hz-300kHz • Imp: 6.75k ohms •
Transformerless Mic Preamp ....List 2049
Gain range: 65dB TD1 Twin Topology Channel Strip .....List $199500
Alpha VHD Mic Pre
4-channel Preamp with Variable Harmonic Drive Circuit
Class A Discrete Tube
Solid State Logic has a knack for producing studio products that combine superior Microphone and Instrument Preamp
sound and build quality with a practicality that guarantees they’ll see a lot of use in the
studio. The SSL XLogic Alpha VHD preamp gives you the flexibility to track transparent, All of the technical quality and design innovation that goes into Blue’s great
clear audio or to add sonic character ranging from warm to raging. Four premium microphones has been engineered into making the Robbie the Mic Pre one of the
SSL preamps (with up to 75dB of gain) are onboard the Alpha VHD, combined with a quietest and most detailed preamps we’ve ever heard. Its Class A discrete electronics
Variable Harmonic Drive circuit that lets you add an extraordinary range of sonic color provide you with the best of solid-state and tube technology: an electronically balanced,
to your sound. Controls on the Alpha VHD include 20dB pad switches; hi-Z switches; fully discrete input stage, a tube gain stage (ECC88 twin triode), and an electronically
individual input, output, and VHD controls per channel; and 75dB of gain. For classic balanced solid-state output stage, with 34dB of headroom before clipping! Robbie gives
SSL quality with extreme sonic versatility, look no further than the Alpha VHD. you amazing tone from an elegant package!
Specs: In: 4 x XLR/TRS, 4 x line/DI • Out: 4 x XLR • Gain range: 75dB • Specs: In: 1 x XLR, 1 x 1/4" hi-Z instrument • Out: 1 x XLR, 1 x TRS • 10Hz-100kHz • Imp: 5k ohms • Gain range: 60dB
ONLY $45/mo. ONLY $30/mo.
AlphaVHD 4-channel Preamp with VHD......................
149500 Robbie Class A Tube Preamp .................................
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ASP008 ADAT Mico
ADAT-equipped 8-channel Microphone Preamp
2-channel Class A Microphone Preamp
Audient’s ASP008 ADAT preamp presents a “best-of-both-worlds” scenario, offering a discrete Class A front end and
Featuring Audient’s renowned Class A design for
an ADAT card for digital passage of eight tracks straight into a DAW. Its amazing-sounding preamps are the same units
incredible transparency, the Mico 2-channel microphone
Audient uses in their renowned ASP8024 recording console, giving you an impressive amount of headroom and offering
preamp packs major sound quality and great analog-
incredibly low-noise operation. Each input sports switchable impedance to allow you to properly
to-digital converters into a compact package that’s
match loads for optimum performance or load the mic and add a bit of “color” to the sound.
perfect for desktops. Channel 1 of this unit includes HMX
Specs: In: 8 x XLR, 2 x DI, 8 x line on D-sub • Out: 8 x line on D-sub, ADAT •
10Hz-300kHz • Imp: 200, 5k,12k ohms • Gain range: 60dB harmonic sculpting technology from Audient’s Black
ONLY $66/mo. Preamp, which gives you instant access to vintage vibe,
ASP008ADAT 8-ch Pre with ADAT .........................
220000 while Channel 2 features Variphase control, helping you
bring a dual-miked source or miked/DI-ed source into
m101 perfect alignment or creative mis-alignment.
Audient also built high-performance A/D conversion
into the Mico, equipping this little preamp with a
m101 24-bit/96kHz low-jitter internal clock and quality AES/
EBU, S/PDIF, and TOSLINK outputs.
Preamp You also get plenty of front-panel goodies, including
Grace Design reworked their extremely switchable high-pass filters, phase invert, a 10dB pad,
popular Model 101 to create the m101, one of the finest, front-panel DI input, and more. Need a do-it-all desktop
best-value preamps in existence. Noted for its clean, articulate pre that sounds great? Call your Sweetwater Sales
sound, the m101 offers a 12-position gold-plated rotary gain Engineer today to check out the versatile little Mico!
switch, and a highpass filter amplifier. Phantom power is onboard as well, though a built-in ribbon mode bypasses Specs: In: 2 x XLR/TRS, 1 x DI • Out: 2 x XLR, AES/EBU, TOSLINK, S/PDIF,
word clock • 20Hz-22kHz • Gain range: 60dB • Pad: 10dB
phantom power to protect your mics while providing plenty of gain. A front-panel hi-Z input makes it a great choice as
a DI box, and it’s also conveniently rackmountable. ONLY $17/mo.
Specs: In 1 x XLR, 1 x DI • Out: 1 x XLR, 2 x 1/4” • 4.5Hz-390kHz • Imp: 8,100
56597 ONLY $33/mo.
1-ch Mic Pre/DI ........................List $69500
ohms • Gain range: 65dB
$ 00 $
m201 2-ch Mic Preamp .....................List $229500 2150 Mico 2-ch Preamp with A/D Conversion ...................
8 channels of pure, class A mic pre......with optional ADAT output
8 channels of pure, class A mic pre......with optional ADAT output
Enhance your DAW’s front
end - call Sweetwater today
MiCO - Class A
mic pre with AES/
(800) 222-4700 Ask your Sweetwater Sales Engineer about
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Handmade Class A Tube Preamp
The PreSonus ADL 600 2-channel tube preamp is handbuilt in the
USA and designed by world-renowned Anthony DeMaria, creator
of some of the finest all-tube products for the biggest names in the
audio industry. The ADL 600 was built to deliver the widest frequency range, highest headroom, lowest noise, and most musically balanced performance possible. You’ll love its sound
— deep and solid lows, smooth and silky highs. Every component was hand selected by Anthony and scrupulously tested ONLY $66/mo.
to maximize tonality and performance. Make room in your rack for this one!
Specs: In: XLR mic, XLR line, instrument • Out: XLR • 5Hz-80kHz • Imp: 150, 300, 900, 1,500 ohms • Gain range: 54dB • 20dB pad
2-channel Tube Preamp ...........List $269900 2195
8-channel Preamp with A/D Converters
PreSonus has a
reputation for DigiMAX 96k
building high- 8-channel Preamp with A/D Converters and ADAT Out
quality products Many interfaces may have eight analog inputs, but they offer less-than-inspiring
packed with exceptional components — and making them accessible to pros and preamps. When you plug in, you want to have the best sound possible, to get the most
budget-conscious enthusiasts alike. Eight channels of quality mic preamplification with out of your source. That’s why the DigiMAX Series is perfect for the modern digital
inserts on every channel set the DigiMAX LT apart from anything in its price range. studio — large or small. Each channel features PreSonus’s award-winning dual-servo
Each channel features PreSonus’s award-winning dual-servo mic preamps with 48-volt mic preamps with phantom power and a 20dB pad. The DigiMAX 96k offers up to 96k
phantom power and a 20dB pad. The Neutrik connectors accept line-level or microphone digital resolution, two hi-Z inputs, compression/limiting, and an EQ enhance button. Its
input. Digital synchronization is achieved by word clock in and out. handy 1U chassis is perfect for space-challenged home and project studios.
The DigiMAX LT is a great partner for interfaces such as the Digidesign 003, the MOTU A whole host of digital I/O allows you to easily integrate the DigiMAX 96k into any
828mk3, and the MOTU 2408, as well as digital mixers and hard disk recorders. existing digital workstation while enjoying the clarity of PreSonus’s Class A preamps.
Specs: 8-ch • solid-state • In: 8 x XLR/TRS, 8 x ins • ADAT, WC I/O • 1U Specs: In: 8 x XLR, 8 x TRS, 2 x DI • Out: 8 x TRS • Dig out: ADAT, AES/EBU, S/PDIF, WC I/O • EQ • limiter
ONLY $24/mo. ONLY $42/mo.
8-ch Preamp w/Lightpipe ..........List 999 00
DigiMax96 8-ch Mic Pre w/ Dig Output... List 1749 $ 00
8-channel Microphone Preamp with Lightpipe DigiMAX FS
PreSonus 8-channel Preamp with
expands their 96kHz Lightpipe I/O
DigiMAX The biggest disadvantage of many current FireWire interfaces is a
line, with the lack of built-in mic preamps. PreSonus’s DigiMAX FS lets you happily avoid
DigiMAX D8, a 24-bit/48kHz interface that serves as an add-on to an existing lightpipe- that problem, giving you incredibly high sound quality to boot! The DigiMAX FS includes
equipped system. It is equipped with eight Class A XMAX microphone preamps for pristine eight Class A microphone preamps with trim control, 24-bit/96kHz ADAT or dual S/MUX
sound on the front end, as well as eight analog direct outputs for patching your signal I/O, as well as direct outs and inserts on each channel. It’s the perfect complement for
out to external gear. As a top-notch front end or as a lightpipe expansion to your existing your FireWire interface! Add its onboard JetPLL jitter-reduction technology for ultra-tight
system, the DigiMAX D8 is perfect for almost any studio, and the clean, transparent synchronization of digital sources, and you’ve got a hands-down winner for expanding
sound of the preamps lends itself well to all types of recording. Don’t let the price of this the number of channels in your digital studio.
8-channel preamp fool you; it’s pro quality all the way! Specs: In: 8 x XLR/TRS • Out: 8 x TRS Dig I/O: ADAT • 20Hz-40kHz • Imp: 1.6k ohms • Gain range: 55dB
Specs: 8-ch • solid-state • In: 8 x XLR • WC • 1U ONLY $14/mo. ONLY $20/mo.
DigiMaxD8 8-ch Mic Pre w/Lightpipe..........List $54900
44995 DigiMaxFS 8-ch Mic Preamp w/S/MUX......List $79900
BlueTUBE DP TubePRE
2-channel Tube Preamplifier Single-channel Tube
Affordable quality from a very Preamplifier
compact preamp! PreSonus’s Loaded with PreSonus’s award-
BlueTUBE DP is a low-noise, winning dual-servo preamplifier,
phantom-powered 2-channel preamp the TubePRE delivers low-noise
that gives you the choice of tube or solid-state gain control and tube warmth for vocals,
circuits plus the ability to “dial in” the degree of tube warmth you guitars, bass, synths, and sound modules. It’s an easy choice for
want. The tube stage comes with an adjustable “tube drive” knob that ranges from off enhancing your recordings with the magic of tubes. The TubePRE has balanced XLR/
to maximum, delivering pleasing harmonics and a fat sound that can enhance your TRS I/O, phantom power, a 20dB pad, and a rumble filter. It’s also a great DI box.
tracks. The BlueTUBE DP is a cost-effective preamp with sweet sound. Read what TubePRE owner M. Knox of Philadelphia, PA had to say: “Totally worth it! I
Specs: In: 2 x XLR, 2 x TRS, 2 x DI • Out: 2 x XLR, 2 x TRS • Imp: 1.3k ohms • Gain range: 55dB • Pad: 20dB purchased this strictly for vocals, and I have to say, for the price tag, I am impressed to
ONLY $10/mo. Specs: 1 ch • tube • In: 1 x XLR, 1 x TS • Out: 1 x XLR, 1 x TS • Impedance: 1.3k ohms • 1/3U ONLY $10/mo.
BlueTubeDP 2-channel Tube Preamp........List $27900
22995 TubePRE Mono Tube Mic Preamp .............List $15900
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“This preamp has changed everything for me. My guitar tracks have never sounded this
good, with this little effort. Vocals sit beautifully in the mix. I tried for months to justify
buying a Pacifica, and now that I have one, I can’t believe that I waited so long. The
classic Quad-Eight sound that I’ve been longing for is now a reality!”
— Nick Schenkel, Sales Engineer, Ext. 1399
Rackmountable I/O and Power
Supply for 500 Series Cards
A Designs offers the 500 Series P-1
modules and the 500HR rack, a
dual slot, single-space rackmounted
Pacifica frame with a power supply for the
modules. First up is the P-1, which is EM-
Solid-state Stereo Mic Preamp essentially a single-channel version of
Featuring perhaps the best use of transformers we’ve seen in a long time, the A Designs the smash-hit Pacifica. The EM-Blue
Pacifica is all about beautiful tone. Reminiscent of the legendary Quad-Eight vintage is equipped with a custom-wound
consoles known for their extreme high fidelity and musicality, the amazing Pacifica nickel transformer for an open top EM-
uses A Designs’ incredible input and output transformers. In fact, A Designs actually end. The EM-Red sports a unique Red
tracked down the drawings for the original Quad’s transformers and asked the son of 50/50 output transformer aligned
the Quad-Eight designer to rebuild them for the Pacifica. The end result is stunning. with a different input transformer, to EM-
create a preamp that condenser mics Silver
Two front-panel hi-Z inputs go directly to the input transformer, for the fullest possible — especially mics pointed at acoustic
sound for your DI-ed bass and guitars. In addition, a very high 72dB gain (great for EM-
guitars — just seem to love. The steel- Gold
ribbon mics), a 20dB pad, polarity reverse, and phantom power give you the tools you transformer EM-Silver is a perfect fit
need for that lead-vocal sound or that killer guitar, bass, or keyboard track. Drum for ribbon mics, and it also fares well
overheads are also a favorite use for the Pacifica, giving you tones that are thick and on kick drums. The EM-Gold merges the
rich, and sit perfectly in the mix. If you’re looking for one preamp to reinvigorate your ONLY $10/mo.
input transformer of the Red
mic locker, then give the Pacifica serious consideration. with the output transformer 500HR Frame for Mic Pre Modules ........List $33500
Specs: In: 2x1/4" hi-Z, XLR (bal) • Out: 2 x XLR • 9Hz-101kHz • Imp: 600 ohms • Gain range: 72dB • Pad: 20dB of the Silver, to create a P1card “Quad-Eight” Pre Module ............List $89500 79597
preamp with a dark edge but EMcardBlue “Airy” Pre Module.......................List $89500 79597
ONLY $60/mo. with plenty of “oomph” in EMcardRed “Up-front Mids” Pre Module........List $89500 79597
the mids. EMcardSilv “Darker” Pre Module ...................List $89500 79597
Pacifica 2-ch Solid-state Mic Pre .........List $225000 EMcardGold “Dark” Pre Module......................List $89500 $
Specs: In: 2 x XLR • Out: 2 x XLR
The Right Tools for Your Music
Designed to sound like the classic Quad Eight console of the ‘70s, the A Designs Pacifica dual-channel, solid-state
mic preamp gives you a big sound that rivals brands costing many times more. Call a Sweetwater Sales Engineer
today to learn more about the incredible sound and value of A Designs preamps, EQs, and more.
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FET Preamp Designed for Ribbon Microphones
Ribbon mics are making a comeback in a big way. They’ve recently
found favor in front of guitar amps and over drum kits on countless
current albums. But, getting enough gain from a conventional preamp
for a ribbon mic can be a challenge — unless you have an appropriate
preamp that’s custom built to handle ribbon mics! The TRP ribbon mic
preamp provides a discrete front end with 83dB of gain through JFET
DC-coupled circuitry, for a sound that’s clean and open with excellent bass
response. There’s no phantom power onboard, so there’s no worry of accidentally hitting
a vintage ribbon mic with a shot of devastating phantom power. Not just for ribbons, the “AEA mics with a Ribbon Pre are honest enough to be scary! But if you’re an artist who
TRP preamp also handles dynamic mics and tube condensers, with ease. can handle the truth and wants to improve the quality of your tracks, then give this a
Specs: In: 2 x XLR • Out: 2 x XLR, 2 x TRS • Imp: 18k ohms • Gain range: 83dB y
try. Wes Dooley and his engineers show their respect for the sounds that musicians have
ONLY $27/mo. wo
worked years to craft, with every AEA product.”
RibbonPre FET Preamp...............................List $96500
86850 — Simon Picazo, Sales Engineer, Ext. 1251
207 Digital 386
2-channel Tube Mic and Instrument Preamp with 24-bit/96kHz A/D 2-channel Tube Preamp with Front-panel DI and Digital Output
The audiophile-quality 207 Digital preamp combines a low-noise transformerless The Silver Series 386 dual-channel tube mic preamp combines tube tone with the
solid-state first stage, the patented and award-winning Reflected Plate Amplifier™ tube proprietary dbx Type IV conversion system. The 386 boasts 48-volt phantom power, a
circuit second stage, and 24-bit/96kHz A/D converters. The 207 also features the exclusive phase invert switch, low-cut filtering, and digital outputs in both AES/EBU and
MicLim™, a patented circuit that provides up to 20dB of gain reduction, making the 207 S/PDIF formats. A front-panel hi-Z 1/4" instrument input, a mic/line switch, and a 20dB
virtually impervious to clipping. The 207 Digital will reveal the subtlety and power of pad provide convenience. The rear panel includes mic and line inputs and outputs,
vintage condensers, ribbons, electrets, and dynamic microphones, letting you get the best word clock sync input and output, and digital outputs. It’s classic tube tone and digital
performance possible from your valuable equipment. convenience — all from one great unit!
Specs: In: 2 x XLR, 2 x DI • Out: 2 x XLR 2 x TRS • Dig I/O: S/PDIF, AES/ ONLY $18/mo. Specs: In: 2 x XLR, 2 x TRS, 2 x DI • Out: 2 x XLR, 2 x TRS • Dig Out: AES/EBU, S/PDIF, word clock • ONLY $16/mo.
599 97 $
EBU, word clock • 30Hz-30kHz • 24-bit/96kHz • Imp: 330 ohms
Gain range: 45dB • Pad: 20dB 207Digital 2-ch Tube Mic Preamp...............List $69900 386 2-ch Tube Pre w/Dig Out ...........List $64995
Mic Preamp with Variable Input Impedance 2-channel Microphone Preamp
The great-sounding Summit The DMP3’s amazing 20Hz-100kHz
Audio 2BA-221 is so cool frequency response makes it ideal for
that many engineers and today’s 96kHz digital recording work, and
producers consider it to be a the balanced/unbalanced TRS outputs
secret weapon. The 2BA-221 are great for connecting to virtually
not only offers continuously any computer audio interface! You get
variable input impedance for mic matching, but it also features variable tube output exceptional dynamic range to capture
levels. The 2BA-221 has the ability to take a basic dynamic microphone and coax all the nuances of your music, plus a healthy 66dB of gain. The DMP3 is versatile: its
world-class tones out of it. This is an amazingly versatile preamp that’s very affordable two channels each feature phantom-powered mic inputs and high-impedance line ins,
for project studio owners. It makes a great channel when combined with Summit Audio’s making this unit a great instrument direct box, too. The output stage will deliver up to
high-quality TLA-50 leveling amp (p. 249)! 22dBV, and each channel also has a phase reverse switch.
Specs: In: 1 x XLR, 1 x TRS, 1 x DI • ONLY $19/mo. Specs: In: 2 x XLR, 2 x DI • Out: 2 x TRS • 20Hz-100kHz • Imp: 3k ohms • Gain range: 66dB ONLY $10/mo.
629 97 $
Out: 1 x XLR,1 x TRS • Imp: variable,
100k-10k ohms • Pad: 20dB
2BA221 1-ch Mic/Line Preamp...............List 695 $ 00
2-ch Mic Pre/Direct Box ............List 199 95
Mic Preamp with Tube Drive Control Tube Mic Preamp with 24-bit/96kHz A/D Converter
The VTB-1 is a value-priced Samson’s C•valve is an excellent choice
tube mic pre with a warm if you need a mic preamp with character
yet transparent character to spice up your DAW tracks but don’t
on vocals. Incorporating yet have the budget for a major audio
true Class A/B switching, the interface. It includes 24-bit A/D conversion
VTB-1 is a totally discrete circuit, and it’s also great for use as a tube direct box for any with a S/PDIF output to connect to most
instrument. Another thing that people love about the VTB-1 is its Tube Drive control. computer audio cards. Phantom power, phase reverse, and a peak limiter equip you
It provides continuously variable input voltage to the 12AX7 tube, giving you an entire for any input situation. A low-cut filter removes rumble, and an “Enhance” circuit
spectrum of rich harmonics that you can add to your signal. The variable tube circuit boosts highs to help you shape the tone of your input. Use the variable tube control to
is especially well suited for adding warmth and punch to vocals — simply dial in the coax those pleasing harmonics out of the time-tested 12AX7 tube, for just the degree of
perfect amount with the Tube Drive control. warmth that suits your track best. The C•valve also features a channel insert.
Specs: In: 1 x XLR, 1 x DI • Out: 1 x XLR ONLY $10/mo. Specs: In: 1 x XLR, 1 x TRS • Out: 1 x
139 99 $
• 20Hz-20kHz • Imp: 300k, 2k ohms TRS • Dig I/O: S/PDIF • 20Hz-20kHz •
• Gain range: 60dB Imp: 2.5k ohms • Gain range: 60dB
VTB1 Mono Mic Preamp ..................................... CValve Mono Tube Mic Preamp .............List $13999
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2-channel Class A Microphone Preamp
The Dual 72 is a 2-channel Class A all-discrete
transformer-balanced microphone preamplifier. It’s built with the same basic circuit design and components as
the classic Neve 1272 module. This unit features an input attenuator, output-level adjustment, and St. Ives input
and output transformers. Each channel has phase and phantom power switches, along with an LED output-level
display — as well as that classic Neve transformer-
based color. Requires the Vintech Power Supply. 1272 2-ch Class A Preamp ...............List $159500
$ 00 4-channel Mic Preamp with Vintage-style EQ
Specs: In 2 x XLR • Out: 2 x XLR VintechPS Vintech Power Supply ............................... 225
The Neve 1073 may well be the most famous and
273 273 sought-after microphone preamplifier in all of audio
2-channel Class A Mic Preamp recording history. So, imagine you could travel to the past
Vintech Audio’s 273 gives you two microphone preampli- - and bring four brand-new Neve 1073 preamps back with
fiers styled on the acclaimed 1073, for incredible tone. you, for less than the price of one! That’s what it’s like
Vintech’s also chosen special high- and low-shelving with the Vintech Audio 473. This superb device features
frequencies to impart that “magic.” Each channel offers four 1073-style microphone preamplifiers and an EQ
an impedance switch, a mic/line switch, an instrument X73 that really helps to enhance musical instruments and to
input, phantom power, phase reverse, and EQ on/off. ONLY $51/mo. impart a sort of “magic” to the sound, just as a vintage
For t Neve sound in a single-channel preamp, choose 273 2-ch Class A Mic Pre w/EQ .....List $175000
169997 1073 did. The 473 offers a choice of 3.2kHz and 12kHz for
high shelving, and 60Hz and 220Hz for low shelving.
the X73. Both require the Vintech Power Supply. X73 1-ch Class A Pre w/EQ .............List $199500 $
Specs: 273 In: 2 x XLR (mic), 1 x XLR, 4 x TS • Out: 1 x XLR, 2 x TRS • VintechPS Vintech Power Supply ............................... 22500
$ For even more sonic flexibility, the fully featured Vintech
shelf EQ X73 In: 2 x XLR • Out: XLR, TRS • shelf EQ 473 offers an input sensitivity adjustment, allowing up
to 70dB of gain; a dual-position input impedance switch;
a mic/line switch; an instrument input; and switches for
X73i phantom power, phase reverse, and EQ on/off. The 473
Single-channel Mic Preamp requires the Vintech Power Supply, sold separately.
Specs: 4-ch • In: 4 x XLR (mic), 4 x XLR, 4 x TS • Out: 4 x XLR, 4 x TRS •
Looking for vintage Neve sound? You get it with the single-channel X73i. This preamp’s EQ is tuned to bring out that 2-band EQ • 2U
classic sound, and it offers a 1/4" DI on the front panel, transformer-balanced mic and line inputs,
ONLY $41/mo. ONLY $87/mo.
phase reverse, phantom power, an EQ switch, and 70dB
$ 97 $
of gain. Requires the Vintech Power Supply. X73i $
1-ch Class A Preamp w/EQ .....List 159500
473 4-channel Class A Preamp w/EQ ...List 3195 $ 00
Specs: In: 2 x XLR • Out: XLR, TRS • shelf EQ VintechPS Vintech Power Supply ............................... $
22500 VintechPS Vintech Power Supply ..................................... 22500
Life Sounds Beautiful!
The X73i The X73
We put this piece head to head with vintage Neve 1073's at this The Vintech X73 features custom hand wired concentric style
year's AES show. It is 100% guaranteed to meet your expectations switches with gold plated pins, Swiss made military grade atten-
and is an incredible value. Call Sweetwater today about this piece! uator switch, custom input and output transformers, machined knobs.
The "X81 CLASS A"
The Model 473 Vintech Users include:
Jim Gaines: engineer Santana, Stevie Ray Vaughn
Eddie Kramer: producer Jimi Hendrix, eng. Peter Frampton
Chuck Ainlay: engineer George Strait, Trisha Yearwood, etc.
The folks at Sweetwater recognize something special when Michael Brauer: engineer Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson
they hear it. That’s why Vintech is proud to offer our Gary Paczosa: engineer Dixie Chicks, Alison Krauss, etc.
products in cooperation with Sweetwater. When they heard Dan Shea: producer Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony
our line, they were sold, and you will be too! Kyle Lehning: producer Randy Travis, George Jones, etc.
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Pro MPA II Digital MPA II
2-channel Tube Preamp with Variable Input Impedance 2-channel Tube Preamp with Digital Output
ART’s Pro MPA II packs an astounding amount of high-level features into an afford- The digitally equipped brother to the Pro MPA II (left), ART’s Digital MPA II offers up
able 2-channel tube microphone preamplifier. The Pro MPA II features selectable 48V two channels of true tube preamplification, with variable input impedance, so you can
phantom power on each of its two microphone inputs. Plus, you can tweak its variable pull out a wide range of tones from your favorite microphones. Dual-mono or stereo
input impedance to match the tonal flavor of the preamp to your microphone — or operation modes make the Digital MPA II a versatile studio tool. Plus, thanks to its
creatively mismatch the two. What’s more, switchable low-plate and high-plate voltage digital S/PDIF, ADAT, and AES/EBU outputs, you can bet that whatever interface setup you
options give you a far-reaching range of tones. Operate in dual mono or in stereo, to already have, you can work two more stellar channels into your unused inputs. As is the
meet your needs. There’s also a handy mid-side switch onboard. case with all ART gear, you get a lot of bang for your buck from this sleek 2U preamp.
ONLY $10/mo. ONLY $12/mo.
Specs: In: 2 x XLR, 2 x TS • Out: 2 x XLR, 2 x TRS • 15Hz-48kHz • Imp: variable • Specs: In: 2 x XLR, 2 x TS • Out: 2 x XLR, 2 x TRS, S/PDIF, ADAT, AES/EBU • 15Hz-48kHz • Imp:
Gain range: 75dB $ 97 variable • Gain range: 75dB
ProMPA2 2-ch Tube Mic Preamp...............List $37900 $
2-ch Mic Pre, Dig Out ........List 539 00
USB DualPre DPS II
USB Preamp 2-channel Tube Preamp
The USB DualPre with Variable Input
offers two channels Impedance
of ART sound ART’s DPS II is a fully featured,
quality and adds versatile 2-channel tube preamplifier with enough tweakability onboard to satisfy even the most musically adventurous.
the convenience Flexible V3 (Variable Valve Voicing) system has onboard presets specifically tailored to different instruments, for use
of USB to create a as an excellent DI box. And continuously variable input impedance lets you summon new tones from your old-hat
great bus-powered microphones. The DPS II has both digital and analog outputs with separate gain controls, to optimize the unit for
portable recording solution (it can also operate via 9V whichever purpose. Other convenient features include an auto-switching input, letting you keep the rear inputs patched
battery power). When paired with your laptop, you can in while you use the front-panel inputs.
capture music anywhere the inspiration strikes — record ONLY $10/mo.
Specs: In: 2 x XLR, 2 x TRS, 2 x XLR/TRS • Out: 2 x XLR, 2 x TRS • Dig out:
outside, record inside, or capture the gig in detail. ADAT, S/PDIF, TOSlink • 5Hz-50kHz • Impedance: variable, 150 ohms-3k ohms
Additionally, the USB DualPre is great for desktop • Gain range: 74dB DPSII 2-ch Digital Preamp .................List $32900
operations, thanks to its incredibly small footprint. It
offers plug-and-play compatibility with both Mac and
Specs: In: 2 x XLR, 2 x TRS, 2 x DI • Out: 2 x TRS, 1 x 1/8" • Dig out: USB •
20Hz-20kHz • Imp: 4k ohms • Gain range: 48dB
USBDualPre USB Preamp ...................List $12900
9997 Impressive performance, great
price! The TPS II features variable input impedance, which allows users to dial in and match any microphone type.
ART’s V3 feature provides optimized reference points to begin the recording process for any instrument. The TPS II
customer RAVES! provides level monitoring, with two analog meters and two input LED meters. The tube stage maintains the classic
“warm sound” and adds additional tube voicing specifically tailored to vocal, guitar, bass, and acoustic instruments.
“You have a customer for life with me. I’ve already Specs: In: 2 x XLR, 2 x TRS, 2 x XLR/TRS (front panel) • Out: 2 x XLR, 2 x TRS
recommended your company to a number of f iends and will
p y friends
f fr • 5Hz-50kHz • Impedance: variable, 150 ohms-3k ohms • Gain range: 80dB ONLY $10/mo.
continue to do so. Thanks for the g t exp ience.”
continue to do so Thanks for th great experience.”
conti k great experience.”
— Ryan Wharton
Ryan Wh rton
Ry Wharton t $
2-ch Tube Mic/Inst Preamp........List 229 00
Tube MP Project Series USB
Tube Preamp with USB Audio Interface
ART’s Tube MP Series offers incredible bang-for-your-buck preamplifiers,
putting pro quality within the reach of any project studio’s budget.
Their Tube MP Project Series USB lets you connect microphone,
instrument, and line-level signals to standard analog devices or to your
DAW, via its convenient USB output. The analog Tube MP Studio V3,
Tube MP Project Series, and original Tube MP units are also available.
Specs: MPUSB In: 1 x XLR, TS • Out: 1 x XLR, TRS • Dig I/O: USB • 10Hz-40kHz • Imp: 600 ohms, 4.7k ohms • Gain
range: 50dB • Pad: 20dB STV3 In: 1 x XLR, TS • Out: 1 x XLR, TRS • 10Hz-20kHz • Imp: 2k ohms • Gain range: 70dB MPPS
In: 1 x XLR, TS • Out: 1 x XLR, TRS 10Hz-40kHz • Imp: 600 ohms, 4.7k ohms • Gain range: 70dB • MP I/O: XLR, TRS • 10Hz-20kHz •
Imp: 2k ohms • Gain range: 70dB
TubeMPpsUSB USB Tube Preamp .......List $12900 TubeMP PS
TubeMPSTV3 Mono Tube Mic Preamp w/V3 ......List $9500 7597 TubeMP PS USB
TubeMPps Tube Mic Pre w/Vari Imped...........List $8900 69
TubeMP Mono Portable Tube Pre/DI ...........List $6000 48 b MP
Combining the ART ProMPA II™ Class-A tube microphone preamp with the ProVLA II™ tube driven Vactrol®-based Compressor / Leveling
amplifier creates the ultimate two-channel input solution for critical audio applications. The ProMPA II offers variable input impedance, selectable
tube plate voltage, comprehensive metering and the ability and true mid/side miking techniques ensure unmatched flexibility while delivering an
unmatched warmth, presence and clarity to any analog or digital recording. The ProVLA II uses an Opto-electronic circuit coupled with a 12AT7
vacuum tube in the gain stage making it the ideal dynamic control device capable of delivering a far more musical natural sounding and sonically
transparent compression than competitive units in its class.
• Variable Input Impedance For Flexible Microphone Voicing • VCA-Less Vactrol Opto-Compression Design
(150 Ohms To 2400 Ohms) • Mastering Quality Audio Signal Path with Tube Gain Stage
• Selectable Plate Voltage • Enhanced Link Mode – While in stereo link mode, channel 1 level control acts as
• Large VU Meters a master output level and channel 2 becomes a balance control between them,
- optimizing the Pro-VLA II for use as a mastering tool
• Backlit Function Switches
• Variable Threshold, Ratio & Output Controls
• Discrete Class-A Input Microphone Preamplifier
• LED Backlit VU Input/Output Level Metering
• Low Noise at Lower Gain Settings
• LED Metering Indicates Both Average Level And Peak Hold
• Extremely Low Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)
• Accurate Ten Segment LED Gain Reduction Metering
• Wide Frequency Response
• +4dBu/-10dBu Mode Switch Optimizes Pro-VLA II For Interface
• Additional Front Mounted Instrument Input Jack
with Professional OR Consumer Grade Components
• Supports Mid/Side Miking Technique
• Active Balanced XLR And 1⁄4-Inch Inputs & Outputs
• Operates at +4dbm/-10dbv Output
• Toroidal Transformer Reduces Mechanical & Electrical Hum
• Selectable Stereo/Dual Operation of Output Controls
Vactrol® is a registered trademark of Perkin Elmer Optoelectronics
• Automatic Instrument Input Selection
For more information on any ART products including the Digital MPA II, and the PRo MPA II contact your Sweetwater Sales Engineer.
(800) 222-4700 www.sweetwater.com
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Liquid Channel ISA 430 mkII
Classic Mic Preamp and Compressor Modeling Channel Strip Based on Legendary ISA 110/130
Liquid Channel offers an incredible combination of classic analog and cutting-edge The mic pre/EQ combination of the ISA 110 is regarded by many as the best analog
digital technology, making it one of the most sonically versatile preamps we’ve ever signal path yet conceived. The ISA 430 mkII combines Focusrite’s signature mic
heard. Its list of presets includes 40 of the most respected mic preamps and 40 classic preamp with the classic EQ section of the ISA 110 and an updated opto-compressor
compressors. You can tweak available settings at the touch of a button from the from the ISA 130. The transformer-based preamp incorporates Focusrite’s “Air” feature,
front panel or by using the included software. And the list of preamp and compressor for that “transparent” sound. Variable impedance settings give you the ideal match
replications keeps growing! Starting with Focusrite’s pristine analog input stage, your for your mic or the option of customizing the sound by intentionally mismatching the
signal can be processed in any manner imaginable. Crave the sound of an ISA 110 with impedance. The compressor/limiter switches between Focusrite’s transparent VCA circuit
its distinctive EQ section? You’ve got it. Or, perhaps a transformerless output stage suits and a vintage optical design. Add classic Focusrite sound to your professional or project
you better. Again, the Liquid Channel delivers. The only limit is your creativity! With studio, with this impressive channel strip.
24-bit/192kHz digital I/O, you might have found the ultimate front end for your DAW. Specs: In: 2 x XLR, 2 x DI (back/front) • Out: 2 x XLR • Impedance: 600, 1,400, 2,400, 6,800 ohms • Gain range: 60dB
•compressor • limiter • gate • de-esser • parametric EQ • shelf EQ
Specs: In: 2 x XLR • Out: 1 x XLR • Dig I/O: AES/EBU on XLR, word clock • 20Hz-20kHz • Imp: variable • Gain range:
74dB • compressor • EQ
ONLY $75/mo. ONLY $99/mo.
LiquidChannel Pro Channel Strip ...List $299999
249999 ISA430mkII Vintage Channel Strip ..............List $349999
ISA 220 Session Pack VoiceMaster Pro
Channel Strip with Preamp, EQ, and Compression Channel Strip with EQ, De-esser, and Compressor
This channel strip redefines “value” while offering classic Focusrite preamplification, VoiceMaster Pro gives you Focusrite’s famed Class A preamp to capture every nuance
EQ, and compression. The ISA 220 Session Pack channel strip’s classic preamp from any source. Vocal-shaping tools include the “Vintage Harmonics” processor, designed
accepts mic, line, and hi-Z instrument inputs, and its EQ offers two fully parametric mid- to emulate classic 1970s tape-based vocal enhancement processes; a vocal-friendly optical
bands, two switchable shelves, and highpass and lowpass filters. The Class A compressor ; p
expander; an adjustable tube-sound circuit; a voice-optimized EQ; and the de-esser from
with sidechain input for frequency-based control is merged with a frequency-adaptive the ISA 430. “VoiceMaster Pro makes a great front end for
limiter and a great-sounding and transparent optical de-esser — a rarity in channel a computer-based recording system. If you’re
Specs: In: 1 x XLR (front), 1 x DI (front)
strips at this price — to add a full suite of dynamics processing power to this already 1 x XLR, 1, x TRS • Out: 1 x XLR, 1 x TRS, looking for a full-featured channel strip that
impressive feature set. For cost-conscious facilities that demand premium sound quality, 1 x XLR pre de-esser • 10Hz-200kHz • can sound great on any sound source, then
Imp: 1,400 ohms • Gain range: 60dB • you need the VoiceMaster Pro.”
the ISA 220 Session Pack should be near the top of your list! optical expander • optical compressor •
— Luke Herian, Sales Engineer, Ext. 1236
Specs: In: 2 x XLR, 2 x DI • Out: 1 x XLR • Out: 1 x XLR • 10Hz-150kHz • 1,000 ohms • Gain range: 60dB • HP/LP
filters • comp/limiter • de-esser • param/shelf EQ
ONLY $60/mo. ONLY $23/mo.
ISA220 Channel Strip/Preamp................................
199999 VoiceMastPro Channel Strip ...........List $84999
With the SSL XRack Series, you can piece together your very
Modules for XRack Units
own SSL console to design the perfect rig for your tracking,
mixing, or mastering needs. For an extremely compact and The SSL XRack Mic Pre module
portable desktop solution, SSL’s newest Mynx offers two gives you SSL’s famous SuperAnalogue
spaces for XRack Modules (right). Whether you drop in a DC-coupled design, with 75dB of gain, variable impedance control, phantom power,
preamp module, a compressor module, or an EQ module, phase reverse, line input, front-panel DI, and highpass and lowpass filters. XRack 4
Mynx is ready to go wherever you are. Input and XRack 8 Input modules allow for efficient, effective signal summing. For
more of that “warm and dirty” SSL character, try the XRack VHD input module. The
For the ultimate in “build-your-own” SSL convenience, XRack EQ module is a 4-band parametric EQ with variable “Q” on the two midbands,
check out the XRack. This powered rackmountable beast and shelf/bell control on the high and low bands. For great dynamics, there are the
sports eight spaces for XRack Modules. XRack Dynamics module and the XRack Stereo Bus Compressor module. The
Beyond that, it offers total recall, XRack Master Bus module provides control of the XRack’s ONLY $26/mo.
despite being completely analog gear! internal master and record
You can save up to 32 presets to flash stereo buses, and it acts XRackMicPre Mic Pre Module................................
memory, making it easy to call up your as a studio control-room XRack4input 4-input Module ................................ 910
precise EQ or compression settings the module. It has mix and XRack8input 8-input Sum Module......................... 84500
next time you go to track that vocalist, sum insert points, mono XRackVHDin VHD Input Module ............................ 87500
lay down a bass line, or put ONLY $12/mo. compatibility check, and XRackEQ 1-channel EQ Module ....................... 84500
up mics on your drum kit. XRackDyn Dynamics Module ............................. 84500
Mynx master-out metering. $ 00
2-space Empty X-Rack .............................. XRackSBComp Stereo Bus Compressor ..................... 2195
XRackEmpty 8-space Empty X-Rack .............................. $
159500 XRackMastBus Master Bus Module .......................... 109500
It’s part of something bigger...
Based on our award-winning X-Rack system and using identical circuitry to our
acclaimed Duality and AWS 900+ consoles, Mynx makes the hit-making SSL
SuperAnalogue™ sound more accessible than ever.
Capable of housing two X-Rack modules, Mynx can be used to create a range of
recording and mixing tools designed to dramatically enhance your DAW
recordings. Combine the ‘SuperAnalogue Mic Pre’ and ‘Dynamics’ modules for a
pristine front-end recording system for vocals. Slot in the ‘EQ’ and ‘Dynamics’
modules for classic SSL channel strip processing. Fit the Stereo Bus
Compressor module for our legendary full mix compression. Or load the
‘Master Bus’ and ‘Line Input’ modules to create an analogue monitor &
foldback system for your studio.
Mynx has a two X-Rack module capacity.
Modules are sold separately. www.sweetwater.com/mynx
Discover Mynx and the full range of modules at www.solid-state-logic.com
Mynx. This is SSL. www.sweetwater.com
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6176 LA-610 mk II
Tube Preamp and FET Compressor Vintage Tube Mic Preamp and Compressor
For the sonic one-two punch of a classic tube mic preamp followed by one of the most The LA-610 mk II puts legendary, vintage all-tube technology into a modern channel
popular compressors ever made, check out the 6176. Features include a 15dB mic strip format at an extraordinary price — with new features, such as true compressor
pad and an enhanced +300-volt power supply with high-voltage MOSFET regulation. bypass and a sleek black-on-black finish. The LA-610 mk II injects the T4 gain-reduction
The 6176’s right half has a complete 1176LN with new features: a bypass switch that circuit of the famous LA-2A optical compressor into the legendary 610 console module.
hardwires the preamp output directly to the 1176LN output; a 1:1 ratio position to use This complete channel strip includes variable impedance inputs; a 2-band shelving EQ;
the compressor only for its “color,” and an “all” ratio switch position that duplicates the and, of course, the smooth-as-silk optical compressor.
all-button mode. Specs: In: 2 x XLR, 1 x DI • Out: 2 x XLR
Specs: In: 3 x XLR, 1 x DI • Out: 2 x XLR • • 20Hz-20kHz • Imp: 500 ohms, 2k ohms
ONLY $72/mo. • Gain range: 77dB • Pad: 15dB • ONLY $48/mo.
20Hz-20kHz • Imp: 13.8k ohms • Gain range:
65dB • Pad: 15dB • limiting amplifier optical compressor • shelf EQ
• shelf EQ 6176 Tube Channel Strip ...................List $289900 LA610mk2 Tube Mic Pre/Opt Comp ...........List $189900
Tube Channel Strip with Opto Compressor and 4-band EQ
Run your dullest, most sterile mic through the Avalon VT-737sp, and you’ll be amazed
at how harmonically rich and sweet it sounds. This award-winning channel strip features
a combination of tube preamp, opto compressor, sweep equalizer, output level, and VU
metering. The mic preamp uses cascaded dual-vacuum tube triodes and offers up to 58dB VT 737sp
of gain. The instrument preamp gives you both incredible headroom and exceptionally low noise. Two VT-737sp preamps
can be linked via the back-panel connectors, for stereo recording. The VT-737sp’s opto compressor is powered by twin Class
A tube triodes in its signal path for gain matching and offers everything from soft compression to hard-knee limiting. The
compressor bypass is a sealed silver relay, to provide the most direct
“No matter what mic I’m using, no matter signal path. EQ can be applied either pre- or post-compression for VT-737sp
what I’m recording, I’ve never been able flexibility. The VT-737sp is a true studio essential! You can choose ONLY $68/mo.
between a black or a silver faceplate. $
to get the VT-737sp to sound bad. What a
great go-to channel strip.” Specs: In: 2 x XLR • Out: 1 x XLR • Gain range: 58dB
VT737SPbk Tube Channel Strip - Black Panel .... List $250000
— Delvin Wolf, Sales Engineer, Ext. 1378 • Imp: variable • compressor/ limiter • shelf EQ VT737SP $ 00
Tube Channel Strip ......................... List 2500 225000
XLogic Alpha Channel
Channel Strip with EQ, Compression, and Analog/Digital Outputs
The XLogic Alpha Channel offers a recording solution based on SSL’s years of experience in designing the world’s Dual Vocal Combo
leading analog recording consoles. Like the other XLogic units, you get amazing SSL sound, but the Alpha Channel also Channel Strip with Mic Pre, EQ, and
comes equipped with digital outputs, so you can go direct into your interface with a digital signal. The Alpha Channel Electro-optical Limiter
has variable input impedance, EQ, and limiting, to prevent overs during recording. It also will sense the sample rate of Handbuilt in the U.S.A. by Manley Labs, the Langevin
connected devices and adjust itself. Dual Vocal Combo includes a 2-channel
AlphaChan XLogic Channel Strip..................................
99500 Specs: In: 1 x XLR, 1 x TRS, 1 x 1/4" link • Out: 1 x XLR, S/PDIF • External
key: 1 x XLR • Pad: 20dB • comp/limit • param/shelf EQ
microphone preamplifier with two shelf equalizers,
two channels of electro-optical limiters, VU meters,
individual phantom power, limiter linking, and
time-proven circuitry. The mic preamps give you 50dB
of gain, provided by discrete transistor circuits. The
Dual Vocal Combo also features convenient front-panel
1/4" direct instrument inputs.
There are no IC’s in this unit! The continuously
variable ±10dB shelf EQ’s switched turnover points
have been chosen carefully, and all EQ can be
completely switched out or set to flat positions. Up
VOXBOX to 53dB of gain and phantom power are available to
accommodate a wide range of microphones. This unit
Tube Channel Strip with Preamp, EQ, Compressor, and De-esser features precision Manley mic input transformers. It’s
The idea of a voice processor isn’t a novel idea, but when Manley designed one, they decided, in full Manley tradition, an ideal box for musicians and engineers on a budget
to pull out all the stops and make a truly high-end professional statement. Full of features, timeless style, robust build and is equally at home in a big league studio, a mobile
quality, and that world-famous “Manley sound,” the Manley VOXBOX combines the Mono Mic tube preamp, extended recording truck, or a live gig.
Pultec EQ, ELOP compressor, and a de-esser/limiter. Besides vocals, the VOXBOX offers great settings for drums, bass, Specs: In: 2 x XLR 2 x TRS, 2 x DI • Out: 2 x XLR, 2 x TRS, 2 x TS
guitar, and keys. The two sections can be used together or 10Hz-20kHz • Imp: 2.4k ohms • Gain range: 53dB • limiter • shelf EQ
independently for maximum flexibility. ONLY $55/mo.
VoxBox $ 00
Tube Vocal Channel Strip ..........List 4000 Call Specs: In: 3 x XLR, 2 x TS • Out: 2 x XLR, 2 x TS • 20Hz-60kHz • Imp: 2k ohm
• Gain range: 60dB • compressor/limiter • parametric EQ
DualVocal 2-channel Mic Preamp ...........List 2000 $ 00
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EQ, Preamp, and
With recording equipment
getting smaller and smaller and
inside-the-box mixing getting
astronomically better and better,
you don’t need a mountain of
outboard gear anymore to achieve
world-class recordings and great
sound onstage. In fact, even if you’re working in the most space-challenged of locations — from tight corners at the gig
to the OB van to the home studio — Tube-Tech offers a powerful solution with their latest modular system.
Tube/Solid-state Channel Strip
Passionate about the unmistakable sonic power that comes from merging tube technology and premium transformers, Summit Audio has rethought the channel strip, with the
Tube-Tech offers up the best of their know-how, in this customizable rig that starts with the RM 8 frame. The 8-slot ECS-410 Everest. This incredibly flexible device boasts
frame can hold eight of Tube-Tech’s modules, allowing you to put together your own system or systems to meet each a tube/solid-state preamp, passive EQ, dual-mode dynam-
studio or stage need. The RM 8 frame also features an internal power supply with the right voltages to make all the ics processing, a unique DriveBus output, and innovative
modules work. For premium inputs, turn to the exceptionally smooth-sounding PM 1A microphone preamp. This TouchPatch™ routing. The DriveBus is overdrivable in
preamp offers a direct input for connecting up your guitar, bass, or keyboard, dual-tube or discrete transistor mode.
along with switchable 48V phantom power, selectable microphone impedance, a PM1A
phase reverse switch, a low-cut filter, and a switchable dB pad. Next, for superb Each section is completely independent, with fully
dynamics processing, turn to the CM 1A compressor — it’s an optical all-tube unit balanced I/O to maintain signal integrity, and you can
that’s perfectly suited to recordings of vocals, drums, bass, and lead guitar. Two patch into any section at the push of a button, to custom
buses allow you to connect several compressors together. And for EQ, the passive configure your signal path. The individual components
EM 1A offers both low- and high-frequency boosts and selectable shelving, with a merge the best of transparency and color to offer nearly
tube-based push/pull amplifier to restore gain. Put together your perfect front end, unending sonic options.
fine-tune the mix Specs: In: 1 x DI, 4 x XLR, insert, sidechain • Out: 4 x XLR, -10dB TRS, stereo
link • Gain range: 80dB • Imp: 2k ohms • compressor • parametric EQ
ONLY $59/mo. with premium EQ
Empty Frame w/PS .................List 2150 00
1935 00 and compression, or
mix and match the EM1A
PM1A Tube Mic Pre Module................List $190000 171000 ONLY $105/mo.
CM1A Opto-cell Compressor ...............List $190000 $
171000 units for the best of CM1A
$ both worlds! Everest Tube/Solid-state Ch Strip .........List $392500
EM1A Passive EQ Module...................List $190000 171000
GML 2020 ATC-2
Legendary Input Channel 2-channel EQ, Compressor and Mic Preamp
The GML 2020 channel strip delivers one of the purest input signal paths you’ve ever The ATC-2 is a dual-channel FET compressor, 4-band EQ, and high-quality mic preamp
heard. The pristine input stage is followed by Massenburg’s unique dynamics section, from Toft. On the mic pre end of things, it boasts selectable 48V phantom power, direct
which reacts to loudness, not voltage — like our ears do! A “best of the best” single- instrument input, and selectable line output. Its classic FET compressor offers variable
channel mic pre/EQ/dynamics unit, the 2020 offers the ultimate in transparency. Extras attack, release, and ratio while VU meters display gain reduction and output level. For
include a switch for EQ pre/post compressor, EQ sidechain de-essing, a 2-pole HP filter, sculpting to sonic perfection, engage the ATC-2’s extremely musical 4-band EQ, complete
phase reverse, phantom power, and stereo link. Requires one 9015 external power supply. with turnover points for high- and low-frequency shelving. A useful stereo link facility
Specs: In: 2 x XLR, 1 x XLR, 1 x DI • Out: 1 x XLR • sidechain • Imp: 1k ohms • Gain range: 80dB • 4-band parametric lets you use the two compressors individually, or as a stereo pair.
ONLY $173/mo. EQ •compressor ONLY $35/mo.
5750 00 $
Specs: In: 2 x XLR mic, 2 x XLR line,
2 x 1/4" • Imp: 1.2k ohms • Gain
1-ch Integrated Input Chan.......List 6000 00
range: 60dB • 4-band parametric
ATC2 Dual Mic Pre/Comp/EQ..............................
MX60 Front End One Model 230
Tube-emulating Channel Strip with EQ, Preamp, De-esser, and Vocal Channel Strip with Aural Exciter
Switchable Impedance Aphex’s Model 230 Master Voice Channel vocal channel strip is specifically
The MX60 Front End One is a unique mic/line/instrument input channel in a single designed to make voices bigger, more present, more intimate, more intelligible, and
rackspace. The MX60 is great for studio and live sound applications, functioning as a more consistent. A combination of tube mic preamp, Easyrider® automatic compressor,
studio-grade mic preamp, program adaptive gate, de-esser, compressor, limiter, 3-band Logic Assisted Gate, split-band de-esser, Big Bottom®, parametric EQ, and Aural Exciter®,
EQ, and multi-band tube saturation stage. The input stage may be switched to accept the Model 230 includes an XLR input and also features five active outputs. The Model
mic-, line- or instrument-level signals with 48-volt phantom power. Phase reverse, 20dB 230 also gives you extensive digital output options, and has an insert point (via TRS) for
boost, low-cut and bright switches, and a TRS insert jack are included. additional processing.
Specs: In: XLR • Out: XLR, TRS •
Specs: In: 1 x XLR, 1 x DI (front panel), 1 x TRS • 20Hz-22kHz • Imp: 150 -600 ohms • Gain range: 60dB • gate • Dig out: AES/EBU, S/PDIF, Toslink •
ONLY $19/mo. de-esser • compressor • param. EQ word clock • 18Hz-24kHz • Imp: 2k ONLY $24/mo.
• LF/HF shelf ohms • Gain range: 45dB • Pad:
Mic/Line Pre w/Comp ...............List 650 00 20dB • compressor • EQ 230 $
Master Voice Channel Strip ........List 899 00
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Class A Tube Channel Strip
The ADL 700 channel strip’s preamp section is based on the same preamp tech-
nology as PreSonus’s grand-slam 2-channel ADL 600 preamp, designed by analog
tube-circuit genius Anthony DeMaria. It employs a discrete Class A circuit with a
balanced input transformer and three vacuum tubes, for superb performance. On
the input side of things, you can choose from a front-panel instrument input, a line input, and a
mic input — with a blistering 75dB of gain — to enjoy its premier sound on any source. The preamp also features
selectable input impedance, for drawing out different tones from your microphone collection. Beyond its first-rate preamp section,
the ADL 700 features an excellent FET-based VCA compressor, which sports variable threshold, ratio, attack, release, and make-up gain. And then, on
the EQ side of things, you have a discrete Class A 4-band parametric EQ with switchable high/low Q. You can also use a 3-position highpass filter to further sculpt your
sound, and an EQ/Compressor switch lets you switch the order of the EQ and the compressor. ONLY $60/mo.
Specs: 1-channel • tube • I/O: 1 x XLR, 1 x TRS, 1 x hi-Z • compressor • 4-band EQ
ADL700 Tube Channel Strip ...................List $229595
Eureka Studio Channel
Variable-impedance Channel Strip Channel Strip
The Eureka channel strip contains a discrete Class A transformer-coupled mic preamp, a This fully featured channel strip from PreSonus includes a Class A tube microphone/
compressor, and a 3-band parametric EQ. The preamp features variable input impedance, instrument preamp, a variable VCA compressor, a 3-band parametric EQ, and classic VU
so the Eureka can be matched and “tuned” for all types of microphones and applications. metering — all at a very affordable price. If you’re currently working on stock interface
What’s more, it also features “Saturate,” which adjusts the drain current on the input or mixer preamplifiers, then you won’t believe how incredible the same sources sound
FET amplifier to simulate tape saturation effects. This versatile channel strip also sports through the Studio Channel. Experience all that signature fat tube tone plus the
a compressor and a highpass filter, plus a parametric 3-band EQ with overlapping bands full-on ability to tweak — the Studio Channel’s bound to become your “go-to” box!
and switchable staging. It has instrument, line, and mic inputs. Specs: 1-channel • tube • I/O: 1 x XLR, 1 x TRS • 10Hz-50kHz • Low-cut: 80Hz • Pad: 20dB • compressor • EQ
Specs: 1-channel • solid-state • I/O: 1 x XLR, 1 x TRS • 10Hz-50kHz • Imp: 2.5k/1.5k/600/150/50 ohms • Gain range:
40dB • Pad: 20dB • compressor • EQ ONLY $10/mo.
Eureka Preamp/Channel Strip................List $69900
599 95 StudioChan $
Channel Strip .......................List 359 00
Channel Strip with EQ, Optical Compressor, and DI
TwinTrak Pro Now, every studio can benefit from the legendary Focusrite sound! As Focusrite’s most
2-channel Mic Preamp with EQ and Opto-compressor affordable recording channel strip, the TrakMaster Pro features a mic preamp
The TwinTrak Pro makes a great front end for your DAW. It offers quality analog derived from the award-winning Green range, a front-panel DI, a mid-scoop EQ, an
2-channel mic, line, and instrument inputs, with EQ and optical compression. The dual intuitive optical compressor, and latency-free monitoring. The front panel also includes
mono/stereo compressor features opto-circuitry and sidechain inputs. The mid-scoop EQ line and instrument inputs, so you can add tube warmth to guitars and keyboards. The
corrects problematic frequencies in the lower midrange. mid-scoop EQ is ideal for problem solving or for great miked-up speaker cabinets. With
variable attack and the unique “Squash” mode, the optical compressor can sound clean
Specs: In: 2 x XLR, 2 x DI, 2 x TRS • Out: 4 x XLR, 2 x TRS 3 x phones • Dig in: S/PDIF on coax, word clock on BNC •
20Hz-22kHz • Imp: continously variable • Gain range: 60dB • optical compressor • mid-scoop EQ
for vocals and acoustic guitar, but it excels at crushing drum loops.
ONLY $21/mo. Specs: In: 1 x XLR (front), 1 x DI (front), 1 x TRS • Out: 2 x TRS, 1 x ONLY $11/mo.
669 99 $
headphone • 2.5k ohms • Gain
range: 47dB • optical compressor •
TwinTrakPro Dual Mono/St Preamp ....List $74999 parametric EQ TrakMasterPro Vocal/Inst Ch Strip .......List $39999
Voice Channel Pro Channel
Class A Tube Channel Strip
ART’s Voice Channel features a tube preamp with an
Tube Channel Strip
The Pro Channel combines a hybrid tube/solid-state Tube Preamp with Compressor
integrated dynamics processor, a semi-parametric EQ,
preamp and a compressor that can function as either an
and digital outputs. The EQ can also be patched before The Tube PAC comprises one channel of the incredibly
opto- or variable-mu compressor. There’s also a flexible
or after the dynamics. A separate insert jack allows for popular ART Tube MP and one channel of the ART Tube
even more routing options. Compressor, in a single half-space unit.
Specs: In: 1 x XLR, TS, 2 x 1/4" return • Out: 1 x XLR, TS, 2 x 1/4" •
Specs: In: 2 x XLR/TRS, 1 x TS • Out: 1 x XLR, 1 x TRS, 2 x TS • Imp: 20Hz-20kHz • Imp: 1.67k ohms (XLR), 1M ohm (1/4")• Gain range: 100dB • Specs: In: 1 x XLR, 1 x 1/4" • Out: 1 x XLR, 1 x 1/4" • 20Hz-20kHz • Imp:
150-3.4k ohm, variable • Gain range: 60dB • parametric EQ • comp/ compressor • 4-band EQ 1.67k ohms (XLR), 1M ohm (1/4”) • Gain range: 70dB • compressor
de-esser/gate • Dig I/O: USB, ADAT, AES/EBU, S/PDIF/
TOSLink • word clock ONLY $13/mo. ONLY $10/mo. ONLY $10/mo.
VoiceChannel Tube Channel Strip .........List $53900
42997 ProChannel Mic Pre/EQ/Comp .........List $39000
31997 TubePac Tube Preamp and Comp .............List 159 $ 00
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Stereo Electro-optical Leveling Amplifier 2-channel Limiting Amplifier
What’s the best way to improve a product that some believe simply can’t be improved The 1176 is a studio standard for perfect vocals and punchy bass, imparting some of that
upon? Add another one! Based on the classic LA-2A design, the new 2-LA-2 offers two elusive sonic “magic” found on countless classic hit songs. Many engineers have yearned
linked or independent channels and a total of eight tubes, plus two switch-selectable T4 to own a pair of 1176s, and now the 2-1176 answers that call, packing two 1176 units
optical compression cells per channel (one fast, one slow), greatly expanding upon the in a convenient 2U package! All of the controls found on the classic mono 1176 are
functionality of Universal Audio’s classic leveling amp. The 2-LA-2 is great for use on a here — and, yes, it will do “all buttons in,” just like the original. Now, you can apply
master bus or on drums, guitars, vocals — pretty much anything you can imagine. the classic 1176 sound to any stereo source, such as a master bus or drums, while only
UA’s renaissance has resulted in an exciting blend of classic re-creations and new gear, taking up the rack space of a mono 1176. Now that Universal Audio’s offering twice as
and the 2-LA-2 represents their combination of forward thinking with an eye toward much of the classic tone, classic punch, and unmistakable sonic signature in the same
what has always worked. space, the 2-1176 is finding its way into countless studio rigs!
Specs: 2-channel • electro-optical Specs: In: 2 x XLR • Out: 2 x XLR • sidechain
limiting amplifier • tube • In: 2 x XLR ONLY $105/mo. ONLY $84/mo.
• Out: 2 x XLR • 2U
2LA2 Twin T4 Leveling Amp .............List $399900 2-1176 Twin Vintage Limiting Amp ......List $339900
1176LN “The 1176LN inspired the phrase “pump-and-
breathe” in terms of compression. It is an
FET Limiting Amplifier indispensable studio tool and sounds like you’ve
LA-2A Designed by UA founder Bill put a big, expensive fur coat on that particular
instrument. Amazing on everything!”
Classic Electro-optical Leveling Amplifier Putnam, the original 1176LN
— Jeffrey Green, Sales Engineer, Ext. 1272
The Teletronix LA-2A might just be the most famous compressor in history — and was a major breakthrough
it continues to be one of the most popular and copied limiters of all time. While some in limiter technology — the
copies claim to improve on its electronics, the LA-2A has a sound all its own, with silky- first true peak limiter with all transistor circuitry. Though Universal Audio could have
smooth, transparent dynamic control. Its unique electro-optical attenuator system gives “modernized” the 1176LN’s design, they wisely chose not to tinker with a great unit.
you incredibly fast gain reduction, without increasing harmonic distortion — it sounds Instead, they retained all the unique qualities that made the original a must-have studio
amazingly natural while doing its job extremely well! Universal Audio still handbuilds tool. Features include push-button selection of compression ratios, ultra-fast attack time,
the LA-2A, staying true to the original design and carefully selecting components to adjustable release time, and a Class A line-level output amplifier. In celebration of UA’s
ensure each unit lives up to the standards of the original. It’s incredibly effective for 10th anniversary of reincorporation (and 40 years of the 1176), a specially modded low-
noise version of the 1176LN ONLY $60/mo.
treating vocals, and it’s easy
ONLY $90/mo. is also available. $ 97
to use. 1176LN
Limiting Amplifier ....................List 2399
$ Specs: In: 1 x XLR • Out: 1 x XLR $
LA2A Leveling Amplifier ...................List $359900 • sidechain
1176LNAnn Ann Edition Limiting Amp..........List $299900
Specs: In: 1 x XLR • Out: 1 x XLR
Variable Mu FET Compressor II
Stereo Variable Mu Limiter/Compressor for Tracking and Mastering Class A Compressor/Limiter with Multiple Release-time Settings
Manley’s stellar Variable Mu limiter/compressor creates the glue that holds a mix Geoff Daking makes boutique-quality studio equipment that stands up to years of use
together, allowing the individual character of each instrument to stand out yet fit by combining top-shelf components with modern manufacturing techniques. Daking’s
together as a unified whole. As with all Manley studio gear, the Variable Mu seems to FET Compressor II gives you the control you need over your tracks and mixes,
have all the little intangibles that make the studio magic happen (in addition to its while its transparency and subtlety allow your audio to sound uncompressed. The FET
top-grade componentry and pro-caliber construction). It’s the finished “record” sound Compressor II, like Daking’s EQs and preamps, uses discrete transistor technology, Class
you always struggled to achieve — unless you already had a Manley Stereo Variable Mu A amps, and transformer-balanced inputs and outputs for great performance and low-
Limiter/Compressor. The Variable Mu works the same way the vintage Fairchild 670 did, noise operation. You get seven release-time constants for an array of classic performance
by using the “remote cut-off” of a vacuum tube to achieve compression. The unique characteristics, making it easy to dial in the vibe you’re looking for, without sacrificing
5670 dual triode is at the center of the peak reducing and compression action, and it’s transparency. Operation is incredibly intuitive, thanks to the five large front-panel knobs.
constantly being re-biased by the vacuum-tube-rectified sidechain control voltages, Though it’s right at home in professional rigs, the FET Compressor II is affordable
which cause this tube to smoothly change its gain. enough for project studios, too.
Specs: XLR/TRS ONLY $43/mo.
Specs: In: 2 x XLR • Out: 2 x XLR
$ 00 FET2Comp Class A FET Comp/Limiter ........List $219500
VariMu Dual-channel Comp/Limiter .....List $400000
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XLogic G Series
2-channel Twin VCA Compressor
VT-747sp Before SSL’s XLogic G Series Compressor came along, the
only way to have access to the G Series mix-bus compressor
Stereo Tube Optical Compressor with “An ideal cure for any mix that sounds “too digital.” Just add was via the center section of an SSL 4000 G Series console. The
6-band EQ it to your mix bus and listen to the magic. Use the solid-state
path for a little punch or the tube path for that extra vitality
G Series Compressor works its magic by making mixes louder
DAWs can be powerful tools for recording your an
and gloss. The VT-747sp is at home in any pro or serious without drawing unnecessary attention to itself. The simple,
music, but a common criticism is that they sound pr
project studio.” straightforward controls include an attack control that allows
brittle and cold, lacking the kind of warmth that — Derek Senestraro, Sales Engineer, Ext. 1243 fine-tuning for program material and a release control with an
pro analog outboard gear provides. That’s what auto setting. There are three ratios available that range from
makes Avalon’s VT-747sp stereo compressor so subtle to squash. The unit also has a sidechain input and an
valuable. It combines a creative stereo tube-discrete Class A opto compressor with a musical 6-band program equalizer Autofade function that allows fade-ins or fade-outs from 1−60
that’s sure to optimize your tracks. The compressor features a minimal signal path design utilizing sealed silver relays seconds, with a slope that resembles the curve of a console fader.
for all signal routing and bypass functions. The VT-747sp’s 6-band EQ incorporates the smooth characteristics of an Specs: In: 2 x XLR • Out: 2 x XLR • 1 x XLR external key
all-passive design. It’s an elegant, great-sounding unit. ONLY $74/mo. ONLY $105/mo.
Specs: In: 2 x XLR • Out: 2 x XLR
VT747SP $ 00
Tube Stereo Compressor...........List 2700
GSeriesComp Stereo Bus Compressor ..................
Germanium Compressor Empirical Labs’ EL-8SX
FET Compressor with Germanium Amp Distressor puts some of
The Chandler Limited® Germanium Compressor brings premium compression that “vintage” sound in your
to the Germanium series. This unit includes an adjustable wet/dry Mix control; Comp digital recordings by adding
Curve, which gives different types of “character” to its settings for maximum flexibility; second- and third-order harmonic distortion. Plus, it offers advanced
and Clean/Dirty Comp, which ditches harsh-sounding harmonics and leaves the tasty sidechain EQ, eight unique curves, and provides hundreds of options with just a few
2nd and 3rd harmonics in for even sweeter sounds. The Germ Comp is virtually devoid control settings. This unit adds a distinctive “British Mode” — an emulation of the
of the so-called traditional controls that have been used on compressors for decades. studio trick of pushing all four buttons in on an 1176, which imparts a very aggressive
Sure, there’s a ratio knob, but it’s completely set by ear — you just turn the knob until sound to the signal. The EL-8S Distressor gives you dual-channel
performance, minus the “British Mode.” ONLY $90/mo.
it sounds right. The Comp Curve setting is handled the same way, using a series of
Germanium or silicon diodes, resistors, or diode combinations to control the compres- Specs: In: 2 x XLR • Out: 2 x XLR ELI8SX 2-chan Comp w/Brit Mode ......List $379900
sion curve. The Germanium Compressor lets you “play it by ear” to get great results! ELI8S Dual-channel Compressor .........List $300000 270000
Requires the Chandler Power Supply.
ONLY $46/mo. EL-8XM Distressor
Specs: In: 1 x XLR • Out: 1 x XLR
GermaniumComp FET Germanium Compressor ....List $168000 Single-channel
ChandlerPS Chandler Power Supply .......................List $22500 $
Like its dual-channel
sibling, the EL-8SX (above), the EL-8XM Distressor lets you go from smooth and
mild to aggressive, “all buttons in” compression. If you record yourself or do a lot
of single-instrument tracking, then this single-channel model is ideal (and more
affordable.) It includes all the great features that make Distressors first-call units in
studios everywhere, while its “British Mode” definitely adds a nice wrinkle. If you prefer
the “modern classic” character of the original Distressor, then
Portico 5043 check out the single-channel EL-8M Distressor. ONLY $46/mo.
2-channel Compressor/Limiter Module with Specs: In: 2 x XLR • Out: 2 x XLR ELI8XM 1-ch Distressor w/Brit Mode ...List $179900
Independent and Linked Operation Modes ELI8M Single-channel Distressor .........List $150000 $
The mere mention of the name “Neve” conjures up visions of some of the most classic
consoles and studio gear ever made. It’s good for us that, though Rupert Neve has long EL7 FATSO Jr.
been a legend of innovative, great-sounding gear design, he’s far from done! Rupert Neve Analog Tape
Designs’ Portico line of signal processors builds on Mr. Neve’s sterling reputation, with Simulator
a combination of classic character; unparalleled build quality; and the convenience of
modern, modular design. Built to handle either tracking or mixing, the Portico 5043 Digital studio owners
boasts two channels of compression/limiting that can be used independently or linked want to find a way to make their tracks sound like the classic tracks from their favorite
in sequence for two decidedly different compression sounds. Neve input and output artists. Here’s a great way to get there! Empirical Labs’ EL7 FATSO Jr. is a digitally
transformers are onboard to give your tracks that distinctly British sound, while the controlled analog device that gives you a distinctively “classic” vibe. This 2-channel
Portico 5043 remains transparent-sounding enough to be used effectively in practically processor will musically integrate harmonic frequencies and transients and increase
any signal chain. Inject some classic flavor into your tracks by adding this compressor the apparent volume of your tracks without an actual increase in peak volume levels.
to your rack! FATSO Jr. adds that vintage touch to your digital recording setup!
ONLY $60/mo. Specs: In: 2 x XLR, 2 x TRS • Out: 2 x XLR, 2 x TRS • sidechain
Specs: In: 2 x XLR, 2 x TRS • Out: ONLY $68/mo.
2 x XLR 5043CompLimH 2-ch Comp/Limiter .......................
Full Analog Tape Simulator .......List 2500 00
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Dual Gate/Compressor with Dual Stereo Gate/Compressor
Multiband Processing and Analog/Digital I/O The TC Electronic C300 dual stereo gate/compressor offers an innovative approach to
TC Electronic’s C400XL dual gate/compressor offers balanced audio and digital I/O; compression and gating. This compressor has presets to quickly optimize the unit for
ultra-fast, click-free gating; high-resolution input and gain-reduction metering; and an the type of signal — vocals, guitars, drums, etc. — that make dialing in the sound a
exclusive “Mix” knob that lets you perform parallel processing tasks without requiring snap. There are also knobs for entering your own settings, with control over threshold,
complicated routing operations. Get multiband compression and gate/de-ess functions ratio, and makeup gain. A fourth knob is where the C300 really breaks new ground — a
— plus the capability to handle analog and digital sources — from one box! mix control that allows you to blend the dry signal with the compressed signal. For the
Specs: In: 2 x XLR• Out: 2 x XLR • Dig I/O: AES • MIDI money, you won’t find a more flexible compressor on the market.
ONLY $11/mo. ONLY $10/mo.
349 97 $
Specs: In: 2 x TRS • Out: 2 x TRS
Compressor/Limiter/Gate...........List 395 00
Compressor/Limiter/Gate...........List 295 00
Tube Leveling Amplifier
Pro-VLA II MaxCom From the introduction of their breakthrough TLA-100 in
2-channel Tube Leveling Amp/Compressor Dual-channel Compressor/Maximizer the mid-1980s to this versatile and value-priced TLA-50
Here’s an amazing mastering-quality leveling amp that’s BBE has long been a leader in live sound applications Tube Leveling Amplifier, Summit Audio has proven that
friendly to any budget! The 2-channel Pro-VLA II uses with their ground-breaking Sonic Maximizers, and they know how to make premium products for the long
an opto-electronic compression design and a 12AT7 tube they continue to raise the bar in performance and haul. Just running a signal through the TLA-50 without
in the gain stage. While tube units characteristically let versatility. The MaxCom merges a highly sophisticated any gain reduction offers sonic rewards. It features
you add tonal character to your mixes, the Pro-VLA II dual-channel compressor/limiter/gate with an onboard sidechain access, stereo linking with another TLA-50,
also provides very transparent limiting — a must for Sonic Maximizer. The result is a live or recorded mix with switchable attack and release times, fully adjustable gain
pro-level mastering jobs. all the clean, clear punch that only a truly professional and gain-reduction control, and accurate VU metering
dynamics controller can provide. Plus, the Sonic with overload indication. Not only does the TLA-50 do a
The Pro-VLA II includes a very low-noise toroidal phenomenal job adding polish to individual instruments,
Maximizer kicks in to add crystalline clarity and air to
transformer (essential for single-room studios) plus but it also has the ability to bring out high-frequency
the source material, as well as to reveal rich harmonic
variable threshold, ratio, and output controls. Great for content in electric guitars (just roll back your volume
subtleties. No live or studio rack should be without one of
studio, broadcast, and live applications, the Pro-VLA II is control, and you’ll hear it). Not just for the studio, its
an incredible value! solid construction makes it perfect for live work.
Specs: In: 2 x XLR, 2 x TRS • Out: 2 x XLR, TRS • sidechain
Specs: In: 2 x XLR, TS • Out: 2 x XLR, TRS
Specs: In: 1x1/4" TRS, 1 x XLR • Out: 1x1/4" TRS, 1 x XLR • 1/4" TRS
ONLY $10/mo. ONLY $10/mo. ONLY $19/mo.
ProVLA2 2-ch Leveling Amplifier..............List $37900
29997 MaxCom Dual Comp/Lim/Gate/Mxmzr .....List $32900
19999 TLA50 $
Tube Leveling Amplifier..............List 695 00
Mono Compressor with 16 Presets
PreSonus took a practical
approach in designing
3630 S•com 4 the amazing COMP16
Independent Dual-channel Compressor and Gate 4-channel Compressor/Limiter and you easy access to
Expander/Gate the features you need
The Alesis 3630 is a great first compressor. You get two
The S•com 4 is a compact and versatile single- the most and packing it all into a
channels of tireless compression for less money than
rackspace device that provides four channels of dynamics super-compact, incredibly affordable unit! Sixteen
many single-channel compressors. Ideal for recording,
processing, with an expander/gate and a compressor/ presets have been carefully tailored for a wide
mixdown, instrument rigs, and sound reinforcement, it
limiter on each channel. The four channels operate range of applications, giving you great compression settings
features fully variable threshold, ratio, attack, release,
independently or in stereo pairs. The expander/gate for guitars, percussion, vocals, keyboards, and more. The
output level, selectable peak/RMS, and hard- and soft-
section offers Threshold control and a switch to select COMP16 features balanced (XLR) and unbalanced (1/4")
knee compression styles. As an independent dual-channel
either fast or slow release times. On the compressor/ inputs and outputs and provides +24dB of headroom and a
compressor, the 3630 offers separate controls for two
limiter section, you’ll find variable threshold, ratio, and -98dB noise floor. It’s got what you need to instantly improve
different source signals, making it extremely useful in
output levels. In attack and release mode, the S•com the sound of your home studio projects!
any mono or stereo circumstances. Two fully independent ONLY $10/mo.
4 really shines, with its ability to analyze the audio Specs: I/O: XLR, TS
gates with threshold and rate controls allow you to easily $
and efficiently stifle unwanted ambient noise. input and automatically adjust the attack and release Comp16 $
Compressor/Limiter ...................List 159 00
parameters. It’s a fantastic value!
Specs: In: 2 x XLR, TS • Out: 2 x XLR, TS • sidechain
Specs: In: 4 x XLR, 4 x TRS • Out: 4 x XLR, 4 x TRS customer RAVES!
ONLY $10/mo. “This was my first time ordering with Sweetwater, and the whole
99 97 $
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process was perfectly done from beginning to end. Thanks!”
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3630 2-ch Compressor/Limiter ...........List $19900 SCom4 4-channel Comp/Limiter ............List $28499 Michael g
— Mi hael Horgan
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8-channel Compressor/Limiter/Gate CL 1B
Even if you can afford any gate/compressor/limiter on the market, you owe it to yourself Single-channel Opto-Cell Compressor with Tube Amplifier
to check out the PreSonus ACP88 — it’s an excellent piece of gear, at the right price. Most compressors can handle a variety of signals but only really shine on particular
This 8-channel device gives you total dynamics control for multitrack recording and instruments or applications. The CL 1B from Tube Tech is one of those few compressors
live sound reinforcement. Its eight independent compressor/limiters deliver transparent that can literally do it all. This opto-cell compressor employs a gain-reduction element
dynamics control, while eight gates seamlessly control unwanted noise and bleed. that’s controlled by the sidechain amplifier, with both fixed and variable Attack/Release
The versatile ACP88 can be used for any number of applications: controlling vocals, time control circuits. The signal then passes through a tube-based push/pull amplifier
taming drums, protecting speakers, and tightening the low end, all from just two with up to 30dB of gain. Balanced inputs and outputs, plus a bus selector to link multiple
rackspaces. You can also use the ACP88’s Link function to join channels, linking compressors, round out the impressive feature set of the CL 1B. The CL 1B is one of those
anywhere from two to all eight channels in different configurations. boxes that really changes the way you look at dynamics processing.
Specs:In: 8 x TRS • Out: 8 x TRS • sidechain Specs: I/O: XLR • sidechain
ONLY $27/mo. ONLY $90/mo.
8-ch Comp/Lim/Gate...............List 1149 00
Opto-cell Compressor ..............List 3300 00
1066 Single-channel Compressor
1046 The original dbx 160 series was introduced in the mid-1970s, and these units have
remained invaluable to studios and live applications ever since. It’s easy to see why the
dbx 160A is one of the most popular compressors with our customers. It carries the
Whether it’s for studio recording or live work, the need for multiple channels of original’s solid construction, foolproof operation, great sound, at-a-glance metering, and
high-quality, easy-to-use compression is growing rapidly. The dbx 1046 gives you bulletproof output stage.
four channels of that “classic” dbx sound in a single rackspace. The 1046 provides
smooth, classic dbx OverEasy or hard-knee compression that’s perfectly suited for use on This single-channel compressor/limiter includes OverEasy and hard-knee compression
individual recording tracks. The PeakStopPlus limiter is ideal for protecting your system curves; wide-ranging threshold, ratio, and output controls; and TrueRMS level detection,
from the aggressive peaks that can vaporize valuable speaker drivers. The four channels for the most natural-sounding dynamics processing available. The 160A’s unique
can be used independently or linked as stereo pairs, making the 1046 great for use on “Infinity +” inverse-compression mode is a lifesaver for correcting overbearing vocal
main speaker outs in a live environment. The 1066 compressor/limiter/gate offers two choruses and controlling runaway house-mix levels. Its easy-to-read meters are great for
channels, with the same great compression characteristics as the 1046. studio or sound-reinforcement settings.
Specs: In: 1 x XLR, 1 x TRS • Out: 1 x XLR, 1 x TRS
Specs: 1046 In: 4 x XLR, 4 x TRS •
Out: 4 x XLR, 4 x TRS 1066 In: 2 x $ ONLY $13/mo.
XLR, 2 x TRS • sidechain
Quad Compressor Limiter ...........List 799 95
1066 2-channel Comp/Limiter/Gate.....List $64995 $
429 97 160A $
1-channel Comp/Limiter ............List 649 95
Dual Compressor/Limiter/Gate Dual Compressor/Gate
Many compressor/limiter/gate units provide less-than-musical compression (coupled The dbx 266XL compressor/gate has the features you need to handle pro-level
with gating that swallows transients or cuts off decay and reverb tails), but the 166XL applications, but it works equally well for volunteers and beginners in house of worship,
proves that doesn’t have to be the case. This high-performance yet affordable compressor educational, and small-venue settings. Like the 166XL (left), this unit’s range of settings
uses superb gate-timing algorithms, so its release characteristics are smooth and allows it to work more like multiple units than one, making it a great value. Yet, perhaps
natural. What’s more, it can operate in stereo or dual-mono for added flexibility, and the most notable benefit of the dbx 266XL — aside from its high performance and
hard-knee or OverEasy compression algorithms give you extensive sonic power for the truly affordable price — is its Auto Dynamic circuitry. Beginners can toggle it into Auto
most demanding of tasks. The overall layout makes it easy for beginners to use, and mode, and the 266XL will continually adjust its actual attack and release times to best
there’s even an Auto mode that you can switch to for enabling preset program-dependent match the program material it’s receiving. In addition, the dbx 266XL can operate in
attack and release times, delivering that classic dbx sound at the push of a button. In both stereo and dual-mono modes, and sidechain is supported, as well. And for fast setup
addition, the dbx 166XL features separate precision LED displays for gain reduction, times, the dbx 266XL’s gain reduction, compression threshold, and gate threshold each
compression threshold, and gate threshold, which allows for fast and accurate setup. have their own precision LED displays.
Specs: In: 2 x XLR, 2 x TS, 2 x sidechain • Out: 2 x XLR, 2 x TS Specs: In: 2 x XLR, 2 x TS, 2 x sidechain • Out: 2 x XLR, 2 x TS
ONLY $10/mo. ONLY $10/mo.
Dual Compressor/Limiter ...........List 379 95
259 97 266XL $
Dual Compressor/Gate ...............List 229 95
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Massenburg 5-band Parametric EQ
The 8200 parametric EQ from George Massenburg
Labs represented a benchmark in quality and func-
tionality when it was introduced, and it continues to
be used on countless hit records. Its extraordinary
resolution and precision enable you to fix problems
precisely and without artifacts. Want to fix a fret buzz on one note of the guitar? Select one of the 8200’s “One of the best, most useful hardware EQs for a studio professional.
five bands of EQ, boost/cut of ±15dB, and a bandwidth control (Q) from 4 to 0.4, to dial in exactly what George Massenburg invented parametric equalization, so is it any
you want. Want to fix hum in a mix? The GML 8200 is what the best engineers use, and it doesn’t leave the surprise that his own version of it is so highly regarded? The 8200
telltale audible effects of many EQs. The lowest and highest bands can be switched to shelving mode, for has a smooth, transparent sound that is great for not only fixing
“sweetening” rather than problem correction. Requires a 8355 power supply things in the mix, but also sculpting your sound!”
(sold separately). — Jeff Hollman, Sales Engineer, Ext. 1285
Specs: 5-band • In: 2 x XLR • Out: 2 x XLR GML8200 2-ch, 5-band Parametric EQ .....List $500000
GML8355 8200, 8302, 8304 Power Supply .............. 52500
Massive Passive Mini Massive
2-channel 4-band Tube Equalizer 2-channel Mastering EQ
Manley’s Massive Passive tube At only 1U high, the Manley
EQ uses simple passive components Mini Massive EQ shares
and exploits their natural most of the design and
qualities, rather than forcing components of the larger Manley Massive Passive, along with a few refinements. Among
a complex circuit to meet an the changes are a retooling of the four lowest and highest shelf settings and the addition
arbitrary clinical or scientific goal. This 2-channel 4-band equalizer uses additional of higher Q bell shapes on the four highest frequency bands. The flexible EQ lets you dial
highpass and lowpass filters to deliver both the radical EQ sometimes needed for in anything from fat bottom end to a smooth, airy top end, for nice well-balanced mixes.
tracking and the subtle shadings required for vocals and mastering. The Massive For gain, the Mini Massive uses Manley Rapture Amplifiers to achieve impressive gain
Passive is designed to be a fundamentally different EQ, but it incorporates the best levels. These boutique-quality amps combine with shunt and series power regulators to
strengths of Pultecs, choice console EQs, parametrics, and graphics. The difference is provide an extremely low-noise power supply. Mini Massive has a very clean, transparent
that the Massive delivers twice as much EQ, with half the coloration. It allows huge HF sound, an output transformer bypass switch, and it works well on virtually any source.
boosts without sibilance problems, as well as fatness without mud. Specs: 4-band • In: 2 x XLR, 2 x TRS • Out: 2 x XLR, 2 x TRS
ONLY $130/mo. ONLY $76/mo.
Specs: 4-band • In: 2 x XLR, 2 x
TRS • Out: 2 x XLR, 2 x TRS MassivePassive St Tube EQ.....List 4800$ 00
MiniMassive 2-ch Solid-state EQ ........List 2800$ 00
HM2EQ “The Hammer”
3-band, Dual Mono Tube EQ
A-Designs’ impressive HM2EQ tube PE 1C
EQ is affectionately known as “The Tube Program EQ
Hammer.” This dual mono, 3-band Imagine a big studio “dream rack” filled with the most illustrious outboard processing
EQ is loaded with a warm, musical, gear out there. You’d certainly find a vintage Pultec EQ among the treasures, right?
and highly transparent sound with a Now, Tube Tech helps make your dream rack a reality, with the PE 1C, a Pultec-style
clean, airy high end. tube EQ that gives you the sound of a classic. The PE 1C features a low-frequency boost
A-Designs founder Peter Montessi popped in at Sweetwater recently to let us hear for and an attenuation-shelving band, as well as a boost and attenuation-peaking band
ourselves what The Hammer was made of, and to say it was smooth would be a major with bandwidth control for high frequencies. The PE 1C’s EQ section is totally passive,
understatement! Whether it’s used on vocals or instruments (it’s amazing on bass guitar, so Tube Tech built in a tube-based push/pull amplifier for making up any gain loss due
for instance), the sound you get is very round and natural. to the EQ. The PE 1C offers vintage vibe, great performance, and — a must for modern
Specs: 3-band • In: 2 x XLR • Out: 2 x XLR
recordists — rock-solid reliability.
ONLY $73/mo. Specs: In: 1 x XLR • Out: 1 x XLR ONLY $69/mo.
HM2EQ Dual Mono 3-bnd Tube EQ........List 2695 $ 00
Passive Program Equalizer .......List 2550 00
Portico 5033 FeQ-50
1-channel 5-band EQ 1-channel 4-band Tube/Solid-state EQ with Low and High Shelving
The FeQ-50 4-band EQ packs a ton
Experience Rupert Neve’s
of versatility into a convenient
signature “sweet and musical” EQ
package. The FeQ-50 features
sound, with the Portico 5033.
passive circuitry, vacuum
This high-quality 5-band EQ
tube and solid-state outputs,
module is a part of Rupert Neve
high-grade build quality, and
Designs’ Portico Module Series, all featuring designs finely tuned by the master himself.
a remarkably affordable price.
The Portico 5033 also sports Neve’s custom input and output transformer designs, which
This single-channel passive EQ imparts a characteristically rich sound, thanks to the
give it that classic Neve console flavor — in fact, you can even bypass the EQ section just
tube and transformerless signal path. The four bands of EQ each have switch-selectable
to sweeten up a source with a little of that transformer magic. The Portico 5033 includes
frequencies with fully sweepable gain, and Summit Audio included a 30Hz highpass filter
an external 15V power supply, which you can use to power up two Portico modules at
with 6dB-per-octave roll-off. The FeQ-50 has a total of four outputs, with +4 XLR and -10
once. Rackmounting kits for mounting one half-rack module or two
TRS tube and +4 XLR and -10 TRS solid-state.
half-rack modules together are available. ONLY $57/mo. ONLY $29/mo.
Specs: 5-band • In: 1 x XLR • Out:
1 x XLR
5033FiveEQH EQ Module......................................
189500 Specs: 4-band • In: 1 x XLR/TRS •
Out: 2 x XLR, 2 x 1/4 TRS FeQ50 1-ch Parametric EQ ...................List $99500
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The dbx 2231 is a 2-channel
31-band graphic EQ with
Type III noise reduction and QF 131
a limiter built in. The dual-channel 1231 graphic “The 2231 has been in my FOH rack for years. It
handles the road well, and it’s clean and reliable.
EQ has thirty-one 1/3-octave bands, ISO frequency Use it; you’ll like it!”
centers, ±12dB input gain range, and switchable
— Tim Harrington, Sales Engineer, Ext. 1395
40Hz/18dB-per-octave low-cut filters.
Specs: 2231 31-band @ 1/3-oct • ±15dB • In: 2 x XLR, 2 x TRS,
barrier strip • Out: 2 x XLR, 2 x TRS, barrier strip 1231 31-band @ ONLY $16/mo.
1/3-oct • ±12dB • In: 2 x XLR, 2 x TRS, barrier strip • Out: 2 x XLR, 2
x TRS, barrier strip 2231 Dual 31-band Graphic EQ...........List $79995
52997 QF 131
1231 Dual 31-band Graphic EQ............List $54995 $
359 97 31-band Graphic Equalizer with Feedback
231 Peavey’s 31-band QF 131 and dual 15-band QF 215
graphic equalizers are ruggedly built with the low-noise
EQ with 1/3-octave and low-distortion characteristics for which Peavey has
Equalization become famous. These workhorse 2U rackmount EQs
also include Peavey’s patented FLS (Feeedback Location
Here are a couple of great System) technology — at the onset of feedback, the FLS
options for those looking for quality entry-level EQs. The dbx 231 easily lives up to the dbx reputation, at a system visually indicates which slider you need to adjust
price point that can find a home in the tightest of budgets. Besides including two 31-band channels of 1/3- to quelch the feedback, making “ringing out the room”
octave equalization, the 231 also offers ±6dB or ±12dB boost/cut range, XLR I/O, 20mm faders, 1/4" inputs, easier than ever.
nonconductive nylon sliders, and an intuitive user interface with comprehensive output and gain-reduction
metering. The dbx 131 offers one channel of 31-band EQ that’s about as simple and elegant as it can be. The Both the QF 131 and the QF 215 have center-detented
single-channel 131 has 20mm faders, selectable ±6dB or ±12dB boost/cut range, XLR, and 1/4" TRS connectors. 45mm control sliders enclosed in metal, a ±15dB gain
ONLY $10/mo. control, low-cut filters, +21dBu balanced I/O, and
Specs: 231 graphic • 31-band • 2-ch • 1/3-oct • Range: ± 6dB or ±
12dB • In: 2 x XLR, TRS • Out: 2 x XLR, TRS • 2U 131 31-band @ 1/3-oct bypass switches. What’s more, all of Peavey’s Q Series
• ± 6dB or ±12dB • In: 1 x XLR, 1 x TRS • Out: 1 x XLR, 1 x TRS
Dual-channel 31-band EQ ..........List 279 95
equalizer filters are set at ISO center frequencies within
131 Single-channel 31-band EQ ........List $22995 15997 3% accuracy — delivering exceptional value at prices
gigging bands and solo musicians can truly afford.
215 Specs: QF131 31-band • 1/3-oct • +12dB boost/-18dB cut • I/O XLR, TRS
15-band Graphic QF214 15-band • 1/3-oct • +12dB boost/-18dB cut • I/O: XLR, TRS
EQ with 2/3-octave
Equalization ONLY $10/mo.
Regardless of your budget, the goal boils down to great sound, right? The folks at dbx understand that and came QF131 31-band Graphic EQ ..................List $29999
up with a great 2-channel unit that’s built to do the job! QF215 Dual 15-band Graphic EQ............List $29999 19999
The dbx 215 goes far beyond anything else in its price range, giving you pro-caliber results without making a
pro-level hole in your budget. With a 10Hz-50kHz frequency response, a dynamic range greater than 108dB, and
selectable ±6dB or ±12dB boost/cut levels, you’ll have the precise control and audio quality that pros expect. The customer RAVES!
“From the Sales Engineer to the packaging materials,
internal toroidal transformers keep noise and hum to a minimum — a must for project studios and live work.
The 215 offers 2/3-octave frequency bands. Sweetwater gives the impression y really appreciate and
g p you y pp
ONLY $10/mo. want my business. That’s refreshing in today’s market.”
want my business. Th t’s refreshing in t day’’s market ”
usiness. That’s ref shing today
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Specs: graphic • 15 bands • 2 channels • 2/3-oct • Range: ±6 dB or ±
12dB In: 2 x XLR, 2 x TRS • Out: 2 x XLR, 2 x TRS • 1U 215 Dual-channel 15-band EQ ..........List $22995
15997 — Brenda Creviston
Dual 31-band Graphic EQ
The PV231EQ dual 31-band, 1/3-octave
graphic EQ is a win-win combination of
proven Peavey features and affordability,
in a roadworthy 2U rackmountable box.
The PV215EQ is a single rackspace
dual 15-band, 2/3-octave graphic EQ
that’s a simple and affordable solution
to equalization. Both units allow you to
select between ±6dB or ±12dB cut or
boost on frequencies ranging from 20Hz
to 20kHz. A low-cut filter switch with PV215EQ
status LED helps remove rumble from
open microphones, while the bypass switch with LED indicator is convenient for soundchecks. Whether ONLY $10/mo.
onstage, in the studio, or simply tweaking your home hi-fi system, the PV Series has an EQ for you. PV231EQ Dual 31-band Graphic EQ...........List $19999
Specs: 231EQ dual 31-band @ 1/3-oct • ±6 or ±12dB • I/O: XLR (bal)215EQ dual 15-band @ 2/3-oct • ±6 or ±12dB • I/O: XLR PV215EQ Dual 15-band Graphic EQ............List $12999 9999
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8-channel Digital Equalizer
The Alesis DEQ830 gives you eight channels of 1/3-octave EQ with superb sonic performance and incredible flexibility. Adjust any of 30 bands on eight discrete channels with the
press of a button. You’ll get instant slider-style visual feedback, rather than having to squint at a tiny LCD. The DEQ830 includes 50 curve templates and 100 user locations, for getting
quality results instantly. It’s also incredibly versatile, as it’s capable of handling both live and studio work effectively. Connections include eight balanced 1/4" TRS analog inputs and
outputs, as well as eight digital channels of ADAT optical I/O. Alternatively, the even more affordable DEQ230 2-channel EQ has the ability to store and recall preset and user-defined
curves. It also has 25 preset and 25 user-definable recallable curves, as well as a bypass button that affects both channels simultaneously. Both units’ affordable prices makes them
attractive high-performance choices for any recording or performing musician. ONLY $15/mo.
Specs: DEQ830 30-band @ 1/3-oct • In: 8 x TRS • Out: 8 x TRS • Dig I/O: ADAT DEQ230 30-band @ 1/3-oct • ±12dB • In: 2 x TRS • Out: 2 x TRS
DEQ830 8-ch 1/3-octave Graphic EQ ....List $59900
DEQ230 2-ch 1/3-octave Graph EQ..........List $34900 32997
If you’re traveling with your live
rig, then you need gear that will last. Ashly’s GQX3102 is built to handle life on the road and designed to be
extremely quiet without the need for noise reduction. The front panel uses Ashly’s unique “T-Beam” construction,
Graphic EQs with Feedback Detection
which eliminates interconnections between the faders and the filters, keeping the front panel rigid for years of
solid service. Internally, the GQX3102 uses double-sided circuit boards with ground-plane design in the filter The ART HQ-231’s special feedback detection circuits
sections for improved RFI and electrostatic immunity, further maintaining signal integrity. instantly illuminate the EQ band with the hottest signal,
Specs: 31-band @ 1/3-oct • ±6 or ±15dB • In: 2 x XLR, 2 x TRS, barrier strip • Out: 2 x XLR, 2 x TRS, barrier strip
allowing you to identify a feedback source and make a
ONLY $20/mo. quick correction. The HQ-231 has constant-Q filtering
Dual 31-band EQ .......................List 795 00
63597 with ISO centers, independent variable highpass and
lowpass filters, illuminated detented slide potentiometers,
switchable ±6dB or ±12dB boost/cut range, independent
level and bypass controls, and EQ output LED metering.
D•2500 Specs: 31-band @ 1/3-oct • ±6 or ±12dB • In: 2 x XLR, 2 x TRS, RCA • Out:
2 x XLR, 2 x TRS, RCA
Stereo, 31-band Digital ONLY $10/mo.
Equalizer and Automatic
HQ231 Dual 31-band Graphic EQ...........List $53900
Samson’s D·2500 graphic EQ gives you 31 front-panel faders that respond quickly to your touch while visually
showing you the exact shape of your EQ curve. With 1/3-octave accuracy, you can pinpoint problem frequencies
and boost or cut up to 12dB. The D·2500 also provides outstanding feedback control, with Samson’s impressive
Auto Filter Release that monitors feedback and restores frequencies after the problem is gone!
Specs: 31-band • 20Hz-20kHz • In: 2 x XLR • Out: 2 x XLR
D2500 31-band Digital Graphic EQ ........List $31999
2-channel Constant-Q Graphic Equalizer
ART’s 355 dual-channel 31-band graphic equalizer
features constant-Q circuitry with center-frequency
S•curve 231 accuracy. The 20mm sliders handle a selectable boost/cut
Stereo Graphic Equalizer range of ±6dB or ±12dB, and adjustable highpass and
lowpass filters control noise. It offers active balanced and
The S•curve 231 is a 1/3-octave
unbalanced I/O connections, variable input-level control,
stereo EQ with 31 bands for pinpoint
and clip-level indicators. For mono work, try the 351.
control. It features ±6 or ±12dB faders, front-panel relay-controlled bypass switches, and an 8-segment output
meter in a 2U chassis. S·curve 231 boasts constant-Q circuitry to greatly reduce phase and intermodulation Specs: 355 31-band @ 1/3-oct • ±6 or ±12dB • In: 2 x XLR, 2 x TRS, RCA •
distortion. Front-panel controls include output level sliders and a low-cut filter, as well as Cut Only, Range, and Out: 2 x XLR, 2 x TRS, RCA 351 31-band @ 1/3-oct • ±6 or ±12dB • In: 2 x
XLR, 2 x TRS, RCA • Out: 2 x XLR, 2 x TRS, RCA
Bypass switches. The rear panel provides electronically balanced inputs and outputs on 1/4" and ONLY $10/mo.
XLR connectors. ONLY $10/mo.
ART355 Dual 31-band Graphic EQ...........List $29500
Specs: 31-band @ 1/3-oct • ±6 or ±12dB • In: 2 x XLR, 2 x TRS •
Out: 2 x XLR, 2 x TRS
SCurve231 Dual 31-band Graphic EQ...........List 304$ 99
229 97 ART351 31-band Graphic EQ ...................List $17900 $
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Dynamic Gain Controller
The GML 2030 is an incredibly effective yet unobtrusive dynamic-range control
device for mastering. For critical applications where transparent dynamic control
and front-panel setting repeatability are a must, the GML 2030 offers unmatched
performance. The 2030 continues the GML engineering tradition of “zero artifacts,”
allowing you to get the most out of your mixes without adding any unwanted tonal color. The GML 2030 also gives
you the ability to link multiple units together for multi-channel operation. Requires two 9015 power supplies. ONLY $200/mo.
Specs: In: 2 x XLR • Out: 2 x XLR • sidechain GML2030 $
2-ch Mastering Gain Control ...List 700000
GML9015 Pwr Supply-GML 8900/2020 .....List $65000 59500
Variable Mu Master
Massive Passive Mastering Router and Processor
Mastering Version Some pieces of gear just pave the way to great tracks,
Mastering Version Stereo Tube Compression/Limiting and Dangerous Music’s Master is one of those boxes.
Tube Stereo EQ If you’ve ever heard what a Fairchild 670 can do to a mix, Connect up your outboard gear and send the final mix
Taking everything that made the Massive Passive a first- then you’ve got a pretty good idea of what you’re going through — thanks to the Master’s “S&M Width” knob,
call EQ for mix engineers and tweaking it to be ideal for to get from the Variable Mu Mastering Version. you can get into “Sum or Minus” mode to affect just the
mastering, the Massive Passive Mastering Version When used for compression, you can call up anything hard-panned signals, leaving your center intact. What’s
uses a true passive design (hence the name) and offers from mild level control to distortion-inducing crushing more, you can also take full-on control over the width
11dB of boost or cut. The filters are custom-tailored for by varying the input and output volumes. Not just for of your stereo field. Another handy tool onboard is the
mastering, as well, allowing more EQ to be used while mastering, this beast can be used at any stage in the mix, “Monitor Offset” button. With it, you can match the input
maintaining a “natural” sound. You’ve truly got to hear thanks to independent control over source levels. and output levels, so you won’t trick your ears listening to
it to believe it! Specs: In 2 x XLR • Out: 2 x XLR
the level difference instead of what’s actually going on.
Specs: In: 2 x XLR, 2 x TRS • Out: 2 x XLR, 2 x TS Specs: In: 2 x stereo XLR • Out: 3 x stereo XLR • 3 x
ONLY $162/mo. ONLY $135/mo. stereo XLR insert loops ONLY $141/mo.
MPMaster $ 00
Stereo Tube EQ - Mastering.....List 6000
VariMuMaster Mast Comp/Limit ................List 5000
Master Mastering Summing Mixer .......List 5499 $ 00
Finalizer 96K Finalizer Express
24-bit/96kHz Multiband Mastering Processor 24-bit/96kHz Multiband Mastering Processor
The Finalizer 96K increases the clarity and dynamic output of audio tracks, with Give your mixes that extra “life” and “punch” with TC Electronic’s Finalizer Express.
premium audio quality. With its 24-bit/96kHz-resolution AD/DA converters, it offers This powerful mastering tool lets you quickly and easily improve the track’s energy by
increased dynamic range over its predecessor. Shape your mix with the 5-band EQ and improving the spectral balance and tightening the bass, ultimately giving you the “gelled
enhance it with your choice of TC-exclusive processes, including stereo adjust, digital together” feel of a final CD. With 24-bit/96kHz AD/DA converters and 16- and 20-bit
radiance generator, and spectral stereo image. Automatic format conversion between dithering, the Finalizer Express sports AES/EBU,
AES/EBU, S/PDIF, TOSlink, and ADAT simplifies output. S/PDIF, Optical, TOSlink, and MIDI I/O.
Specs: 5-band • In: 2 x XLR • Out: 2 x Specs: In: 2 x XLR • Out: 2 x XLR • Dig I/O: AES/EBU, S/PDIF, ADAT • MIDI I/O
ONLY $75/mo. ONLY $30/mo.
2499 97 $
XLR • Dig I/O: AES/EBU, S/PDIF, ADAT,
Finalizer96 Dynamic Processor ..................List 2995 $ 00
Finalizer Express ...........List 1595 00
Aural Exciter 204 882 Sonic Maximizer
2-channel Exciter with Optical Big Bottom®
High-definition Sound Processor
For years, professional
audio engineers Virtually any audio source can
and producers have benefit from either the 882i or
relied on Aphex’s the 482i Sonic Maximizer. The
Aural Exciter® to 882i is designed for applications that
brighten up sound. Now, with Aphex’s require balanced +4dBu input levels,
Aural Exciter 204, Aphex has brought back the Aural Exciter in an enhanced while the 482i is built for unbalanced
2-channel version and has thrown in Optical Big Bottom processing for extra measure! signals. Both can make your mixes sound bigger or get an individual track to stand out.
The Exciter extends the high frequencies for greater perceived Specs: 882i In: 2 x TRS, 2 x XLR (bal) • Out: 2 x TRS, 2 x XLR balanced 482i I/O: 4x1/4", 4 x ONLY $10/mo.
loudness, without introducing noise into the audio path due to ONLY $10/mo. $
Sonic Maximizer w/ Bal Outs .....List $49900
increased gain. $ 97 $
Specs: 2-ch I/O: 2 x XLR 204 $
2-channel Exciter/Enhancer .......List 399 00 482i Sonic Maximizer .........................List $29900
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Digital Reverb/Effects Processor with DAW Automation
Here’s a great example of “outside-the-box” thinking that benefits those of us who often work “in the box.” The innovative folks at Lexicon paired their formidable expertise in the realm
of effects with a forward-thinking approach to how they work with your recording system. The PCM96 — their latest processor — takes everything they’ve learned over the years about
reverb and situates it in prime position to become a powerhouse in the modern production studio. Inside, there are 28 reverb, delay, room, and modulation effects, including the trium-
phant return of Lexicon’s famed Concert Hall reverb, all handled in pristine 32-bit floating-point processing. For DAW users, the PCM96 easily fits in as a “hardware plug-in,” providing
classic reverbs and effects at sample rates up to 96kHz, within any AudioUnits or Mac VST host application via FireWire. For those of us dwelling in the analog world, balanced XLR I/O lets
you incorporate the PCM96 into an analog rig. So, whether you’re working “in the box” with your DAW or prefer a great-sounding, comprehensive hardware solution, the
answer is right here! The PCM96 is chock-full of the sounds that made Lexicon a legend in the first place. ONLY $90/mo.
Specs: In: 2 x TRS • Out: 2 x TRS • Dig I/O: AES, FireWire, Ethernet • 24-bit/96kHz • word clock • MIDI I/O/T PCM96 Digital Reverb/Effects ..............List $349995
Dual Stereo Reverb Processor with USB
The most feature-packed member of the MX family of
effects processing is the 4-channel MX400, a great effects
unit that works well in an array of applications. The MX400 (TRS) and the MX400XL (XLR) dual stereo/surround reverb processors bring those quality Lexicon sounds to project
studios, live sound applications, and surround facilities on a budget. The 4-in/4-out unit combines front-panel design with Lexicon’s USB “hardware plug-in” technology, which
enables you to control the MX400 exactly as you would any software plug-in (compatible with VST and AU formats) while enjoying the CPU relief that only hardware ONLY $12/mo.
can provide. This is a compact, versatile hardware reverb processor. It’s like getting two processors for the price of one!
Specs: MX400 In: 4 x TRS • Out: 4 x TRS • MIDI MX400XL In: 4 x XLR • Out: 4 x XLR • MIDI I/O MX400TRS Dual Stereo Reverb Processor ....List $59995
MX400XLR Dual Stereo Reverb Processor .....List $67495 44997
2-channel Reverb/Delay Processor
Many of the outstanding features that made the
MX400 (above) such a hit can also be found in the
more affordable MX300, a very versatile multi-effects
processor from Lexicon. Like its siblings the MX400 and the MX200, the MX300 can function as a VST or AU plug-in inside your DAW, for CPU-free processing. Imagine: you can
control the MX300 from your computer, just as you would a plug-in, without the sapping consequences of adding effects to multiple tracks. The MX300 can be used just as easily as
a standalone hardware unit, making it ultra-easy to use in demanding live sound situations. You can program a whole night of presets and dial them up quickly with the dedicated
program select knob and bright LED display. ONLY $10/mo.
Specs: 99 presets/99 user • In: 2 x TRS, 2 x XLR • Out: 2 x TRS, 2 x XLR • Dig I/O: S/PDIF • MIDI I/O MX300 2-ch Effects Processor ...............List $44995
USB Multi-effects Processor with Software Control
Engineers, producers, and musicians no longer have
to compromise between the instant control they enjoy
with plug-in effects and the warm, complex depth of
a dedicated hardware-based processor. The Lexicon
MX200 provides a USB interface with an intuitive
cross-platform VST plug-in window, allowing it to function as a “hardware plug-in” within any VST-compatible workstation. There are 99 carefully crafted factory presets that offer
stunning reverbs and effects, with an additional 99 programmable slots that allow you to make custom effects from dozens of effects types, including halls; chambers; plates; slap and
tape-type delays; dbx dynamics algorithms; and such special effects as chorus, flange, tremolo, and rotary.
Specs: 99 presets/user • 24-bit/48kHz • I/O: 2 x TRS ONLY $10/mo.
2-ch Effects Processor ...............List 299 95
2-channel Reverb Processor with Legendary
The Eventide Reverb 2016 is a classic reborn! It recreates the algorithms of the legendary 2016 stereo room, room reverb, and high-density plate. All parameters of the original
effects have been duplicated, but the 2016’s hardware is strictly 21st-century, with 24-bit internal processing and A/D conversion. Digital I/O gives you an all-digital signal path with
no extra conversion or dithering. The Reverb 2016 also features “new” reverbs with more complex early reflections, higher density, and finer control. The Reverb 2016 interface is
extremely easy to use and all parameters are easily accessed through Eventide’s signature “one knob, one job” setup. You can store up to 99 of your own presets to keep your favorite
settings a button push away. ONLY $60/mo.
Specs: reverb • 2-ch • 89 presets/99 user • In: 2 x XLR, 2 x TRS • Out: 2 x XLR, 2 x TRS • Dig I/O: S/PDIF, WC • MIDI I/O • 1U 2016 Stereo Reverb Processor ..........List $219500
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g Model 7
High-resolution Digital Reverb Processor
Designed by a small team of former Lexicon engineers who were responsible for some of the most famous and sought-after reverbs of all time, the 1U rackmountable Bricasti
Model 7 stereo reverb processor uses a unique algorithm to generate true stereo versions of classic, hall, plate, room, chamber, and ambient reverbs, which you simply have to hear
to believe! This unit is loaded with 100 onboard presets/100 user and features 15 parameters per program. The uncluttered control panel includes parameter, preset, and selection
buttons, as well as a large input-level knob and scroll knob and an easy-to-read display. The Model 7 features DC-coupled analog I/O, fully differential analog and digital sections,
and a dedicated toroidal transformer-based linear power supply for the analog side.
Specs: 100 presets/100 user • In: 3 x XLR • Out: 3 x XLR • Dig I/O: AES/EBU • 24-bit/192kHz • MIDI I/O ONLY $111/mo.
M7 Digital Reverb ...........................................
2-channel Digital Multi-effects Processor
H8000FW The Eclipse gives you
8-channel Ultra-Harmonizer with FireWire I/O “A great one-stop shop for high-quality FX
massive processing power processing, with conversion so good you don’t
For the last 37 years, Eventide has been designing the most advanced and powerful at a price that puts it in a need a line mixer! The dual-engine setup is
digital audio effects processors in the industry. Their innovative products have found more affordable ballpark. great for morphing from sound to sound and
their way into the guitar rigs of rock legends, from Brian May to Frank Zappa to It offers 24-bit/96kHz provides for the delay and reverb tails to ring
Jimmy Page. The H8000FW unleashes 24-bit/96kHz internal processing to deliver resolution, ultra-low noise, 90 through when switching presets.”
uncompromised sound quality. Stack as many as five stereo effects together to create of Eventide’s best algorithms, — Robert Williams, Sales Engineer, Ext. 1371
effects you’ve never imagined possible, and manipulate them from either the easy-to-use and 390 killer presets. The
front panel or the included software. Eclipse was designed with musicians in mind, with easy setup and a built-in search
For post-production work, Eventide provides scores of studio-proven effects. Adding engine that makes sorting and finding effects simple. The OS allows user-definable
FireWire to the H8000 makes it even easier than before to add that Ultra-Harmonizer scales, similar to the H3000. Besides analog I/O, the Eclipse gives you digital I/O with
shine to your tracks. support for AES/EBU, ADAT optical, and S/PDIF optical or coax connections. Word clock
I/O and a MIDI clock output let you use the Eclipse as your master clock!
Specs: 1,800 presets • In: 4 x XLR, 4 x hi-Z • Out: 4 x XLR • Dig I/O: AES/EBU, S/PDIF, ADAT, word clock • MIDI I/O
Specs: 390 presets • In: 2 x XLR/hi-Z 1/4" • Out: 2 x XLR, 2 x TRS • Dig I/O: AES/EBU, S/PDIF,
ONLY $165/mo. word clock • MIDI I/O ONLY $60/mo.
H8000FW Ultra-Harmonizer with FireWire .....List $599500
Eclipse Multi-effects Processor ...........List $299500
Dual-channel Multi-effects Processor with Auto Level Sensing
H7600 The MidiVerb 4’s superb algorithms produce dense natural reverbs, rich choruses,
2-channel Ultra-Harmonizer flangers, delays, pitch effects, and up to three simultaneous multi-effects. Alesis’s
Eventide’s most powerful stereo processor ever, the H7600 features 1,100 programs MidiVerb 4 offers 24-bit internal processing and 32 effects algorithms. Its 256 preset
and a 174-second sampler, for unprecedented stereo effects-processing prowess. It programs give you plenty to work with, and you can save your favorite edits in 128
offers a new operating system and new search functionality, providing instant access to user spaces. You can get even more affordable performance with the MicroVerb 4,
Eventide’s renowned catalog of effects — a very useful feature for engineers and artists, NanoVerb, and PicoVerb units.
both on the road and in the studio. You can create your own distinctive effects by using Specs: MidiVerb 4 256 presets/128 user • In: 2 x TRS • Out: 2 x TRS • MIDI I/O MicroVerb 4 200 presets/100 user
• In: 2 x TS • Out: 2 x TS • MIDI I/O NanoVerb 16 presets • In: 2 x TRS • Out: 2 x TRS PicoVerb 16 presets • In: 2 x
the front panel or via the Mac- and PC-friendly software that ships with the H7600. You TS • Out: 2 x TS
get an incredible range of reverbs, lush chorus effects, and the kind of stellar pitch-
changing performance that provides reason enough to keep this unit in your rack. The
H7600 gives audio professionals a stereo effects processor capable of easily addressing MicroVerb4
any creative application. ONLY $10/mo.
Specs: 2-channel • 1,098 presets • In: 2 x XLR, 2 x TS, 1 x hi-Z • Out: 2 x XLR • Dig I/O: AES/EBU, S/PDIF
• 24-bit/96kHz • MIDI I/O • WC • 2U
MidiVerb4 Signal Processor........................List 299 $ 00
ONLY $120/mo. NanoVerb4 MicroVerb4 Stereo Digital Reverb w/MIDI .....List $24900 15997
$ NanoVerb 18-bit Digital FX Processor .........List $13500 9997
H7600 Ultra-Harmonizer .....................List $449500
PicoVerb Digital Multi-effects Unit ..............List $9900 $ 97
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Stereo Reverb Processor with System 6000 Reverb Algorithms
TC Electronic is synonymous with great effects for the studio and the stage. Their rackmounted and standalone products combine premium sound quality with the kind of
intuitive controls and features you need to get great effects. Here’s a perfect example: at the touch of a button, Reverb 4000 delivers an impressive menu of state-of-the-art
stereo reverbs — some of TC’s finest! A single-engine version of the System 6000, the Reverb 4000 is a great addition to any mixing console and provides your studio or
live rig with main reverb, which features a palette of simulated rooms, from natural-sounding spaces to emulations of vintage reverbs and such TC classics as the DVR2,
VSS4, VSS3, and others. This module also has an extremely easy-to-use interface, for instantly accessing the reverb of your choice — an especially great advantage for live
situations. The Reverb 4000 offers impressive headroom plus analog I/O and 24-bit/96kHz digital I/O.
Specs: 134 presets/100 user • In: 2 x XLR • Out: 2 x XLR •
Dig I/O: AES/EBU, S/PDIF, optical, word clock • MIDI I/O ONLY $75/mo.
Digital Reverb.....................List 2995 00
Dual-engine Stereo Reverb with “Wizard” Preset Selection Dual-engine Reverb with 250 Factory Presets
The M3000 dual-engine stereo reverb has a full menu of signal-processing TC Electronic’s M2000 not only gives you a staggering array of reverbs, delays,
algorithms, including reverb, delay, chorus, flange, tremolo, dynamic EQ, gate, soft modulation effects, and processing tools, but its dual-engine design also allows you
compression, and much more. It works fast and is extremely easy to use. Presets can to run two full effects at the same time. This processor’s powerful DARC chip does
be edited and stored in RAM or via PCMCIA card slot, and the back panel features the job, giving you the flexibility you want while maintaining the sound quality
inputs for AES/EBU, S/PDIF, TOSlink, ADAT, MIDI, and analog I/O. you need. Like the M3000 (left), this unit features the amazingly useful Recall
Wizard function to instantly locate the preset you need for any given situation,
The M3000 might be the best sounding, most versatile, and easiest to use reverb while Dynamic Morphing gives you a dramatic new tool to add new dimensions to
you’ve heard! It’s excellent for studio work, live sound, post production — any your tracks. Using this function, you can apply one effect at low volume levels and
application. It comes loaded with 600 high-grade factory presets. Other features another at higher levels, and the Dynamic Morphing function will morph between
include a “wizard” function that lets you define an application source and size — the two as the levels vary.
then the M3000 suggests presets that best fit your needs!
This unit gives you 24-bit/48kHz sound quality, 250 factory presets, tap tempo and
Specs: reverb • 2 ch • 600 presets/300 user • In: 2 x XLR • Out: 2 x XLR • Dig I/O: AES/EBU, S/PDIF, TOSlink, WC
• 24-bit/48kHz • MIDI I/O • 1U MIDI tempo delay presets, and a versatile range of analog and digital I/O.
Specs: multi-effects • 2 ch • 250 presets/256 user • In: 2 x XLR • Out: 2 x XLR • Dig
ONLY $45/mo. I/O: AES/EBU, S/PDIF • 24-bit/48kHz • MIDI I/O • 1U ONLY $30/mo.
M3000 $ 00
Studio Reverb..........................List 1845
Effects Processor .....................List 119500
D-Two M-One XL M350
24-bit Delay with Tap Tempo Stereo Multi-effects Unit with Digital I/O Dual-engine Reverb with Software Control
TC Electronic’s D-Two Multi-Tap Rhythm Delay The M-One XL employs TC Electronic’s XL reverb A user-friendly dual-engine rack processor, the TC
boasts a dual-engine processor that allows you technology with new reverb algorithms. You can Electronic M350 is equally suited for live and studio
to tap in a tempo or a complete rhythmic pattern create any combination of spaces, from wide halls applications. It combines 15 brand-new TC-quality
and to quantize it instantly, according to a selected with short decays to narrow rooms with long decays. reverbs with 15 multi-purpose effects, including
subdivision. You can also add incredible delays, wide chorus, or delay, modulation, and compression. Studio
parametric equalizers. The M-One XL also includes engineers and recording musicians will benefit
The D-Two also provides six direct-access add-on
flangers, gates, tremolos, phasers, and more. S/PDIF from the included AU/VST-compatible software
effects, including spatial, ping pong, reverse,
digital I/O makes it easy to connect it to your DAW editor, which allows for seamless control and editing
dynamic delay, chorus, and filter. The standard delay
or other digital gear. M-One XL reverbs have gone integration with DAW systems. Parameters and
line of the D-Two is built around a delay line with a
through a general improvement process, mainly preset recalls may be fully automated or real-time
feedback loop, giving you a great degree of control
focusing on the stereo width. controlled. The M350 delivers high-quality 24-bit
over your delays.
processing and AD/DA conversion.
Specs: 50 presets/100 user • In: 2 x TRS • Out: 2 x TRS Specs: 200 presets/100 user • In: 2 x XLR
• Dig I/O: S/PDIF • MIDI I/O • Out: 2 x XLR • Dig I/O: S/PDIF • MIDI I/O Specs: 256 presets/99 user • In: 2 x TRS • Out: 2 x TRS (dual send/
return) • Dig I/O: S/PDIF • MIDI I/O, MIDI clock tempo sync
ONLY $15/mo. ONLY $12/mo. ONLY $10/mo.
DTwo Multi-tap Rhythm Delay.............List $69500
49997 MOneXL Multi-effects Processor .............List $49500
39997 M350 Dual-engine FX Processor..........List $24900
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Vocalist Live Pro
Smart Multi-part Vocal
Harmony and Effects Processor for Keyboardists and Guitarists
The newest member of the Vocalist Live series is the Vocalist Live Pro. This 1U rackmountable processor works much like its pedalboard-friendly siblings, but adds MIDI
functionality, so keyboardists can take advantage of this groundbreaking technology, as well. Essentially, the VL Pro analyzes the signal coming from your guitar or MIDI
keyboard and creates intelligent vocal harmonies — up to 4-part — for stunning live performances. Your virtual backup singers are in key, in pitch, and know exactly what to
sing every time you change chords!
With the Vocalist Live Pro, you also get an array of world-class effects to further enhance your vocal sound, including Lexicon-licensed reverbs, pitch correction, compressors,
and even the ability to tweak the individual genders and styles of the virtual backup singers. Plus, additional features, such as an onboard guitar tuner and footswitch/
expression pedal jacks assist in even more compelling, dynamic live performances. The Vocalist Live Pro offers 99 presets, so you have plenty of room to store settings for all of
your band’s most-used songs, with room to spare for your own creations. You can rest your mind knowing that you’ll never run out of space — just plug the Vocalist Live Pro
into your computer via USB, and you can easily archive, call up, and load any presets you want.
Specs: 99 presets • guitar effects/vocal harmony/pitch correction • 2-ch • In: 1 x XLR, 1x1/4", 2 x instrument • Out: 2 x XLR, 2x1/4" • Dig Out: S/PDIF • MIDI ONLY $18/mo.
I/O • USB •footswitch and exp pedal jacks
VLPro 4-pt Effects and Harmony ......List $84995
Vocalist Vocalist VL3D
Desktop Vocal Harmony Processor
Live Series The Vocalist VL3D processor
Smart Multi-part Vocal Harmony and
uses DigiTech’s exclusive
Effects Processor for Guitarists
MusicIQ technology to analyze
These incredible Vocalist Live units create vocals and apply great-sounding
vocal harmonies by analyzing the guitar harmonies that suit them per-
Vocalist Live 4 signal according to chord progression and fectly. You also get great reverb
structure. The Vocalist Live 4 can produce 3- and 4-part harmonies, while the Vocalist Live effects, a handy pre-effects
2 can produce 2-part harmonies. Both can add unison voices, while the Vocalist Live 4 also adds section, and real-time pitch
pitch correction to its arsenal. Each features onboard effects, such as reverb, compression, and EQ, correction, which allows you to
for polishing your sound, and each boasts an onboard tuner. make changes on the fly. Gender
Specs: Vocalist Live 4 50 presets • guitar effects/vocal harmony/pitch correction • 2-ch • In: 1 Control gives you the added flexibility of applying very realistic harmonies
x XLR, 1x1/4", 1 x instrument, 1 x 1/8” • Out: 2 x XLR, 2x1/4", 1 x guitar out Vocalist Live 2 In: without having to bring in additional vocalists. The Vocalist VL3D’s compact
1 x XLR, 1x1/4", 1 x instrument • Out: 1 x XLR, 2x1/4", 1 x guitar out
chassis and clean layout makes it a perfect addition to your desktop rig.
ONLY $15/mo. Specs: vocal harmony/pitch correction • In: 1 x XLR, 1x1/4" • MIDI
49997 Vocalist Live 2 ONLY $10/mo.
4-pt Effects and Harmony .........List $69995
$ 97 $
VL2 Vocal Effects and Harmony .........List $49995 299 VL3D $
4-pt Effects and Harmony ..........List 429 95
packs the features
you need for effective
phrase training into
a super-compact CD VT2
CD-VT2 Vocal Zapper
unit that uses handy Vocal Eliminator
Vocal/Instrument CD Trainer
MP3 sound files. You We were amazed by how well the Vocal Zapper
get Variable Speed The TASCAM CD-VT2 portable CD vocal and musical works — it lets you sing to your favorite music! Ideal
Audition (which changes the playback speed of a instrument trainer gives vocalists, instrumentalists, and for practice at home, learning in the studio, or just for
song without affecting its pitch), a voice canceller, music educators an amazingly easy way to rehearse and karaoke fun, the Vocal Zapper can be a vocalist’s best
a balance control between the input source and master phrases and parts. Using VSA (Variable Speed friend. This handy tool can remove vocals from a CD
the track, and even a built-in metronome! The Audition) technology, you can adjust the speed and or another stereo music source. Regardless of whether
MP-VT1 can store up to 240 songs and includes USB key of a CD to your liking. The CD-VT2 also includes a the vocals are coming from the center, left, or right
connectivity for downloading and battery-recharging Vocal/Instrument Canceller, allowing you to play along channel — or even whether they’re from children or
functions. There are also a convenient external to featured parts with your own vocal or instrument. basses — the Vocal Zapper can track them down and
microphone input, plus onboard reverb and echo. You also get 10 incredible effects banks! cut them out, using one of 16 sophisticated algorithms.
Specs: 240-song cap. • In: 1x1/4" • Out: 1x1/8" TRS • USB Specs: 10 presets/10 user • In: 1x1/4" • Out: 2x1/8" TRS
Specs: 16 presets • In: 2 x TS • Out: 2 x TS
ONLY $10/mo. ONLY $10/mo.
MPVT1 MP3 Phrase Trainer ...............List $26900
19997 CDVT2 Vocal/Instrument CD Trainer ............List $19900
15997 VocalZapper Vocal Eliminator ....................List $14900
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24-bit/96kHz Vocal and Effects Processor
VoicePro integrates a complete suite of voice-optimized
tools and effects with an easy-to-navigate user interface.
What separates VoicePro from other signal processors is
a series of exclusive algorithms created specifically for
manipulating vocals. First of all, there is TC-Helicon’s
transparent pitch-shifting algorithm with an 8-octave shift range. The Flextime algorithm preserves the naturalness of a time-stretched voice via independent recognition of voice
components. You can manipulate and enhance voice character using TC-Helicon’s latest VoiceModeling technology. VoicePro lets you stack tracks by providing four voices of natural-
sounding doubling or intelligent harmony in an instant. VoicePro also allows you to dial up classic microshifted sounds, including flange and chorus. Standard vocal-processing
effects include voice-optimized delay with input ducking and tap tempo, reverb, and EQ and dynamics processing. This is one serious audio production tool! ONLY $90/mo.
Specs: 250 presets • In: 2 x XLR • Out: 2 x XLR • Dig I/O: 2-in/8-out AES/EBU, word clock, Ethernet • MIDI I/O
VoicePro Vocal and FX Processor ...........List $349500
Live Vocal Harmony and Effects Processor
Vocal Harmony Processor and Modeler Live Vocal Overdub Processor with
Make your vocals the very best they can b,e with the Inflection and FlexTime Controls
ever to VoiceWorksPlus. This processor has all the stellar It’s been a studio staple for decades: doubling vocals
generate features that have made its predecessor, the VoiceWorks adds depth, richness, and presence to any singer’s sound.
great- (below, left), so popular — plus a few new goodies. In Of course, trying to get such exacting results onstage
sounding addition to an ultra-quiet, premium-quality Burr Brown- can present a big hurdle for bands (especially in louder
vocal based mic preamp, the VoiceWorksPlus gives you voice environments). It’s one thing to have two band members
harmonies ri onstage. You can create up to eight
right modeling, updated harmony technology, high-Q band sing the same part, but truly effective vocal doubling is
harmony voices and control them from your guitar, limiting (for great megaphone effects), and Transducer nearly impossible to duplicate live — unless you have
MIDI keyboard, or even from your MP3 player. Six effects and µMod (micromod) blocks from VoicePro. Both TC-Helicon’s new VoiceDoubler, the first front-of-house
blocks provide reverb, delay, doubling, pitch-shifting, units feature HarmonyHold, which lets you freeze your effects processor to create up to four humanized overdubs
distortion, and megaphone effects. This sturdy floor-based background harmonies while you sing over them, plus in real time.
unit also includes a digitally controlled mic preamp that dozens of presets to edit and store, as well as transparent
VoiceDoubler can also be used to create the “group
lets you adjust its gain even while you’re singing, and pitch correction and quality TC Electronic effects. This is
shout” effect typically used for hip-hop and rap vocals.
its tone algorithm automatically adjusts EQ, de-essing, an amazingly effective and flexible tool for both studio
One VoiceDoubler can be used for each onstage singer, to
and compression functions for you. VoiceLive2 is a real and onstage use, giving even the most improvisational
match recorded vocals and to create virtual choirs.
performer’s performer! singers incredible sonic resources.
Specs: 50 presets, 99 user • In: 2 x XLR • Out: 2 x XLR • Dig I/O: AES/EBU
Specs: 99 presets • In: 1 x XLR, 1 x TS • Out: 2 x TRS • Dig I/O: S/PDIF •
Specs: 250+ presets • In: 1 x XLR, 2 x TS, 1x1/8" TRS • Out: 2 x XLR, 1 x MIDI I/O
TRS, 1 x TS • MIDI I/O
ONLY $24/mo. ONLY $24/mo. ONLY $15/mo.
VoiceLive2 Vocal Harmony/FX Processor .....List 945
799 97 VoiceWorkPls Vocal and FX Prcessor ....List $99500
79997 VoiceDoubler Pro Voice Doubler.............List $124500
Vocal Effects Stompboxes
VoiceWorks The VoiceTone Series provides singers with
Vocal Harmony, Pitch-correction, Effects Processor with Mic Preamp
intelligent harmony solutions for the live
TC Electronic and stage. The VoiceTone Harmony G and
“I have a blast in the studio, with the VoiceWorks!
TC-Helicon have been You can add such depth to recordings and VoiceTone Harmony M follow your
largely responsible for performances with this piece, and hitting that guitar chords or MIDI from your keyboard,
vocalists getting the benefits harmony button twice lets you pick out any respectively, to generate instant harmonies.
of digital technology in recent key you want each one of the four harmonies The VoiceTone Correct pedal uses pitch
years. One of their most to follow.” correction and tonal/dynamic controls to let
popular processors is the — Forrest Powell, Sales Engineer, Ext. 1235 Harmony M
you add studio “sheen” to your live vocals,
TC-Helicon VoiceWorks. This s with EQ, de-essing, pitch correction, and subtle compression.
impressive processor lets you create multi-voice harmonies, correct pitches transparently, The VoiceTone Create pedal gives you tons of reverb, delay,
and achieve fat doubling effects. It borrows voice-trained pitch detection and hybrid modulation, and distortion effects, and VoiceTone Correct
shifting algorithms from the VoiceOne, to give you the most natural-sounding harmony Double lets you add vocal doubling, live.
processing available. Plus, it adds TC-Helicon’s latest trick, HarmonyHold, which lets you Specs: In: 1 x XLR • Out: 2 x XLR
freeze your background harmonies while you sing over them. With 100 presets to edit ONLY $10/mo. Double
and store; a quality preamp; and compression, EQ, delay, and reverbs, your vocals will
hit the mark!
VTHarmonyG Vocal Harmony - Guitar......List $39500
VTHarmonyM Vocal Harmony Unit ....................List $39500 29997
Specs: harmony • pitch correction • FX • 1-ch • 99 presets • In: 1 x XLR, 1 x TS • Out: 2 x TRS • VTCorrect Pitch Correction Pedal.................List $34500 24997
Dig I/O: S/PDIF • MIDI I/O • 1U ONLY $15/mo. $
Vocal Effects Unit .......................List $34500 24997
$ VTDouble Vocal Double Unit .......................List $34500 $
Vocal Harmony Processr .....List 595 97
What does a vocalist live for? Sweetwater knows. A
jaw-dropping vocal sound that takes audiences over
the edge. Get that sound instantly with the ultimate
vocal harmony and effects floor processor VoiceLive 2;
more than an upgrade, a vocal revolution.
• Easier than ever
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