Brent Averill Engineering (BAE) were at the AES 2010 show in San Francisco recently to show off some of their latest wares. The DMP (Desktop Mic Preamp) is a portable preamp/DI unit that is based on that found in Neve’s classic 1073 module. Accordingly, it employs the same Carhill transformers as the original, and is built into a solid steel chassis. Its features include separate input and output gain controls, a polarity-invert switch, and a switch for applying 48V phantom power. The DMP accommodates high-impedance instrument-level signals via a quarter inch jack input, while two DI Thru outputs pass the instrument-level signal onto other destinations, and the male XLR socket outputs audio at line level. The BAE DMP is shipping now, and carries a price in the US of around $1000.
Also on display was the DLB, or Desktop Lunchbox. Identical in size and external construction to the DMP, the DLB is designed to house two API Lunchbox-compatible modules, so you can take your favourite preamps or processors out for location-recording or live-sound duties. There’s little else to say about the latter, other than that it is expected to sell for around $425 on its own, or can be pre-fitted with one BAE 312 preamp module for $900, or with two 312s for $1600.
For more information about either of these new toys, check out the Brent Averill Engineering web site, below.