Could this offer all you need to get polished sounds from your mic to your computer?
Aphex's Project Channel is a mono channel strip that combines a number of the company's established circuits — their Class-A transformerless mic preamp, optical compressor, Aural Exciter and Big Bottom — in a single 1U rackmount device. For those who don't know about these long-established processors, the Aural Exciter adds a top-end sheen to any sources that need it, while the Big Bottom is a form of filtered parallel compression, which can be very effective in beefing up the low end of tracks and mixes. The compressor offers very simple yet effective one-knob adjustment for controlling vocal or instrument dynamics.
Starting with the preamp stage, there's a red LED clip-indicator to let you know when to back off the gain. A switchable -20dB pad allows the device to accommodate excessively 'hot' inputs, so there should be few, if any, real-life signals that the front end can't handle. Switchable 48V phantom power is provided for capacitor or other active mics and active DI boxes, and there's a 12dB/octave, 70Hz low-cut filter with which you can curtail any unwanted or uninvited lows. There's also the usual polarity-invert switch.
As touched upon above, the optical compressor can be set up using only a single ratio knob, which can dial in more or less compression. The key to operating this compressor is — as well as using your ears — to watch the 10-LED gain-reduction meter, as this gives a useful guide as to how much the dynamic range is being squeezed. With most compressors, the effect of
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