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If you are looking for 19" rackmount or 500-series Mic Preamps, or Preamplier plug-ins, Voice Channels and all manner of Channel Strips, you will find the Sound On Sound web articles collected here.

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    SPL Crescendo Duo V2 two-channel microphone preamp 120V high headroom

    SPL reveal Crescendo Duo V2

    Updated design and gain step values

    SPL's two-channel preamp has been updated with revised gain step values and now sports a stylish black finish. 

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    Kerwax Melodium P22T portable valve tube microphone preamp

    Kerwax introduce Melodium P22T

    Portable valve microphone preamp

    Kerwax's latest device is a hand-built valve microphone preamp housed within a portable enclosure.

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    RME Digiface AES digital audio interface standalone format converter S/PDIF ADAT

    RME to launch Digiface AES

    New Digiface features AES I/O

    The latest addition to RME's Digiface line-up features 14 inputs and 16 outputs, offers full standalone operation, and provides flexible playback and monitoring facilities courtesy of TotalMix FX.

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    Audient EVO SP8 Smartgain preamp line-level output A-D D-A converter interface ADAT expander

    Audient unveil EVO SP8

    8-channel Mic Preamp with Smartgain

    SP8 expands Audient's EVO range with eight Smartgain preamps, eight line-level outputs, and built-in A-D and D-A conversion. 

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    Gainlab Audio Bishop outboard channel strip valve preamp optical compressor double slope

    Gainlab Audio announce Bishop

    New channel strip employs E88CC and 12AX7 valves

    Gainlab Audio's latest device couples a valve microphone preamp with an optical compressor that features an interesting "double slope" design. 

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    CEntrance launch English Channel

    New device bundle from portable recording experts

    The English Channel combines CEntrance’s SoapBox, BlackCab, and Portcaster devices with a custom desktop enclosure, providing an all-in-one channel strip with a built-in SD Card recorder and audio interface.

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    Q. Do ADAT connections affect the signal quality of microphone preamps?

    Will I lose signal quality using a poor quality ADAT cable? 

    Sound Advice Dec 2022
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    Soyuz Launcher Deluxe stereo in-line microphone preamp booster saturator

    Soyuz Launcher Deluxe in-line preamp

    Combines gain boost with saturation

    Rather than providing a clean gain boost, the Launcher Deluxe from Soyuz has been designed to provide saturation for both microphone and line-level signals. 

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    Vic Keary passes away

    Thermionic Culture founder

    Founder and chief designer of Thermionic Culture, Vic Keary, has sadly passed away. 

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    Caveman Audio AP1

    Acoustic Instrument Preamplifier

    If you play acoustic instruments with piezo pickups and require the very best amplification, the AP1 is a serious contender.

    Reviews Oct 2022
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    SSL Guitarstrip acoustic guitar bass channel strip plug-in

    SSL release Guitarstrip plug-in

    All-in-one guitar-focused channel strip

    SSL's Guitarstrip is an all-in-one channel strip plug-in equipped with four carefully tailored processing modules and aimed at electric, acoustic and bass guitar parts.

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    Drawmer 1972 dual microphone line instrument preamp with lift and shape controls

    Drawmer 1972 Dual mic preamp

    Versatile unit offers multiple impedance options

    Drawmer have released the 1972, a flexible dual-channel microphone, line and instrument preamp intended for both studio and live applications.

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    Golden Age Premier Pre-73 Jr & EQ-73

    Microphone Preamplifier & Equaliser

    Golden Age’s new Premier series of Neve‑inspired devices get even closer to the real thing.

    Reviews Sep 2022
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    Neve 88M audio interface front panel

    Neve 88M

    USB Audio Interface & Dual Mic Preamp

    The 88M packs the sound of a Neve console preamp into a compact audio interface.

    Reviews Sep 2022
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    Neve 1057 vintage microphone preamp eq 80 series console modules

    First Neve 1057 modules for sale

    Originally fitted in the first 80 Series console

    A set of 16 original Neve 1057 microphone preamp and EQ modules originally installed in the first Neve 80 Series console have been put up for auction. 

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    Electric & Company EC3

    Valve Microphone Preamplifier

    This versatile preamp offers Ampex attitude in abundance!

    Reviews Aug 2022
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    Caveman Audio AP1 Compact acoustic guitar preamp pedal

    Caveman Audio AP1 Compact

    Compact version of AP1 Acoustic Preamp

    Caveman Audio have released the AP1 Compact, delivering the sound of their AP1 Acoustic Preamp in a smaller footprint. 

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    Focusrite Clarett+ Octopre

    Multichannel Mic Preamp & A-D/D-A Converter

    Twenty years on, the Octopre concept remains as strong as ever.

    Reviews Jul 2022
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    NAMM 2022 - H2 Audio Helios Channel

    Video report

    H2 Audio talk us through their new channel strip, the Helios Channel. 

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    NAMM 2022 - AEA TP500 Preamp

    Video report

    AEA show us their new 500 series preamp optimised for ribbon microphones, the TRP500.

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    Focusrite Clarett+ OctoPre microphone preamp

    Focusrite announce Clarett+ OctoPre

    Eight channel preamp gains ‘Plus’ range features

    Popular multi-channel preamp is the latest member of the Clarett range to receive an upgrade.

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