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    Black Lion Audio Eighteen

    Mono Channel Strip

    This feature-packed channel strip pairs a vintage mic preamp design with a Pultec-style inductor EQ.

    Reviews Oct 2020
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    Neumann V402

    Dual-channel Mic Preamp

    Does Neumann's first standalone mic preamp live up to their enviable reputation?

    Reviews . Oct 2020
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    UK Sound 1073

    Mic Preamp & EQ

    Though more affordable than high-end parent brand BAE, UK Sound's gear certainly isn't bargain-basement stuff!

    Reviews . Oct 2020
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    Do I Need A Mic Preamp?

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    It's often claimed that expensive mic preamps will take your recordings to the next level. But is that really true, or are you...

    Sound Advice Oct 2020
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    Cranborne Audio Camden EC2

    Dual-channel Mic Preamp

    With added functionality and improved specs, this great preamp just got better.

    Reviews . Sep 2020
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    Rupert Neve Designs RMP-D8

    Eight-channel Dante Mic Preamp

    This remote-controllable preamp boasts some unusual features aimed largely at the live-sound market.

    Reviews . Sep 2020
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    Neve 1073OPX

    Remote-controllable Eight-channel Mic Preamp

    Could this be the perfect partnership between vintage vibe and contemporary convenience?

    Reviews Aug 2020
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    Q. What makes a good mic preamp?

    How do I tell which preamps are good and which aren't? Are there any particular specs I should I look out for?

    Sound Advice Aug 2020
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    PSP InfiniStrip

    Channel-strip Plug-in

    Want to combine the freedom to choose EQs and compressors with the convenience of a single plug‑in? PSP may have the answer...

    Reviews . Jun 2020
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    Avion Studios Retro-Flyer

    Active Preamp For Rhodes Pianos

    Retro‑Flyer adds an impedance-matched preamplifier and a mid-range EQ, plus stereo tremolo, to 73-note and 88-note Mk1 and Mk2 Rhodes pianos.

    Reviews Jun 2020
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    Retro Instruments 500Pre

    Valve Microphone Preamplifier

    Retro Instruments have supercharged the gain stage of their Sta‑Level compressor to build a 500-series preamp.

    Reviews May 2020
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    Peach Audio M196sx

    Stereo Valve Mic Preamp

    Once in a while, a new preamp brings something genuinely worthwhile to the table...

    Reviews May 2020
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    Q. Why do the meters of my preamp and those of my DAW give me different readings?

    I use a Focusrite ISA Two preamp with a Clarett 4 Thunderbolt interface, but I'm having trouble getting the two meters to match...

    Sound Advice Mar 2020
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    Rackmounting Mixer Channel Strips

    Is It Worth Your Time And Expense?

    We all love vintage mixer EQs and preamps, but it takes a lot of work to rack them up for use in today's studios. Is it worth your time and expense?

    Sound Advice Feb 2020
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    Weiss Engineering A1

    Microphone Preamplifier & De-esser

    500-series modules aren't usually this expensive — but they aren't usually designed by Swiss legend Daniel Weiss...

    Reviews Feb 2020
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    DPW Design MÖG D-2

    Eurorack Module

    Described as a four-band preamp, overdrive and distortion module, the M G D–2 puts guitar pedal power at the heart of your Eurorack.

    Reviews Jan 2020
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    Thermionic Culture Snow Petrel

    Dual-channel Microphone Preamplifier

    Thermionic's latest valve preamp offers bags of gain and plenty of analogue warmth. Is this the perfect partner for your ribbon mics?

    Reviews Jan 2020
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    Black Lion Audio B173 Quad

    Four-channel Microphone Preamplifier

    Black Lion's designers set out to bring versatility and lower noise to a classic preamp without sacrificing character — have they succeeded?

    Reviews Dec 2019
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    Sonic Farm Xcalibur JC

    Valve Preamplifier & Saturation Processor

    With its ability to deliver anything from super-subtle saturation to downright despicable distortion, could this be the only valve preamp you'll ever need?

    Reviews Nov 2019
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    Tascam Series 8p Dyna

    Eight-channel Microphone Preamplifier

    This ADAT-equipped preamp offers one-knob compression on every channel.

    Reviews Nov 2019
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    Boss Tube Amp Expander | Audio Examples

    Hear For Yourself

    There are plenty of very heavily distorted examples already out there to be heard, but I’ve gone for some tones that I think challenge the technology a little more.

    Reviews Sep 2019

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