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    The MkII version of Focusrite's classic ISA828 mic preamp, now with a redesigned PSU and Dante interfacing option.

    Focusrite Group addresses both ends of the audio market

    The classic ISA828 is being updated; Ampify Studio beta programme up and running

    The classic ISA828 mic pre gains a MkII, while the entry-level Ampify Studio music-making app beta program is up and running.

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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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    Radial Engineering PZ Pro - NAMM 2020

    NAMM 2020 — Radial Engineering PZ Pro

    Acoustic pre-amp

    Radial Engineering launch the PZ Pro 2-channel acoustic pre-amp.

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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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    Peach Audio's new Savannah mic preamp.

    Peach Audio announce Savannah

    Introducing the valve mic pre from down under

    Australian company Peach Audio's first product to be sold internationally is the Savannah two-channel mic preamp.

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    Acustica's Pensado EQ — their first endorsed product, and also the first plug-in Dave Pensado has put his name to.

    Dave Pensado: New endorsee for Acustica

    Renowned mix engineer gives his blessing to modelled EQ/preamp

    Italian hardware-modelling specialists Acustica Audio have produced an EQ based on mix engineer Dave Pensado's studio favourites.

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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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    UAD v9.11.0 features model of Sonnox software and Diezel and Avalon hardware.

    New in UAD v9.11.0...

    Latest upgrade adds more classic hardware and software models

    Universal Audio’s UAD v9.11.0 upgrade includes a modelled de-esser, valve amp and a well-regarded classic channel strip...

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    Black Lion's new Eighteen, a combined mic preamp and EQ, can form a complement to last year's Seventeen compressor.

    Black Lion turn Eighteen

    New channel strip harks back to gear built with classic op amps

    The new Eighteen is a combined mic preamp and EQ which pays homage to preamp designs based on classic Melcor op amps.

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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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    Cloud Microphones Cloudlifter ZX - AES 2019

    AES NY 2019 — Cloud Microphones introduce Cloudlifter ZX

    Add two types of transformer colouration to the usual clean Cloudlifter mic gain

    In addition to the usual copious gain offered by all Cloudlifters, the new ZX includes two transformers, allowing you to add colouration if desired.

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    The new Snow Petrel from Thermionic Culture was named by an SOS competition entrant!

    Thermionic stay warm with Snow Petrel

    New all-valve two-channel mic pre makes its debut

    Thermionic Culture's new two-channel all-valve preamp includes phantom power and switchable Air EQ.

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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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    LaChapell Audio 983M

    Valve Microphone Preamplifier

    Offering everything from pristine cleanliness to tube-driven colour, this preamp can hold its head high in the company of more expensive designs.

    Reviews Sep 2019
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    Q. Will the ToneDexter work with an on–board mic?

    Can I get good results on a Dobro that has a Shertler Basik on‑board mic, or will I need a piezo pickup?

    Sound Advice Sep 2019
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    Boss Tube Amp Expander

    Reactive Load & Speaker Simulator

    Widely touted as Boss's response to UA's popular OX, the Tube Amp Expander actually offers a contrasting approach. Will one of them be a clear winner?

    Reviews Sep 2019
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    Manley's original dual-mono mic preamp has been reissued to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the founding of the company's pro division.

    Manley Dual Mono Mic Pre returns

    Limited-edition XXX edition celebrates 30-year anniversary

    Manley Labs have introduced a limited-edition, lovingly handmade version of their dual-mono mic preamp...

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