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    Benchmark MPA1

    Dual-channel Microphone Preamplifier

    Benchmark strive to make their products exactly that: something against which the competition should be judged. So how does their new preamp measure up?

    Reviews Dec 2009
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    AEA RPQ

    Dual-channel Microphone Preamplifier

    AEA have tweaked the design of their TRP ribbon-mic preamp, already something of a favourite, to create a device thats much more versatile — and without compromising on quality.

    Reviews Nov 2009
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    A-Designs Pacifica

    Two-channel Microphone Preamplifier

    Striking a useful balance between the transparent and the characterful, this high-quality, US-made preamp design brings versatility to the studio and some colour to the rack...

    Reviews Sep 2009
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    PreSonus DigiMax D8

    Eight-channel Mic Pre & A-D Converter

    Presonus combine their respected analogue and digital technology in this affordable ADAT-equipped preamp.

    Reviews Aug 2009
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    Universal Audio UAD 4K Plug-ins

    Software Channel Strip & Dynamics Processor

    Just in case the line-up of plug-ins available for the UAD cards wasnt tempting enough already, Universal Audio have now added emulations of classic SSL hardware.

    Reviews Aug 2009
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    ART Voice Channel

    Vocal Recording Channel & USB Audio Interface

    This budget recording strip is certainly a jack of all trades, delivering a huge feature set for the price — but does it offer quality as well as quantity?

    Reviews Jul 2009
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    SPL Rackpack

    Modular Preamp & Processor System

    Sound Performance Lab have developed an enviable reputation for their hardware products, and now you can buy more for less with their modular rack system.

    Reviews Jun 2009
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    Audient Mico

    Dual Microphone Preamplifier

    With two channels of mic preamp, a phase-alignment control, digital outputs and clean signal path, the Mico offers you an awful lot of Audient for the money.

    Reviews May 2009
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    Line 6 Pocket Pod Express

    Modelling Guitar Processor

    If you thought the Pocket Pod was a no‑brainer spin‑off from the successful Line 6 Pod line, you should take a look at the...

    Reviews Apr 2009
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    Q. Should I buy a separate preamp?

    I have happily been using Pro Tools for the past decade and am currently using Pro Tools LE with an Mbox 2 interface. I want to buy a mic preamp, perhaps a Behringer Tube Ultragain or similar, but will this be a waste of money when using Digidesign's LE Interfaces?

    Sound Advice Apr 2009
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    Universal Audio Twin-finity 710

    Hybrid Microphone Preamplifier

    Which is best, tube or solid state? When it comes to investing in a preamp, thats a question you may no longer need to ask...

    Reviews Apr 2009
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    Golden Age Project Pre 73

    Microphone Preamplifier

    This highly affordable device is based on the circuitry used in Neves legendary 1073. So can you really get a classic vintage preamp sound on a budget?

    Reviews Mar 2009
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    Arsenal Audio R20 & R24

    Microphone Preamplifier & EQ

    This new brand by revered high-end equipment manufacturers API is much more affordable than their established lines. So there must be a catch, right?

    Reviews Feb 2009
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    Grace Design M201

    Microphone Preamplifier

    Regular readers will know that our Technical Editor isn't prone to excessive use of hyperbole — so when he calls a product "awesome", "stunning" and "sublime", it's probably time to sit up and take notice...

    Reviews Jan 2009
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