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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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    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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    Expert Sleepers Little Mikey

    Eurorack Module

    Little Mikey is a classic preamp in a sturdy 8HP module, designed to get your instrument and live microphone signals into the modular as cleanly as possible.

    Reviews Aug 2019
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    Royer Labs dBooster

    Cascade Preamplifier

    The idea of an in-line gain booster placed between a moving-coil or ribbon mic and a mic preamp isn't new — so what makes this one special?

    Reviews Jul 2019
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    SPL Crescendo

    Eight-channel Microphone Preamplifier

    'Good enough' is rarely good enough for SPL, as this thoroughly over-engineered preamp testifies!

    Reviews May 2019
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    Overstayer 8755DM

    Stereo Modular Channel

    Overstayer's versatile stereo processor offers endless ways to manipulate — or obliterate — any input signal!

    Reviews Apr 2019
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    Warm Audio WA73-EQ

    Microphone Preamplifier & EQ

    Find out how just how well this vintage recreation compares with the original that inspired it.

    Reviews Apr 2019
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    Phoenix Audio Ascent Two EQ

    Dual-channel Microphone Preamplifier, DI & EQ

    Though a great recording front‑end, this versatile and characterful processor could just as easily find a home on your stereo mix bus...

    Reviews Mar 2019
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    Q. Should I connect a compressor to my preamp's insert point or its outputs?

    I've recently bought a Klark Teknik KT-2A compressor to use with my Warm Audio TB12 preamp and noticed the TB12 has insert input and output sockets. What is the best practice when using outboard compressors with preamps when tracking?

    Sound Advice Mar 2019
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    Golden Age Premier Pre-73 & PreQ-73

    Microphone Preamplifiers & Equalisers

    Golden Age's new Premier brand takes their popular Pre‑73 preamps to the next level.

    Reviews Mar 2019
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    sE Electronics DM1 Dynamite

    In‑line Mic Preamplifier

    We put sE's claims of truly transparent gain to the test...

    Reviews Feb 2019
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    Daking Audio Mic Pre II

    Dual-channel Microphone Preamplifier

    Find out what this vintage-inspired preamp has to offer the modern recordist.

    Reviews Dec 2018
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    Mytek Brooklyn DAC+

    D-A Converter, Headphone Amp & Preamp

    This D-A converter boasts a range of useful features — as well as impressive performance.

    Reviews Dec 2018
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    Electro-Harmonix 95000

    Performance Loop Laboratory

    With mic preamps, multitrack recording and mixing built in, EHX’s 95000 is much more than your average looper.

    Reviews Oct 2018
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    Elysia Skulpter 500

    500-series Channel Strip

    Skulpter 500 is ostensibly a mic preamp, but there’s much more to it than that — in fact, you could argue that there’s enough on offer to call it a channel strip.

    Reviews Oct 2018
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    Phoenix Audio N-8

    Active DI & Line Amp

    Crammed with discrete electronics and boasting huge headroom, this box has rather more to offer than the average DI...

    Reviews Oct 2018

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