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    BAE 1073 DMP

    Microphone Preamplifier

    BAE's latest take on the classic Neve 1073 preamp design is presented in a sturdy, portable format. But does it deliver the familiar Neve sound?

    Reviews Mar 2012
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    BAE 1073 DMP | Media

    Microphone Preamplifier

    Test plots to accompany the article.

    Reviews Mar 2012
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    Ingram Engineering MPA685

    Dual-channel Microphone Preamplifier

    It takes a lot these days to set a boutique mic preamp apart from the crowd. Does Ingram’s flagship design have what it takes?

    Reviews Mar 2012
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    ART Pro MPA2

    Valve Microphone Preamplifier

    This two‑channel tube preamp offers a range of useful features, and all for a very modest asking price. Is it too good to be true?

    Reviews Feb 2012
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    Raindirk RM4 & RM6

    Recording Channel Strips

    Raindirk consoles have been used in the past by the likes of Deep Purple, the Who, and even Rupert Neve. Do these new modules live up to the company’s illustrious heritage?

    Reviews Feb 2012
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    Magneto Audio Labs VariOhm

    Microphone Impedance Converter

    If you’re searching for the perfect match of mic and preamp, this useful gadget could help you achieve it...

    Reviews Jan 2012
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    Neve 1073LB & 1073LB EQ

    500-series Microphone Preamplifier & Equaliser

    Neve’s venerable 1073 preamp and equaliser are both now available in API’s popular ‘Lunchbox’ format. Were they worth waiting for?

    Reviews Dec 2011
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    Cloud Microphones Cloudlifters

    In-line Microphone Preamplifiers

    Do these in-line mic preamplifiers mean you can use a passive ribbon mic with any preamp?

    Reviews Nov 2011
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    Cloud Microphones Cloudlifter

    Audio Examples

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    Reviews Nov 2011
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    Slate Pro Audio Fox

    Dual-channel Microphone Preamplifier

    With two channels and four ‘flavours’ on offer, Slate’s mic preamp promises plenty of flexibility. Does it also deliver on quality?

    Reviews Nov 2011
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    Slate Pro Audio Fox | Media

    Dual-channel Microphone Preamplifier

    Test plots to accompany the article.

    Reviews Nov 2011
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    Universal Audio 4710d

    Multi-channel Preamplifier, Compressor & A-D Converter

    We check out this eight-channel preamp and A-D converter, the first four channels of which feature a solid-state/tube hybrid mic preamp based on the company's Twinfinity 710 and a compressor derived from their ever-popular 1176.

    Reviews Oct 2011
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    Neve 4081

    Four-channel Microphone Preamplifier

    Neve believe that there’s scope to bring classic designs up to date — and that’s exactly what they’ve done here, taking their revered 1081 mic preamplifier as the starting point.

    Reviews Sep 2011
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    Drawmer HQ

    Preamplifier & D‑A Converter

    Can a preamp and D‑A converter successfully straddle the pro-audio and hi‑fi markets? Drawmer believe it can...

    Reviews Aug 2011
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    Radial Tonebone PZ Pre

    Acoustic Instrument Preamp

    James Dunkley is on the case of the Radial Tonebone PZ Preamp.

    Reviews Aug 2011
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    Dave Hill Designs Europa 1

    Microphone Preamp

    This novel preamp design features a variable impedance and slew rate — which opens up a whole new world of possibilities from your mic locker...

    Reviews Jul 2011
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    Studio Projects VTB1

    Microphone Preamplifier

    This hybrid mic preamp can go from solid‑state clean to valve warmth — and for a surprisingly low price, too. Is there a catch?

    Reviews Jul 2011
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    MC AudioLab TP1tp

    Valve Microphone Preamp

    Can Sicilian manufacturers MC AudioLab bring a touch of Mediterranean magic to your recordings with their new boutique preamp?

    Reviews May 2011
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    Grace Design M103

    Recording Channel Strip

    Should you build outboard gear to do the job as well as possible, or to meet a price point? Grace Design prefer to do the former, and it seems to be a philosophy that pays off...

    Reviews Mar 2011
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    Rupert Neve Designs Portico II Channel

    Recording Channel

    The new recording channel from Rupert Neve is more than just the sum of his existing Portico processor modules...

    Reviews Mar 2011
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    Manley MicMAID

    Mic & Preamp Switcher

    The patchbay remains the cornerstone of most commercial studios, but using one to patch mics into different preamps can be risky — which is where the MicMAID comes in...

    Reviews Feb 2011

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