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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 Oct 2013
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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 Dec 2013
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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 Jan 2014
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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 Jan 2014
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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 Dec 2013
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    T-Rex SpinDoctor

    Valve Preamplifier

    Is a high-quality valve preamp in a programmable pedal just what the SpinDoctor ordered?

    Reviews Jul 2014
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    BAE 1073 MPF

    Dual Solid-state Preamp

    There are now several Neve 1073-inspired preamps available — but theyre not always 100 percent faithful to the original design. How close does this new contender from BAE come?

    Reviews Jul 2014
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    SPL Frontliner 2800

    Recording Channel

    This mic preamp and processor is about as flexible a device as you could hope for without taking the modular route — and all in the space of a 2U rack.

    Reviews Jul 2014
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    Focusrite Octopre MkII & MkII Dynamic

    Eight-channel Microphone Preamps

    With upgraded mic amps and A-D conversion in their MkII versions, do Focusrites latest eight-channel preamps still lead the way at this price point?

    Reviews Mar 2010
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    Empirical Labs EL9 Mike-E

    Microphone Preamplifier & Compressor

    Empirical Labs, purveyors of some of the most versatile compressors around, apply their dynamics expertise to a mic preamp.

    Reviews Jul 2014
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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 Jul 2014
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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 Jul 2014
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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 Jul 2014
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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 Jul 2014
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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 Jul 2014
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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 2014
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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 Jul 2014
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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 Jul 2014
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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 Jul 2014
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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 Jul 2014
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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 Jul 2014

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