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    Joemeek Three Q

    Recording Channel

    The Joemeek product range has recently been completely overhauled, and one of the updated units is this new half-rack recording channel. Have the designers retained what made the original products successful?

    Reviews Feb 2005
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    Mackie Onyx 800R

    Preamp & A-D Converter

    Mackie 'up the ante' once again by squeezing eight channels of their class-leading preamplification and A-D conversion into a 1U rack.

    Reviews Feb 2005
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    Trident Audio 4T Celebration

    Recording Channel

    Despite its vintage design credentials, this new recording channel has some interesting new tricks up its sleeve.

    Reviews Feb 2005
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    Chandler TG Channel

    Recording Channel

    This new mic preamp and equaliser unit uses 1960s EMI designs to recreate some of the classic sounds.

    Reviews Jan 2005
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    Fishman Aura

    Acoustic Guitar Preamp

    This digital processing unit promises a whole new level of realism from acoustic guitar pickups. Although primarily aimed at live performance, could it be a serious option for the studio too?

    Reviews Nov 2004
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    ART DPS II

    Valve Microphone Preamp

    This dual-channel unit has hybrid solid-state/tube circuitry, variable input impedance, instrument-specific presets, and a flexible digital output.

    Reviews Oct 2004
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    TL Audio Ivory 2 5060

    Valve Compressor

    This new Ivory-series preamp and compressor combines the ease of presets with the flexibility of manual operation.

    Reviews Sep 2004
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    M-Audio Octane

    Mic Preamp & A-D Converter

    This stylish eight-channel preamp and converter offers front-panel instrument inputs and M&S stereo decoding.

    Reviews Sep 2004
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    Q. Do I really need to buy a channel strip?

    I often see reviews for mic preamps and channel strips in SOS and I'm wondering if I need one. I currently plug a condenser mic into a small mixer, which provides phantom power, which then feeds into my M-Audio Delta soundcard. Is there a good reason to pay money for a box that seems to do something I am already able to do?

    Sound Advice Sep 2004
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    Bellari MP105

    Mic Preamp

    This no-frills tube preamp provides a simple way to warm up your mic and line sources while recording.

    Reviews Aug 2004
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    DAV Electronics BG5

    Recording Channel

    This premium recording channel has a big Decca-pedigree sound which belies its unassuming 1U rackmount box.

    Reviews Aug 2004
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    PreSonus Digimax LT

    Mic Preamp & A-D Converter

    Combi jack/XLR connectors and ADAT connectivity help set this smart eight-channel preamp apart from the crowd.

    Reviews Aug 2004
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    ART Digital MPA

    Mic Preamp & A-D Converter

    This new dual preamp from ART combines imaginative valve circuitry with more digital output options than you can shake a stick at!

    Reviews Jul 2004
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    Focusrite Liquid Channel

    Recording Channel

    Combining Focusrite's cutting-edge preamplification and A-D conversion with Sintefex's pioneering convolution technology, the Liquid Channel can mimic the most celebrated mic preamps and compressors ever designed. Could this be the only voice channel you'll ever need?

    Reviews Jul 2004
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    Behringer ADA8000

    8-channel Preamp & A-D/D-A Converter

    Eight channels of high-spec mic preamplification, A-D/D-A conversion, and ADAT lightpipe I/O, all at a remarkable price. Is it too good to be true?

    Reviews Jun 2004
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    Presonus Eureka

    Recording Channel

    This smart new unit offers EQ and compression, plus a transformer-coupled Class-A preamp and an unusual Saturation control.

    Reviews May 2004
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    Line 6 Bass PodXT

    Modelling Bass Guitar Preamp

    This updated Line 6 unit combines improved amp modelling, compression, enhanced EQ, and a sizeable repertoire of modelled stomp-box effects.

    Reviews Apr 2004
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    SPL Gain Station

    Mic & Instrument Preamp

    Not only does this little preamp give pure class-leading performance, but it also offers clever dynamics processing on board and an optional built-in A-D converter.

    Reviews Apr 2004
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    AMS Neve 1081 Classic

    Mic Preamp & Equaliser

    AMS Neve have reissued one of the most revered of the '70s Neve designs, but can it still compete in the 21st century?

    Reviews Mar 2004
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    Behringer MIC100

    Valve Mic Preamp

    A small preamp with a deceptively classy sound.

    Reviews Mar 2004
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    TL Audio Ivory 2 5000

    Valve Microphone & Preamp

    TL Audio's new valve mic and preamp package takes the unusual step of integrating the preamp into the mic's power supply unit. So why take two boxes into the studio, when you can just bosh and go?

    Reviews Mar 2004

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