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    Focusrite ISA220

    Session Pack Recording Channel

    The ISA220 offers the circuitry of the renowned ISA430 in a much more affordable package.

    Reviews Mar 2002
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    TL Audio VP1

    Valve Recording Channel

    TL Audio's heavyweight valve recording channel not only provides you with gating, de-essing, compression, equalisation and limiting, but also lets you experiment with the sounds of different types of circuitry.

    Reviews Mar 2002
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    Trident Audio S20

    Dual Mic Preamp

    Following Trident Audio's S80 Producer Box comes the S20, which offers high-spec mic preamplification and an unusual input switching facility.

    Reviews Mar 2002
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    Koch Pedaltone

    Tube Guitar Preamp

    Housed in a tough stainless steel chassis, the Pedaltone uses four twin-triode valves, one of which is in the output stage, enabling power amp saturation to be replicated. A speaker simulator is included for recording or DI'ing.

    Reviews Feb 2002
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    Apogee Trak 2

    Mic Preamp & A-D Converter

    Apogee have an enviable reputation for their state-of-the-art digital converters, but their new Trak 2 also includes sophisticated mic preamplification.

    Reviews Jan 2002
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    Yamaha AG Stomp

    Acoustic Guitar Modelling Preamp

    The new AG Stomp physically models a miked-up acoustic guitar sound using the DI signal from an acoustic guitar piezo pickup, and also offers a variety of useful effects processors.

    Reviews Jan 2002
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    Dbx Mini Pre

    Hybrid Mic Preamp

    The Dbx Mini Pre is a simple and inexpensive mic preamplifier with phantom power, using a hybrid valve/solid‑state mic...

    Reviews Dec 2001
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    Focusrite Platinum Trak Master

    Recording Channel Processor

    Focusrite expand their affordable Platinum range with a channel strip, featuring an optical compressor and EQ that can be optimised for vocal or instrument usage.

    Reviews Nov 2001
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    PreSonus Blue Tube

    Stereo Tube Preamp

    The Blue Tube preamp accepts both mic and instrument inputs, and lets you add as much tube warmth as you like using real valve circuitry.

    Reviews Oct 2001
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    TL Audio Fat Man Fat 2

    Valve Preamp & Compressor

    TL Audio's successful Fat 1 stereo compressor now has a new sibling with its own built-in mic preamp. Paul White delivers the SOS verdict.

    Reviews Sep 2001
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    Aphex Model 1788

    Remote-controlled Mic Preamp

    Aphex have provided an elegant way to avoid the detrimental effects of long cable runs on delicate mic signals. Hugh Robjohns evaluates the Model 1788.

    Reviews Aug 2001
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    Dbx 376

    Tube Channel Strip

    Dbx's new input channel combines tube processing with their renowned Type IV digital conversion.

    Reviews May 2001
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    PreSonus VXP

    Voice Channel

    Paul White looks at a new voice channel which packs a lot of features into a small space.

    Reviews Mar 2001
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    Yamaha DG Stomp

    Modelling Guitar Preamp

    Paul White tests Yamaha's new rival to the Pod and J Station modelling guitar preamps.

    Reviews Mar 2001
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    Mindprint DI Port

    Stereo Preamp & A-D/D-A Converter

    Martin Walker looks at a handy half-rack unit which could provide an ideal front end for your computer-based recording system.

    Reviews Jan 2001
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    Aphex Thermionics Model 1100

    Tube Mic Preamp

    The application of both traditional principles and some innovative electronic design work affords this dual-channel preamp impressive performance. Hugh Robjohns likes what he hears.

    Reviews Jan 2001
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    Drawmer 1969

    Dual-channel Valve Preamp/Processor

    Drawmer's 1969 model, developed with US pro audio dealer Mercenary Audio, seeks to offer the facilities of their acclaimed 1960 valve-based processor, but with a more American sound.

    Reviews Oct 2000
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    TL Audio EQ2 front-end with parametric EQ.

    TL Audio EQ2

    Parametric Valve Equaliser

    Paul White tries out TLA's combination of front end and parametric equaliser.

    Reviews Apr 2000
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    TL Audio Ivory VP5051 voice channel.

    Voice Channels Explained

    Frequently Asked Questions

    We answer some commonly-asked questions on the use of voice channels in recording.

    Sound Advice Apr 2000
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    Line 6 Pod - the original

    Line 6 Pod

    Physical Modelling Guitar Preamp

    Can this intriguing little box really emulate the recorded sound of many of the world's greatest guitar amplifiers?

    Reviews Feb 1999
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    Focusrite Platinum Voicemaster

    Voice Channel

    It's a Focusrite, Jim, but not as we know it! Is it possible to deliver Focusrite quality at such an aggressively low price?

    Reviews Jul 1998

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