DACS reformatted this classic preamp in 2011 to fit the API 500 series ‘Lunchbox’ modular format but it's only now that Hugh has found time to check it out.
Malcolm Toft’s latest brainchild enables you to turn your 500-series racks and modules into a fully modular analogue console.
Adding a mixer to an eight-channel preamp may not sound revolutionary, but if it all fits in a 1U rack case it could be very useful indeed!
With user-configurable valve stages, the option of transformer-coupling and more besides, Sonic Farm’s preamp provides a broad palette of tonal options.
ART's Tube MP/C combines a hybrid 12AX7 (ECC83) valve preamp section with the company's 'Vactrol' optical compressor, and the whole thing is all about tonal character.
With an emphasis on clarity and speed, and a not insignificant price tag, this preamp/compressor combo promises a lot. Does it deliver?
The Blackbird from Effectrode is a two-channel, valve-driven guitar preamp. Essentially the front end of a valve amp stuffed...
Audio files to accompany the article.
For decades, Trident’s Series 80 consoles have graced world-class recording facilities. The new Series 80B dual channel strip makes this classic sound available with a much smaller footprint — and cost.
Frequency plot, internals and tech specs to accompany the main product test.
German manufacturers Microtech Gefell share origins with Neumann and make some of the best mics currently available. Does that pedigree come through in their first preamp?
Tubey or not tubey? That is the question you can answer with the help of these affordable preamps!
Warm Audio are a relatively new Texas-based company who have set out to produce a world-class preamp for rather less than a world-class price.
JoeMeek gear has always been about adding a nice vintage vibe to your recordings without having to pay through the nose. Does the new Q2 deliver the goods?
When we compared eight mic preamps with very different designs and price tags, we found it hard to tell them apart. Could SOS readers do better?
Chandler's Little Devil preamp takes the warmth and mangling side of things to another level.
The preamp from Neve’s “ultimate analogue console” is now available ‘to go’...
There’s a lot of hype about mic preamps, but there has never been a reliable way to compare them — until we got hold of the world’s cleverest piano...
Audio examples to accompany the article.
The man behind well-known French mixing console manufacturers Freevox has created a preamp — and it sounds très bon!
The following test plots were taken with an audio Precision Analyser during the course of Hugh's review.
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