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    DACS Clarity MicAmp 500

    500-series Microphone Preamplifier

    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.

    Reviews Jul 2013
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    Ocean Audio 500 Series.

    Ocean Audio 500 Series

    Mic Preamp, EQ & Routing Modules

    Malcolm Toft’s latest brainchild enables you to turn your 500-series racks and modules into a fully modular analogue console.

    Reviews Jul 2013
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    JDK Audio 8MX2

    Preamplifier/Mixer

    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!

    Reviews May 2013
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    Sonic Farm Creamer

    Dual-channel Valve Preamplifier

    With user-configurable valve stages, the option of transformer-coupling and more besides, Sonic Farm’s preamp provides a broad palette of tonal options.

    Reviews May 2013
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    ART Tube MP/C.

    ART Tube MP/C

    Mic Preamp & Optical Compressor

    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.

    Reviews Apr 2013
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    Danfield Audio MX30T preamp/compressor.

    Danfield Audio MX30T

    Desktop Mic Preamp & Compressor

    With an emphasis on clarity and speed, and a not insignificant price tag, this preamp/compressor combo promises a lot. Does it deliver?

    Reviews Apr 2013
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    Effectrode Blackbird

    Dual-channel Valve Guitar Preamplifier

    The Blackbird from Effectrode is a two-channel, valve-driven guitar preamp. Essentially the front end of a valve amp stuffed...

    Reviews Apr 2013
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    Trident Audio Series 80B | Media

    Stereo Preamp & EQ

    Audio files to accompany the article.

    Reviews Apr 2013
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    Trident Series 80B Dual Channel strip.

    Trident Audio Series 80B

    Stereo Preamp & EQ

    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.

    Reviews Apr 2013
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    Microtech Gefell AP1 | Media

    Discrete Transistor Mic Preamp

    Frequency plot, internals and tech specs to accompany the main product test.

    Reviews Mar 2013
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    Microtech Gefell AP1.

    Microtech Gefell AP1

    Discrete Transistor Mic Preamp

    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?

    Reviews Mar 2013
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    PreSonus BlueTube DP V2 & TubePre V2.

    PreSonus BlueTube DP V2 & TubePre V2

    Microphone Preamplifiers

    Tubey or not tubey? That is the question you can answer with the help of these affordable preamps!

    Reviews Feb 2013
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    Warm Audio WA12 mic preamp.

    Warm Audio WA12

    Microphone Preamplifier

    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.

    Reviews Feb 2013
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    Joemeek TwinQ2.

    JoeMeek TwinQ2

    Dual Recording Channel

    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?

    Reviews Jan 2013
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    Preamp Post-mortem

    SOS/Realpiano Preamp Comparison: Results & Analysis

    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?

    Reviews Dec 2012
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    Chandler Little Devil 500-series preamp.

    Chandler Little Devil Preamp

    500-series Mic, Line & Instrument Preamplifier

    Chandler's Little Devil preamp takes the warmth and mangling side of things to another level.

    Reviews Dec 2012
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    Neve 88R LB

    500-series Mic Preamp

    The preamp from Neve’s “ultimate analogue console” is now available ‘to go’...

    Reviews Nov 2012
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    Pick A Preamp

    Do Expensive Mic Preamps Make A Difference?

    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...

    Reviews Oct 2012
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    Pick A Preamp | Media

    Do Expensive Mic Preamps Make A Difference?

    Audio examples to accompany the article.

    Reviews Oct 2012
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    GP Electronics PML200E

    Hybrid FET/Valve Microphone Preamplifier

    The man behind well-known French mixing console manufacturers Freevox has created a preamp — and it sounds très bon!

    Reviews Sep 2012
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    GP Electronics PML200E | Media

    Precision Analyser plot test images

    The following test plots were taken with an audio Precision Analyser during the course of Hugh's review.

    Reviews Sep 2012

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