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    API 512v Mic Preamp

    Microphone Preamplifier

    API’s 512 preamp design is a classic — and now there are even more reasons to love it!

    Reviews Dec 2016
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    Big Bear Audio launch MP1 ‘Colour’ Preamp

    Stylish Class-A preamp uses Colour modules from DIYRE

    London-based manufacturers Big Bear Audio recently announced a pair of interesting 500-series mic preamps, the MP1...

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    DACS Clarity MicAmp2

    Dual-channel Microphone Preamplifier

    Given the continually evolving and demanding pressures of the pro-audio industry, any product which remains available and largely unchanged for more than a decade must have arrived at a near-perfect combination of technical excellence, operational usability, reliability, and price.

    Reviews Nov 2016
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    Slate Digital Virtual Microphone System

    Microphone, Preamp & Modelling Software

    Can this unique combination of software and hardware really recreate the sound of some of the most revered microphones in the world? We put the VMS up against the originals to find out!

    Reviews Nov 2016
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    Slate Digital VMS: Classic Mic Shoot-Out

    Video Feature

    Rather than just trying it out on a few sessions, the team at SOS decided that this review would be a great excuse to pitch the VMS against some of the actual microphones that it claims to model.

    Reviews Nov 2016
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    Warm Audio launch 312-style preamp

    Four-channel API-style preamp with output level and impedance selector

    Warm Audio have gained an enthusiastic following in recent years with their affordable recreations of classic...

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    API update 500-series preamp

    512V lets you drive input hard without overloading converters.
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    Total Audio Control MicPre One & EQ One

    500 Series Modules

    These new TAC modules bring the classic Amek console sound to your Lunchbox rack.

    Reviews Oct 2016
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    Rupert Neve Designs Shelford Channel (AES 2016)

    Rupert Neve's greatest hits of analogue circuit design launched

    We got a quick insight into the philosophy behind the brand new Rupert Neve Designs Shelford Channel from Jonathan...

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    Rupert Neve Designs introduce the Shelford Channel

    New channel strip new preamp, 3-band EQ & compressor

    Described as the definitive evolution of Rupert Neve’s most prized classic console modules, the new...

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    AEA launch two new ribbon mic preamps

    RPQ2 & RPQ500 launched

    Ribbon mic experts Audio Engineering Associates, or AEA, have unveiled a pair or new mic preamps that are the...

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    Focusrite launch Clarett OctoPre

    I/O expansion offers 8 ‘Air’–enabled mic pres w/inserts & 192kHz A-D/D-A

    Focusrite have announced the launch of this new eight–channel mic pre with A-D/D-A conversion, which can be used to add eight mic/line inputs and line outputs to any interface with ADAT I/O.

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    MartiAudio In-line Preamp Booster

    For Passive Dynamic & Ribbon Mics

    For those with respectable but not stellar microphone preamplifiers in either recorders, interfaces or mixers, high-gain...

    Reviews Sep 2016
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    McDSP 6050

    Modular Channel Strip Plug-in

    With almost 30 separate processing modules available, McDSP’s 6050 promises to be the “ultimate channel strip”. Is it?

    Reviews Aug 2016
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    API 535-LA

    Line Amplifier

    API invented the 500-series modular format and we check out their latest addition, the 535-LA line amplifier.

    Reviews Aug 2016
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    Sonic Farm Silk Road

    Microphone Preamplifier

    The latest preamp from Canadian company Sonic Farm is a classy and versatile affair, thanks to its wide range of tonal options.

    Reviews Jul 2016
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    Summer NAMM ’16: Sonic Farm Tantra

    Bass preamplifier

    Xcalibur wasn’t the only new product from Sonic Farm at Summer NAMM this year. The Vancouver-based...

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    Summer NAMM ’16: Sonic Farm Xcalibur

    Dual tube pentode-based preamp with distortion

    Ever since our 2013 review of their dual-channel valve preamp, the Creamer, Sonic Farm have consistently...

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    Summer NAMM ’16: Coil Audio CA-70

    Tube mic/line amplifier based on a 1930's WE, RCA, Gates design

    The ever-entertaining Jim Vollentine of Coil Audio shows us his brand new mic/line amplifier, which harks...

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    Summer NAMM '16: Advanced Audio MT8016

    High-quality, affordable dual-channel microphone preamplifier

    When building the MT8016, Advanced Audio’s Dave Thomas’ goal was to design a ‘State of the...

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    Summer NAMM '16: Hazelrigg Industries VLC-1

    Tube microphone preamp, DI & passive EQ

    One of the great things about Summer NAMM is the chance to properly roam around and find companies you haven...

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