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    Slate Pro Audio Fox

    Dual-channel Microphone Preamplifier

    With two channels and four ‘flavours’ on offer, Slate’s mic preamp promises plenty of flexibility. Does it also deliver on quality?

    Reviews Nov 2011
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    Slate Pro Audio Fox | Media

    Dual-channel Microphone Preamplifier

    Test plots to accompany the article.

    Reviews Nov 2011
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    Universal Audio 4710d

    Multi-channel Preamplifier, Compressor & A-D Converter

    We check out this eight-channel preamp and A-D converter, the first four channels of which feature a solid-state/tube hybrid mic preamp based on the company's Twinfinity 710 and a compressor derived from their ever-popular 1176.

    Reviews Oct 2011
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    Neve 4081

    Four-channel Microphone Preamplifier

    Neve believe that there’s scope to bring classic designs up to date — and that’s exactly what they’ve done here, taking their revered 1081 mic preamplifier as the starting point.

    Reviews Sep 2011
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    Drawmer HQ

    Preamplifier & D‑A Converter

    Can a preamp and D‑A converter successfully straddle the pro-audio and hi‑fi markets? Drawmer believe it can...

    Reviews Aug 2011
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    Radial Tonebone PZ Pre

    Acoustic Instrument Preamp

    James Dunkley is on the case of the Radial Tonebone PZ Preamp.

    Reviews Aug 2011
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    Dave Hill Designs Europa 1

    Microphone Preamp

    This novel preamp design features a variable impedance and slew rate — which opens up a whole new world of possibilities from your mic locker...

    Reviews Jul 2011
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    Studio Projects VTB1

    Microphone Preamplifier

    This hybrid mic preamp can go from solid‑state clean to valve warmth — and for a surprisingly low price, too. Is there a catch?

    Reviews Jul 2011
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    MC AudioLab TP1tp

    Valve Microphone Preamp

    Can Sicilian manufacturers MC AudioLab bring a touch of Mediterranean magic to your recordings with their new boutique preamp?

    Reviews May 2011
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    Grace Design M103

    Recording Channel Strip

    Should you build outboard gear to do the job as well as possible, or to meet a price point? Grace Design prefer to do the former, and it seems to be a philosophy that pays off...

    Reviews Mar 2011
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    Rupert Neve Designs Portico II Channel

    Recording Channel

    The new recording channel from Rupert Neve is more than just the sum of his existing Portico processor modules...

    Reviews Mar 2011
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    Manley MicMAID

    Mic & Preamp Switcher

    The patchbay remains the cornerstone of most commercial studios, but using one to patch mics into different preamps can be risky — which is where the MicMAID comes in...

    Reviews Feb 2011
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    T-Rex SpinDoctor

    Valve Preamplifier

    Is a high-quality valve preamp in a programmable pedal just what the SpinDoctor ordered?

    Reviews Jul 2010
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    BAE 1073 MPF

    Dual Solid-state Preamp

    There are now several Neve 1073-inspired preamps available — but theyre not always 100 percent faithful to the original design. How close does this new contender from BAE come?

    Reviews Apr 2010
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    SPL Frontliner 2800

    Recording Channel

    This mic preamp and processor is about as flexible a device as you could hope for without taking the modular route — and all in the space of a 2U rack.

    Reviews Apr 2010
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    Focusrite Octopre MkII & MkII Dynamic

    Eight-channel Microphone Preamps

    With upgraded mic amps and A-D conversion in their MkII versions, do Focusrites latest eight-channel preamps still lead the way at this price point?

    Reviews Mar 2010
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    Empirical Labs EL9 Mike-E

    Microphone Preamplifier & Compressor

    Empirical Labs, purveyors of some of the most versatile compressors around, apply their dynamics expertise to a mic preamp.

    Reviews Feb 2010
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    Benchmark MPA1

    Dual-channel Microphone Preamplifier

    Benchmark strive to make their products exactly that: something against which the competition should be judged. So how does their new preamp measure up?

    Reviews Dec 2009
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    AEA RPQ

    Dual-channel Microphone Preamplifier

    AEA have tweaked the design of their TRP ribbon-mic preamp, already something of a favourite, to create a device thats much more versatile — and without compromising on quality.

    Reviews Nov 2009
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    A-Designs Pacifica

    Two-channel Microphone Preamplifier

    Striking a useful balance between the transparent and the characterful, this high-quality, US-made preamp design brings versatility to the studio and some colour to the rack...

    Reviews Sep 2009
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    PreSonus DigiMax D8

    Eight-channel Mic Pre & A-D Converter

    Presonus combine their respected analogue and digital technology in this affordable ADAT-equipped preamp.

    Reviews Aug 2009

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