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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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    Sonic Farm Berliner

    Dual-channel Hybrid Mic Preamp

    On testing a vintage Telefunken preamp, Sonic Farm were so impressed they decided to recreate it — adding their own twist along the way...

    Reviews May 2016
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    Total Audio Control debut new 500-series modules

    British company launch Langley-designed preamp & EQ

    British pro-audio manufacturers Total Audio Control have introduced a pair of new 500-series modules designed by Graham Langley, the veteran electronics engineer and co-founder of Amek.

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    Phaedrus Audio Hydra

    Microphone Preamplifier

    This many-headed beast offers you the flavours of four classic ’60s London studio consoles.

    Reviews Mar 2016
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    BAE 1073MPL & B15

    Mic Preamp & EQ Modules

    These transformer–laden modules breathe new life into classic Neve and Avedis designs...

    Reviews Feb 2016
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    Fredenstein HD Mic Pre

    500-series Microphone Preamplifier

    This preamp boasts huge bandwidth and input impedance. But are those features desirable?

    Reviews Feb 2016
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    Miktek MPA-201

    Dual-channel Class-A Microphone Preamplifier

    This Nashville-built preamp offers a new take on a classic British console sound.

    Reviews Feb 2016
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    Black Lion Audio B12A MkII

    Microphone Preamplifier

    If you crave the vintage API sound but the budget is a little tight, this might be worth a look...

    Reviews Jan 2016
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    Black Lion Audio B173

    Microphone Preamplifier

    If you want the vintage Neve 1073 sound but the bank balance doesn’t allow it, this might be worth checking out...

    Reviews Jan 2016
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    Earthworks 521 ZDT

    Microphone Preamplifier

    If you crave the vintage API sound but the budget is a little tight, this might be worth a look...

    Reviews Jan 2016
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    Tegeler Audio Manufaktur VTRC

    Valve Channel Strip

    Sporting both optical and variable–mu compressors and Pultec–inspired EQ, this German channel strip should make a great recording front end for the modern studio.

    Reviews Jan 2016
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    Tegeler Audio Manufaktur VTRC | Media

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    Reviews Jan 2016
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    Chandler Limited REDD.47

    Valve Microphone Preamplifier

    Can Chandler’s resurrection of one of the most revered preamps of all time help you get that classic Abbey Road sound?

    Reviews Dec 2015

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