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    Millennia HV37

    Two-channel Mic & Instrument Preamp

    The HV37 makes Millennia's highly regarded solid-state preamp design available in a more affordable format. Does it cut any corners?

    Reviews Oct 2013
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    RME OctaMic XTC

    Mic Preamp & A-D/D-A Converter

    The latest addition to RME's OctaMic range of multi-channel preamps is designed to interface with digital recording systems of all stripes.

    Reviews Oct 2013
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    Neve 1073N

    Preamp Module

    Even Neve themselves make several variations on the classic 1073 theme. What makes this one different?

    Reviews Sep 2013
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    Behringer Ultragain ADA 8200

    ADAT Expander & Mic Preamp

    Behringer's Ultragain ADA 8000 — a simple ADAT interface with mic and line inputs and analogue line outputs

    Reviews Sep 2013
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    PreSonus ADL700 channel strip.

    PreSonus ADL700

    Channel Strip

    PreSonus's new valve channel strip boasts professional features and a price tag to match!

    Reviews Aug 2013
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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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