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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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