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If you are looking for 19" rackmount or 500-series Mic Preamps, or Preamplier plug-ins, Voice Channels and all manner of Channel Strips, you will find the Sound On Sound web articles collected here.

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    Pope Audio PRE-BX

    500-series Microphone Preamplifier

    There’s a lot of competition in the 500‑series preamp market, but this one offers something a little different.

    Reviews Dec 2023
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    Lightning Boy Dark Storm

    Microphone Preamplifier

    Mic preamps and DIs all sound the same, right? Nope!

    Reviews Nov 2023
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    Wes Audio Phoebe NG500

    500-series Preamplifier

    With the release of their ‘Next Generation’ preamp, Wes Audio have made it possible to assemble a full 500‑series analogue channel strip with DAW plug‑in remote control!

    Reviews . Aug 2023
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    David Mellor

    Gain Staging - Episode 3 | Podcast

    Preparation for your mix

    In this third episode David continues looking at preamps, outlines the use of VU meters, and explains the benefits of balancing a track prior to mixing.

    Techniques Aug 2023
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    Classic Console Preamps (500 Series)

    Spotlight Round-up

    Several famous console manufacturers now make their preamps available ‘to go’. Here's a handy round-up...

    Reviews Jul 2023
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    Rupert Neve Designs Newton Channel preamp EQ compressor Silk Red Blue transformer saturation channel strip

    Rupert Neve Designs Newton Channel

    Analogue Channel Strip

    Though based on Mr Neve’s historic designs, the Newton offers something a little different — for a little less money!

    Reviews Jul 2023
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    Black Lion Audio Auteur DT

    Microphone Preamplifier & DI

    There’s more to this desktop preamp than turning up your mic!

    Reviews Jun 2023
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    KIT Plugins BB N73

    Preamp & EQ Plug-in

    KIT’s latest collaboration with Blackbird Studio brings us their take on the Neve 1073.

    Reviews May 2023
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    Warm Audio WA-MPX & WA-2MPX

    Valve Microphone Preamplifiers

    Countless hits were recorded using Ampex tape recorders and their characterful tube input stages. These preamps promise that legendary sound in a convenient format.

    Reviews Apr 2023
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    Caveman Audio BP1 & BP1 Compact

    Bass Preamplifiers

    The BP1 and BP1 Compact are superb bass guitar preamplifiers in a pedal format.

    Reviews Mar 2023
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    Audient EVO SP8

    Mic Preamp & ADAT Expander

    Audient’s EVO ecosystem grows further with an unusually intelligent ADAT expander!

    Reviews Mar 2023
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    Caveman Audio AP1

    Acoustic Instrument Preamplifier

    If you play acoustic instruments with piezo pickups and require the very best amplification, the AP1 is a serious contender.

    Reviews Oct 2022
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    Golden Age Premier Pre-73 Jr & EQ-73

    Microphone Preamplifier & Equaliser

    Golden Age’s new Premier series of Neve‑inspired devices get even closer to the real thing.

    Reviews Sep 2022
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    Neve 88M audio interface front panel

    Neve 88M

    USB Audio Interface & Dual Mic Preamp

    The 88M packs the sound of a Neve console preamp into a compact audio interface.

    Reviews Sep 2022
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    Electric & Company EC3

    Valve Microphone Preamplifier

    This versatile preamp offers Ampex attitude in abundance!

    Reviews Aug 2022
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    Focusrite Clarett+ Octopre

    Multichannel Mic Preamp & A-D/D-A Converter

    Twenty years on, the Octopre concept remains as strong as ever.

    Reviews Jul 2022
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    Hazelrigg Industries VLC

    Mic Preamp & EQ

    This versatile input channel gives you the classic sound of tubes, transformers and inductors.

    Reviews May 2022
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    Tierra Audio Flavours | Audio

    Hear For Yourself!

    SOS April 2022

    Tierra Audio Flavours

    Audio Captions

    Neil Rogers


    Reviews Apr 2022
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    Tierra Audio Flavours

    Inline Booster Preamps

    Clean‑gain ‘booster’ preamps are popular accessories for ribbon and moving‑coil dynamic mics — but what if that gain were deliberately made more characterful?

    Reviews Apr 2022
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    KIT Plugins BB N105

    Channel Strip Plug-in

    This classy console emulation from newcomers KIT puts Blackbird Studios’ Neve in your DAW.

    Reviews Mar 2022
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    Royer Labs dBooster2

    Inline Microphone & Instrument Preamplifier

    Not content with having created arguably the world’s best preamp booster, Royer’s boffins decided to make it better.

    Reviews Feb 2022


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