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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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    Solid State Logic PureDrive Octo

    Mic Preamp, A-D Converter & USB Interface

    SSL’s PureDrive preamps bring the sound of their Origin console to a new audience.

    Reviews Jun 2024
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    Drawmer Electronics 1977

    Analogue Channel Strip

    Drawmer have been offering no‑nonsense professional audio gear since the early ’80s, but their current range of processors offers more possibilities than ever.

    Reviews Jun 2024
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    Neve 1073SPX-D

    Channel Strip & USB Audio Interface

    Neve’s latest 1073 variant bridges the gap between microphone and computer.

    Reviews May 2024
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    SPL Channel One Mk3

    Mono Channel Strip

    With a Transient Designer, a de‑esser and an unusually versatile input section, there’s more to SPL’s recording channel than most.

    Reviews May 2024
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    Gainlab Audio GLA-MP1 Bishop

    All-Valve Channel Strip

    Gainlab’s channel strip delivers high‑quality valvetube preamplification and optical compression, along with some interesting tone‑shaping options.

    Reviews Apr 2024
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    Trident 80B-Pre

    Microphone Preamplifier

    With separate control over mic and line/instrument inputs, as well as variable high‑ and low‑pass filters, Trident’s 80B‑Pre is more versatile than most 500‑series preamps.

    Reviews Apr 2024
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    CEntrance The English Channel

    Modular Recording Channel

    This compact, versatile channel strip boasts SD card recording, USB audio interfacing and mix‑minus phone integration.

    Reviews Mar 2024
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    AEA TRP3 & RPQ3

    Dual-channel Microphone Preamplifiers

    Designed to get the very best out of passive ribbon mics, AEA’s preamps offer way more gain than most. But they’re not just for ribbons...

    Reviews Mar 2024
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    GC Audio Inherit Series

    Modular Microphone Preamp System

    Contrary to popular reports, preamps don’t all sound the same — and this clever modular system makes it easy to hear the ‘magic’.

    Reviews Feb 2024
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    Waves Scheps Omni Channel 2

    Channel Strip Plug-in

    This all‑in‑one, five‑module channel strip is based on the sonic characters of the processors and plug‑ins Grammy‑winning mixer Andrew Scheps uses in his studio.

    Reviews Jan 2024
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    SR Studio Classic Microphone Preamp

    Two-channel Mic Preamplifier

    We try one of the keenest‑priced 1073 clones currently available.

    Reviews Jan 2024
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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 | SOS 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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