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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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    Dual-channel Microphone Preamplifier

    AEA have tweaked the design of their TRP ribbon-mic preamp, already something of a favourite, to create a device thats much more versatile — and without compromising on quality.

    Reviews Nov 2009
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    A-Designs Pacifica

    Two-channel Microphone Preamplifier

    Striking a useful balance between the transparent and the characterful, this high-quality, US-made preamp design brings versatility to the studio and some colour to the rack...

    Reviews Sep 2009
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    PreSonus DigiMax D8

    Eight-channel Mic Pre & A-D Converter

    Presonus combine their respected analogue and digital technology in this affordable ADAT-equipped preamp.

    Reviews Aug 2009
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    Universal Audio UAD 4K Plug-ins

    Software Channel Strip & Dynamics Processor

    Just in case the line-up of plug-ins available for the UAD cards wasnt tempting enough already, Universal Audio have now added emulations of classic SSL hardware.

    Reviews Aug 2009
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    ART Voice Channel

    Vocal Recording Channel & USB Audio Interface

    This budget recording strip is certainly a jack of all trades, delivering a huge feature set for the price — but does it offer quality as well as quantity?

    Reviews Jul 2009
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    SPL Rackpack

    Modular Preamp & Processor System

    Sound Performance Lab have developed an enviable reputation for their hardware products, and now you can buy more for less with their modular rack system.

    Reviews Jun 2009
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    Audient Mico

    Dual Microphone Preamplifier

    With two channels of mic preamp, a phase-alignment control, digital outputs and clean signal path, the Mico offers you an awful lot of Audient for the money.

    Reviews May 2009
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    Line 6 Pocket Pod Express

    Modelling Guitar Processor

    If you thought the Pocket Pod was a no‑brainer spin‑off from the successful Line 6 Pod line, you should take a look at the...

    Reviews Apr 2009
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    Universal Audio Twin-finity 710

    Hybrid Microphone Preamplifier

    Which is best, tube or solid state? When it comes to investing in a preamp, thats a question you may no longer need to ask...

    Reviews Apr 2009
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    Golden Age Project Pre 73

    Microphone Preamplifier

    This highly affordable device is based on the circuitry used in Neves legendary 1073. So can you really get a classic vintage preamp sound on a budget?

    Reviews Mar 2009
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    Arsenal Audio R20 & R24

    Microphone Preamplifier & EQ

    This new brand by revered high-end equipment manufacturers API is much more affordable than their established lines. So there must be a catch, right?

    Reviews Feb 2009
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    Grace Design M201

    Microphone Preamplifier

    Regular readers will know that our Technical Editor isn't prone to excessive use of hyperbole — so when he calls a product "awesome", "stunning" and "sublime", it's probably time to sit up and take notice...

    Reviews Jan 2009
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    Thermionic Culture Rooster

    Valve Microphone Preamp & EQ

    Is this latest addition to the Thermionic Culture flock something for the company to crow about?

    Reviews Dec 2008
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    Focusrite ISA One

    Mic Preamp

    The ISA preamp range has graced professional recording facilities the world over — but this classy single-channel model is within reach of the home and project studio.

    Reviews Oct 2008
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    Synchronia Sound Skulptor

    DIY Mic Preamp System

    The DIY approach to audio equipment needn't mean bargain basement, and if you apply this principle to high-end vintage gear it might just save you a small fortune — without compromising on quality.

    Reviews Sep 2008
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    Sebatron VMP 2000eVU

    Valve Mic Preamp

    Australian company Sebatron aim to start building their brand in the UK with this 'character' preamp.

    Reviews May 2008
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    Aphex 207D

    Dual-channel Mic Preamp

    Can a two-channel preamp at this price really give you the best aspects of tube and solid-state circuitry?

    Reviews Apr 2008
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    SSL XLogic VHD Pre

    Four-channel Mic Preamp

    Some people love the sound of SSL's modern consoles, while others prefer the 'dirt' of their older models. The VHD Pre aims to offer you the best of both worlds...

    Reviews Apr 2008
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    URS Classic Console Strip Pro

    Channel Strip Plug-in [Mac/Windows]

    Unique Recording Software have modelled a vast array of vintage compressors and EQs and presented the results in a single plug-in.

    Reviews Mar 2008
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    Focusrite Liquid 4 Pre

    Four-channel Convolution Preamp

    The manufacturers proudly claim that this is "the most flexible four-channel preamp in history." And it's no idle marketing boast...

    Reviews Mar 2008
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    Universal Audio DCS Remote Preamp

    Dual Preamp & Cue Mixer

    This unusual new preamp from UA is designed to make life easier, both for the recordist and 'the talent'.

    Reviews Feb 2008


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