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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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    Audio & Design DMA2

    Digital Mic Preamp

    This unassuming device has a price that makes it look like a bargain alongside competitors of similar quality.

    Reviews Jan 2008
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    Focusrite ISA828

    8-channel Mic & Line Preamp

    Eight top-class preamps priced within reach of the serious project studio...

    Reviews Oct 2007
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    Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5012 & 5033

    Duo Mic Preamp & 5-band Equaliser

    We take our first look at the excellent new Portico range by Rupert Neve Designs - and they don't disappoint.

    Reviews Apr 2007
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    TF Pro M16

    16-channel Mic Preamp

    With 16 mic preamps and a built-in mixer, the M16 certainly delivers on quantity. Can it deliver on quality too?

    Reviews Apr 2007
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    PreSonus Digimax FS

    Mic Preamp & A-D Converter

    A useful studio workhorse offering eight channels of mic pres plus ADAT I/O, that does just what it says on the tin.

    Reviews Mar 2007
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    Groove Tubes The Brick

    Microphone & Instrument Preamp

    Well, it looks and feels as solid as a brick, hence the name. But there's more to this tube-based preamp than the gimmick. Let's find out...

    Reviews Mar 2007
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    SSL Alpha Channel

    Channel Strip

    In the last few years, Solid State Logic have been concentrating a lot of effort on the project studio market, and this new Alpha Channel makes their high-end console technology available in an affordable rackmounting channel strip.

    Reviews Mar 2007
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    TL Audio 2 Fat & Fatfunker

    Valve Processors

    TL Audio's latest additions to their popular Fat Man range are more versatile than their names suggest.

    Reviews Feb 2007
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    Emerson Williams Dark Blue

    Guitar Tube Preamplifier

    If you are looking for an authentic tube-amp guitar sound from a DI recording system, then maybe the Dark Blue's all-tube preamp and speaker simulation is just what you need.

    Reviews Jan 2007
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    True Systems P-Solo

    Microphone Preamplifier

    Can this mic preamp really deliver 'expensive' sound quality at a mid-market price?

    Reviews Dec 2006
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    Chandler Germanium

    Mic & Instrument Preamp

    Chandler revive a vintage technology in their unique new preamp. We put it to the test...

    Reviews Nov 2006
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    Focusrite Liquid Mix

    Firewire Dynamic Convolution Processor

    Following on from last month's sneak preview, here's the full SOS hands-on test: If you're looking for characterful compression and EQ to warm up your computer-based mixes, Focusrite's Liquid Mix might just be the answer.

    Reviews Sep 2006
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    Universal Audio Solo 110 & 610

    Microphone Preamps

    The Solo 110 and Solo 610 are a pair of high-quality, no-frills preamps — one solid-state, the other valve.

    Reviews Sep 2006
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    Taylor Guitars K4 Equaliser

    Preamp & EQ For Expression System Guitars

    This Rupert Neve-designed three-band EQ and preamp is intended for Taylor acoustic guitars equipped with the Expression System magnetic pickup array.

    Reviews Jul 2006
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    Great River ME1NV

    Microphone Preamp

    A modern take on the vintage Neve preamp sound.

    Reviews Jun 2006
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    How To Use Modelling Guitar Preamps On Stage

    Advice & Techniques

    Guitar preamps that use digital modelling technology have found their way into vast numbers of studios. But do they have a useful place on stage, and what do you need to know if you want to use one live?

    Techniques Jun 2006
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    Grace Design Model 101

    Mic Preamp

    Some mic preamps are renowned for their flattery of the recorded signal, but this high-spec single-channel unit proudly aspires to cleanliness and neutrality, translating the character of your performances and microphones with the utmost fidelity.

    Reviews May 2006
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    Audient ASP008

    Microphone Preamp

    Eight channels of clean and transparent preamplification, complete with input impedance switching and flexible digital output options.

    Reviews Apr 2006
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    Little Labs Multi Z PIP

    Instrument Preamp / DI / Re-amp

    Aimed at professionals, the Multi Z PIP combines premium DI box, mixer, and re-amping device in a single small unit.

    Reviews Dec 2005
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    Tube-tech MEC1A & MMC1A

    Valve Recording Channel & Multi-band Compressor

    These two new valve units offer unusually powerful processing for professional studio use.

    Reviews Dec 2005
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    Universal Audio LA610

    Recording Channel

    Two classic designs — the 610 preamp and LA2A compressor — are combined for the first time in this attractive new reissue.

    Reviews Sep 2005


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