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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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    Royer Labs dBooster

    Cascade Preamplifier

    The idea of an in-line gain booster placed between a moving-coil or ribbon mic and a mic preamp isn't new — so what makes this one special?

    Reviews Jul 2019
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    SPL Crescendo

    Eight-channel Microphone Preamplifier

    'Good enough' is rarely good enough for SPL, as this thoroughly over-engineered preamp testifies!

    Reviews May 2019
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    Overstayer 8755DM

    Stereo Modular Channel

    Overstayer's versatile stereo processor offers endless ways to manipulate — or obliterate — any input signal!

    Reviews Apr 2019
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    Warm Audio WA73-EQ

    Microphone Preamplifier & EQ

    Find out how just how well this vintage recreation compares with the original that inspired it.

    Reviews Apr 2019
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    Phoenix Audio Ascent Two EQ

    Dual-channel Microphone Preamplifier, DI & EQ

    Though a great recording front‑end, this versatile and characterful processor could just as easily find a home on your stereo mix bus...

    Reviews Mar 2019
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    Golden Age Premier Pre-73 & PreQ-73

    Microphone Preamplifiers & Equalisers

    Golden Age's new Premier brand takes their popular Pre‑73 preamps to the next level.

    Reviews Mar 2019
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    sE Electronics DM1 Dynamite

    In‑line Mic Preamplifier

    We put sE's claims of truly transparent gain to the test...

    Reviews Feb 2019
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    Daking Audio Mic Pre II

    Dual-channel Microphone Preamplifier

    Find out what this vintage-inspired preamp has to offer the modern recordist.

    Reviews Dec 2018
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    Mytek Brooklyn DAC+

    D-A Converter, Headphone Amp & Preamp

    This D-A converter boasts a range of useful features — as well as impressive performance.

    Reviews Dec 2018
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    Cranborne Audio Camden 500

    Microphone Preamplifier

    This debut product from a new British company is not just another mic preamp...

    Reviews Oct 2018
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    Electro-Harmonix 95000

    Performance Loop Laboratory

    With mic preamps, multitrack recording and mixing built in, EHX’s 95000 is much more than your average looper.

    Reviews Oct 2018
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    Elysia Skulpter 500

    500-series Channel Strip

    Skulpter 500 is ostensibly a mic preamp, but there’s much more to it than that — in fact, you could argue that there’s enough on offer to call it a channel strip.

    Reviews Oct 2018
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    Phoenix Audio N-8

    Active DI & Line Amp

    Crammed with discrete electronics and boasting huge headroom, this box has rather more to offer than the average DI...

    Reviews Oct 2018
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    Universal Audio OX

    Guitar Speaker Emulation System

    Don’t have a great-sounding room? Can’t turn your amp up to get the sounds you want? Want to turn down your speaker without sacrificing your tube amp’s tonality? Maybe this changes everything...

    Reviews Sep 2018
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    Big Bear Audio MP1 & MP1+

    500-series ‘Colour’ Mic Preamps

    Not only do these preamps boast superb performance, they can also host one of the growing range of DIYRE Colour modules.

    Reviews Jul 2018
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    JHS Pedals Pulp ‘N’ Peel 500

    500-series Channel Strip

    Although derived from their stompbox of the same name, JHS Pedals’ debut 500-series module isn’t just for guitarists!

    Reviews Jun 2018
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    Rupert Neve Designs 500-series

    Analogue Preamps & Processors

    We cast our eyes and ears over Mr Neve’s elegant contributions to the 500-series format.

    Reviews May 2018
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    Lindell Audio WL-3 R

    500-series Channel Strip

    How did the 500-series’ first discrete, transformer-balanced full channel strip fare in our tests?

    Reviews Apr 2018
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    LaChapell Audio 500TDI

    500-series Tube DI

    LaChapell Audio’s experience with tubes has enabled the company to develop its proprietary TrueTube technology...

    Reviews Mar 2018
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    Louder Than Liftoff Silver Bullet

    Stereo Mic Preamp, EQ & Distortion Processor

    Intended as a means of adding ‘analogue mojo’, this device has been designed to integrate seamlessly into a DAW-based workflow.

    Reviews Mar 2018
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    Dizengoff Audio D4

    Microphone Preamplifier

    The D4 is a single-channel mic preamp based on a design created by EMI’s in-house Recording Engineering Development Department, as part of the development of the REDD.51 tube console.

    Reviews Feb 2018

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