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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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    Dizengoff Audio DA2

    Valve Microphone Preamplifier

    Based on an obscure 1950s valve preamp, the DA2 offers a lot of character for a relatively low outlay.

    Reviews Jan 2018
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    Neve 1073 SPX

    Microphone Preamplifier & EQ

    The world’s most famous console preamp and EQ continues to evolve to meet the needs of the modern studio.

    Reviews Jan 2018
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    Warm Audio WA-412

    Four-channel Microphone Preamplifier

    Find out how Warm Audio’s API-inspired preamp compares with the real thing.

    Reviews Jan 2018
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    API TranZformers

    Guitar & Bass Channel Strip Pedals

    API put the sound of their classic consoles right at your feet!

    Reviews Dec 2017
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    Sonic Farm Tantra

    Valve Bass Preamp/Amplifier

    Sonic Farm’s latest creation is a processor and amplifier designed to cater for every possible bass guitar recording scenario.

    Reviews Oct 2017
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    Golden Age Project 500 Series

    Mic/Line Preamplifier, EQ & Compressor

    These modules can be mixed and matched to create a versatile, high-quality, Neve-esque channel strip for an impressive price.

    Reviews Sep 2017
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    Phaedrus Audio Phusion

    Stereo Channel Strip

    Boasting an array of unusual and impressive features, this British high-quality channel strip really stands out from the crowd.

    Reviews Aug 2017
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    Sonic Dune 1Q73

    Mic Preamp & EQ

    Serbian company Sonic Dune have augmented the classic Neve 1073 design to offer the user both practical and tonal options.

    Reviews Aug 2017
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    AEA RPQ2

    Dual-channel Microphone Preamplifier

    With the RPQ2, AEA have improved on what was already an excellent ribbon-mic preamp.

    Reviews Jun 2017
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    Focusrite Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic

    Eight-channel Mic Preamp, Compressor & A-D/D-A Converter

    What’s new in Focusrite’s updated multi-channel mic preamp?

    Reviews May 2017
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    Tech 21 Q\Strip

    Preamp, EQ & DI Box

    Tech 21 have turned their focus to recreating, in pedal format, that part of a vintage console’s signal path that was often pressed into service for the direct recording of both guitars and basses back in the day.

    Reviews May 2017
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    IGS Audio 572 'Red Stripe'

    500-series Valve Mic Preamp/DI

    Could this transformer- and valve-laden preamp bring some analogue magic to your recordings?

    Reviews Apr 2017
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    Integer Audio RMP2

    Ribbon Microphone Preamplifier

    Designed to get the best from passive ribbon and moving-coil mics, this preamp offers 80dB of gain and switchable input impedance.

    Reviews Mar 2017
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    Focusrite Clarett OctoPre

    Eight-channel Mic Preamp & A-D/D-A Converter

    With eight new Air preamps and two-way ADAT connectivity, could this be the best way to expand your audio interface?

    Reviews Feb 2017
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    Hacienda Labs Mic Preamp & Compressor/Gate

    HL169 & HL4000 500-Series Modules

    These classy new French-made modules are inspired by vintage designs, but they also add a few unexpected and useful features.

    Reviews Feb 2017
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    Acustica Audio Sand

    Channel Strip Plug-in

    Acustica’s latest plug-in promises new heights of realism in SSL-style EQ and compression.

    Reviews Feb 2017
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    Grace Design m108

    Remote-controlled Mic Preamp & A-D Converter

    With remote control, USB audio interfacing and the sublime sonic performance for which Grace are known, the m108 doesn’t disappoint!

    Reviews Jan 2017
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    API 512v Mic Preamp

    Microphone Preamplifier

    API’s 512 preamp design is a classic — and now there are even more reasons to love it!

    Reviews Dec 2016
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    DACS Clarity MicAmp2

    Dual-channel Microphone Preamplifier

    Given the continually evolving and demanding pressures of the pro-audio industry, any product which remains available and largely unchanged for more than a decade must have arrived at a near-perfect combination of technical excellence, operational usability, reliability, and price.

    Reviews Nov 2016
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    Slate Digital Virtual Microphone System

    Microphone, Preamp & Modelling Software

    Can this unique combination of software and hardware really recreate the sound of some of the most revered microphones in the world? We put the VMS up against the originals to find out!

    Reviews Nov 2016
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    Slate Digital VMS: Classic Mic Shoot-Out

    Video Feature

    Rather than just trying it out on a few sessions, the team at SOS decided that this review would be a great excuse to pitch the VMS against some of the actual microphones that it claims to model.

    Reviews Nov 2016

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