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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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    Electric & Company EC3

    Valve Microphone Preamplifier

    This versatile preamp offers Ampex attitude in abundance!

    Reviews Aug 2022
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    Focusrite Clarett+ Octopre

    Multichannel Mic Preamp & A-D/D-A Converter

    Twenty years on, the Octopre concept remains as strong as ever.

    Reviews . Jul 2022
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    Hazelrigg Industries VLC

    Mic Preamp & EQ

    This versatile input channel gives you the classic sound of tubes, transformers and inductors.

    Reviews . May 2022
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    Tierra Audio Flavours

    Inline Booster Preamps

    Clean‑gain ‘booster’ preamps are popular accessories for ribbon and moving‑coil dynamic mics — but what if that gain were deliberately made more characterful?

    Reviews . Apr 2022
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    Tierra Audio Flavours | Audio

    Hear For Yourself!

    SOS April 2022

    Tierra Audio Flavours

    Audio Captions

    Neil Rogers


    Reviews Apr 2022
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    KIT Plugins BB N105

    Channel Strip Plug-in

    This classy console emulation from newcomers KIT puts Blackbird Studios’ Neve in your DAW.

    Reviews Mar 2022
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    Royer Labs dBooster2

    Inline Microphone & Instrument Preamplifier

    Not content with having created arguably the world’s best preamp booster, Royer’s boffins decided to make it better.

    Reviews Feb 2022
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    Black Rooster Omnitec-67A

    Analogue-modelled Vintage Preamp Plug-in

    The 67A adds some useful features to a nice Altec valve preamp emulation.

    Reviews Jan 2022
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    Bad Dogs P1

    500-series Microphone Preamplifier

    Ever fancied trying different output transformers in your mic preamp? Then check out the P1...

    Reviews Oct 2021
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    H2 Audio Helios 2128 Preamp & 5011 EQ | Audio

    Hear For Yourself!

    The audio files available on this page accompany my review of the...

    Reviews Sep 2021
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    H2 Audio Helios 2128 Preamp & 5011 EQ

    500-series Modules

    H2 aim to put the legendary sound of Olympic Studios in your 500‑series rack.

    Reviews Sep 2021
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    Heritage Audio BritStrip

    Analogue Channel Strip

    Could this modern spin on a classic British trio be the perfect analogue front end?

    Reviews Sep 2021
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    EBS Stanley Clarke Signature

    Acoustic Instrument Preamplifier

    Is this the perfect partner for acoustic bass?

    Reviews May 2021
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    Leapwing Audio Al Schmitt

    Channel-strip Plug-in [Mac & Windows]

    Can Leapwing’s latest plug‑in really sprinkle some Al Schmitt magic on your recordings?

    Reviews May 2021
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    RME 12Mic

    Digitally-controlled Microphone Preamplifier

    RME’s 12Mic packs 12 preamps into a single networked box.

    Reviews Mar 2021
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    Cranborne Audio Camden EC1

    Microphone Preamplifier

    Though billed as a high‑quality single‑channel mic preamp, the EC1 is a whole lot more.

    Reviews Feb 2021
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    Access Analog

    Remote Outboard Processing

    Love the sound of high‑end analogue kit, but don’t have the space or the money to buy it? No problem...

    Reviews Jan 2021
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    Roger Mayer 500 Series: 68MP, 58LM, 456HD

    Modular Channel Strip

    Mayer’s all‑analogue tape emulation is joined in the 500 series by a mic preamp and limiter.

    Reviews Nov 2020
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    API 312

    Mic Preamplifier

    API celebrate half a century of their iconic preamp design with a reissue for the 500 series.

    Reviews Nov 2020
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    Black Lion Audio Eighteen

    Mono Channel Strip

    This feature-packed channel strip pairs a vintage mic preamp design with a Pultec-style inductor EQ.

    Reviews Oct 2020
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    Neumann V402

    Dual-channel Mic Preamp

    Does Neumann's first standalone mic preamp live up to their enviable reputation?

    Reviews Oct 2020


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