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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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    Caveman Audio AP1 Compact acoustic guitar preamp pedal

    Caveman Audio AP1 Compact

    Compact version of AP1 Acoustic Preamp

    Caveman Audio have released the AP1 Compact, delivering the sound of their AP1 Acoustic Preamp in a smaller footprint. 

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    NAMM 2022 - H2 Audio Helios Channel

    Video report

    H2 Audio talk us through their new channel strip, the Helios Channel. 

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    NAMM 2022 - AEA TP500 Preamp

    Video report

    AEA show us their new 500 series preamp optimised for ribbon microphones, the TRP500.

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    Focusrite Clarett+ OctoPre microphone preamp

    Focusrite announce Clarett+ OctoPre

    Eight channel preamp gains ‘Plus’ range features

    Popular multi-channel preamp is the latest member of the Clarett range to receive an upgrade.

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    API 3122V

    API 3122V available now

    Preamp sports front/rear input switching, VU meters & more

    Dual-channel pre is based around the classic 2520 op-amp.

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    GC-Audio Inherit

    Modular preamp from GC-Audio

    Valve & solid-state preamp cartridges available

    Inherit system lets you hot-swap between five different preamp types.

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    Millennia AELogic for Mac

    Millennia AELogic preamp now available for Mac OS

    Ethernet control extended to Apple computers

    Control software for Millennia's premium mic preamps now works on Apple computers

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    sE Electronics DM2 TNT

    sE Electronics unveil new DM2 preamp

    In-line booster adds 30dB of gain

    In-line booster adds up to 30dB of gain and offers a range of impedances for passive microphones.

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    SSL UV EQ

    New SSL 500-series modules

    UV EQ & SiX Channel unveiled

    The new processors comprise an EQ inspired by the SSL Fusion, and a channel strip drawn from the compact SSL SiX Console.

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    IK Multimedia iRig Pre 2

    IK Multimedia iRig Pre 2 preamp

    Provides 48V Phantom, works with phones, tablets & DSLRs

    Compact battery-operated mic preamp provides 48 Volts of phantom power, and is designed to work with phones, tablets and DSLR cameras.

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    Tierra Flavour preamps

    In-line preamps from Tierra

    New mic boosters offer seven tonal options

    New range of phantom-powered mic boosters offers seven different sonic flavours.

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    Daking Mic Pre IIT

    NAMM 2021: Daking add transformer option to twin preamp

    Mic Pre II now available with Jensen transformers

    The Mic Pre II is now available with transformer-balanced outputs.

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    Heritage Audio BritStrip

    Heritage Audio launch BritStrip

    New channel strip evokes classic British consoles

    New channel strip evokes classic British consoles, and combines preamp, EQ and compression.

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    Choosing A 500-series Chassis

    Slot Machines

    Not all 500‑series racks are created equal. Here’s what you need to know to make your choice.

    Sound Advice Nov 2020
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    Various 500-series modules in API rack.

    Choosing 500-series Modules

    Variety Show

    With so many modules on the market, how do you make the right choices?

    Sound Advice Nov 2020
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    Do I Need A Mic Preamp?

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    It's often claimed that expensive mic preamps will take your recordings to the next level. But is that really true, or are you...

    Sound Advice Oct 2020
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    Q. What makes a good mic preamp?

    How do I tell which preamps are good and which aren't? Are there any particular specs I should I look out for?

    Sound Advice Aug 2020
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    Cranborne Audio 500 ADAT rack.

    Cranborne Audio - Behind The Brand | Podcast

    Sean Karpowicz

    SOS Technical Editor Hugh Robjohns chats to the MD of Cranborne Audio, Sean Karpowicz, about how and why he started this innovative British pro-audio manufacturer, the many business and technical challenges involved along the way, and his company's approach to product design and manufacture.

    Music Business Aug 2020
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    Neumann V402

    New mic preamp from Neumann

    Two-channel V402 announced

    The V402 is a two-channel mic, line and instrument preamp with some useful monitoring facilities.

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    API reissue 312 mic preamp

    Classic console input now available as a Lunchbox module

    Designed by API co-founder Saul Walker (1927-2016), the 312 front-end was employed in many of API's now classic mixers.

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    AMS Neve release 1073 OPX

    Legendary preamp gets a makeover

    This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1073 microphone preamp, and to celebrate, AMS Neve are releasing a brand-new edition that features some nifty extra functionality to fit 21st Century working practices.

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