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    Aphex Thermionics Model 1100

    Tube Mic Preamp

    The application of both traditional principles and some innovative electronic design work affords this dual-channel preamp impressive performance. Hugh Robjohns likes what he hears.

    Reviews Jan 2001
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    Drawmer 1969

    Dual-channel Valve Preamp/Processor

    Drawmer's 1969 model, developed with US pro audio dealer Mercenary Audio, seeks to offer the facilities of their acclaimed 1960 valve-based processor, but with a more American sound.

    Reviews Oct 2000
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    Zoom GM200

    Guitar Amp Modeller

    Paul White gives Zoom's new low-cost modelling guitar preamp the once over.

    Reviews Aug 2000
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    Johnson J Station

    Guitar Recording Preamp

    Physical modelling has always held out the best hope for producing realistic miked-up amp tones from a DI processor, and many recording guitarists found their prayers answered when Line 6 launched the Pod. But does this new contender in the field have anything more to offer? Dave Lockwood gets physical with the J Station.

    Reviews Aug 2000
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    Dbx Silver Series 386

    Hybrid Dual Mic Preamp

    Hugh Robjohns tries out a mic preamp from Dbx with a built-in A-D converter that is supposed to be impossible to clip...

    Reviews May 2000
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    TL Audio EQ2 front-end with parametric EQ.

    TL Audio EQ2

    Parametric Valve Equaliser

    Paul White tries out TLA's combination of front end and parametric equaliser.

    Reviews Apr 2000
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    TL Audio Hybrid

    Tube Preamp

    Capable of handling both mic or instrument signals, TLA's new dual-channel, combined solid-state and valve preamp aims to offer super high-quality preformance at an average price. Paul White assesses their double vision.

    Reviews Mar 2000
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    JoeMeek VC6Q

    Recording Channel

    Paul White goes green with the latest JoeMeek recording channel.

    Reviews Jan 2000
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    Focusrite ISA430 Producer Pack

    Input Channel

    Focusrite's latest product is an updated version of one of their '80s classics. Is it even better the second time around?

    Reviews Nov 1999
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    GML 8304

    4-channel Reference Quality Mic Preamp

    This state-of-the art- multi-channel mic preamp, designed by the celebrated George Massenburg, is light on frills but heavy on quality.

    Reviews Oct 1999
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    Peavey VMP2

    Dual-channe Tube Preamp

    The fashionably vintage exterior of this US-made dual-channel preamp is matched by an all-valve interior. Hugh Robjohns gets a retro perspective.

    Reviews Aug 1999
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    SPL Gold Mike

    Microphone Preamp

    Paul White tries the hybrid sound of SPL's new dual-channel precision microphone preamplifier.

    Reviews Jun 1999
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    TC Electronic Gold Channel

    Stereo Signal Conditioner

    TC Electronic's latest innovation is a dual-channel mic preamp/channel strip with comprehensive digital processing.

    Reviews Mar 1999
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    Line 6 Pod - the original

    Line 6 Pod

    Physical Modelling Guitar Preamp

    Can this intriguing little box really emulate the recorded sound of many of the world's greatest guitar amplifiers?

    Reviews Feb 1999
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    Focusrite Platinum Voicemaster

    Voice Channel

    It's a Focusrite, Jim, but not as we know it! Is it possible to deliver Focusrite quality at such an aggressively low price?

    Reviews Jul 1998
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    Event EMP1

    Solid-state Mic Preamp

    Many mic preamps are marketed on the strength of the sound they claim to impart to your recordings, but the Event EMP1 is designed to sit as unobtrusively in your signal path as possible, amplifying quietly to itself. Hugh Robjohns investigates...

    Reviews Jun 1998
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    Oram Octasonic Precision

    Octal Mic Preamp

    Oram are not a company to do things by halves; their Octasonic, as the name suggests, features a whopping eight channels of professional-quality mic amplification. David Mellor finds it's eight times a preamp....

    Reviews Apr 1998
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    TL Audio Ivory 5050 & 5001

    Valve Preamp & Mic/Line Amp

    TL Audio's Ivory range of affordable valve-based processors continues to expand. Big game hunter Paul White strikes (c)amp and bags the lates two in the herd... (SOS wishes to point out that no elephants were harmed during the writing of this review.)

    Reviews Apr 1998
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    TL Audio Ivory Series VP5051

    Valve Processor

    David Mellor warms to TL Audio's new mid-range valve voice processor.

    Reviews Feb 1998
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    Demeter HM1

    Tube Mic Preamp

    Can an expensive valve microphone preamp like this one really make that much diference to the quality of your recordings?

    Reviews Jan 1998
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    DACS Micamp

    Dual-channel Mic Preamp

    Tyneside-based DACS have been building high-quality equipment for people on a one-off basis for years, but now they've launched a range of equipment that anyone can buy. Hugh Robjohns explains why he'd rather buy British.

    Reviews Nov 1997

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