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    Black Lion Audio B173 Quad

    Four-channel Microphone Preamplifier

    Black Lion's designers set out to bring versatility and lower noise to a classic preamp without sacrificing character — have they succeeded?

    Reviews Dec 2019
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    Sonic Farm Xcalibur JC

    Valve Preamplifier & Saturation Processor

    With its ability to deliver anything from super-subtle saturation to downright despicable distortion, could this be the only valve preamp you'll ever need?

    Reviews Nov 2019
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    Tascam Series 8p Dyna

    Eight-channel Microphone Preamplifier

    This ADAT-equipped preamp offers one-knob compression on every channel.

    Reviews Nov 2019
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    Boss Tube Amp Expander | Audio Examples

    Hear For Yourself

    There are plenty of very heavily distorted examples already out there to be heard, but I’ve gone for some tones that I think challenge the technology a little more.

    Reviews Sep 2019
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    LaChapell Audio 983M

    Valve Microphone Preamplifier

    Offering everything from pristine cleanliness to tube-driven colour, this preamp can hold its head high in the company of more expensive designs.

    Reviews Sep 2019
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    Boss Tube Amp Expander

    Reactive Load & Speaker Simulator

    Widely touted as Boss's response to UA's popular OX, the Tube Amp Expander actually offers a contrasting approach. Will one of them be a clear winner?

    Reviews Sep 2019
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    Expert Sleepers Little Mikey

    Eurorack Module

    Little Mikey is a classic preamp in a sturdy 8HP module, designed to get your instrument and live microphone signals into the modular as cleanly as possible.

    Reviews Aug 2019
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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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