You are here

Big Bear Audio MP1 & MP1+

500-series ‘Colour’ Mic Preamps
Published July 2018
By Bob Thomas

Big Bear Audio MP1 & MP1+

Not only do these preamps boast superb performance, they can also host one of the growing range of DIYRE Colour modules.

Founded by Charlie Slee, a young British electronics designer and engineer whose résumé includes a spell at tube audio specialists Thermionic Culture, Big Bear Audio are a recent arrival on the 500-series scene. They started out distributing DIY Recording Equipment’s (DIYRE) open-source Colour series of preamps and modules (reviewed in December 2015:, but they soon turned their attention to developing products of their own, and they’re all designed and manufactured in the UK.

Identical Twins?

If you saw the MP1 and MP1+ mic and instrument preamps side-by-side in a rack, you’d be forgiven for not knowing which was which: the two share identical, injection-moulded fascias, control knobs and switch caps. Both also feature discrete Class-A circuitry that’s designed to deliver a clean, transparent performance. And both incorporate a slot that...

You've only read 10% of this article, so to continue reading...

Option 1: Login to read this article if you have a Digital Subscription or Industry Controlled Circulation account

  • To read the full article online (in HTML browser format), please LOG IN at the top of this page.
  • Note: Your Digital subscription does not include downloadable PDF articles free of charge.

Option 2: Buy a Digital sub from our shop

  • A Digital sub can be bought from our Shop and used immediately, or contact our Subs staff to discuss an upgrade price to add Digital access to your existing Print subscription.

Option 3: Buy and download this SOS article in Adobe PDF format

  • Buy this article now and immediately download the PDF file to your computer.
  • PDF articles look identical to the printed magazine layouts (but exclude advertisements).
  • Note: Some shorter articles don't always have a PDF version.
Published July 2018