London, UK/Bridgeport, CT (September 27, 2006)–Producer/engineer Peter Katis (Interpol, The Von Bondies, Guster) recently rounded out his collection of Thermionic Culture gear with the addition of the Earlybird 2.2 Mic Pre/EQ and the Pullet Two Channel EQ. Katis’ facility, Tarquin Studios, is located in Bridgeport, CT.
“I am a proud owner of all of Thermionic Culture’s current products,” said Katis. “The EarlyBird is my ‘go to’ pre-amp/ EQ for guitars and/or anything else that requires a never-fail, ultra hi-fi tube pre sound (being used on a big, fat snare drum as I speak!).”
The Earlybird 2.2 is a two-channel all tube pre-amp employing a balanced push-pull circuit, a unique design implementation for a mic pre amp. This updated version retains all of the features of the previous Earlybirds including switchable frequencies on the mid and bass lift sections on the active EQ section along with an extra pair of inputs has been added to allow permanent connection to a Pullet EQ.
The Pullet is a passive EQ originally designed to complement the Earlybird pre-amp. The Pullet will provide a variable Q boost at 11 frequencies of 21 dB and simultaneously a cut at 11 frequencies of 21dB. In addition high top can be boosted or cut with a shelving filter.
The Pullet has recently been redesigned to allow it to be used with nearly any preamp available.
“I felt that it would be a waste and a shame not to be able to use the Earlybird in a mix situation and the Pullet was a great solution,” noted Thermionic designer Vic Keary. “I thought about trying the Pullet in conjunction with other makes of pre-amp just out of curiosity and found that so far it works with everything we’ve tried, API, Neve, SSL, Chandler.”
When used together, the Earlybird 2.2 can provide the gain makeup required after a line level signal has been passed through the Pullet’s passive EQ network. This provides flexibility as the passive EQ of the Pullet gives full control over any midrange frequencies whilst the active EQ of the Earlybird 2.2 can give a smooth sounding control over the bass and top frequencies.
Noted Katis on the EarlyBird/Pullet duo, “Combined with The EarlyBird for its makeup gain, both the boost and cut EQ functions [on The Pullet] are so smooth that it’s a little freaky. But the coolest thing is the ability to combine it with other pre-amps for subtle changes in color beyond your EQ decisions. Try it with a pair of old Telefunken V76s and add a little more gain than you need. Running things through tubes isn’t always called for, but somehow this stuff never misses.”
Thermionic Culture will have their full line of products, which also includes the Culture Vulture stereo distortion unit and Phoenix “mu” style compressor, on hand at the upcoming AES show in San Francisco as part of the Tuff Co-op in Booth #1134.