San Francisco, CA (November 5, 2004)–Fulfilling the desire on the part of artists, engineers and producers for modern versions of vintage equipment, Professional Audio Design (PAD) announced the formation of Resolution Audio Electronics at AES. Resolution Audio Electronics is a manufacturing company specializing in newly manufactured products that capture the sound of classic analog, discreet, Class-A designs, while adding a twist of modern capability for each unit.
“One of the main business stays at PAD is in the field of console refurbishing,” said Dave Malekpour, president of PAD. “Over the years, our customers have asked us for a lot of capability changes and as a result of that process our engineering staff has developed a lot of specialized audio circuits. For instance, we have customized vintage Neve consoles, adding our own custom electronics to enhance performance to our client’s specifications. One of our clients wanted to have his pre-amps remoted so they could be right next to the drum set for tracking with remote controllability from his Pro Tools system and I thought to myself, ‘Hey we can do that’, which inspired our first product.”
The first product, the ResoPre-873, made its debut at AES and will be distributed through Audio Exchange International (AXI). The technology is based on the timeless, analog, discreet, Class-A mic pre-amp circuit and transformers that defined the classic sound of the 70s and 80s.
“The MIDI control functions in the ResoPre-873 truly make this unit a fine confection of classic superstar sound, remote control capability and digital integration,” said Brandon McHale, senior design technician for PAD. “The unit was designed to live as close to the microphone as possible, affording the engineer a clean signal by limiting the low level microphone wire run to a minimum. Control comes from the users computer, digital console, control surface or a remote unit, as there are no knobs on this device. The ResoPre-873 is a two rack space unit that has 8-channels of in and out with an optional digital output card that we will be introducing in the production unit. This is the type of gear Resolution Audio Electronics was formed to produce, and the ResoPre-873 is a great starting product for the company.”
Also in the works is the new DiPre-73 that will be offered one and two channel packages. The single channel is a stand-alone, desktop-type module built in a metal module chassis, utilizing vintage parts from the ten or plus years working on original Neve consoles. There is a two-channel rack mountable package that fits into one rack space to provide a great sounding classic signal path that people know and love in a package that is very convenient.
“We formed Resolution Audio Electronics as an answer to our clients needs and wishes to have a great sounding front end with unique controllability,” stated Malekpour. “We’re looking forward to hearing the results of these products being used in both studios and live sound and how the remote controlled pre-amp will shape both working styles and the quality of their productions.”
Professional Audio Design, Inc.
Audio Exchange International, Inc.