Westlake Village, CA (June 23, 2004)–TC Electronic, North American distributor of Tube-Tech, has introduced a new microphone preamplifier with multi-band tube compressor, the MMC 1A. Also announced recently is the development of the new Tube-Tech SSA 2A stereo summing amplifier, designed to bring the warm sound of tube mixing amplifiers to any digital audio mix.
The MMC 1A features a no-compromise Lundahl transformer-equipped mic pre-amp with variable input impedance, 69dB of gain, a high impedance instrument input, and a line level input as well. The MMC 1A also includes a three-band optical compressor with adjustable crossovers. The MMC 1A will be available in September for $3,995.
According to the chief engineer, Tube-Tech’s founder John G. Peterson, the idea for the product came straight from Tube-Tech users. “Several top engineers told us they were using one channel of Tube-Tech’s multi-band stereo bus compressor on lead vocals,” explained Peterson. “So we decided to give them a single channel version with a mic pre so they can use it for the front-end and the back-end.” Ed Simeone, chairman of TC Electronic confirmed, “The MMC 1A is a unique product that provides a new way to process vocals. It’s easier to make vocals sit better in mixes and to give them more presence without eating up your headroom.”
In the SSA 2A stereo summing amplifier, eight stereo inputs and one stereo output are summed together with low-noise, low-distortion tube amplifiers. Maximum input and output exceeds +30dBu for optimal headroom, while the output level is set by a 23-step calibrated attenuator. SSA 2A will be available in September 2004 for $3,895.
While DAWs are a staple in today’s recording studio, many engineers still choose to run their mixes through an analog mixing console to benefit from the summing amplifiers. “The SSA 2A answers the specific call for adding vacuum tube warmth to digital mixes,” said Simeone. “The SSA 2A’s all-tube and transformer coupled circuits have the warmth and definition that Tube-Tech is known for and if offers the DAW owner a simple way to achieve a unique sound.”