New York (January 13, 2012)—At NAMM next week, British Audio Engineering (BAE) will introduce its Matt Sorum 312B microphone preamplifier.
The 312B, based on the 312A model, features a modified gain structure that utilizes an alternative Jensen input transformer designed to "complement louder sources before needing the pad."
Due to its high gain structure, the 312A occasionally required the pad to be used with louder sources, such as a hot microphone on drums. BAE designed an option, adding an alternative Jensen transformer, to create the Matt Sorum 312B. The new model reportedly provides equal performance and 7 dB less gain to assist recordings with a more adequate level for louder sources without losing the characteristics of the 312A. This is said to allow engineers the option of owning the 312A as a preamp geared toward higher gain and the 312B for lower gain.
The 312B comes in a 500 Series module format or as a fully loaded lunchbox. It includes a custom pull-on switch tailored to accentuate higher frequencies, a DI for instruments, a Phase Reverse switch, 48V for phantom power and a PAD switch.