Los Angeles, CA (May 25, 2012)—Black Box Analog Design has launched its microphone preamp.
Handcrafted in Ventura, CA, the Black Box microphone preamplifier is designed from the ground up by designers Eric Racy and Robert Wainscott. The preamp features an entirely analog audio path; custom, hand-wound Cinemag input and output transformers; hand-soldered point-to-point wiring; independently controlled Pentode and Triode tube stages (as well as independent Pentode/Triode “Tone Boost” switches); a 350v linear power supply; and the ability to shape the frequency response without the use of an EQ.
Racy explains, “As studio owners and engineers, Robert and I collected over 19 types of preamps, ranging from vintage to brand new, in search of a high-end preamp versatile enough to bring out the best in many types of sources and allow us to capture sounds in a way that didn’t require an excess of processing at mix time. We felt there had to be a better design, which set us down the path of creating it for ourselves. Using our ears to guide us, we created a unit capable of things a conventionally designed preamp isn’t made for, yet maintained a user-friendly interface.”
“I approached the design of the Black Box microphone preamp in the same manner I would set up for a mix session,” Wainscott adds. “I mixed a single tube with everything plugged into a ‘patchbay’ and all the values that shape how the tube works were fluid. Everything from plate voltage to blocking capacitors could be changed in real time, which afforded me the room to perfect the mic pre’s design, resulting in the unit we have today.”
The company has selected Vintage King Audio as its distributor, and is currently taking orders worldwide.
Black Box Analog Design