Nashville, TN (August 8, 2017)—Sphere Recording Consoles has unveiled its Fab 500, a 500 Series-format microphone preamplifier. The Fab 500 will be available directly from Sphere at the end of this month.
The Fab 500 is a single channel microphone preamplifier compatible with the 500 Series format. It reportedly offers 56.6dB of total gain, with a frequency response of 12 Hz to 56 kHz. It features two attenuation pads at -15dB and -30dB—useful for high SPL sources. The Fab 500 also includes switchable +48V phantom power and a phase switch.
“We were blown away by the attention the Fab 500 received at Summer NAMM,” offers Rowe. “People are aware of the Sphere console sound from albums like [The Rolling Stones'] Some Girls and tons of classic '70s R&B. The first and most important aspect of that sound is the mic preamp, and the Fab 500’s design is completely true to the original circuitry of the Sphere consoles. We’re proud to now offer it in a 500 Series format as well as a four-channel rackmount version with the Fab Four.”
Originally formed in the early 1970s, Sphere was founded by the owner and chief engineer of Electrodyne consoles. Best known for its mic pres and EQs, Sphere manufactured a full line of semi- and fully-custom audio consoles for both recording studios and performance venues continuously for many years. According to Sphere, the Fab Four and Fab 500 Series are “exact replicas of the original Sphere mic pres (including the same input and output transformers, and proprietary op amp).”
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