Buyers Guide Microphone Preamps

A list of microphome preamplifier manufacturers
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Audio Engineering Associates TRP
Features: Two-channel; gain, level controls; polarity reverse; high-pass filter; designed for ribbon, moving coil, tube mics.
Price: $835.
Contact: Audio Engineering Associates at 626-798-9128
www.ribbonmics.com.

Joemeek oneQ
Features: Preamp/
compressor/EQ/
converter; single-channel; “iron” setting; optical compressor; four-band EQ with sweepable mids; 24-bit/96 kHz converter.
Price: $859.
Contact: Joemeek/PMI at 877-563-6335
www.pmiaudio.com.

dbx 786
Features: Two-channel; 48V phantom power; 20 dB pad; phase reverse; Spectrum, Detail controls; low impedance switch; VU meters. Price: $3,199.
Contact: dbx at 801-566-8800
www.dbxpro.com.

Videoquip Research MP-2
Features: Two-channel; 48V phantom power; level controls.
Price: $395.
Contact: Videoquip Research at 888-293-1071
www.videoquip.com.

ATI 8MX2 Preamplifier
Features: Eight-channel; 48V phantom power; phase reverse; gain level, limiter threshold, channel level, pan controls per channel; linkable; headphone jack controls; LED meters.
Price: $2,995.
Contact: ATI at 301-776-7879
www.audiotoys.com.

API 3124MB
Features: Four-channel; 48V phantom power; 20 dB pad; phase reverse.
Price: $2,795.
Contact: API at 301-776-7879, apiaudio.com.

D.W. Fearn VT-2
Microphone Preamp
Features: Two-channel; attenuation controls; input controls; 48V phantom power; polarity; Lo-Z input; four 6072A triode tubes; VU meters.
Price: $3,675.
Contact: D. W. Fearn at 610-793-2526
www.dwfearn.com.

Benchmark Media Systems PRE-420
Features: Four-channel; 20 dB pad; gain controls per channel; high-pass filter (40 Hz); stereo mixdown; headphone amp.

Price: app. $3,000.
Contact: Benchmark Media Systems at
800-262-4675
www.benchmarkmedia.com.

A-Designs EM-Gold
Features: Single-channel module; phase reverse; 48V phantom power; level controls; 20 dB pad; 1/4-inch Hi-Z DI input.
Price: $850.
Contact: A-Designs Audio at
818-716-4153
www.adesignsaudio.com.

True Systems P-SOLO
Features: Single-channel; 48V phantom power; input control; high-pass filter (80 Hz); front panel 1/4-inch DI input.
Price: $695.
Contact: True Systems at
520-721-2835
www.true-systems.com.

AMS Neve 1073 DPD
Features: Two-channel; gain controls; trim pots; 48V phantom power; phase reverse; Hi-Z, Low-Z; built-in 24-bit/192 kHz sample rate A/D-D/A converter; word clock.
Price: $3,899.
Contact: AMS Neve at 818-207-6383
www.ams-neve.com.

Blue Robbie
Features: Single-channel; level control; 48V phantom power; 20 dB pad; phase reverse; ECC88 tube; Class A; Hi-Z input.
Price: $1,299.
Contact: Blue Microphones at
818-879-5200
www.bluemic.com.

Solid State Logic XLogic E Signature Channel
Features: Single-channel; dual independent preamp paths; Variable Harmonic Drive; “Listen Mic” compressor; four-band EQ; gate. Price: $4,040.
Contact: Solid State Logic at
212-315-1111
www.solid-state-logic.com.

Gordon Instruments Model 4
Features: Single-channel; 48V phantom power; phase reverse; Hi-Z input; mute; output load compensation.
Price: $1,800.
Contact: Gordon Instruments at
615-665-1005; www.gordonaudio.com.

Chandler Limited Germanium
Features: Single-channel; 48V phantom power; phase reverse; pad; “thick” switch; “feedback” control; switchable LED meter. Price: $1,050.
Contact: Chandler Limited at
319-885-4200
www.chandlerlimited.com.

Wunder Audio PAFOUR
Features: Four-channel; 48V phantom power; phase reverse; 1/4-inch front panel DI input; gain control per channel.
Price: $2,795.
Contact: Wunder Audio at 512-338-6777
www.wunderaudio.com.

DACS MicAmp
Features: Two-channel; switchable bass rolloff (30 Hz, 80 Hz); gain control; phase reverse; phantom power.
Price: $2,211.
Contact: DACS/Independent Audio at
207-773-2424
www.independentaudio.com.

Sonifex RB-DMA2
Features: Two-channel; 48V phantom power; level controls; bass rolloff (125 Hz); word clock; S/PDIF output.
Price: $990.
Contact: Sonifex/Independent Audio at
207-773-2424
www.independentaudio.com.

Rupert Neve Designs
Portico 5016
Features: Single-channel preamp/single-channel DI; 48V phantom power; phase reverse; Variable Phase control; front panel 1/4-inch DI input; “Silk” switch; high-pass filter.
Price: $1,159.
Contact: Rupert Neve Designs at
512-847-3013
www.rupertneve.com.

Drawmer 1960
Features: Two-channel preamp/compressor; 48V phantom power; phase reverse; tube compressor; front panel 1/4-inch DI input; switchable VU meters.
Price: $3,075.
Contact: Drawmer/TransAudio Group at
702-365-5155
www.transaudiogroup.com.

GML Model 2032
Features: Single-channel; four-band parametric EQ; variable high-pass filter; 48V phantom power; phase reverse; 1/4” instrument input; gain, trim controls; EQ bypass.
Price: $3,000.
Contact: GML/TransAudio Group at
702-365-5155
www.transaudiogroup.com.

Daking Mic-Pre EQ
Features: Mic/line preamp/four-band EQ; 48V phantom power; pad; phase reverse; gain, output level controls.
Price: $1,895.
Contact: Daking/TransAudio Group at
702-365-5155
www.transaudiogroup.com.

Crane Song Flamingo
Features: Two-channel; gain, attenuation controls per channel; phase reverse; “Iron” and “Fat” effects; Class A; LED meters. Price: $3,125.
Contact: Crane Song at 715-398-3627
www.cranesong.com
www.crestaudio.com.

SPL Goldmike Mk 2
Features: Two-channel; 48V phantom power; 20 dB pad; high-pass filter (50 Hz); phase reverse; tube drive; “Flair” switch; limiter; VU meters.
Price: $1,399.
Contact: SPL USA 866-477-5872,
www.spl-usa.com.

Nady Systems PRA-8
Features: Eight-channel; 48V phantom power.
Price: $149.
Contact: Nady Systems at 510-652-2411
www.nady.com.

Midas XL42
Features: Two-channel preamp/four-band parametric EQ; 48V phantom power; pad; linkable; compatible with Midas XL consoles. Price: $2,411
Contact: Midas at 800-392-3497
www.midasconsoles.com.

Summit Audio 2BA-221
Features: Single-channel; tube or solid state signal path; 12AX7A tube; variable mic impedance; variable high-pass filter; ground lift; front panel 1/4” Hi-Z input.
Price: $695.
Contact: Summit Audio at 775-782-8838
www.summitaudio.com.

Focusrite ISA 428
Features: Four-channel; 48V phantom power; phase reverse; soft clip limiter; VU meters.
Price: $1,999.
Contact: Focusrite/American Music and Sound at 866-474-7711
www.focusrite.com.

Sound Devices MM-1
Features: Single-channel; 48V phantom power; 12V T power; gain control; high-pass filter (80 Hz – 160 Hz); headphone control; battery-powered.
Price: $475.
Contact: Sound Devices at 800-505-0625
www.sounddevices.com.

SM Pro Audio PRE8E
Features: Eight-channel; 48V phantom power; phase reverse; gain controls.
Price: $199.
Contact: SM Pro Audio at www.smproaudio.com.

Lavry Engineering
LavryBlue MicPre
Features: Module; impedance matching; phantom power; 10 dB pad; gain display.
Prices: two-channel - $1,458, four-channel - $2,426
Contact: Lavry Engineering at 206-842-3649 www.lavryengineering.com.

Aphex Model 1100MkII
Features: Two-channel; 48V phantom power; 20 dB pad; phase reverse; low-cut filter; 24-bit A/D; 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 192 kHz sample rate; MicLim limiter.
Price: $2,495.
Contact: Aphex Systems at 818-767-2929
www.aphex.com.

Tech 21 SansAmp RPM
Features: Single-channel; three-band EQ with sweepable mid; level, drive controls. Price: $395.
Contact: Tech 21 at 973-777-6996; www.tech21nyc.com.

Toft Audio Designs ATC-2
Features: Preamp/compressor/EQ; two-channel; attack, release, ratio, makeup gain controls; four-band EQ; 48V phantom power; 1/4-inch front panel DI input; bypass; stereo link; VU meters.
Price: $1,299.
Contact: Toft Audio Designs/PMI at
877-563-6335
www.toftaudiodesigns.com.