Preamps

by Robert Rives ·Posted 05/05/2022
Focusrite is expanding its Clarett+ lineup with a new 8-channel mic preamp and A-D/D-A converter, the Clarett+ OctoPre. This 1-RU model brings 8 ultra-low-noise, Air-enabled preamps with outstanding dynamic range and individual channel inserts to home, production, and professional studios looking to expand their input capabilities.
by Robert Rives ·Posted 02/28/2022
Musicians, producers, studio owners, and recording engineers looking for a powerful workhorse interface that provides eight high-quality mic preamps, top-tier professional clocking and conversion, and powerful effects processing will want to take a serious look at the new Discrete 8 Pro Synergy Core from Antelope Audio. This Pro version updates the original Discrete 8 by adding Thunderbolt™ 3 connectivity and improving performance—offering a
by Nicholas Messitte ·Posted 08/11/2020
For a while, Universal Audio has been on a mission: to give serious musicians and engineers access to the sound of classic tube, transistor, and transformer-based gear—and now the company has done it again with its new Apollo Solo interfaces, available in USB and Thunderbolt™ 3 configurations. Specifically designed for people
by Nicholas Messitte ·Posted 07/02/2020
If you’re an audio engineer, you probably salivate at the mention of the word “Neumann”—and now you have reason to salivate anew: Neumann, the company behind many of your favorite microphones, is releasing its first microphone preamp since the 1980s. Use it on vocals, guitars, drums, bass, or anything you want to sound clear, yet vibrant—alive, yet uncolored. The Neumann V 402 has a two-channel transformerless design, one that is
by Staff Writer ·Posted 09/02/2019
Here at B&H, we have recently welcomed THORENS fully automatic turntables to our product line to satiate our desire for the warm sound that records can give us, at the crest of the wave of the vinyl resurgence. The two-speed TD158 features the THORENS TP 17 8.31" aluminum conical tonearm designed to be virtually distortion-free, plus an 11.97"-diameter aluminum platter with electronic speed selection and an automatic shut-off
by Nicholas Messitte ·Posted 01/24/2019
PreSonus has a bunch of new USB Type-C interfaces making their debut at NAMM 2019, and we at B&H are proud to welcome these powerful units to the fold. First, let's take a look at the Studio 24c, a 2-in/2-out interface that can capture audio up to 192 kHz. This rig is great for the solo producer—the person who does their own instrumentation or spoken-word performances. With two XMAX-L solid-state preamps, you'll have crystal-clear tone.
by Andrew Eisele ·Posted 05/12/2017
Texas-based FMR Audio has been creating affordable equipment with stellar, high-quality results for more than a decade. All its products are designed and assembled in the United States and feature utilitarian “ugly” designed enclosures, which allows the company to keep the cost low, while sounding great! The RNP or Really Nice Preamp boasts two channels of Class-A microphone preamplification with 66 dB of gain. The front panel features
11,946 Views ·Posted 11/09/2016
In the following video, Rob Rives demonstrates the Zoom F4 Field Recorder, and how it can be a useful addition to any professional sound engineer’s inventory. This video explores the functions, controls, and features of the Zoom F4, including the inputs and outputs, signal flow, and peripherals, including the EXH-6 module for adding an additional set of inputs. We showcase the super-low-noise preamps, which offer 75 dB of gain and are
2,299 Views ·Posted 05/12/2014
In the following video, Rob Rives, from B&H, discusses the Beachtek DXA-SLR Ultra 2-Channel XLR Adapter, and how it can improve in-camera audio with a DSLR camera. Rives explores the adapter's form factor, how it attaches beneath the camera, and considers the included detachable rail system with 3" rods. Rives also points out the two Neutrik Combo XLR and 1/4" input connections, which can be switched from line level to
1,577 Views ·Posted 11/29/2011
These 3 interfaces feature excellent mic pres and VSL software with Fat Channel processing along with reverb and delay effects.