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PreSonus Studio Channel Tube Microphone Preamp

More than just a mic preamp, the Studio Channel lends warm tube character to your tracks and helps shape your sound with a VCA compressor and three-band EQ. (47) Read 12 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Warm Up Your Tracks with this Fat-Sounding Front End!

What do you get when you combine a VCA-based compressor, a tube preamplifier, and a three-band parametric EQ? You get the PreSonus Studio Channel, a multi-functional tube-based microphone preamp/channel strip ideal for all types of mics and instruments. Designed to make any sound source pop (in the good way), the Studio Channel enhances signal paths with the desirable warmth and fatness associated with vacuum tubes.

Big Tube Warmth for Small Studios

The slim Studio Channel mic pre has everything needed to deliver high headroom and big tone. The preamplifier stage of the Studio Channel features a high-output 12AX7 vacuum tube operating on voltages twice as high as other preamps of its type, according to PreSonus. Dual control Gain and Tube Drive facilitate an extensive range of sounds spanning from crystal clear to edgy and overdriven.

Tone-Shaping VCA Compressor

Thanks to the compressor, the Studio Channel is able to impart dimension and musicality to any track. Available as a fully variable, fast and smooth VCA-based circuit, the Studio Channel's compressor sports all the essential controls needed for a wide range of compression settings, such as ratio, threshold, attack, release, and gain make up. Tame even the fastest transients and get complete dynamic control over everything from percussion to vocals to acoustic guitars.

3-Band EQ When You Need It

The mic preamp's bypassable three-band equalizer lets you shape your sound further, right on the front end. The PreSonus Studio Channel's fully parametric EQ section gives you 10 dB of gain/cut on highs, mids and lows. What's more, the mid band of the EQ section has variable resonance (Q) for controlling the width around the center point of the selected frequency, and high and low frequency bands are there for selecting peak/dip or shelving frequencies.

Features:

- Professional tube microphone/instrument preamplifier
- Tube gain and tube drive for a custom sound, from transparent and clear to hard and overdriven
- Variable VCA compressor has many compression settings: threshold, ratio, attack, release, make up gain, auto, soft
- 3-Band parametric EQ keeps all the good sounds in and unwanted frequencies out
- Ideal for all types of mics, instruments, synths, and keyboards
- Analog VU meter for gain reduction and output
- EQ Pre/Post compressor switch
- 80 Hz high-pass filter
- 20 dB pad
- Phase invert
- Housed in a rugged metal chassis
- High headroom
- Low noise design

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Specifications

Channels: One
Dynamic Range: >115 dB
Frequency Response: 10 Hz to 50 kHz
Internal Operating Level: 0 dBu = 0 dB

Microphone Preamp

Gain: -6 dB to +66 dB (+/- 10dB trim on line input)
Noise Floor: -96 dBu
EIN : -126 dB
THD + Noise (0% Tube Drive): < 0.050%
THD + Noise (100% Tube Drive): < 0.10%
Microphone Input Connector: XLR
Microphone Input Impedance: 1.3 k ohms
Instrument Input Connector: 1/4" TS
Instrument Input Impedance: 1 M ohms
Line Input Connector: 1/4" TRS
Line Input Impedance: 10 k ohms
Phantom Power (switchable): +48V
Pad (switchable): 0 dB / -20 dB
Phase (switchable): 0 degrees, 180 degrees
Hi-pass filter (switchable): -3 dB at 80 Hz

Compressor

Threshold (variable): -40 dBu to +2- dBu
Ratio (variable): 1-10 (1:1 to 10:1)
Attack (variable): 0.1 to 200 ms
Release (variable): 0.05 ms to 3 S
Gain Make Up: -10 dB to +10 dB
Metering: Analog VU (Gain Reduction / Output)

Equalizer

LF Band Controls:
- Frequency: Variable from 40 Hz to 500 kHz
- Gain: Variable between +/-10 dB
- Q: 0.7 (on 'peak' setting)
MF Band Controls:
- Frequency: Variable from 200 Hz to 3 kHz
- Gain: Variable from -10 dB to +10 dB
- Q: Variable from 0.7 to 2.5
HF Band Controls:
- Frequency: Variable from 2 kHz to 20 kHz
- Gain: Variable between +/-10 dB
- Q: 0.7 (on 'peak' setting)

Master

Output: Fader -80 dB to +10 dB
Output Connectors: XLR Balanced and 1/4" TRS Balanced/Unbalanced
Output Impedance: 51 ohms
Metering (Output level): Analog VU (-20 dBu to +6 dBu)
Metering (Gain Reduction): Analog VU -20 dB to 0 dB
Output Headroom: +22 dBu

Power Supply

Type: Linear
Input: 16 VAC / 1000mA
Power Requirements (Continuous): 16W
Transformer: External (country specific)

Physical

Size: 1U Rack
Dimensions: 19" x 1.75" x 5.5"
Weight: 5 lbs
Weight, Dimensions, and Manufacturer Part Numbers
Shipping Weight: 7 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 24 x 12 x 5 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): STUDIOCHANNEL
Presonus Warranty Presonus offers a one year warranty (parts and labor) on all new products. All non-new Presonus products carry a limited warranty of 90 days.
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 225-216-7887

PreSonus Studio Channel Tube Mic Preamp

The Studio Channel is a professional channel strip combining Class A tube preamplifier, VCA-based compressor and three-band parametric equalizer perfect for the professional and project studio. Great for all types of microphones, instruments, keyboards and synths, the Studio Channel has the sonic power and flexibility to achieve any tone you can dream of - luscious in your face vocals, crystal clear acoustic guitars, fat solid bass guitar, dynamic acoustic piano, cracking snare, punchy bass, huge MPC tracks and more.

Enhance your signal path

The Studio Channel noticeably outperforms preamplifiers that are built-in to most recording interfaces and affordable mixers. Add a VCA-based compressor and studio-grade equalizer to the class A tube preamp and you get not only big fat tube tonality but also complete control of your tone and sounds. Since much of the recording process is accomplished one track at a time, you need a signal path that can deliver a variety of high quality tones and sounds, which is why the Studio Channel is the perfect tool for any studio.

Class A Tube Preamplifier

The Studio Channel has everything needed to deliver big tone. The preamplifier stage of the Studio Channel is based on the award winning BlueTube preamplifier with a high output 12AX7 vacuum tube operating on voltages double than all other preamplifiers in its class delivering high headroom and big tone. Dual control Gain and Tube Drive enables a wide range of sounds from transparent and clear to edgy and overdriven.

Full Featured VCA Compressor

The compressor in the Studio Channel is a fully variable ultra-fast and smooth VCA-based circuit with all of the controls needed for a wide range of compression settings: ratio, threshold, attack, release and gain make up. The VCA-based compressor is known for musicality as well as ultra-fast attack with the ability to tame the fastest transients. From slap bass, to snare drum, to vocals, the Studio Channel's compressor stage allows you to record as hot as needed without clipping giving you total dynamic control.

Three Band Parametric EQ

The equalizer in the Studio Channel is like a Swiss Army pocket knife, with the ability to carve out unwanted frequencies as well as tailor your tone to enhance your sound. The custom-designed amplifiers in the EQ deliver sweet-sounding gain/cut for ultra-smooth highs, deep solid lows and clear midrange. The mid-band of the EQ section has variable Q for controlling the width around the center point of the selected frequency. High and low frequency bands give you the option for selecting peak/dip or shelving frequencies.

Features

- Class A vacuum tube microphone / instrument preamplifier
- Tube gain and tube drive
- Variable VCA compressor (threshold, ratio, attack, release, make up gain, auto, soft)
- Three-band parametric EQ
- Precision analog VU meter for gain reduction and output
- EQ Pre/Post compressor switch
- 80Hz high pass filter
- 20dB pad
- Phase invert
- Rugged metal chassis
- High headroom
- Ultra-low noise design
Customer Reviews
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Overall: I'm a singer/songwriter and just finished my debut LP with a new record label in LA. I am a 'Showtime At The Apollo' winner and have sang for as many as 100,000 people. I take vocal 'sound' very seriously, especially in my own writing and recording. I wasn't able to get a good vocal sound out of my gear easily. Often times some vocal takes would distort because I was using built in Mic Preamps. Then I read the reviews on the Presonus Studio Channel Tube Mic Preamp and decided all of those great reviews couldn't be wrong. Boy, was I rewarded! This thing has changed everything for me in my home recordings. I just set it up for vocals according to the specification recommendations of the manufacturer and gave it a try. Unbelievable! No distortion, clear, warm, and simple. Exactly as advertised. Don't even think about buying another mic pre for your home studio or for your studio. This thing ROCKS! Guaranteed!!! And thanks to the folks at Zzounds.com for making purchases easy.
Style of Music: URBAN A/C, POP
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Overall: The Presonus Studio Channel has made a big difference in my vocals. I use to use a cheaper Art tube preamp and then run it through an alesis 3630 compressor just to hold down some of the real powerful dynamics on some songs. Not only can you do that with the Studio Channel (which in my opinion is a better compressor) but you can also dial in as much of the tube as you want for more warmth, and it also has pretty good EQ (although I prefer to EQ vocals in my DAW). Overall This is an awesome preamp.
Style of Music: Southern Gospel
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