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Solid State Logic Alpha VHD 4-Channel Microphone Preamp

4 Channel Analog Mic/Line/Instrument Pre Amp With VHD Attitude. (9) Read 1 review for this product | Rate and review this product
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SSL Alpha VHD 4-Channel Mic Preamp

The XLogic Alpha VHD Pre is a slab of pure analogue attitude. Whether you need to track pristine vocals, crunched drums or electric guitars on the edge of sonic destruction, the VHD Pre delivers a powerful and versatile sound shaping tool kit -- the perfect analogue companion to any digital recording system. Based on the VHD circuit from SSL's acclaimed Duality console, the VHD Pre adds 4 SSL mic preamps to any line level DAW audio interface, transforming it into a professional quality, multi-channel analog recording system.

Features:
4 ultra-clean SSL preamps with 75dB of gain

Independently switched 48V phantom power

20dB Pad switches that illuminate to indicate overload

Hi Z switches to accommodate mic, line and instrument level signals

4 independent Variable Harmonic Drive systems

Front panel 1/4 in. jack instrument/line level inputs with passive DI type impedance detection and level matching

Individual input, output and VHD controls for each section

Rear panel XLR mic/line inputs and XLR outputs

The 4 ultra-clean, high-grade mic preamps are combined with independent Variable Harmonic Drive circuits that use 100% analog signal paths to generate rich harmonic coloration -- adding SSL analogue attitude to your digital recordings.

When VHD is used in conjunction with the input gain control, a huge variety of preamp sounds can be created, from gentle warming to serious overdrive. At relatively low input gain settings the VHD Pre preamps deliver transparent signals with all of the sonic fidelity you'd expect from SSL. As the input gain setting is increased, more of the signal is passed to the Variable Harmonic Drive circuit, increasing the intensity of the effect from subtle to extreme. By adjusting the VHD control the distortion characteristics can be shifted from '50s valve-style overdrive (if the VHD selection control is turned fully anti-clockwise for 2nd harmonic distortion) to '70s transistor-style grit (if the VHD selection control is turned fully clockwise for 3rd harmonic distortion)… or a blend of the 2.

As a feature of Duality, XLogic E Signature Channel and XLogic Alpha Channel, VHD is used in studios around the world and is rapidly establishing itself as the 'go-to' tool that allows modern producers to achieve a sound that evokes the sonic heritage of SSL while adding a strong contemporary edge.

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4.5 out of 5 (9 ratings) Rate and Review This Product
"Great transparent and clean pre amp."
Sound: Great clean sounding pre. Use it a lot for bass, elec gtr, acoustic gtr, kick and snare. It really has been my go to pre and I use it every session without fail. Again it's clean, you can add a little color with the VHD knob but for the most part it's transparent. Feature: Pretty simple, input and output gain knobs, 48v, and pad and switch for instrument. Kind wish it had inserts. Ease of Use: Easy to use, turn knobs for more gain, VHD to taste! Quality: Great build, this really is a quality pre. Value: Kinda spendy, but hey it's a true SSL piece. Manufacturer Support: Even though SSL is headquartered in England their support is always very quick. Usually I get a response the next day. Also the offices in NY and California where very helpful when I was in a bind. The Wow Factor: SSL need I say more. Research the company and you will want this pre! Overall: This is a great pre amp and I would highly recommend it. I am probably going to get another one of these pres with an API lunchbox.
Style of Music: Folk, Country, Alt Rock, Jazz, Prog Rock
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