Black Lion Audio Auteur MKIII 2-Channel Microphone Preamplifier

Back for round 3 in a more compact chassis, BLA's Auteur pre brings out the best in your mics with a transparent front end and vintage-inspired output stage.


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Black Lion Audio Auteur MKII Twin-Channel Microphone Preamplifier

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Don't compromise clarity or warmth -- you can have both! BLA's Auteur mkII preamp improves on the original's responsive sound with more gain and lower noise.

The Black Lion Audio Auteur has been a staple preamp in studios around the world for many years. It has become the go-to choice for bridging the gap between clean, transparent preamps and those with lots of color and bite. The Auteur MkII is the next step in perfecting this combination of vintage and modern sound at an affordable price!

The Auteur MkII has a revamped gain stage that results in higher gain, lower noise, lower distortion, and a more extended frequency response than the original design. Use it on drums for rotund results. Throw it on vocals for a silky polish. Hear guitars soar like never before. No matter what you use it on, the Auteur MkII will do the job like a pro!


- Dual Channel
- Ultra High-Speed Input Stages
- Edcor Output Transformers
- 65dB Gain
- Extended Frequency Response
- Low Distortion & Noise
- Phantom Power
- Phase Switch
- 10dBu Pad
- XLR Microphone Input
- TRS Line Output (balanced)

Mic Section:
- Max Microphone Input Level: +1dBu
- Input Impedance: 6000O
- Pad: 10dBu
- Gain (no pad): +14dB to +65dB
- Equivalent Input Noise (noise floor):v -108dB
- THD+N (@ +4dBu output):
- .0033% @ +10dBu Gain
- .0054% @ +24dBu Gain
- .0112% @ +32dBu Gain
- .027% @ +40dBu Gain
- .078% @ +50dBu Gain
- .21% @ +62dBu Gain
- Bandwidth (1kHz, 150O source, unweighted): 10Hz to 30kHz

Output Section:
- Max Output Level: +26dBu
- Output Impedance: 150O
- Power Supply: 24VAC, 500mA External Supply
- Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.75"
- Product Weight: 3.2 lbs.

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 773-549-1885

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (1 ratings)
Submitted October 4, 2016 by Jason S in chicago, IL

"Auteur MKII vs scarlett 6i6"

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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I tested out this new pre-amp by comparing it with my current setup. I have been using the internal pre's on the Scarlett 6i6 for about 3 years for miking guitar amps with a SM57, e609 or Octavia MK-319 and been very pleased. Recently I found myself needing to record from 4 microphones at the same time. Adding the Auteur MKII to my setup was suggested as a way i could accomplish this task. The MKII was quick to setup, one external AC adapter and 2 1/4" TRS cables to plug it into my 6i6 and I was ready to go. I tested it head-to-head with the internal pre's on the 6i6 using 2 octavia MK-319's, one plugged into the 6i6 and one into the MKII. The source material was an acoustic Yamaha baby grand piano. Both microphones were placed next to each other. Comparing the recording from the MKII to the 6i6 is pretty eye opening. While the pre's on the 6i6 are very quiet the MKII is a lot quieter, and this quietness seems to translate to more detail. I play piano with the sustain pedal down constantly and the MKII resolved all the resonant frequencies wonderfully. It also brought immense clarity to the decay of each note. I've been so happy with the 6i6 that I went into this comparison thinking I would have to listen very closely to hear a difference between these two pre-amps. The extra detail and space that the Auteur MKII brings to recording is going to make it my default pre-amp going forward.

Very transparent sound. Rich detail and low noise. read more

standard pre-amp features: phantom power/padding/phase on/off for each channel and 2x 1/4 TRS output

Ease of Use
Minutes to power up and get recording. very simple and straight forward

solid metal case and dials/switches also seem very sturdy.

The level of detail this brings out in recordings is very much worth every penny spent on this device.

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The Wow Factor
I wasn't aware how much nicer recordings could sound with such a simple upgrade as a mic pre-amp.

Musical Background:
playing music for 22yrs, mostly guitar with some piano/violin/keyboard. I play out as a solo artist or as part of a band.

Musical Style:
ambient. improvisational. drone.
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