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Joemeek TwinQ Studio Channel Strip

Amplify, compress, and equalize microphones and instruments before you record with this easy-to-use channel strip from Joemeek. (37) Read 3 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Joemeek TwinQ Channel Strip

The Joemeek twinQ is like having two channels of a professional recording studio in one box. It takes microphones or instruments, amplifies them, compresses and equalizes them ready to be recorded. Simple to use yet extremely powerful, the twinQ will bring out the best in any microphone or instrument and give the gloss of a professional studio production to all your performances. As well as recording it will also be found useful for live work.

Digital Interface

The Joemeek Digital Audio Interface provides high quality digital audio outputs plus the ability to synchronize to an external word clock. The digital audio outputs are compatible with most digital recorders, as well as Digital Audio Workstations and mixers. S/PDIF format is available from the coaxial and RCA phono connectors, while the transformer coupled XLR connector provides an AES3 compatible output.

The Joemeek Digital Interface has highly stable onboard master clocks for low-jitter, hi-fi results. Internal sample rates of 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz or 96kHz are selected by means of rear panel switches. 44.1kHz is the standard used for audio CD's, while 48kHz and 96kHz are widely used in recording studios. In general, the higher the sample rate, the better the audio fidelity, but the more disk space is required for the recording. For example, recording at 96kHz requires twice as much storage as 48kHz. Consult the manual of your recorder or DAW as to what sample rates it will accommodate.

Alternatively the twinQ may be set to the frequency of an external master word clock, generated, for example, by the studio's recorder or DAW. When connected to the BNC socket provided, a suitable external word clock will be detected automatically and will override the twinQ's internal word clock.

The front panel LED labeled 'EXT CLK' illuminates when the twinQ is successfully locked to an external word clock. To avoid distortion, care should be taken not to overdrive the input to the Digital Interface. The red LED next to the Output Gain control is labeled "PEAK FSD" which stands for "Full Scale Digital". Occasional flashes are OK but if it is on all the time, turn something down!

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Input impedances:
Mic: 1.2kohm
Line: 20kohm

Pre-amp overall gain: 0dB to 60dB

Common mode rejection: 70dB

Equivalent input noise: -128.5dBu (unweighted)

Distortion: 0.001% (below Compressor threshold)

Frequency response: 10Hz to 70kHz (-3dB)

Maximum input before clipping:
Mic: +21dBu
Line: +45dBu

Headroom before clipping: +21dBu

Compressor threshold: -6dBu to +22dBu (variable)

Compressor ratio: 1:1 to 10:1 (variable)

Compressor attack time: 1 msec to 100 msec (adaptive)

Compressor release time: 0.1 sec to 3 sec (adaptive)

Nominal output levels: +4dBu/-10dBv

Output impedance: 75ohm

Output Level switch: 12dB attenuation

Noise Floor: -85dBu (typical, with ~40dB mic gain)

VU Meter: Analogue movement

Power supply: 115V / 230V ac mains, 50/60Hz

Power consumption: 30W

Mechanical: 482W x 88H x 220D (overall)

Weight: 3 kilos

High Pass Filter: 12dB per octave cut below 80Hz

EQ Boost & Cut: +/-15dB (zero phase-shift bell response)

LF Frequency: 40Hz to 650Hz variable

MID Frequency: 300Hz to 5kHz variable

HF Frequency: 6kHz/12kHz switchable

Digital Output Specifications
Sampling: 24 Bit

Sampling Rate: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz or 96kHz selectable

Output Formats: XLR AES/EBU, coaxial S/PDIF digital out

External Word Clock input: 75ohm, 1.25V - TTL level, 44.1kHz to 96kHz (auto synchronising)
Joemeek Warranty ´╗┐Joemeek products are warrantied for a period of three years.
For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 877-563-6335
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Sound: Very high quality sound if you know how to set levels and use EQ and compression. Feature: A very complete stereo preamplifier. It's actually 2 pres in one as the Iron switch redefines the general preamp tone and adds punch and color. Very clean with the Iron switch off, very thick and colored with the Iron switch on... The rest of the machine is equally impressive with a great sounding EQ, a very effective compressor, and an insert per channel, as well as line imputs... the onboard convertors are really good too, so you can feed you audio interface with converted audio via TOS link or Spdif... Ease of Use: It's not rocket science, and the pre sounds great. Just set the levels right and dial to taste. Quality: I've had mine for years, and I have yet to experience a single glitch. No scratchy pot, not failure whatsoever. Value: Sounds just as good as unit costing 3 times as much. Great great value. Manufacturer Support: Talked to Allan on the PMI forum : very nice, helpful person. The Wow Factor: This is highly under-rated as a preamplifier, and should be considered before spending anymore money that this costs. I also own a UA LA610mKII and consider the JoeMeek unit in the same league. It's solid, looks good, but most of all sounds absolutely great. Overall: I've had this for years now, and I've bought more Meek ( a OneQ ), and also a UA LA610mKII ( because I could, and because I wanted a tube pre in my studio, not because the JoeMeek stuff missed anything for my needs : you sometimes, we just want stuff ). It's heads and shoulders above average mixing board channel strips, and on par with high-end strips that retail for a lot more money.
Style of Music: rock
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Overall: The Mic-Pre's are clean with a touch of warmness. Not totally Clean. I like what it does on male vocals. Great if your going in straight to your interface with an electric guitar! EQ is a great feature, to me its very useful. Great looking unit. IRON Tranny is awesome, very good sound! Recommended highly at this price...!!!
Style of Music: Christian, Latin Music, Pop, Pop Rock!
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