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Speck Electronics MicPre 5.0Feature-laden microphone preamplifier/mix node
|MicPre 5.0 (click image for larger view)|
It took me a little time to get used to the white faceplate, and when I spoke with Vince Poulos about it, he said he'd never had anyone mention they'd had a problem with the white color on the Model ASC EQ. Poulos also added, "The color of the MicPre 5.0 is light gray, not white. Put a white sheet of paper beside the unit and you'll see what I mean." So, maybe I'm in the minority and it's a non-issue. One thing I find important in the design of audio equipment is that visual and tactile interaction is easy and comfortable. Visually, the MicPre 5.0 is a breeze to work with and everything is clearly marked and the metering works well. It also feels good in the hands the knobs turn well and firmly as would be expected on quality equipment and everything is well layed-out.
Features, Specs and Versatility
Look around at what's on the market and you'll be hard-pressed to find another mic pre that has the features and specs of the MicPre 5.0. When using a mic pre, you often find yourself thinking, "It'd be great if it had...." Well, in the features department the MicPre 5.0 delivers in spades. First, it's truly a high-gain mic pre with 70 dB of gain great for low-output signals and ribbon mics. The front panel of the MicPre 5.0 includes a 1/4" DI jack, input gain knob that steps up in 5 dB increments, output trim from -10 dB to +10 dB, -20 dB pad, mic/DI selector button, 48V phantom power selector, phase reverse selector [after preamp gain stage], output switch that toggles between transformer-balanced out and active-balanced output, variable high-pass filter from 30Hz to 250Hz, high-pass filter bypass switch, 10-segment LED VU meter and on the Mix Node section, a level knob, pan knob and a mute button. [Pauses for breath.]
|MicPre 5.0 rear panel (click image for larger view)|
What more could you possibly cram into a half-rack pre!?
Related Keywords:Speck Electronics, MicPre 5.0, Microphone, Preamplifie, Vince Poulos, XTRAMIX, ASC, equalizer
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