Black Lion Audio pay homage to Melcor sound with Eighteen

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Boutique audio company, Black Lion Audio return with Eighteen, another audio module inspired by classic hardware. Following from the success of its Seventeen compressor released earlier this year, Eighteen is a mic preamp and EQ that pays homage to the Melcor op-amp sound. Black Lion Audio note that the channel strip’s preamplifier circuit is not […]

Snow Petrel is an all-valve mic preamp from Thermionic Culture

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Thermionic Culture has introduced its new two-channel, high-gain mic preamp, Snow Petrel. The goal was to create an all-valve preamp that had low-noise, refining it to a point where even low-output ribbon mics wouldn’t prevent the preamp from sounding good. The Snow Petrel has been tested using Coles 4038 ribbon mics, which were used by […]

Frederic Effects Regent 150 pedal: Rock the Bloc with a vintage East German preamp

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London-based Frederic Effects has designed a new pedal based on the old East German Vermona Regent. It’s called the Regent 150 preamp and it incorporates some old NOS transistors. Frederic Effects Regent 150 Preamp The pedal is inspired by the preamp of the Vermona Regent 150K amplifier, a common amp model across the Eastern bloc. The Regent 150 […]

Acustica Audio Coral2 mastering suite: vintage circuits meet modern algorithms

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Once more, Acustica Audio presents a suite of analog-modeled gear to aid against that ‘sterile’ sound. Designed primarily for the purposes of mastering, Coral2 includes colored recreations of an equalizer, compressor, eliptical filter, preamp and an M/S Baxandall-type EQ. Acustica describes Coral2 as “extremely transparent”, with broad EQ curves and a gentle dynamics section which […]

One Control BJF-S66: A pedal company builds an amp!

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One Control is a Japanese company that has up until now only produced effect pedals, switchers, MIDI gear, Loopers and the like. Now follows the next logical step: an amp designed specifically to take pedals. And an eye-opener it is, too… One Control BJF-S66 One Control has just launched their new BJF-S66 amp. Hmmm, not exactly a catchy name […]

Joyo Bantamp FireBrand: A lunchbox amp for modern high-gain metal tones

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Joyo Audio has just launched a new model in its BantAmp range, the Firebrand. It’s a lunchbox amp head tuned to a modern high-gain distortion tone and given its diminutive size has plenty of useful features. Joyo Audio Bantamp FireBrand The preamp on the FireBrand consists of a JFET plus a single 12AX7 tube. These two […]

Give your mix some polish with the Neve-inspired Need 31102 preamp and EQ plug-in

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NoiseAsh’s soft spot for analog equalizers sees the developer go after the Neve 8068 console’s 31102 preamp & eq module. Hailed as one of the best-sounding units of its kind, the combo has been recreated and enhanced in the Need 31102 Console pre/EQ emulation. The original three-band design sees the addition of an extra mid […]

Superbooth 2019: Erica Synths Black Input

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Among a boatload of other Erica Synth modules showcased at Superbooth 2019, we shouldn’t overlook the Black Input. It’s a preamp, envelope follower and pitch tracker that lets you control your Eurorack system with other instruments or your voice. Neat! Erica Synths Black Input is sort of like a Korg MS20’s External Signal Processor for […]

Is the Vanflet Station 1 really “the future of guitar amps”?

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Vanflet is a fairly young company from France and its new Vanflet Station 1 is a valve-based 40-Watt amp-in-a-pedal box. Vanflet has launched it using the tagline, “The future of guitar amps”. Er, really? Vanflet Station 1 The Station 1 is a fusion of a tube preamp and 40-Watt amplifier in a compact pedal format. The preamp is based around an ECC81 tube , then it goes to […]