I just can’t pass up posting about anything “Vintage based” and to top it off, Slate Pro Audio has a very special place in my heart because of the things they do for the drummer in the recording world. No its not what groupies do to drummers, but its close. Steven Slate is an idol among drummers because of the sound libraries he puts out for recording drums and now he’s entering the hardware field and that just makes me respect him even more. Most companies just roll with either hardware or software but this guy is a maverick and I will hock any piece of equipment he sells unless he gets into the sex toy industry. I have to draw the line at that.
We have unveiled the second piece in the Slate Pro Audio analog hardware line, the FOX mono and dual mic preamplifier.
Each channel of the FOX has two independent mic pre circuits.
“VINTAGE” is based on the classic discrete 73 pre. It has a fat and warm sound with a nice present midrange. It uses custom American made trannies and sounds great when you want classic vibe.
With one flick of a switch, you can activate the other mic pre circuit called “MODERN”. This transformerless preamp is ultra fast, has extremely low distortion, and captures incredible detail. Perfect when you need to reproduce the snap of a snare drum or hear the moisture on a singer’s throat!
Having the ability to instantly switch a mic source between such contrasting tonalities is cool, but we decided to go one step further.
When you activate “COMBO” mode, it takes the input stage of one preamp circuit and the output of the other! So when you are on VINTAGE/COMBO.. the front end is the VINTAGE pre and the backend is the MODERN pre. If you are on MODERN/COMBO, then the front end is the MODERN pre and the backend is the VINTAGE.
This provides the audio engineer with four distinct tonal variations to choose for each source. Each variation has a very unique character.
Other features are an instrument input, and a mono to stereo upgrade kit which allows you to convert a mono unit to stereo without needing a solder.
Estimated street for stereo is $1599, and mono is $1299. Come on people spend that extra $300 for the stereo and thank me later.
For more info, Saunter on over HERE