What we're going to do is go back... WAY back!
...back into time... to the early 1970s, when the recording industry was starting to bloom with the new technology of solid state.
Hit products were pumped out as fast as hit records - one after another. There was a creative industry within the audio world. It was, without question, a golden age. Some companies that emerged during that period were Neve, API, and Quad Eight. Although it's been decades, the benchmarks they set are still held as industry standards today.
Little is known about Quad Eight, though many feel that they were the best in their field. While debating is usually best left to the history books, A-Designs took up the challenge to take a closer look into the past and decide on its own.
With much research, interviews, and listening, they came up with a product that we feel needs to see the light of day again. With Quad Eight Ventura, Coronado and Pacifica console preamplifiers for reference, they closely examined the design and composition of the heart and soul in the consoles of these great pieces. After much design, A/Bing, and beta testing, the result is a solid state, single space, rack mounted, microphone preamplifier from the "glory days".
Cloning being what it is (same old same old), A Designs Audio decided to head outside the box and make the tribute something other than the legacy. They added their own touch to bring it to present day applications of the recording world.
- Solid State Design
- Custom Input Transformers
- Custom Output Transformers
- Single Rack Space
- Balanced XLR Input
- Balanced XLR Output
- Level Controls
- -20dB Pad Switch
- 48v Switch
- Phase Switch
- Blue LED Power Indicator
- ON/OFF Switch
- Toroid Power Transformer
- 72dB Gain
- Hi Z ¼” Inch Input for Direct Inject
- Red LED Phantom Indicator
Input Impedance: 1500 Ohms
Gain Range: 72 dB
Noise: (EIN) -128 dB
Mic Phantom: Switchable 48 Volt Power Source
Mic Input: Phase Switchable 0 -180
Instrument Input Jack: 1/4" Phono
Output: Balanced XLR
Frequency Response: 9Hz-101KHz
Distortion: Less than 1%
Power Requirements: 100/120/230 VAC - 23 Watts
Dimensions: 19" x 1.75" x 10"
Weight: 11lbs. (12.5 lbs. shipping weight)