PreSonus Studio Channel Vacuum-Tube Channel Strip

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High-voltage Class A 12AX7 vacuum-tube mic/instrument preamplifier
Gain, Tube Drive, HP filter, -20 dB pad, phantom power, polarity reverse3-band EQ features variable-Q on mid-band w/ peak/shelving on high- and low-bands
Variable VCA compressor with Auto Attack/Release and Soft/Hard Knee

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The Studio Channel is great for studio and live use. Its Class A preamp features a high-output 12AX7 tube and Gain and Tube Drive controls. The full-featured, VCA-based compressor includes Auto Attack/Release. The EQ can be pre- or post-compressor and has a fully parametric mid band and semi-parametric high and low bands that can be shelving or peak

From the Manufacturer

The Studio Channel is a professional channel strip combining Class A tube preamplifier, VCA-based compressor and three-band parametric equalizer perfect for the professional and project studio. Great for all types of microphones, instruments, keyboards and synths, the Studio Channel has the sonic power and flexibility to achieve any tone you can dream of – luscious in your face vocals, crystal clear acoustic guitars, fat solid bass guitar, dynamic acoustic piano, cracking snare, punchy bass, huge MPC tracks and more.

Enhance your signal path

The Studio Channel noticeably outperforms preamplifiers that are built-in to most recording interfaces and affordable mixers. Add a VCA-based compressor and studio-grade equalizer to the class A tube preamp and you get not only big fat tube tonality but also complete control of your tone and sounds. Since much of the recording process is accomplished one track at a time, you need a signal path that can deliver a variety of high quality tones and sounds, which is why the Studio Channel is the perfect tool for any studio.

Class A Tube Preamplifier

The Studio Channel has everything needed to deliver big tone. The preamplifier stage of the Studio Channel is based on the award winning BlueTube preamplifier with a high output 12AX7 vacuum tube operating on voltages double than all other preamplifiers in its class delivering high headroom and big tone. Dual control Gain and Tube Drive enables a wide range of sounds from transparent and clear to edgy and overdriven.

Full Featured VCA Compressor

The compressor in the Studio Channel is a fully variable ultra-fast and smooth VCA-based circuit with all of the controls needed for a wide range of compression settings: ratio, threshold, attack, release and gain make up. The VCA-based compressor is known for musicality as well as ultra fast attack with the ability to tame the fastest transients. From slap bass, to snare drum, to vocals, the Studio Channel’s compressor stage allows you to record as hot as needed without clipping giving you total dynamic control.

Three Band Parametric EQ

The equalizer in the Studio Channel is like a Swiss Army pocket knife, with the ability to carve out unwanted frequencies as well as tailor your tone to enhance your sound. The custom-designed amplifiers in the EQ deliver sweet-sounding gain/cut for ultra smooth highs, deep solid lows and clear midrange. The mid-band of the EQ section has variable Q for controlling the width around the center point of the selected frequency. High and low frequency bands give you the option for selecting peak/dip or shelving frequencies.

Channels One
Dynamic Range >115 dB
Frequency Response 10 Hz to 50 kHz
Internal Operating Level 0 dBu = 0 dB
Microphone Preamp
Gain -6 dB to +66 dB (+/- 10dB trim on line input)
Noise Floor -96 dBu
EIN -126 dB
THD + Noise (0% Tube Drive) < 0.050%
THD + Noise (100% Tube Drive) < 0.10%
Microphone Input Connector XLR
Microphone Input Impedance 1.3 kΩ
Instrument Input Connector ¼” TS
Instrument Input Impedance 1 MΩ
Line Input Connector ¼” TRS
Line Input Impedance 10 kΩ
Phantom Power (switchable) +48V
Pad (switchable) 0 dB / -20dB
Phase (switchable) 0°, 180°
Hi-pass filter (switchable) -3 dB at 80 Hz
Compressor
Threshold (variable) -40 dBu to +2- dBu
Ratio (variable) 1-10 (1:1 to 2:1)
Attack (variable) 0.1 to 200 ms
Release (variable) 0.05 ms to 3 S
Gain Make Up -10 dB to +10 dB
Metering Analog VU (Gain Reduction / Output)
Equalizer
LF Band Controls:
Frequency Variable from 40 Hz to 500 kHz
Gain Variable between ±10 dB
Q 0.7 (on ‘peak’ setting)
MF Band Controls:
Frequency Variable from 200 Hz to 3 kHz
Gain Variable from -10 dB to +10 dB
Q Variable from 0.7 to 2.5
HF Band Controls:
Frequency Variable from 2 kHz to 20 kHz
Gain Variable between ±10 dB
Q 0.7 (on ‘peak’ setting)
Master
Output Fader -80 dB to +10 dB
Output Connectors XLR Balanced and ¼” TRS Balanced/Unbalanced
Output Impedance 51 Ω
Metering (Output level) Analog VU (-20 dBu to +6 dBu)
Metering (Gain Reduction) Analog VU -20 dB to 0 dB
Output Headroom +22 dBu
Power Supply
Type Linear
Input 16 VAC / 1000mA
Power Requirements (Continuous) 16W
Transformer External (country specific)
Physical
Size 1U Rack
Dimensions 19” x 1.75” x 5.5”
Weight 5 lbs

High-voltage Class A 12AX7 vacuum-tube mic/instrument preamplifier
Gain, Tube Drive, HP filter, -20 dB pad, phantom power, polarity reverse3-band EQ features variable-Q on mid-band w/ peak/shelving on high- and low-bands
Variable VCA compressor with Auto Attack/Release and Soft/Hard Knee
3-band EQ with parametric mid and semi-parametric, shelving/peak low and high bands
Instrument, line, and mic inputs
1U 19” rack-mountable, rugged steel chassis

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