Martinsound MSS-10Item ID: MSS10
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The Natural Mic Preamp!The movers and shakers of professional audio dream about finding that rare piece of equipment that will keep them on the cutting edge. A career building tool that will effortlessly deliver awesome sound. MSS-10, The Natural Mic Preamp is audio magic in a box. It sounds like the mythical straight wire with gain.
The MSS-10 is comprised of dual signal paths in a single unit, allowing flexibility in getting the best audio from a microphone to a recorder. The preamp section uses two stages of gainfrom mic input to direct out, providing wide bandwidth and a stable design. It features 65dB of gain switched in 5dB steps, 48V phantom, a 20dB pad and phase reverse. The line driver section can select the preamp out or a balanced line input. This makes a great EQ insert point. The level control adjusts continuously from infinity to +10dB, allowing for riding of gain. The addition of a mute and professional VU meter allows the finest audio quality possible to be sent directly to the recorder. Engaging the Cal button provides precise VU monitoring of the selected source. Not only does it sound awesome, it looks like a piece of art. The sophisticated, elegant appearance of the matte finish, nickel-plated faceplate matches your finest microphones while ergonomic knobs and lighted push buttons provide positional information at a glance from any angle.
Microphone Preamplifier Section:
• Gain 20dB-65dB
• Maximum Input +22.5 dBu (@ 1kHz, THD <= 0.003%, 20 dB Pad In)
• Maximum Output +24 dBu
• Input Impedance 2,450 Ohms (@ 1kHz)
• Output Impedance 50 Ohms
• Frequency Response 10Hz - 20kHz (+0.5/-0.0)
• EIN -126.5 dBu Typ. (10Hz-20kHz, 150 Ohm Source)
• THD+N <=0.0015% (20dB Gain @ 1kHz, +4dBu Out, 10Hz-20kHz Bandwidth)
• CMRR 65dB Gain 60Hz <=108dB 1kHz <=85dB 10kHz <=65dB
Line driver section:
• Gain 10dB
• Maximum Input +24 dBu
• Maximum Output +24 dBu
• Input Impedance 20k Ohms (Balanced)
• Output Impedance 50 Ohms
• Frequency Response 10Hz - 200kHz (+0.0/-0.25)
• THD+N <=0.001% (0dB Gain @ 1kHz, +4dBu Out, 10Hz-20kHz Bandwidth)
• Power Rails +24V
• Phantom +48V
• Power Consumption 10 Watts
• Power Requirements 100-120, 220-240 VAC
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Reviewsbased on 4 reviews
Sweet on saxes
by moosh from SF, CA USASounds sweet, lush and brilliant on soprano and tenor sax. No "mushiness"
May 21, 2008
Music Background: Semi Pro
Martinsound Martech MSS-10
by The Captain from USAI own four of the MSS-10 preamps; I guess you could say I'm a fan. The price is steep but that pays dividends in the sound. The preamp is very clear and present without being harsh or overbearing. ... read more [+]The input transformer lends a certain girth and focus in the lows and low-mids. The critical midrange is very articulate with no smearing of frequencies or shallowness in depth. The high end imparts a halo of presence without being an ice pick in the ear. There is a definite quality to the sound that yields a euphoric excitement. I LOVE THESE PREAMPS!! The only other pre that imparts the same sense of space around the recording is the DW Fearn line of tube gear. This is really an investment in sound. Vocals, stringed instruments, and percussion really benefit from the MSS-10 in ways lesser preamps simply can't match. Vocals really shine when combined with a quality tube compressor like the Tube Tech CL-1B, the result is simply stunning; and acoustic guitars have never sounded this good in my studio. Finally, I can only comment on the incredible MartinSound guarantee. If you can swing it, I guarantee you won't be returning it within the 60 days - it is really that good!!! close [-]
March 17, 2008
Music Background: Studio owner/engineer
A Great Preamp
by Vito from SoCalNo question...this is a great sounding preamp. I played with one for a couple of weeks a few years ago, along with my Neumann TLM-170. It gave superb realism with acoustic guitar and voice -- lots of ... read more [+]headroom, no noise. The quality of construction is simply the best that money can buy. This is a preamp that you will own for the rest of your life. My impression of the MSS-10 is that if were to buy one, I'd never regret it.
July 26, 2006
Music Background: Musician, Composer, Engineer, Producer
So why didn't I buy one? I already own an API 512b mic preamp, and though the MSS-10 sounded better, to my ears it wasn't enough to justify buying it at the time. It sounds different (OK...it's "warmer", if that sort of subjective term helps), and it's useful to have that sort of thing in one's arsenal. For that reason, it's still in the running as a second preamp.
But if you're looking for your first high-quality preamp, the MSS-10 has one overwhelming drawback: no instrument input. If you need that flexibility in a preamp, the MSS-10 won't provide it. Martinsound will be glad to sell you their MSS-01 direct box to solve that deficiency, but at $595 (list), that brings the total cost to a mighty pricey $2,500 for a single-channel preamp with Hi-Z instrument input.
Is it worth it? You'll have to let your ears be the judge. Martinsound offers a 60-day, no questions asked buyback guarantee, which speaks volumes about their confidence that you'll fall in love with their products. If I hadn't already owned the API 512b, I probably would have kept the MSS-10. I've never heard a better sounding preamp.
I'm rating it 4.5 out of 5 stars because there's no instrument input. If it weren't for that, I'd give it 5 stars without blinking an eye. close [-]
by: Nate Proulx
The MSS10 is one of those great, but over-looked pieces out there. Martinsound isn’t a company... read more »
This is the Only Pre Amp you will ever need get one!
by Victor from Princeton NJI love the sound, ease and magic that is this box. The price is worth every penny that you pay and what you will capture is what you hear and are recoring. This is the way to go and save for it and ... read more [+]then do it. This is great for recording nylon guitar Flamenco and Classical. close [-]
April 6, 2006
Christopher , Savannah, GA