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Microphone Month 4

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Rather than dealing with separate preamp, EQ, and dynamics control units, many engineers prefer the convenience of channel strips that combine two or all three of these functions into one unit. From vintage-flavored tubes to state-of-the-art solid-state, no matter what kind of sound you're into, Sweetwater can make your sonic vision a reality. We're the country's biggest online pro-audio and music instrument retailer, and our huge warehouse is brimming with an exhaustive selection of great equipment at great prices. But with so much amazing gear to choose from, stocking your studio or live sound rack can be complicated. Fear not! Sweetwater's highly trained Sales Engineers put the latest hot preamps and channel strips to the test daily in home and commercial studios, and they have the consulting experience to make sure you get the right gear to fit your needs and budget.

Are you into the sound of classic vintage equipment? Universal Audio manufactures preamps and channel strips that re-create the tube circuitry originally used in the legendary console modules developed by Bill Putnam in the late 1950s and early '60s. If you're after the coveted sound of 1970s British consoles, the preamplifier and equalization sections of the fabled Neve 1073 console module defined the hit records of the era. Sweetwater carries many preamps, EQs, and channel strips that deliver this type of sound - the epitome of which would have to be Rupert Neve Designs' Shelford Channel.

Solid State Logic has made their renowned SuperAnalogue console technology available in innovative channel strips that deeply interface with your digital audio workstation. Incorporating a transparent-sounding microphone, a sonically neutral preamp, and cutting-edge VMS mic/preamp modeling software, Slate Digital's groundbreaking VMS Virtual Microphone System puts a world-class virtual mic locker in your studio at an amazing price. PreSonus offers an ingenious hybrid solution with their BlueTube DP V2, a 2-channel microphone/instrument preamp with mixable XMAX solid-state and 12AX7-based tube preamplifiers for each channel. Sweetwater also carries a number of generic and product-specific preamp accessories such as routing matrix systems, power adapters, rackmount kits, and more.

These are but a few examples; at Sweetwater, an entire world of pro audio awaits. And you can invest in quality equipment without worry - we include Sweetwater's exclusive 2-year warranty for FREE with nearly every product we carry. Looking for even greater savings? Browse hundreds of rebates, price drops, and open-box discounts in our DealZone. Ready to rock? Be sure to check out our informative Mic Preamp Buying Guide, or give your Sweetwater Sales Engineer a call. You'll quickly zero in on the perfect preamp or channel strip - and with our fast, free shipping, you'll be well on your way to recording killer tracks in your dream studio.


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