Lindell Audio 18XS MK2 Channel Strip

1-channel Channelstrip with Microphone Preamplifier/DI/Line Amplifier and Passive 3-band Parametric Equalizer
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Lindell Audio 18XS MK2 Channel Strip
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Awesome Preamp with a Classic Passive EQ!

Lindell's 18XS channel strip is the perfect way to get studio-quality sound out of nearly any microphone. This refreshingly simple 2-part channel strip combines a lightly colored yet surprisingly clear microphone preamplifier with a vintage-style Pultec-esque passive EQ. The preamp section handles mic-level, line-level, and even instrument-level signal like a champ, and the 3-band equalizer features a unique blend control, which makes dialing in the right amount of EQ a piece of cake. Talk about versatility! Get your 18XS channel strip from Sweetwater today!

Lindell X18 Channel Strip with Preamplifier and Passive EQ at a Glance:
  • Super-versatile mic/line preamplifier also doubles as a killer DI
  • Classic Pultec-style passive equalizer lets you sculpt your tone
  • Variable mix control lets you apply as much EQ as you like
Super-versatile mic/line preamplifier also doubles as a killer DI

When Lindell built their 18XS channel strip, they didn't just have a single function in mind. Gently warm with none of the "hot bacon" sound of cheap solid-state amps, this preamplifier can liven up line-level signal just by passing it through. When you hook up your studio condensers, your go-to dynamics, or even your favorite ribbon microphones, this quality, along with 65dB of gain, will bring out the depth and clarity of any sound source. And even better, the 18XS is also an incredible DI that you can use to capture guitars, bass, or even harmonics with added vibrance and vitality.

Classic Pultec-style passive equalizer lets you sculpt your tone

If you're not already familiar with passive EQs, particularly those modeled after the classic Pultec-style equalizers, then you're going to be blown away by the configuration Lindell used for the 18XS. Instead of a typical low, mid, high setup, the equalizer in the 18XS gives you a low-frequency band and two high-frequency bands. Why two high-frequency bands? Because you can do some pretty cool tone-shaping tricks that way, creating resonance peaks and presence boosts that do a lot to make your tracks pop. Once you get your hands on the Lindell 18XS, you'll be amazed by the results you can create.

Variable mix control lets you apply as much EQ as you like

Here's a common enough scenario: you're trying to isolate a couple of specific frequency bands - let's say the thump and spank of slap-and-pop bass - with the EQ cranked, you can really make them stand out... a bit too much, in fact. But when you drop the gain, you track just doesn't sound right anymore. Lindell addresses this elegantly with the variable mix knob in the 18XS's equalizer section. This lets you blend in the 18XS's dry, preamplified signal in parallel with the effected signal, resulting in a sound with the resonant peaks you want at a level that sits well in the mix.

Lindell X18 Channel Strip with Preamplifier and Passive EQ Features:
  • A flexible microphone preamplifier and vintage-style equalizer made for the 21st century
  • Combination microphone preamplifier/line-level preamp/DI provides up to 65dB of gain
  • Transformer-coupled balanced inputs and balanced outputs provide high-quality, low-noise operation
  • Passive Pultec-style induction-coil equalizer features a coveted 990 gain-make-up amplifier
  • 5-step switched EQ low-frequency boost: 20Hz, 30Hz, 60Hz, 100Hz, 200Hz +/-10%
  • 5-step switched EQ high-frequency boost: 4kHz, 6kHz, 8kHz, 10kHz, 16kHz +/-10%
  • 5-step switched EQ high-frequency attenuation: 5kHz, 8kHz, 10kHz, 15kHz, 20kHz +/-10%
  • Variable wet/dry mix knob lets you blend the dry input signal with the EQ output
  • Pin compatible with 990- and 2520-type op-amps
  • Output VU meter lets you keep an eye on the mix
Get amazing vintage sound from this thoroughly modern 18XS channel strip from Lindell!

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A special-order product is one that we don't normally keep in stock. We order it from the manufacturer as soon as you order from us. We have great relationships with all the manufacturers we carry, so we can get your special order to you as fast as or faster than anyone else. Remember that special orders are non-returnable and non-cancelable, so make sure the item is right for you. A Sweetwater Sales Engineer can help you decide — call (800) 222-4700 for assistance!

Additional Media

18XS MK2 Channel Strip User Manual
Studio Preamp Buying Guide
Welcome Lindell Audio!

Tech Specs

Preamp Type Solid State
Number of Channels 1
Frequency Response 20Hz to 20kHz
Phantom Power Yes
EQ Pultec-style passive EQ with parallel blending
Analog Inputs 2 x XLR
Analog Outputs 2 x XLR
Rack Spaces 2U
Height 3.5"
Width 19"
Manufacturer Part Number 18XS

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