Lindell Audio 6X-500 Microphone Preamp & EQ

500 Series Mic Preamp/Equalizer with Single-channel Transformer-coupled Mic Preamp and 2-band Pultec-style Equalizer
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Put Some Beef in Your Lunchbox

The Lindell 6X-500 juices your 500 Series rack with a single-channel transformer-coupled mic preamp along with a passive 2-band Pultec-style equalizer. This all-discrete design, based upon the highly respected 990 op-amp, gives you an EQ section with the magical sound of a classic Pultec. With a 15db boost of the silkiest high end you'll ever hear and stunningly punchy low end, you'll wonder how Lindell managed to stuff a Pultec into this little module. Arm your studio with the fast, in-your-face sound of the delightfully affordable Lindell 6X-500.

Lindell Audio 6X-500 500 Series Mic Preamp Features at a Glance:
  • Transformer-coupled balanced inputs and balanced outputs
  • Up to 65dB of gain
  • Passive Pultec Equalizer; inductor plus 990 gain make-up amplifier
  • 3-step switched EQ low frequency boost: 30Hz, 60Hz, 100Hz (+/- 10%)
  • 3-step switched EQ high frequency boost: 6kHz, 10kHz, 16kHz (+/- 10%)
  • Selectable high boost bandwidth on PCB
  • Polarity reverse
  • Pin-compatible with 990/2520 type op-amps
  • 48V phantom power
  • 5-LED VU meters
  • Gold-plated PCB
Put the fast 'n' punchy Lindell 6X-500 in your 500 Series rack!

Additional Media

500 Series Buying Guide
6X-500 Mic Pre / EQ Cue Sheet
6X-500 Mic Pre / EQ User Manual
Hands On: Lindell Audio 500 Series Modules
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Tech Specs

Preamp Type Solid State
Number of Channels 1
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Phantom Power Yes
EQ Yes
Height 5.25"
Depth 7"
Width 1.5"
Manufacturer Part Number 6X-500

Customer Reviews

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amazing except

I still give it 5 stars because i love it just for the mic pre. but i REALLY wish it had a highpass filter. Or at least that the low band eq was an attenuator rather than a booster. and i wish the frequency selections for the low end were different, extending higher. but i really do love this preamp A LOT. and i guarantee that the eq it has will be useful for something, i just don't use it that often. my top priority would be getting a highpass filter on it.
Music background: engineer

great value!!

I now have 3 of these pre's in my chassis and it has a great sound... mine are quiet and the eq's are useful... combined with the 7x-500 and you have a killer channel strip for less then 600 buck... very hard to beat.

Man This Is Great

I really have to say this is awesome. I've been using the pres on my Focusrite Saffire Pro 14 and this is definitely a step up. Having the EQ helps a ton and even if you're cranking the highs, it never gets brittle or harsh! I'm definitely gunna be getting more of these.
Music background: Student, Intern, Musician

Love the eq

Really enjoying this pre//eq. Love how you can add some shimmer on the top end with the eq. Simple to use, seems to be well built, excellent price. Probably will get a few more of these.
Music background: Producer/ songwriter

Love it

This thing is superb. The gain adds great tonal character. Giving it a 4 instead of a 4.5 or 5 since the EQ boosts are faint/subtle (but clean).
Music background: Recording Engineer

Sweetwater Advice

Mitch Gallagher

Swedish record producer Tobias Lindell is well known for his dedication to great sound. When he launched Lindell Audio in 2010, his goal was to create equipment that suited his own working methods and satisfied his need for quality. Now he has brought that same dedication to the 500 Series format with three modules: the 6X-500 mic pre/EQ, the 7X-500 FET compressor, and the PEX-500 Pultec-style EQ. I had the opportunity to load all three up in an API lunchbox and take them for a spin. The 7X-500 is Lindell's take on classic 1176-style compression, with all the expected features and controls. However, two additional features take it up a notch: a mix control for parallel compression and a sidechain with a highpass filter. The 7X-500 excels anywhere you'd use an 1176. I found the 7X-500 is especially awesome on drums, guitars, and vocals, but it is a great all-around compressor. The PEX-500 is a Pultec-style EQ with both low and high bands, each with boost and cut controls. Being able to boost and cut in the same band allows you to create complex EQ curves, but the real power of the PEX-500 lies in the fat, punchy bottom and creamy top end it can produce. I used it on kick drum, snare drum, electric bass, and vocals -- everything simply sounded better running through the PEX-500. The 6X-500 preamp/EQ offers a thick transformer-coupled sound with fat low end and smooth top end. The bonus is the inclusion of two boost-only bands of Pultec-style EQ, each with three frequency selections. There's 65dB of gain on tap, plus 48-volt phantom power, polarity reverse, and EQ bypass switches. This is a great-sounding preamp. The Lindell Audio 500 Series modules offer incredible value -- at just $299.99 each, they're no-brainers for building a hybrid studio based around a DAW and a mixer or summing box. Check these out -- great audio awaits!
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See also: 500 Series Pre, Lindell Audio, Lindell Audio 500 Series EQ, Lindell Audio 500 Series Preamps