Chameleon Labs 7603 XMod Microphone Preamplifier

1-channel Microphone/Line Preamplifier with Carnhill Input/Output Transformers, 3-band Inductor-based EQ, Highpass Filter, Switchable Mic Impedance, VU Meter, and Internal Power Supply
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A 7603 with UK Carnhill Transformers

The Chameleon Labs Carnhill 7603-XMod channel strip gives you Class A clean mic gain and British-sounding tone shaping at an intermediate price. This rackmountable unit makes a great front end for your vocals, kick drum, or bass guitar, and also adds real analog thump and shimmer to your previously recorded takes - great for working out of the box. The 7603-XMod is an update to Chameleon Labs' first-ever product, the 7602, and sounds better than ever thanks to discrete EQ op-amps, Carnhill UK input and output transformers, and a custom internal power supply (no wall wart) to keep this unit running at its peak.

Chameleon Labs 7603-XMod Microphone/Line Preamplifier at a Glance:
  • An update to the Chameleon Labs 7602
  • Inductor-based EQs provide musical tone shaping
  • MuMetal casing protects signals from interference
A update to the Chameleon Labs 7602

Pro and project studios have sung the Chameleon Labs 7602's praise since its release. This was one of the first affordable channel strips to bring the coveted 1073 pre/EQ sound to the masses. Chameleon Labs have made the 7602 even better in the all-new 7603-XMod channel strip. For starters, they gave the 7603-XMod its own proprietary internal power supply for solid performance without the wall wart. They've also upgraded this XMod with Carnhill input and output transformers for better grounding, richer mic gain, and a fuller-sounding DI. Finally, gain staging is even easier in the 7603-XMod thanks to a backlit VU meter with custom ballistics for a precision response.

Inductor-based EQs provide musical tone shaping

Sound professionals all over the world rely on inductor EQs from legends like Rupert Neve for their musical-sounding boosting. The 7603-XMod's 3-band inductor EQ section is intuitive to use and easy on the ears, letting you sweeten vocals and goose guitars instantly in the midst of any busy session with a distinctly British flavor. These three EQ modules each feature discrete op-amps true to their vintage designs. Additionally, an onboard highpass filter lets you tune out rumble and HVAC noise that can eat up your bandwidth. Tone purists here at Sweetwater applaud Chameleon Labs for giving the 7603-XMod an EQ in/out toggle for sonic versatility.

MuMetal casing protects signals from interference

The 7603-XMod has excellent shielding to keep interference from degrading your signal. The MuMetal chassis does a great job of keeping Wi-Fi, RFI, and other wireless signals from tarnishing a performance.

Chameleon Labs 7603-XMod Microphone/Line Preamplifier Features:
  • Identical to the 7603, but upgraded with UK Carnhill input and output transformers
  • Classic 1970s analog British sound
  • A musical front end for your mics, instruments, and DI signals
  • Class A mic preamp with +70dB of gain and low distortion
  • 3-band inductor EQ with discrete op-amps for powerful analog tone shaping
  • Highpass filter keeps unwanted rumble from muddying your mix
  • Proprietary power supply delivers solid performance without the wall wart
  • MuMetal chassis keeps out Wi-Fi, RFI, and other wireless signals
  • Color-coded milled aluminum knobs keep you organized
  • Mic/line, +48volt phantom, polarity, and EQ in/out toggles
  • Switchable 300/1200-ohm mic impedance provides the best sound for your dynamics and condensers
  • VU meter with custom ballistics delivers precision performance
The classic 1970s analog British sound at a competitive price: the Chameleon Labs 7603-XMod!

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Tech Specs

Preamp Type Solid State
Number of Channels 1
Phantom Power Yes
EQ High Pass filter, Low Frequency shelving, Mid Frequency boost/cut, High Frequency shelf
Analog Inputs 2 x XLR (Mic, Line), 1 x 1/4" (Hi-Z/Mic/Line)
Analog Outputs 1 x XLR
Rack Spaces 1U
Power Source Standard IEC AC cable
Manufacturer Part Number 7603 XMod

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