LaChapell Audio 992EG

2-channel Tube Microphone Preamplifier with 48V Phantom Power, and VU Meter
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LaChapell Audio 992EG image 1
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LaChapell Audio 992EG
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A Flexible Two-channel Mic Pre

Are you looking for great sounding tube preamp? The LaChapell 992EG tube preamp may be just what you are looking for. This two-channel preamp uses eight tubes to give you big, fat tone. Push the input side of the preamp to add more harmonics, or even distortion to your signal. If you push the output section you get clean, clear tube tone. Play your guitar or bass right into the preamp with the hi-Z inputs. The rugged build of the 992EG ensures years of use in your studio.

LaChapell 992EG Tube Preamplifer at a Glance:
  • Warm tube sounds
  • hi-Z inputs
  • Solid construction
Warm tube sounds

Whether you want to really drive you signal or keep it clean and warm, the LaChapell 992EG lets you dial in the perfect amount of tube goodness. Each channel input section features two 12AX7 tubes and a Jensen JT-115k input transformer, this setup provides around 74dB of gain. The more you push the input stage the more harmonics and distortion you generate. The output stage features 12AU7 tubes and a Jensen JT-11BM output transformer, this stage was designed to be crystal clear and clean. If you dial back the input gain and raise the output gain you get great sounding, airy vocals and brilliant sounding acoustic guitars. The LaChapell 992EG is a flexible, great sounding tool for your studio.

hi-Z inputs

Record your guitar or bass directly into the 992EG via the two hi-Z inputs on the front panel. The hi-Z input utilizes a high performance direct transformer that feeds the amplifier input, and this double balanced method produces the rich, clear, and full sound we all want.

Solid construction

Designed for "road" use, the 992EG front panel is made from high grade aluminum and is completed with a powder coated finish. Premium components and painstaking care are used when assembling these units. The LaChapell 992EG tube preamp is ruggedly designed to last.

LaChapell 992EG Tube Preamplifer Features:
  • VU Meters
  • Two channels
  • 8 preamp tubes (4 x 12AX7, 4 x 12AU7)
  • hi-Z instrument inputs
  • Phantom power
  • Jensen transformers
  • -20db input pad
  • Solid construction
The LaChapell 992EG tube preamplifier is a great sounding, flexible, and durable mic preamp.

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Additional Media

992EG User Manual
Studio Preamp Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Preamp Type Tube
Number of Channels 2
Frequency Response 10Hz-100kHz
Phantom Power Yes
Analog Inputs 2 x XLR, 2 x 1/4"
Analog Outputs 2 x XLR
Rack Spaces 2U
Height 3.5"
Width 19"
Weight 26 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number 992EG

Customer Reviews

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Simply the best...

I own and have owned a number of good and great mic preamps and the LaChapell 992EG is simply my all time favorite. It has even replaced my expensive multi tube channel strip for vocals. Even without EQ, compression, and effects, the vocals I've tracked with the 992 sound beautiful and sit in a mix just right. Looking for the right stereo mic pre to record my grand piano has been a decade long journey that ended the minute I plugged my matched pair of Schoeps CMC64's into my 992. Solo through this pre, my piano sounds big, warm and present while still capturing the intimate nuances of the instrument. The depth and detail is simply amazing. I've also had great success using the 992 as a DI for electric guitar, bass, electric piano and percussion. Some tube mic pre's are noisy but not the 982EG. I have a rather large collection of original music cues that I had written and recorded prior to 1995 for various film, cable and broadcast projects. I ran the audio from these tracks from a DAT deck directly into my 992 and then into my DAW and the difference was stunning. Kind of an audio sweetening/remastering process that allowed me to breathe life into old tracks and make them viable again. I could go on and on but the bottom line is that in my opinion nothing sounds better or is more flexible than a LaChapell 992EG. I will admit that I upgraded this mic pre with New Old Stock Telefunken 12AX7's which is just like adding a really great frosting to an amazing cake. Of the four stereo mic preamps that I currently own, my first stop when tracking is always the 992EG.
Music background: Musician, composer, recording engineer.

A Flagship Mic Pre

The best way to describe this mic pre is to borrow a line from A Christmas Story... "It's indescribably beautiful." Everything you put through it sounds fabulous. Drums sound huge, acoustic guitars sound rich and vocals just shine. There is so much room here to go from a subtle tube warmth to a squashed overdriven sound. It took me a bit to get used to the input and output sections and how to dial them in right, but now I love how versatile this can be. It has become the flagship pre in my studio. I almost always start with the 992 as it just has a way of getting the tone I want.
Music background: Producer
See also: LaChapell Audio, LaChapell Audio Preamps