JHS Colour Box 500 Microphone Preamp & EQ

500 Series Preamp/EQ with 2 discrete, 24-volt 1073 gain blocks and Carnhill transformers
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The 1073 Sound in Your 500 Series Rack

The studio incarnation of JHS's renowned Colour Box pedal (a Sweetwater favorite), the Colour Box 500 gives you a high-end microphone preamp and equalizer in a 500 Series module based on the classic 1073 gain stage. In this clever - and effective - design, JHS cascades two discrete, 24-volt 1073 gain blocks for massive headroom - and considerable coloration potential. For powerful tone sculpting, you get JHS's powerful 7-knob EQ. The inputs and outputs use genuine Carnhill transformers that add the girth, dimensionality, and harmonic complexity you expect of a coveted vintage British console. Feed it your condenser, dynamic, and ribbon mics, your 1/4" and line-level sources; the JHS Colour Box 500 makes everything sound great.

JHS Colour Box 500 Features:
  • 500 Series Preamp/EQ (requires compatible 500 Series chassis)
  • Based on the classic 1073 gain stage
  • Two discrete, 24-volt 1073 gain blocks
  • Massive headroom; considerable coloration potential
  • JHS's powerful 7-knob equalization
  • Carnhill transformers add girth, dimensionality, and harmonic complexity
Get that vintage British console sound with the JHS Colour Box 500!

Additional Media

500 Series Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Preamp Type Mic/Line/Instrument Preamp with EQ
Number of Channels 1
Phantom Power Yes
EQ Bass, Bass Q/shift, Mid, Mid shift, Treble, Air
Analog Inputs 1 x 1/4" (instrument)
Manufacturer Part Number JHS Cbox500

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Flippin Awesome! Buy a few

I picked up two of these about a month ago after having an awesome experience with the pedal version. David Hess made it happen. They are rad. I had to get used to the EQ section but once I was comfortable, my tone sculpting adventures have been epic. I have used them for tracking kick (With telefunken M82), snare top (With Telefunken M80), electric guitar (With Soundelux U195) and vocals (With Bock Ifet) so far with much joy. They sound like Neves (Different eq set up). I will most likely snag a couple more down road. Honestly...EQ and Preamp for this price in 500 format and with this sound is ridiculous...I believe the next step up is Heritage Audio (also extremely rad) and the price gets much steeper. If you don't have a nice pre and you are think about 500 series start here. You won't be sad about it.
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See also: 500 Series Pre, JHS, JHS 500 Series EQ, JHS 500 Series Preamps