A Designs EM-Gold Microphone Preamp

500 Series Preamp Module with Custom-wound Transformers, Phantom Power, 20dB Pad, and Phase Button
A Designs EM-Gold Microphone Preamp image 1
A Designs EM-Gold Microphone Preamp image 1
$675.00
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A Designs EM-Gold Microphone Preamp
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Get Solid Gold Sound from this Pre Module!

The A Designs EM-Gold mic preamp module is part of the company's line of unique modules, each with their own "color" - both sonic and visual. The EM-Gold combines the dark edge of the EM-Silver preamp card with the upfront mids offered by the EM-Red module. It's a great combination that adds some real flavor to any mix. As with all EM Series modules, this preamp card offers quality features, such as a phase switch, 20dB pad, 48V phantom power, aluminum gain knob, and thumb screws for easy install and un-install in the EM-Gold mic pre module.

A Designs EM-Gold Microphone Preamp Module at a Glance:
  • Part of a colorful line
  • An exciting combination

Part of a colorful line
The A Designs "EM Series" is a twist on their popular Pacifica-based P-1 module. Each color (Silver, Blue, Red, and Gold) has its own sound, which is accomplished by using different custom wound output and input transformers. This gives you a large palette of preamp "coloration" to add to the sound of your favorite microphones or instruments.

An exciting combination
A Designs took the custom wound output transformer of the EM-Silver and combined it with the custom wound input transformer of the EM-Red for a truly unique sound, perfect for vocals, bass, even floor toms! The EM-Gold offers the darker end of the Silver's range, combined with the up-front mids that make the Red stand out. It's Gold, baby!

A Designs EM-Gold Microphone Preamp Module Features:
  • Phase button
  • 20dB pad
  • 48V phantom power
  • Cast aluminum knob
  • Thumb screws (for easy install and un-install)
  • Solid construction
  • Custom-wound transformers (input and output)
  • Original design
  • Red LED indicator for phantom power
The A Designs EM-Gold microphone preamp module gives your mic some classic tonal color!

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Additional Media

500 Series Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Preamp Type Solid State
Number of Channels 1
Phantom Power Yes
Manufacturer Part Number EM-Gold

Customer Reviews

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4.5/5

This preamp is GOLD! (I wrote the first review I get to say that)

A-Designs EM series is a pretty great concept and executed very well. The EM-Gold sits on the warmer end of the spectrum of this series so if you're looking for a very warm and mid present preamp than this may be perfect for you. This preamp has some serious low end and has a wonderful punchy and present mid range which I have found makes it excellent for percussion. These rock for a great tom sound and can be used on kick drum as well. They can be used as overheads if you need to tame a brittle cymbal sound or if you want to bring out the toms without having dedicated tom mics. For micing a bass cabinet it can be pretty great as well and can be used as a DI without worry. As a vocal preamp it definitely has a place. It's great at smoothing out singers who can have a very nasaly or throaty singing style and adds a very warm vintage sound. Also it can tame down microphones which can normally have too much high end for vocals. If you're looking for a preamp with these sonic characteristics it is hard to beat at this price point. Overall I'm very happy with my purchase.
Music background: Home Studio Owner, Musician
See also: 500 Series Pre, A Designs, A Designs 500 Series Preamps