A Designs EM Series Silver Card Microphone Preamp

500 Series Microphone Preamp
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A Designs EM Series Silver Card Microphone Preamp
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Give Your Mic Some Classic Color with This Preamp Module!

The A Designs EM-Silver mic preamp module is part of the company's line of unique modules, each with their own "color" - both sonic and visual. The EM-Silver's custom-wound steel output transformer gives you a slightly "darker" sound than the other preamps in the line, adding a distinctive tonal flavor that's useful in any mix. You get quality features such as a 20dB pad, phase switch, 48V phantom power, aluminum gain knob, and thumb screws for easy install and un-install in the EM-Silver mic pre module.

A Designs EM-Silver Microphone Preamp Module at a Glance:
  • Part of a colorful line
  • Ribbon-mic friendly
  • DI input

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.

A good partner for ribbon mics
The EM-Silver has a custom wound steel output transformer which will translate into a darker sound than the P-1, EM-Red, and EM-Blue. The EM-Silver is a good match for ribbon microphones, partly due to the fact that steel transformers were widely used in the early days of recording and broadcast along with ribbon microphones.

DI input
Another feature of the EM-Silver is a "DI" (direct inject) for use with electric instruments, making it a great pre for bass guitar and keyboards. It's also useful for kick drum miking applications.

A Designs EM-Silver Microphone Preamp Module Features:
  • 20dB pad
  • Phase button
  • 48V phantom power
  • Cast aluminum knob
  • Thumb screws (for easy install and un-install)
  • Solid construction
  • Includes DI input
  • Custom-wound transformers (input and output)
  • Original design
  • Red LED indicator for phantom power
The A Designs EM-Silver 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-Silver

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Highly underrated!

This thing has sooo much character! It is such a shame that I do not hear more great things about this pre--I was so impressed with the unit I originally bought here at Sweetwater, that I bought a second one shortly after. I cannot say enough that is good about this unit! Granted, the unit is bereft of things like metering, and is "simple", but it sure packs a lot of quality to make up for it! Build qualitiy is very solid, and the sound is unlike anything I've tried to date. I've used Grace pres, Dav , Buzz Audio, and a few others, and while I won't get into the the topic of which is "better" since their tonal qualities can differ so much, I WILL say that this preamp is so UNIQUE in it's tone that it is immediately justifiable to have a few of these! I just got in a discussion with someone else who owns one of these, and we both agree that this thing excels with ribbons! He stated that put a Ribbon mic into this along with a sax nd it is an instant trip to 1944. I would have to agree! I am primarily a sax player, and this preamp is everything I could ever want for tone on my instrument! My dream preanp for my instrument--I have tried to envision this sound for a long time--In my head I always knew what I was looking for in my sound, and this pre delivers!
Music background: RE , Pro Musician
See also: 500 Series Pre, A Designs, A Designs 500 Series Preamps