PreSonus RC500 Channel Strip No Longer Available

Channel Strip (One-channel, Solid-state) with Mic Preamplifier, FET Compressor, and 3-band Semi-parametric EQ
Item ID: RC500

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PreSonus RC500 Channel Strip
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$599.95

Check out This Affordable, High-performance Channel Strip

The PreSonus RC 500 channel strip gives you the custom-designed FET compressor and semi-parametric EQ developed for the acclaimed ADL 700 tube channel strip, along with a new solid-state high-gain Class A preamp that delivers amazingly transparent, detailed audio with vanishingly low distortion. Built with high-grade components throughout, the full-featured RC 500 sports a balanced analog insert, phantom power, a highpass filter, a -20dB pad, and more. Equip your rack with a delightfully affordable channel strip that sounds like it costs a fortune - the PreSonus RC 500.

PreSonus RC 500 Channel Strip at a Glance:
  • A superb-sounding preamp
  • Refined, musical equalization
  • Great-sounding FET compressor
A superb-sounding preamp

Solid-state or tube, that is the question. At Sweetwater, we know that each has its place in a well-rounded studio. Compared with a tube preamp, the PreSonus RC 500's solid-state preamp gives you better definition at the low and high extremes of its frequency response range. The lows are tighter, and the highs crisper, giving you a transparent-sounding, eminently musical signal with plenty of "air."

Refined, musical equalization

The PreSonus RC 500's 3-band semi-parametric EQ was specifically designed to match the preamp and compressor. Sporting isolated filters and optimized, per-band Q, this equalizer lets you shape your signal subtly and without undesirable artifacts. This EQ even comes with a pedigree: it uses the same circuitry as the semi-parametric EQ in the ADL 700, which has garnered rave reviews.

Great-sounding FET compressor

With fully variable attack, release, and threshold controls (as well as hard bypass), the PreSonus RC 500's FET compressor gives you tons of flexibility without letting you get into too much trouble. What we mean is that it's hard to make this thing sound bad. Again, the compressor design is the one found in the coveted ADL 700 - so it's already a winner, right from the get-go.

PreSonus RC 500 Channel Strip Features:
  • Transformer-coupled, high gain microphone preamp with a Class A hybrid design
  • FET-based soft-knee compressor using hybrid detection methods with switching relays for hard bypass
  • 3-band semi-parametric equalizer with switching relays for hard bypass
  • 48V phantom power, 80Hz highpass filter, and -20dB pad
  • Front-panel instrument and rear-panel microphone and line inputs with Input Select switch
  • VU meter with selectable output level/gain reduction display
  • Analog insert with balanced send and return
  • High-grade components: film capacitors, 1% tolerance resistors, and very low-distortion op amps
  • Master output control
  • Balanced output on XLR and 1/4" TRS connectors
  • Internal toroidal power supply with IEC connector
  • Rugged steel chassis
Equip your rack with the amazing PreSonus RC 500!

Tech Specs

Manufacturer Part Number RC500

Customer Reviews

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Based on 6 reviews
See also: PreSonus, PreSonus Preamps, PreSonus Channel Strips