PreSonus Studio Channel

Channel Strip with Class A Vacuum Tube Preamplifier, Variable VCA Compressor, and 3-band Parametric EQ
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Step-up the Quality of Your Recordings!

The PreSonus Studio Channel is the perfect way to step-up the quality of your recordings! This fully featured channel strip delivers a Class A tube microphone/instrument preamplifier, a variable VCA compressor, and a 3-band parametric EQ complete with VU metering - all at a ridiculously great price. If you're currently working on stock interface or mixer preamplifiers, you won't believe how incredible the same sources sound through the Studio Channel. Experience all that signature fat tube tone plus the full-on ability to tweak - the PreSonus Studio Channel's bound to become your "go-to" box!

PreSonus Studio Channel at a Glance:
  • Enhance your signal path
  • Class A tube preamplifier
  • Fully featured VCA compressor
  • 3-band parametric EQ
Enhance your signal path

The PreSonus Studio Channel is set to take your sound well into the next level, as it noticeably outperforms the preamplifiers built into most audio recording interfaces and affordable mixers. You get essential tube tone along with the ability to sculpt and shape it in whatever direction you want. Fatten up a vocal with compression or sweeten up a piano track with EQ, you'll be ready to make the most out of whatever source you're recording with this versatile audio toolbox.

Class A tube preamplifier

The Studio Channel has everything you need to achieve big, radio-worthy sound straightaway. The preamplifier stage of the Studio Channel is based on PreSonus's award-winning BlueTube preamplifier that's known for its high headroom and big tone, thanks to a high-output 12AX7 vacuum tube. What's more, dual control Gain and Tube Drive let you dial in a wide range of sounds for sonic variety. You can give a DI-ed guitar track a bit of that overdriven tube edge then record a warm, smooth vocal track - it's all onboard the Studio Channel.

Fully featured VCA compressor

The PreSonus Studio Channel's compressor features a fully variable, ultra-fast and smooth VCA-based circuit. You have all the must-have compression controls at your fingertips, including ratio, threshold, attack, release, and gain make up. VCA-based compressors are known for both their musicality as well as their ability to tame even the fastest transients. Whatever source you're recording, you'll enjoy the ability to get the signal in as hot as needed without clipping.

3-band Parametric EQ

Use the Studio Channel's superb equalizer section to carve out unwanted frequencies and tailor your tone to enhance your overall sound. The custom-designed amplifiers in the equalizer deliver sweet-sounding gain/cut so you can have ultra-smooth highs, deep solid lows, and clear midrange. What's more, the mid-band of the EQ section has variable Q for controlling the width around the center point of the selected frequency. Plus, high and low frequency bands let you select peak/dip or shelving frequencies.

PreSonus Studio Channel Features:
  • Class A vacuum tube microphone / instrument preamplifier
  • Tube gain and tube drive
  • Variable VCA compressor (threshold, ratio, attack, release, make up gain, auto, soft)
  • Three-band parametric EQ
  • Precision analog VU meter for gain reduction and output
  • EQ Pre/Post compressor switch
  • 80Hz highpass filter
  • 20dB pad
  • Phase invert
  • Rugged metal chassis
  • High-headroom
  • Ultra-low-noise design
The PreSonus Studio Channel gives you incredible tonal control - and next-level sound quality!

Additional Media

Studio Preamp Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Preamp Type Tube
Number of Channels 1
Frequency Response 10Hz-50kHz
Phantom Power Yes
EQ Yes
Compressor Yes
Analog Inputs 1 x XLR (Mic), 1 x 1/4" (Line)
Analog Outputs 1 x XLR, 1 x 1/4"
Rack Spaces 1U
Height 1.75"
Depth 5.5"
Width 19"
Weight 5 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number STUDIO CHANNEL

Customer Reviews

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His was recommended by a buddy of mine an it works great with my presonus 192.. Help with vocals an instruments..

great unit

I produce mostly Rock and some hip hop now and then. I have used many preamps / compressors over the last 18 years. I sold my last universal audio LA 610 MKII last year and now have a pair of these and I could not be happier. I love the control you have up front with EQ and Compression that not even the LA 610 had. With the warmth and control you'll have along with a great mic like a TLM 103 up front you will be very happy with this peace. and at $300? you can buy 5 of these and still not hit the cost of one LA 610 MKII. and this in music time and economy PreSonus is the way to go.
Music background: Recording Engineer, Mixer, Former Major Label Artist, Pro Musician

A Must Have

This unit sounds fantastic. I recently tracked hiphop vocals through this, and I chose to use this rather than using one of my interface pre's because the hiphop backing track was old school sounding - like off a vinyl. In my opinion, this pre with the gain cranked added nice character on vocals to match the vintage sounding track. My work was then sent off to an engineer at a larger, more prestigious studio. In a phone conversation with that engineer, he asked about my process. I told him that I tracked through this preamp. His response was, "Oh, so that explains the crunch on the take. Nice!" This is a quality amp. The compressor can work effectively yet transparently, the eq has redefined my workflow, and the gain options at the front end allow for adding some nice character. I'd recommend upgrading the tube, as I have. This strip rocks!
Music background: Recording, Performance

Do not sleep on this

Listen, I have been using a shure ksm27 for the past 5yrs with a presonus tube pre which cranked out good vocals but the silibance in the ksm27 was bothering me so picked up the presonus studio channel, swapped the tube, and also copped a AT 2035 and let me tell you for the sound I'm getting for under 500. WOW. I produce and record hip hop and r&b and all my artist and clients are giving me vocal chain the ultimate praise. I can't be happier.
Music background: music producer

Excellent for the Price

Works excellent with tweaking the unit following the manual to start with. I have not used it for everything, say like vocals, but I tend to up the Input and keep the Output Gain Lower, otherwise noise may creep up into the recording. What I thought I was doing was not actually what was needed for the recording. The knobs make it easy to set up more than one unit say for like a stereo recording. I have not tried other tubes which they sell here also at Sweetwater, so that is yet to come. The unit is excellent for the price if used appropriately. Sure there are more dedicated units to use and buy and that is fine, this unit has it enough in one for a low-cost price solution.
Music background: Musician Recording Hobbyist

Sweetwater Advice

Mike Conyers

The Studio Channel by PreSonus is one of the most cost-effective ways to get a good tube preamp into your rack. The compressor is solid, and the paramteric EQ just adds even more value to this rack piece. For the money, you really can't go wrong!
See also: PreSonus, PreSonus Channel Strips, PreSonus Preamps