Ovation iDea OPi-1 Preamp No Longer Available

Preamp/Digital MP3 Recorder with USB for Ovation Acoustic/Electric Guitars with Drop-in Preamps
Item ID: iDeaPreamp

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Note: The Ovation iDea Preamp is only compatible with Ovation guitars with drop-in style preamps.

Ovation's iDEA preamp represents the merging of two great ideas: a great drop-in preamp for your Ovation acoustic-electric guitar and a super-compact MP3 recorder. The digital recorder is built right into the preamp, and offers an easy-to-use solution for capturing ideas on the fly. iDea preamp is also loaded with audio lessons pre-installed in the recorder's memory to sharpen your skills, and pitch-stable playback speed adjustment let you slow down recorded material without changing the key for practicing. Take your playing to a new level with the innovative iDea preamp from Ovation.

Ovation iDea Preamp at a Glance:
  • How it works
  • USB
How it works

The analog circuits in the preamp are activated by either inserting stereo headphones into the headphone jack or by connecting your guitar to an amp or PA with a 1/4" instrument cable. Once you've activated the preamp you've got access to classic Ovation amplified sound, the onboard digital recorder, a built-in mic and tuner, and audio lessons pre-installed that can help you become a better guitarist and songwriter. A small joystick built into the preamp handles the navigation through the feature set. When inspiration strikes, simply hit the record button to arm the recorder, hit it again to start recording. Your ideas are captured so you'll never again lose a moment of genius.


One of the most exciting features of the iDea preamp is its ability to transfer program material to and from a computer using a standard USB connection. While the iDea comes with a variety of introductory sample material, Ovation has seen to it that a large variety of additional program material is available and constantly updated on the web. The iDea stores program material in the widely used MP3 format. Virtually any MP3 program material can be stored in the preamp's memory.

Ovation iDea Preamp Features:
  • Built-in MP3 Recorder
  • Fits Ovation guitars with "Drop-in" style preamps
  • USB
  • Built-in Tuner
  • Built-in Mic
  • Lessons pre-installed
Never lose that moment of genius with Ovation's iDea Preamp!

Tech Specs

Manufacturer Part Number OPi-1

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