Hey what’s good fam! Back today with another review for American Musical Supply
I’m checking out the the Studio Channel tube mic preamp from Presonus that was sent to me for review
I was looking at this one for myself so I was happy when AMS sent it to me since I get to keep it when I’m done 🙂
So let’s get right into it
What is the Studio Channel?
So, I recently got a new audio interface…and I was looking for a new preamp to power my dynamic mic.
The Studio Channel was one of many that I was looking at, then I got shipping notification from AMS that they were sending me this next for review.
This is a channel strip style mic pre, has a built in compressor, eq, and even has a tube in it for that overdriven tube sound.
It’s single channel, with xlr and 1/4″ input and output on the back.
Unlike other Presonus audio interfaces like the Presonus FireStudio or the Presonus AudioBox, this will not connect directly to your computer, you run it into the inputs of your interface or whatever you use to get your audio into your computer.
You could also run it live on stage into a mixer like the Presonus StudioLive or whatever you have as part of your setup.
The bottom line is, this device gives you the tools to sculpt your audio input to your liking.
features: class A vacuum tube microphone/instrument preamp, tube gain/drive, VCA compressor, 3 band EQ, 80 Hz filter, 20db pad, phase invert
product page: http://www.americanmusical.com/Item–i-PRS-STUDIOCHANNEL-LIST
So how does it sound?
The tube overdrive is subtle but can add a nice character to your sound and it reacts differently to various types of audio.
For example different mics, a bass, a guitar, or synth, will all sound different through the circuitry.
I like the fullness and definition it adds to my vocal/mic, but I also love that it’s very low noise.
Even without using the 80Hz filter it doesn’t add much of any noise to my signal at all, I was expecting it to cause my mic to pickup a lot of extra background noise but it doesn’t.
So what’s the bottom line?
It’s no secret that I’m a fan of many Presonus recording technologies like the Faderport, which I use with Presonus StudioOne. I’ve been a fan of StudioOne since it first released, now I’m a new fan of the Studio Channel.
I give the Presonus Studio Channel 4.5 out of 5 subs, it’s a great preamp that has a very warm and full sound with plenty of tools to customize your sound.
I think at the price point it really delivers a great value for anyone looking for a solid preamp.
I do have to say, I am not a fan of the notched knobs, I wish they were smooth, I just do not like a notched knob when adjusting paramters, personal taste maybe, but I have to mention it.
That said, I find I don’t really adjust it much for my use, I find the settings I want for my vocals and I pretty much leave it there so I don’ t have to be bothered with the notches too much.
That said, I love having a dedicated device that allows me to really drive my mic signal properly before it hits the interface, I will probably try to use it with some different sources in the future but for now it’s working great on my vocal recording.
Go on over and check it out: http://www.americanmusical.com/Item–i-PRS-STUDIOCHANNEL-LIST
remember AMS also has payment plans, which I LOVE and have been using for years 😉
leave me a comment below, let me know what you think!