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Joemeek threeQ - Microphone/Instrument Preamp

B&H # JOTHREEQ MFR # THREEQ
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Product Highlights
  • Single Channel
  • Compressor
  • EQ

The Joemeek threeQ is a single channel microphone/instrument preamp with optical compression and EQ. It is basically like having a channel of a professional recording console in a small box. It takes a microphone or instrument, amplifies it, compresses and equalizes it, ready to be recorded.

Simple to use yet extremely powerful, the threeQ will bring out the best in any microphone or instrument and give the gloss of a professional studio production to any performance. Even though the unit appears to be intended for use in the recording studio, it is nonetheless equally useful for live applications.

Compact format microphone/instrument preamp with compression and EQ
Very low noise
Insert point allows one to patch other processors into the signal chain. The send/return is post the preamp and before the compressor and EQ
Mix input allows for daisy chaining devices when inputs to a console or recorder are limited. The input is post compression/EQ
Number of Channels Single
Inputs 1 x XLR Microphone
1 x 1/4" TRS phone Line
1 x 1/4" TRS phone Mix (post pre, compressor, EQ Input)
1 x 1/4" TRS phone Insert
Outputs 2 x 1/4" TRS phone
Frequency Response 10Hz to 70kHz (-3dB)
Noise EIN: -128.5dBu (unweighted)
Preamp
Gain Range 0dB to 60dB
Maximum Output +19.5dBu
Input Impedance Mic: 1.2kohm
Line: 20kohm
Phantom Power +48V
Compressor
Threshold Range -6dBu to +20dBu (variable)
Ratio 5:1 (typical)
Attack Time 1 mS to 100 mS (adaptive)
Release Time 0.1 S to 3 S (adaptive)
Slope Not specified by manufacturer
Sidechain No
Equalizer
Filter Type Shelf and single band semi-parametric
Frequency Bands Low Frequency: 80Hz
Mid Frequency: 300Hz to 5kHz
High Frequency: 12kHz
Bandwidth Not specified by manufacturer
Range (Boost/Cut) +/-15dB
Light Indication
Threshold Range Not applicable
Ratio Not applicable
Attack Time Not applicable
De-Esser
Threshold Range Not applicable
Frequency Range Not applicable
Gate
Gate Threshold Not applicable
Gate Rate Not applicable
Physical
Dimensions (WxDxH) 8 11/16" x 7" x 1 3/4"
Weight 2 1/4 lbs
Specialties Mix input allows for connecting a second audio source to the unit post processing. Can be used in the studio or in a live situation where inputs are at a premium
Joemeek threeQ - Microphone/Instrument Preamp
  • External Power Supply
  • Three (3) Year Warranty
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    JoemeekthreeQ - Microphone/Instrument Preamp
     
    4.5

    (based on 4 reviews)

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    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (3)
    • Good audio (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur recording (3)

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      5.0

      Great Preamp and Compressor

      By Jason

      from Orlando, FL

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use
      • Powerful
      • Professional Functions
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Joemeek threeQ - Microphone/Instrument Preamp:

        To say I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this compressor would be an understatement. I was blown away. This has the quality of compressors and preamps that cost several multiples of this unit.. If you only need one input, because that's all it has, then this is a strong contender to consider.

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        3.0

        EQ great, compression disappointing

        By Robin

        from San Diego, CA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • EQ
        • Good manual

        Cons

        • Compression

        Best Uses

          Comments about Joemeek threeQ - Microphone/Instrument Preamp:

          I purchased this compressor / EQ without hearing it first. Basically it works ok but I wound up liking the equalizer more than the compression. As for the compression (which is what I bought it for) I intended to use it on my vocal on live shows performing as a solo blues guitarist / singer oftentimes in noisy places. The idea was to get the dynamic range squished a tiny bit so that with make up gain I could get my vocal louder and more present sounding without being abrasive to peoples ears. The compressor worked out ok for that purpose but I was hoping to use it in the recording studio also to get some cool sustain on my electric bass. Back in the late 70's I used an MXR Dyna Comp on my bass for slapping and I liked it a lot. I somehow assumed the ThreeQ would sound as good and so far the compression is a bit of a disappointment. According to the manual (which is excellent) the level indicator above the compression section is supposed to register when the threshold is being crossed and the compression kicks in. The problem for me is that by the time the Compression and Attack knobs are turned up enough to get a reading from the light display, the sound has been radically over compressed. Up to that point I do not hear any increase in the gravelly sustain, fret/string noise, sustaining harmonics and other positive aspects of a gnarly bass sound.

          On the other hand, the Meequalizer is really good. Easy to dial in a rich deep yet edgy vocal sound.

          The ins and outs on the back are good. I especially like the insert feature.

          Maybe as I use it more I'll get a better grip on the compression section.

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          5.0

          Love that Green!

          By Tomelwich

          from Orlando, Fl

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Joemeek threeQ - Microphone/Instrument Preamp:

            This little box is solid, clean and lots of bang for the buck. In 5 minutes I was tracking vocals with ease.

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            5.0

            Another great JoeMeek product

            By Midiflex

            from The Bay Area

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use
            • Powerful
            • Professional Functions
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Music Videos
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording
              • Soundtracks

              Comments about Joemeek threeQ - Microphone/Instrument Preamp:

              This threeQ replaces a JOEMEEK VC3Q as a preamp for recording vocals and voiceovers from various microphones including condenser studio, dynamic handheld and wireless lapels. I love the amount of usable gain and headroom. The compression controls allow for a variety of options (but you can easily overdue it). The Eq is great for my application. The threeQ is much quieter than my VC3Q. One downside is it doesn’t appear to have a rack mount option like my VC3Q, as it is sold as a desktop unit.

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