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Focusrite The Liquid Channel - Single Channel Modeling Microphone Preamp and Compressor with EQ

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The Liquid Channel is a single professional channel strip that can precisely emulate any classic microphone-preamp and compressor. Combining analog preamp technology with Dynamic Convolution techniques, the unit fuses cutting-edge analog design with lightning fast SHARC DSP.

But rather than creating a similar sound to vintage units, as with modeling devices, The Liquid Channel precisely emulates their sonic behavior. This is achieved through Dynamic Convolution, the application of a unique, level-dependant set of responses to an audio signal. These measured responses, sampled at numerous levels and with every possible setting combination, are applied to the input stream on a sample-by-sample basis for accurate emulation.

Augmented by fully digital controls and optional remote software, The Liquid Channel provides the ultimate fluid vintage collection.

Analog and Digital
Combines a highly complex, flexible analog front-end with Dynamic Convolution processing, that runs at sample rates of up to 192KHz. The front panel controls are digital, with tactile rotary encoders. All parameters can be stored in one of 99 program memories. If the user is using the unit in conjunction with a recording platform (e.g. Pro Tools,) both the session files and The Liquid Channel's program memory can be sent via standard data transfer methods, providing a completely mobile recording session.
Pre-Amplification
Mic-pre emulation can't be achieved in software alone. Hardware is also required to provide the physical interaction with the microphone. The hardware front-end is designed so as to be able to match the input impedance and signal path (transformer or electronic) of the device being emulated.
Not all Vintage Units are Equal
Second order harmonic distortion is a beneficial artifact of analog circuits (especially tube and transformer-coupled designs) providing what is commonly referred to as "warmth." However, often two units of the same type will vary in the amount of second order distortion produced, so an additional control for modifying this property is provided. This allows for precise matching of the Liquid Channel to a favorite mic-pre.
Remote Control and Infinite Expansion
The USB port on the rear panel allows remote control of The Liquid Channel, leaving the processor safely racked away. The software application also serves as an archiving system for additional emulations and program memories, and permits downloads of additional classic units from Focusrite, allowing the unit to be infinitely expandable.
Number of Channels Single
Analog Inputs 1 x XLR Microphone (rear)
1 x XLR Balanced Line (rear)
Analog Outputs 1 x XLR
Digital Inputs 1 x XLR AES
USB Port
Digital Link
Digital Outputs 1 x XLR AES
USB Port (shared with input)
Digital Link
Sync 2 x BNC Word Clock I/O
Frequency Response (ADC) 20Hz to 20kHz, +/-0.05dB
Noise SNR: 120dB measured with 20Hz/22kHz bandpass A-weighted filter
Preamp
Gain Range +6dB to +80dB, switched in 1dB steps
Maximum Output Not specified by manufacturer
Input Impedance Not specified by manufacturer
Phantom Power +48V
Compressor
Threshold Range -40db to 20dB, switched in 1dB steps
Ratio 1:1 to limit
Attack Time 0.1 mS to 2.5 S
Release Time 0.1 mS to 2.5 S
Slope Not specified by manufacturer
Sidechain Internal with EQ
Equalizer
Filter Type Low- and high-frequency shelving, parametric mid-band
Frequency Bands
  • High-frequency shelving: 200Hz to 20kHz
  • Low-frequency shelving: 10Hz to 1kHz
  • Parametric mid-band: 100Hz to 10kHz
Bandwidth Parametric mid-band - 0.8 or 2.5
Range (Boost/Cut) -18dB to +18dB, all bands
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) 19 x 10 5/8 x 3 1/2"
Weight 19 lbs
Specialties The USB port on the rear panel allows remote control of the Liquid Channel, leaving the processor safely racked away
Focusrite The Liquid Channel - Single Channel Modeling Microphone Preamp and Compressor with EQ
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