The High Performance Dual Input Microphone Preamp/Compressor Package is a B&H Kit that acts like a channel strip by providing a microphone preamp/compressor front end. But unlike a dedicated channel strip, each component of the package can be used individually if desired. This is particularly applicable to the Pro VLA II compressor that can be used both during tracking, and then later for mixing. A pair of cables rounds out the package.
ART Pro VLA II - Compressor/Leveler
The Pro VLA II from ART is a dual-channel compressor/leveler that uses an opto-electrical design to provide smooth and musical dynamic range control. The unit features a mastering-quality audio signal path and a tube-based gain stage. Variable ratios that range from 2:1 to 20:1 allow the unit to work both as a compressor or a limiter. Metal rotary controls with detents provide for the adjustment of threshold and output level, along with variable and separate attack and release speeds.
The front panel features large analog VU meters for each channel, while ten-segment, multi-colored LED arrays provide information on gain reduction. Back-lit push switches set whether either VU meter reflects input or output levels; select a straight wire bypass; and engage a link function, appropriate for stereo mastering. When the channels are linked, channel one controls act globally and the channel two output knob acts as a balance control.
XLR and 1/4" TRS balanced input and output jacks are provided, along with a level selector to set the unit operating levels and metering to match either +4dBu or -10dBV systems. The unit is housed in a 2U space, rack-mountable steel chassis with a CNC routed, black anodized aluminum face panel. The Pro VLA II uses two hand-selected 12AT7 tubes and is designed for years of reliable operation in the studio and on the road.
Stereo linking of channels with master volume and balance control in Link Mode
XLR balanced inputs and outputs along with 1/4" TRS phone active balanced inputs and outputs
Variable Threshold and Ratio controls
Variable Attack and Release controls
Variable Output Level rotary controls
VU metering of input and output levels
LED metering of output level with peak-hold function
Ten-segment Gain Reduction LED array
Low noise circuitry with a healthy dynamic range
Rack-mountable, all-steel enclosure
ART PRO MPA II - Microphone Preamplifier
The Pro MPA II from ART is a 2-channel microphone preamplifier that delivers a total of 70dB of gain, and can operate in either stereo or dual-mono mode. Perfect for any sized studio, production facility, or live sound environment, the preamp provides variable input impedance, and a dual-tube gain stage with selectable plate voltages (high or normal).
The unit has the ability to process a mid/side microphone set-up, and can also function as a dual-channel DI box using the 2 front panel instrument inputs. Two backlit VU meters display output level, while multi-colored LED arrays provide a visual reference of tube gain for each channel. The Pro MPA II is rack mountable and housed in a sturdy, 2U steel chassis.
Tube based gain stage with selectable plate voltages
Instrument input on front panel with automatic input selection
Selectable Stereo/Dual operation of output controls
Variable low-cut filter per channel
Switchable +48V phantom power per channel
Supports Mid/Side miking technique
Large, dual, back-lit VU meters
Phase reverse per channel
Switchable for either +4dBu or -10dBV output
2 x Kopul Premium Performance 3000 Series XLR M to XLR F Microphone Cable - 2' (0.61 m), Black
The black Kopul Premium Performance 3000 Series XLR M to XLR F Microphone Cable (2') is designed to be an extremely quiet and flexible cable that is ideal for the most demanding live sound and performance applications. The cable is engineered to be durable and to provide protection against EMI, RFI, and static noise. While the cable's color-coding affords the ability to quickly differentiate between multiple connections on stage, it provides a pleasant aesthetic quality at the same time.
Premium Performance 3000 Series cables are made from 24-AWG OFC copper wire that's wrapped with PE insulation and a conductive PVC inner shield. A cotton-yarn inner layer helps reduce electrostatic and microphonic noise. 95% dual-spiral shielding makes the cable resistant to EMI and RFI noise. The Neutrik XX silver connectors provide a high level of connectivity, and all the solder connections are shrink-wrapped for protection.
95% dual-spiral shielding offers protection from EMI and RFI noise
Twin conductive PVC inner shielding provides 100% coverage of the core conductor. It helps keep the cable's signal from radiating and affecting nearby cables, and also helps prevent external EMI from penetrating to the cable's core
24-AWG oxygen-free stranded copper inner core provides the best possible conductivity
Cotton yarn reduces electrostatic and microphonic noise
All solder points shrink-wrapped for protection
Neutrik XX silver connectors offer high conductivity