The Project Channel Microphone Preamplifier and Optical Compressor from Aphex is a single-channel Class A microphone preamp channel strip. It features a built-in optical compressor with a single knob to control compression ratio. It also has Aphex's Big Bottom and Aural Exciter processors, designed to help shape bass frequencies and increase vocal detail.
The Project Channel has a single XLR input as well as a front-panel 1/4" instrument input for direct recording of bass or guitar. The front-panel input overrides the XLR input, allowing you to keep a mic plugged in when using it. The Project Channel also has a 1/4" TRS and an XLR output, as well as a S/PDIF digital output, allowing you to send a digital signal to an external audio interface for recording.
Class A Preamp
Aphex's Class A preamp design provides up to 65dB of gain and is inspired by American and British recording consoles
The built-in optical compressor uses Aphex's proprietary optical element for speed adjustability ranging from compression to leveling
Aphex's patented Big Bottom is built into the Project Channel and provides deeper and more resonant bass with minimal increase to peak output
Aphex's Aural Exciter is designed to provide increased presence, clarity, and intelligibility to vocal tracks
The Project Channel has a 10-segment LED gain reduction meter as well as a 10-segment LED output level meter
In the Box
Aphex Project Channel Microphone Preamplifier and Optical Compressor