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Aphex Project Channel Microphone Preamplifier and Optical Compressor

Aphex Project Channel Microphone Preamplifier and Optical Compressor

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  • Aphex Class A Preamp
  • Built-In Optical Compressor
  • Built-In Aphex Big Bottom Processor
  • Built-In Aphex Aural Exciter Processor
  • 1x XLR Input
  • 1x Front-Panel Instrument Input
  • 1x S/PIF Digital Output
  • Output & Gain Reduction Meters
  • 48V Phantom Power
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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
Optical Compressor
The built-in optical compressor uses Aphex's proprietary optical element for speed adjustability ranging from compression to leveling
Big Bottom
Aphex's patented Big Bottom is built into the Project Channel and provides deeper and more resonant bass with minimal increase to peak output
Aural Exciter
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
Inputs 1x XLR-3F
1x 1/4" (6.35 mm) TS Hi-Z
Type First Stage: Transformerless Instrumentation
Second Stage: Class-A
Input Impedance XLR-3F: 2 kΩ (nominal)
1/4" TS: 10 MΩ (nominal)
Outputs 1x XLR-3M (balanced, +4 dBU)
1x 1/4" (6.35 mm) TRS (balanced, +4 dBU/-10 dBV switchable)
1x S/PDIF Digital
Output Impedance XLR-3M: 100 Ω
1/4" TRS: 100 Ω @ +4 dBU; 750 Ω @ -10 dBU
Preamp Overall Gain 26 to 65 dB (nominal, without pad)
EIN -126 dBU (150 Ω source, unweighted)
Phantom Power 48 V
Maximum Output Level > 26 dBu (before clipping)
Meter Full Scale 24 dBU
THD < 0.05% @ 4dBu out
Frequency Response 10 Hz to 30 kHz (0.1/-1.0 dB)
Sample Rates 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96 kHz
Resolution 24-bits
Level Equivalency Digital: -20 dBFS Analog: 4 dBu
Power Requirements 100 to 250 VAC, 50-60 Hz
Power Consumption 8 W (maximum)
Dimensions (W x H x D) 19.00 x 1.75 x 8.25" (48.26 x 4.45 x 20.96 cm)
Depth Behind Front Panel: 7.5" (190.5 mm)
Weight 6.00 lb (2.73 kg)
Aphex Project Channel Microphone Preamplifier and Optical Compressor
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