NAMM 2015: Meet Felix, the 2-Channel Instrument Preamplifier and Blender
Grace Design, the world-renowned manufacturer of microphone preamplifiers and monitor controllers, will be showing an exciting new product in Anaheim this week, in the form of Felix, a two-channel instrument preamplifier and blender for acoustic instruments such as guitar, bass, fiddle, mandolin, cello, banjo, and more.
Built in a roadworthy, stage-ready, anodized-aluminum and steel floor-pedal chassis, Felix features a 48V XLR mic input and two instrument inputs. Each channel features an EQ section for tone shaping with a high variable pass filter that cuts 12 dB per octave from 20 to 1,000 Hz and can also serve to notch-filter out problematic feedback frequencies. It also features parametric mid-range controls from 65 to 6,000 Hz, as well as fixed low and high controls for blending bass and treble.
The two independent transformer isolated DI outputs can be sourced from either the mix or the individual channels, which allows you to send the front of house a mix, or each channel individually. For outputs, the pedal includes a dedicated level-controlled amplifier sourced from the mix or channel 2, as well as a dedicated tuner output that stays active even when all the outputs are muted. A side-panel 1/8" mini headphone jack enables practice and fine-tuning the EQ settings before a gig. A TRS insert is available for adding effects, and a remote footswitch is included to enable placing the unit in a rack.
As a pedal, Felix includes a mute/tune switch for muting all outputs except the dedicate tuner output, a boost switch that activates a variable boost circuit, and an A/B mode switch to enable toggling between channel 1 and 2 for auditioning different tones.
You can learn about more new products from the 2015 NAMM Show at this link, courtesy of B&H.