EMPIRICAL LABS Twin Pak - Dual Channel - EL-9 Mike-e Microphone Preamp and Compressor/Saturator

BH #EMTWINPAK • MFR #TWIN PAK
EMPIRICAL LABS
EMPIRICAL LABS Twin Pak - Dual Channel - EL-9 Mike-e Microphone Preamp and Compressor/Saturator
Key Features
  • Low-Noise Transformer-Coupled Mic-Pre
  • Compressor/Saturator for Wide Tonal FX
  • Direct Box Instrument Input
  • Compressor Based on Distressor Circuit
The Twin Pak - EL-9 Mike-e from Empirical Labs combines two EL-9 Mike-e transformer-coupled mic preamps with compressor/saturator circuits to deliver stereo classic knee compression, as well as versatile tonal coloring. Each Mike-e provides a low noise transformer input amplifier section offers precise digital control over gain and has a signal-to-noise ratio of 130 dB. It features stepped control knobs for gain control and a "BAD!" LED indicator for alerting the user when input signal is overloading the circuit.
Special Order
Expected availability: 7-14 business days
$3,249.00

Important Notice

  • This item is noncancelable and nonreturnable.
Channels
SingleTwin
Anthony P., B&H Expert

True Know-How

Ask Our Experts

800.606.6969

EMPIRICAL LABS TWIN PAK Overview

The Twin Pak - EL-9 Mike-e from Empirical Labs combines two EL-9 Mike-e transformer-coupled mic preamps with compressor/saturator circuits to deliver stereo classic knee compression, as well as versatile tonal coloring. Each Mike-e provides a low noise transformer input amplifier section offers precise digital control over gain and has a signal-to-noise ratio of 130 dB. It features stepped control knobs for gain control and a "BAD!" LED indicator for alerting the user when input signal is overloading the circuit.

The front panel instrument input that allows the unit to function as an ultra-clean Direct Box. The saturator is a multi-stage soft-clipping circuit that provides triode-type saturation effects, while severely flattening out the peaks. The compressor circuit is based on the Distressor, but with a longer attack time. Preset ratios include 2:1, 4:1, 8:1, and Nuke. Emphasis improves the signal to noise ratio, while soft-clipping high frequencies before the CompSat circuit and cutting the frequencies after it.

Mix provides a parallel compression technique achieved by mixing between the compressed and the dry, uncompressed signal. This can often help maintain transients and a sense of dynamic range while enhancing the low level nuances. A stereo link connector allows two Mike-e processors to be used for stereo buss functions, while the optional send/return insert modification allows for additional processors, such as the Lil Freq EQ, to be connected between the mic preamp and compressor, forming a powerful and flexible channel strip. The Twin Pak ships with a 1/4" to 1/4" cable for stereo operation and a standard IEC power cord.

  • Versatile and simple microphone pre-amplifier with a deep feature set
  • Pre-amplifier section offers a transformer input. Low signal-to-noise exceeds 130 dB, well below the self-noise of any microphone
  • Super long life gain switching with 5 dB increments in preamp section and output pot for fine resolution gain setting. Sealed relays used throughout
  • CompSat section soft saturates the peaks of waveforms to warm things up and offers a world-class compressor with detented parameter selections
  • Germanium circuitry in the CompSat section to offer new warming characteristics
  • Two CompSat LED indicators, one “WARM” and one “TOASTY” LED, indicating internal saturation circuitry
  • Emphasis function tames high frequency build-up, while offering frequency dependent saturation, which enhances Mike-E’s popular tape-like tone
  • High performance high-pass filter at 80 Hz, 18 dB per octave
  • Built in Instrument preamp/direct box with auto sensing passes the signal through the input transformer for some “IRON” in its sound
  • Renowned Empirical Labs digitally controlled analog topology
  • Huge "DISTRESSOR" knobs with high resolution numbering for easy readability and repeatable settings
  • A “BAD!” hard clip LED indicates the signal is within .5 dB of hard clipping. It monitors many sections of the Preamp for internal clipping
  • Locked and calibrated output level allows speed in setting record and live mix levels
  • Extremely useful as a mixdown processor, too. Great for fitting the mixes together.
  • Discrete and integrated combination offering the best of speed/linearity with repeatability. Hand tested & selected components. All metal film and Roederstein resistors in the audio path
  • Top quality components, most being high temperature military spec parts
  • Upgradeable transformer output option
  • Switchable 115/230 volt operation - Extra fuse provided inside unit
  • XLR and 1/4" phone ins and outs - XLR fully balanced design, pin-2 hot
  • No internal connectors, high reliability parts and military grade switches and relays. All contacts doubled up for maximum reliability
  • Linkable Compressor section
  • Hand wired and calibrated in USA
UPC: 854682006061

EMPIRICAL LABS TWIN PAK Specs

Frequency ResponseNo CompSat: 3 Hz to 200 kHz
CompSat: 3 Hz to 150 kHz
Optional Transformer Output: 6 Hz to 80 KHz
Signal to Noise130 dB at 40 dB gain
Maximum Output: 28 dBu
Distortion Range0.0006 to 15% depending on mode and settings
Input / OutputTransformer coupled Input, active and transformer outputs available
High quality audio caps used internally
ImpedanceInput Impedance: 600 ohms at all frequencies, transformer coupled
Output Impedance: less than 38 ohms
Instrument Input Impedance: 332 kOhms
Attack0.9 to 70 msec
Decay0.15 to 1 sec
Power Consumption15 W maximum
Dimensions(1 U) 1.7 x 19.0 x 10.0" / 4.3 x 48.3 x 25.4 cm
Weight11 lb / 5 kg
See any errors on this page? Let us know

YOUR RECENTLY VIEWED ITEMS

Browsing History

Close

Close

Close