Joemeek threeQ - Microphone/Instrument Preamp

Joemeek threeQ - Microphone/Instrument Preamp

Joemeek threeQ - Microphone/Instrument Preamp

Joemeek threeQ - Microphone/Instrument Preamp

Joemeek threeQ - Microphone/Instrument Preamp

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Product Highlights

  • Single Channel
  • Compressor
  • EQ

Joemeek threeQ overview

  • 1Description

The Joemeek threeQ is a single channel microphone/instrument preamp with optical compression and EQ. It is basically like having a channel of a professional recording console in a small box. It takes a microphone or instrument, amplifies it, compresses and equalizes it, ready to be recorded.

Simple to use yet extremely powerful, the threeQ will bring out the best in any microphone or instrument and give the gloss of a professional studio production to any performance. Even though the unit appears to be intended for use in the recording studio, it is nonetheless equally useful for live applications.

Compact format microphone/instrument preamp with compression and EQ
Very low noise
Insert point allows one to patch other processors into the signal chain. The send/return is post the preamp and before the compressor and EQ
Mix input allows for daisy chaining devices when inputs to a console or recorder are limited. The input is post compression/EQ
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Joemeek threeQ - Microphone/Instrument Preamp
  • External Power Supply
  • Three (3) Year Warranty
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    Joemeek threeQ specs

    Number of Channels Single
    Inputs 1 x XLR Microphone
    1 x 1/4" TRS phone Line
    1 x 1/4" TRS phone Mix (post pre, compressor, EQ Input)
    1 x 1/4" TRS phone Insert
    Outputs 2 x 1/4" TRS phone
    Frequency Response 10Hz to 70kHz (-3dB)
    Noise EIN: -128.5dBu (unweighted)
    Gain Range 0dB to 60dB
    Maximum Output +19.5dBu
    Input Impedance Mic: 1.2kohm
    Line: 20kohm
    Phantom Power +48V
    Threshold Range -6dBu to +20dBu (variable)
    Ratio 5:1 (typical)
    Attack Time 1 mS to 100 mS (adaptive)
    Release Time 0.1 S to 3 S (adaptive)
    Slope Not specified by manufacturer
    Sidechain No
    Filter Type Shelf and single band semi-parametric
    Frequency Bands Low Frequency: 80Hz
    Mid Frequency: 300Hz to 5kHz
    High Frequency: 12kHz
    Bandwidth Not specified by manufacturer
    Range (Boost/Cut) +/-15dB
    Light Indication
    Threshold Range Not applicable
    Ratio Not applicable
    Attack Time Not applicable
    Threshold Range Not applicable
    Frequency Range Not applicable
    Gate Threshold Not applicable
    Gate Rate Not applicable
    Dimensions (WxDxH) 8 11/16" x 7" x 1 3/4"
    Weight 2 1/4 lbs
    Specialties Mix input allows for connecting a second audio source to the unit post processing. Can be used in the studio or in a live situation where inputs are at a premium
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.3 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 14.7 x 8.5 x 3.5"

    Joemeek threeQ reviews

    threeQ - Microphone/Instrument Preamp is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 4.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great JoeMeek product This threeQ replaces a JOEMEEK VC3Q as a preamp for recording vocals and voiceovers from various microphones including condenser studio, dynamic handheld and wireless lapels. I love the amount of usable gain and headroom. The compression controls allow for a variety of options (but you can easily overdue it). The Eq is great for my application. The threeQ is much quieter than my VC3Q. One downside is it doesnt appear to have a rack mount option like my VC3Q, as it is sold as a desktop unit.
    Date published: 2008-09-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Preamp and Compressor To say I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this compressor would be an understatement. I was blown away. This has the quality of compressors and preamps that cost several multiples of this unit.. If you only need one input, because that's all it has, then this is a strong contender to consider.
    Date published: 2009-10-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love that Green! This little box is solid, clean and lots of bang for the buck. In 5 minutes I was tracking vocals with ease.
    Date published: 2009-06-21
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from EQ great, compression disappointing I purchased this compressor / EQ without hearing it first. Basically it works ok but I wound up liking the equalizer more than the compression. As for the compression (which is what I bought it for) I intended to use it on my vocal on live shows performing as a solo blues guitarist / singer oftentimes in noisy places. The idea was to get the dynamic range squished a tiny bit so that with make up gain I could get my vocal louder and more present sounding without being abrasive to peoples ears. The compressor worked out ok for that purpose but I was hoping to use it in the recording studio also to get some cool sustain on my electric bass. Back in the late 70's I used an MXR Dyna Comp on my bass for slapping and I liked it a lot. I somehow assumed the ThreeQ would sound as good and so far the compression is a bit of a disappointment. According to the manual (which is excellent) the level indicator above the compression section is supposed to register when the threshold is being crossed and the compression kicks in. The problem for me is that by the time the Compression and Attack knobs are turned up enough to get a reading from the light display, the sound has been radically over compressed. Up to that point I do not hear any increase in the gravelly sustain, fret/string noise, sustaining harmonics and other positive aspects of a gnarly bass sound. On the other hand, the Meequalizer is really good. Easy to dial in a rich deep yet edgy vocal sound. The ins and outs on the back are good. I especially like the insert feature. Maybe as I use it more I'll get a better grip on the compression section.
    Date published: 2009-08-03
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