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A-Designs 500 Series EM-Silver Mic Pre

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For brighter sound sources, the EM-Silver is the preamp of choice when you want less top end or a vintage-type sound…especially when used with ribbon mics, or on modern, brighter condensers to smooth out top end.

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One of the most integral components in preamp design is the transformer, which uses the voltage to process the sound and also keeps it from adding noise to the ultimate resulting signal. How those transformers are wound, using any of a choice of metal alloys, directly impacts the color of the sound, giving it a particular personality. Modern transformers can be "transparent," coming out of the preamp with little or no change from how it sounded on the way in, or it could be given a certain amount of "color." How alloys like treated steel, nickel, cobalt and iron, are  combined in the windings plays a crucial role in the character in the resulting sound the preamp puts out.

A-Designs Audio has created five 500 Series preamps with different character, making each of them useful for particular uses, depending on your preferences.   You can customize your 500 Series mounting rack with any or all of A-Designs' preamps or other 500 series components, giving you a broad selection of treatments for a broad selection of sources.

If you like the vintage Neve sound, you’ll love the EM-Silver. It has a darker tone than the P-1, EM-Red, and EM-Blue. Its sound is based on a custom-wound steel output transformer, which makes it an excellent match for ribbon microphones since steel transformers were widely used in the early days of recording and broadcast - it was the combination of steel transformer and ribbon mic that gave broadcasters and singers that “Voice of God” sound that has lit up so many vocal recording and the amplified spoken word for decades. The EM-Silver is an outstanding preamp for bass guitar and keyboards, and is also pretty killer on kick drum.

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