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The Gem Audio Labs Sculptor Microphone Preamp is a high-end microphone and instrument preamp featuring EQ and peak l...  All product info
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£ 2,112.00
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available soon, estimated to be in stock: Aug 16, 2020
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Gem Audio Labs Sculptor

The Gem Audio Labs Sculptor Microphone Preamp is a high-end microphone and instrument preamp featuring EQ and peak limiter, delivering rich, vintage tone in a stylishly designed and durable unit. This preamp is not only all you will need for great sounding recordings, but also to enrich recorded tracks during mixdown.

The EQ section is a combination of different topologies (active and passive). The idea was to use the right topology on each filter sections. That’s why Gem Audio Labs designed combined EQ: HI CUT and LOW CUT filters are based on fast active filters (12db/oct.) and have specific curve shape ( 1db boost of frequencies just before the cut-of frequency). Low freq section is based on passive LC filters (inductors + capacitors) the result is that these filters produce a really big and fat sound. Mid cut and Mid peak sections are based on parallel gyrator based fast active filters. Accordingly, the midrange is very transparent/natural and fast. The high frequencies section is (again) based on passive topology. There are RC filters (based on resistors and capacitors). These filters give a very silky and smooth sound.

This EQ is useful in tracking as well as in mastering, especially when you want to add specific colour to the song. Basically, the colour can be added via three stages; preamp, EQ and limit. You can of course use only the EQ or limiter section when the source is connected to the return input of the insert. The Insert connection is a very useful inclusion, as it allows you to add and external device into the Sculptor’s chain, for example a compressor.

The limiter is very specific. It is a unique analogue brick wall solution with variable threshold and two limiting modes based on metal-oxide semiconductor field effect transistors (MOSFET) and tube diodes (soft mode), or vintage silicon diodes (hard mode). The Limiter has an easy to read peak reduction meter. The function of this limiter is to protect A/D converters against clipping, to catch problematic transients, whilst at the same time not changing the timbre of the sound. This means more flexibility for the user to further enhance the sound at the mixdown stage of the recording process. There will be an additional ADC card, one dedicated for two units.

The main features of the Gem Audio Labs Sculptor Microphone Preamp include:

  • Microphone and Instrument Preamp with EQ and Peak Limiter
  • Balanced XLR and Unbalanced Jack Inputs
  • No Potentiometers in the Signal Paths
  • 6 Balanced XLR Output
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