Chicago-based Black Lion Audio started off as modifiers of vintage audio equipment. They decided to channel their knowledge and experience into producing their own boutique hardware, becoming one of the hottest names in the business. The Auteur MkII is one of their most sought-after preamps, striking the perfect balance between transparency and warmth.
Here’s what Black Lion say:
The Auteur has been a staple preamp in studios around the world for many years. It has become the go-to choice for bridging the gap between clean, transparent preamps and those with lots of color and bite. The Auteur MKII is the next step in perfecting this combination of vintage and modern sound at an affordable price!
Two-channel vintage-style preamp
The Auteur MKII is a two channel preamp that features high-speed input stages that capture lots of detail and nuance, and transformer-coupled output stages that impart a nice touch of vintage vibe. It also features phantom power, phase, and a 10dB pad. It’s housed in a 1U, ½ rack chassis, and can be linked together with a second ½ rack unit by using the included connector plate.
The Auteur MKII has a revamped gain stage that results in higher gain, lower noise, lower distortion, and a more extended frequency response than the original design. Use it on drums for rotund results. Throw it on vocals for a silky polish. Hear guitars soar like never before. No matter what you use it on, the Auteur MKII will do the job like a pro!
- Dual Channel
- Ultra High-Speed Input Stages
- Edcor Output Transformers
- 65dB Gain
- Extended Frequency Response
- Low Distortion & Noise
- Phantom Power
- Phase Switch
- 10dBu Pad
- XLR Microphone Input
- TRS Line Output (balanced)
- Max Microphone Input Level: +1dBu
- Input Impedance: 6000Ω
- Pad: 10dBu
- Gain (no pad): +14dB to +65dB
- Equivalent Input Noise (noise floor): -108dBu
- Max Output Level: +26dBu
- Output Impedance: 600Ω
- Dimensions: 9.5” x 6.5” x 1.75”