ART VoiceChannel - Tube Channel Strip with Digital Outs
The VoiceChannel is an affordable Channel Strip unit, complete with a whole professional selection of tools that are perfect for recording, broadcast or live enviroments.
The VoiceChannel combines a Class-A tube microphone preamp, comprehensive dynamics control, semi-parametric EQ, De-esser and expander into one unit. What's more, it has both digital and analogue connectivity so that you can connect it to any recording platform you wish. It's got all the outputs you would expect, including AES/EBU, ADAT, SPDIF and even USB so that you can connect it to your hardware, audio interface or even directly into your computer or laptop!
The VoiceChannel is designed to be the ideal all in one input solution for both analogue and digital recording so it's the perfect choice for tracking vocals and solo instruments. With the kind of control and flexibility that this channel strip offers you'll be setting up the perfect tone in no time.
The VoiceChannel's preamp section uses a Class-A tube design with variable input impedance and selectable tube plate voltage to create the most versatile high performance microphone preamplifiers in their class. Capable of delivering incredible warmth, presence and clarity 12AX7A vacuum tube used in the circuit delivers controlled 'musical sounding' overload characteristics for added warmth and presence, while maintaining a wide dynamic range with unsurpassed sonic detail and clarity.
Variable Input Impedance
Variable input impedance optimizes the input for the widest possible range of microphone sources. The ability to vary the input impedance of a VoiceChannel's preamp changes the load the microphone 'sees' in the system, dramatically altering its performance and character. This creates a wide range of new sonic possibilities with any modern or vintage condenser, ribbon or dynamic microphone.
The variable impedance control is infinitely variable allowing much finer control and the ability to tune the preamp to the microphone's ideal sweet spot.
Selectable Tube Plate Voltage
The selectable tube voltage function delivers a wide variety of providing the either high plate voltage to the tube, ensuring maximum output with extremely low noise and distortion, or lowering the plate voltage to increase warmth and tube character.
Comprehensive Dynamic Control & EQ
The VoiceChannel delivers full dynamic control from the integrated fully variable Compressor / De-Esser / Expander section. Unlike most channel strip processors in this class, every function of the VoiceChannel's dynamics control is easily tunable from the front panel. Complete control of compressor's threshold, ratio, attack and release as well as de-esser frequency & level and expander / gate threshold are fully variable from smooth high quality low noise pots.
The VoiceChannel's semi-parametric EQ offers wide tune-ability and tone control, and for added versatility the EQ can be patched before OR after the dynamics processor with a simple on-button touch on the front panel - no re-patching required. Separate insert jacks on the back panel allow you quick quiet in-line connectivity to external signal processing gear immediately after the Mic preamp (before the EQ and dynamics processor) in the signal path. Another insert patch point exists just before the A/D converters.
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