AEA TRP2 Ribbon Microphone Preamp
The AEA TRP2 Ribbon Microphone Preamp is the latest development of the TRP Preamp The AEA TRP2 offers the same great sound quality but with added key features that allow studio users greater flexibility with modern equipment.
The original TRP was the first preamp designed specifically with ribbon mics in mind. In response to the rise in popularity of ribbon mics in studios, we added key features to the TRP2 that allow studio users greater flexibility with modern equipment.
The TRP2 preamp now includes phantom power. Though ribbon mics are historically passive in design, trends have gradually shifted toward active electronics. Nearly half the microphones in the AEA line require phantom power.
No Blow Mode: Phantom Power Lock Out
For the cautious engineer’s peace of mind, each channel of the TRP2 is equipped with an internal phantom power toggle switch. The internal toggle switch can be armed to prevent accidental phantom power activation from the buttons on the TRP2 front panel.
Higher Impedance and More Output
Like the RPQ2, the new TRP2 has a higher input impedance of 63K Ohms and will have 85dB total output. The TRP2 delivers more gain than almost any other preamp available today.
Universal Switching Supply
In consideration of our many non-US users, the TRP2 includes a universal switching supply that eliminates the need for those users to swap out power supplies.
Additionally, the TRP2 can be purchased with a set of rack ears that allows mounting a single TRP2 in a single rack space.
Two TRP2s can be mounted next to each other in a single-space Mid-Atlantic Shelf. On the bottom of the TRP2 is a hole that allows you to screw through the prefabricated holes on the shelf. Two TRP2s can fit on this shelf and will only take up a single rack space.
What We Think
We feel that once you hear it in action, you will agree with us that the AEA TRP is absolutely CRITICAL and NECESSARY for recording with ribbon microphones. It truly does everything AEA says that it will; tons of clean gain without all the noise. The very high impedance allows ribbon mics to sound their very best.
Have you ever plugged in a ribbon mic into your 'legendary British mic-pre' and wondered what everyone was talking about when they swore up and down that a ribbon mic is the way to go on _______? You're experiencing an impedance problem when you feel that the bottom is muddy and bloated and without definition. You're also noticing that the ribbon sounds darker than you think it really even should, considering your knowing that a ribbon is going to be darker to begin with than a condenser. Enter the AEA TRP - It's 18kOhm impedance evens out the frequency response and opens up the top end to expose a depth that you couldn't have know was even there before. No more flat sound with that big wooly bottom.
The TRP is worth every penny for the studio using ribbon mics on all sources, but it really shines on particularly quiet and detailed sources where you don't want to raise noise levels to the point of being drowned in hiss. It's really nice to finally be able to use a preamp with a ribbon mic and not wish the preamp had more gain. AND, the TRP sounds great with dynamic and tube microphones. In fact, you might be really surprised just how much you like it with those mics as well as with your ribbons."
- Front End Audio
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