Black Lion Audio Auteur 500 Series Preamp Details
The Black Lion Audio Auteur 500 Series Preamp is a single channel version of the Auteur that fits in 500 series racks. The Auteur 500 module also features a built-in Hi-Z input.
What makes the Black Lion Audio Auteur stand out in a world jam packed full of preamps? For one, it's a design that's somewhat unique in its approach. Being admirers of the fully balanced transformer-less circuits found in highly acclaimed recording consoles, Black Lion Audio chose to use a similar topology. They began with a high speed input stage that would pick up lots of detail and nuance, and then followed it with a high current output stage. Circuit headroom is plentiful, and the input stage is very difficult to clip. Because of its fully balanced design, it can handle input signals as large as +15dB with ease.
Black Lion (as well as us here at FEA!) also like classic transformer-based designs because of the characteristic they lend to the audio signal. Because of this, BLA added a 600 ohm M-6 silicon steel output transformer to give the audio a thick quality that's reminiscent of a prized vintage preamp. It's the best of both worlds in our opinion. The preamp is single channel and features phase, +48vdc phantom power, 10dB output signal pad, and Hi-Z input.
If you're looking for eye candy and name recognition to dominate your equipment list, this probably isn't the preamp for you. On the other hand, if you're looking for the sort of performance normally associated with high-end designs but need to acquire it at a modest price, this mic preamp will make a wise and affordable investment for your home or project studio.
Black Lion Audio Auteur 500 Series Preamp Specifications
- Gain: 0-66dB
- THD+Noise: -110dB @ 1 kHz
- Headroom: 30dB
- Input impedance: 8k
- Output impedance: 600 ohms
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