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Front End Audio carries a comprehensive selection of studio Rack Gear, whether it be full-size standard 19-inch rack gear or for the modular 500-Series, you'll find a variety of Microphone Preamps, dynamics processors such as Compressors, De-Essers, Gates and Expanders, all-in-one units such as Channel Strips, Summing Amps and Summing Mixers, various Effects units and the devices to interface them, and the AD/DA Converter / Interfaces. There's such a wide variety of flavors of each of these devices that it can be a bit overwhelming to know which pieces are going to be right for the sound you're trying to achieve. Never fear! Front End Audio's staff brings years of professional studio and live sound experience to the table. Combine that with a genuine obsession with audio gear and the art of integrating it all with consoles, recorders, and DAWs for flawless performance, and Front End Audio is your best choice for making the right decision for you. Need help deciding? Just contact Front End Audio and we are happy to help you select the correct gear that will best meet your needs and expectations.
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Rockruepel COMP.TWO Rockruepel COMP.TWO Mastering Bus Compressor

The Rockruepel COMP.TWO Mastering Bus Compressor is an All-Tube, ultra-fast Variable-Mu, Stereo / Dual-Mono Compressor, handmade in Germany and available exclusively in North America by Front End Audio!

List Price: $5,749.00
Our Price: $5,499.00

Rockruepel LIMIT.ONE Rockruepel LIMIT.ONE Mastering Limiter

The Rockruepel Limit.One is a neo-classic transformer based analog limiter! Brickwall limiting, level control for mono or stereo tracks and new sound shaping possibilities all in one box!

List Price: $3,899.00
Our Price: $3,599.00
AEA RPQ2 AEA RPQ2 2-Channel Ribbon Microphone Preamplifier

The AEA RPQ2 2-channel Ribbon Microphone Preamplifier is a High-gain, high-impedance, 2-channel, full-rack preamp with EQ & DI. Having it's design roots firmly planted in the task of being optimized for ribbon microphone amplification, the RPQ2 catapults the original RPQ design into a unified Preamp / EQ / DI solution for all microphone (and instrument) types.

List Price: $1,665.00
Our Price: $1,499.00
AEA RPQ500 AEA RPQ500 500-Series Microphone Preamp

The AEA RPQ500 500-Series Microphone Preamp module is based on this successful design and provides the same ultra-clean, high-gain signal path that has earned AEA preamps their great reputation, in a 500 series package.

List Price: $725.00
Our Price: $649.00

AEA RPQ AEA RPQ 2-Channel Ribbon Microphone Preamplifier

This item is discontinued but we have a limited quantity left in stock. It is in 100% brand new condition and comes with a full manufacturers warranty and our commitment to service. Dont miss you chance to grab a deal because once it is gone it is gone forever!

List Price: $1,750.00
Our Price: $1,575.00
Sale Price: $1,399.00
AEA N22 NUVO Ribbon Microphone RPQ500 Package AEA N22 NUVO / RPQ500 Package

The AEA N22 NUVO / RPQ500 Active Ribbon Microphone & Preamp Package from Front End Audio includes the AEA N22 NUVO Active Ribbon Microphone, AEA RPQ500 500-Series Microphone Preamp, and the Fredenstein Bento 2 500-series power supply rack.

List Price: $1,837.00
Our Price: $1,652.00
AEA N8 NUVO / RPQ500 Package AEA N8 NUVO / RPQ500 Package

AEA N8 NUVO / RPQ500 Package includes one N8 Ribbon Mircophone, one 15 foot Mogami Gold Analog Reference cable, AEA RPQ500 500-Series Microphone Preamp and Fredenstein Bento 2 500-Series Rack.

List Price: $2,118.00
Our Price: $1,682.00
Grimm Audio CC2 Grimm Audio CC2 Master Clock

The Grimm Audio CC2 Master Clock is a thrilling new product from the master of digital audio design: Grimm Audio! With clock circuitry offering jitter performance measuring as BEST of pro audio master clocks, Grimm Audio limited the feature set to just master mode on two outputs, resulting in a price that fits into many more budgets!

List Price: $1,050.00
Our Price: $1,050.00
Chandler Limited RS124 Chandler Limited RS124 Compressor

The Chandler Limited RS124 Compressor is a recreation of one of the most coveted audio valve compressors of all time, the legendary EMI/Abbey Road RS124, reimagined for use in the modern studio environment.

List Price: $2,875.00
Our Price: $2,875.00
Chandler Limited RS124 Mastering Pair Chandler Limited RS124 Compressor (Matched Mastering Pair)

The Chandler Limited RS124 Compressor (Matched Mastering Pair) adds the options of both Stepped Input and Output Attenuators as well as full Matching of both units (tubes, resistors, etc) to ensure total harmonious tracking across the stereo field. If you're mixing or mastering and plan to use a pair of RS124 across your stereo bus, this is the pair for you.

List Price: $6,450.00
Our Price: $6,450.00

Rack Gear at Front End Audio

Front End Audio sells Studio Recording and Live Sound Rack Gear from brands such as A Designs, AEA, Antelope, Apogee, ART, Audient, Avalon, Avid, AwTAC, Avenson, Audio Black Lion Audio, Blue Microphones, Burl Audio, Chameleon Labs, Chandler Limited, Crane Song, Crimson Audio, DACS, Daking, Dave Hill Designs, DBX, Drawmer, DW Fearn, Earthworks, Elysia, Eventide, FMR Audio, Focusrite, Fredenstein, Grace Design, Great River, Grimm Audio, Gyraf Audio, IGS, Joemeek, John Hardy, Kush, LaChapell Audio, Lavry Engineering, Lexicon, Lynx Studio Technology, Manley Labs, Miktek, Millennia Media, Moog, Mytek Digital, Overstayer, Pendulum Audio, Phoenix Audio, PreSonus, Purple Audio, Radial Engineering, Regular John Recording, RETRO, RME, Rockruepel, Roll Music, Rupert Neve Designs, Smart Research, Sonic Core, Solid State Logic, Sonifex, Speck Electronics, SPL, Studio Electronics, Studio Projects, Summit Audio, Sunset Sound, Symetrix, Tascam, TC Electronic, Thermionic Culture, Tonecraft, Tonelux, Trident, True Systems, Tube-Tech, Universal Audio, Vintech, Waves DiGiGrid, WesAudio, Yamaha, and more!

About Rack Gear

The Rack Gear that we find in Recording Studios and in FOH racks in Live Sound covers a lot of ground and is where we can really make (or break) the sound. Ask any engineer and most will tell you that, while there's a software plug-in to emulate just about every classic piece of audio gear over the past 60 years, there's nothing that sounds quite like real analog gear. And let's face facts - you really can't get around needing great mic preamps and converters! There is a wide palate of sonic colors and textures available in each category of audio equipment which falls within the classification of "rack gear." There are transformerless designs, transformer-coupled designs, and some with transformerless input / transformer-coupled output (and vice-versa) hybrid designs. There are Class-A designs as well as Class AB and more. Tube and solid state (JFET) is an old favorite design dichotomy. And "discrete" op-amps vs ICs (integrated circuits). Inductor EQs, Opto compressors, Remote Cutoff Limiters, VCA compressors, soft-knee, hard-knee, Feed-forward vs Feedback, Pultec-style, Baxandall Delta-Sigma vs DSD vs you get the picture! There's a LOT of variables in the design which translate to differences in the sound. The staff here at Front End Audio is ready, willing, and able to help guide you through the myriad options to help you get the sound you're after. Regardless of your budget or application, Front End Audio can help you decide on the rack gear that will meet your needs.

Rack Gear Types

Front End Audio sells various types of Microphone Preamplifiers, Dynamics Processors (such as Compressors, De-Essers, Gates, and Expanders), Equalizers (EQs), Channel Strips, Effects Processors (including Reverbs, Delays), Summing Mixers, and AD/DA Digital Converters.