Black Lion Audio Auteur MKII Preamp
The Black Lion Audio Auteur MKII Preamp 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!
The Black Lion Audio Auteur MKII Preamp 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. Its 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 Black Lion Audio Auteur MKII Preamp 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!
Black Lion Audio Auteur MKII Preamp Features
- 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)
Black Lion Audio Auteur MKII Preamp Specifications
- Max Microphone Input Level: +1dBu
- Input Impedance: 6000Ω
- Pad: 10dBu
- Gain (no pad): +14dB to +65dB
- Equivalent Input Noise (noise floor): -108dB
- THD+N (@ +4dBu output):
- .0033% @ +10dBu Gain
- .0054% @ +24dBu Gain
- .0112% @ +32dBu Gain
- .027% @ +40dBu Gain
- .078% @ +50dBu Gain
- .21% @ +62dBu Gain
- Bandwidth (1kHz, 150Ω source, unweighted): 10Hz to 30kHz
- Output Section
- Max Output Level: +26dBu
- Output Impedance: 150Ω
- Power Supply
- 24VAC, 500mA External Supply
- Product Dimensions
- 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.75
- Product Weight
- 3.2 lbs
- Shipping Dimensions
- 13 x 11 x 5
- Shipping Weight
- 5.5 lbs
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I had been wanting to get this preamp for some time, and finally, I did. I love this preamp. It is everything I expected it to be.
After receiving my first Auteur and giving it a trial run with two different Condenser mics (KSM 32 and an MJE 990 Hulk), I was certain my money was very well spent. Compared to my cheaper budget preamps (ART MPA iiRS, and Presonus XMAX), the Auteur was one giant leap for Chad kind (that's me). The Auteur was very detailed and very musical, but more importantly, it sounded full, with a large tight bottom end and lots of sparkle up top. It does all of that without being brittle or "ssish". I find the Auteur to be a very modern sounding preamp that is clear with just a hint of color.
Furthermore, it doesn't exaggerate the mids on my own voice. Although I don't own them to A/B, I've had my voice recorded with serval preamps like the Avalon 737 and FMR RNP in other studios and I do prefer the sound of my voice though the Auteur.
I can't wait to try the Auteur on more sources, especially drums. Good thing I ordered a second one;)
I am pleasantly surprised with the Black Lion Auteur preamp. I bought it without a prior listen and figured for the price it was worth the risk. It is that, and then some.
Nicely detailed preamp with not a lot of frills. Two channels with a simple gain knob, buttons for pad, phantom and polarity reverse. XLR for input and TRS for output. The one item I didn't dig is it's size. It is slightly larger than one rack space high so it takes up some extra room. It's a little smaller than a third of a rack space in width so you can at least get three of these on the same tray.
While I don't have any Neve units to compare to I do own a Calrec PQ 1061. I'm told these units are on par with Neve (of course depending on model). I can say the Black Lion compares very favorably to the Calrec. Not as aggressive as my API 312s but not as soft as my UA 610. I can see using this on guitars, vocals and bass for a different flavor. I plan on getting more of these as soon as I can.
This is a nice sounding preamp for a reasonable price. Sofar I've used it in tracking vocals, and it seems to produce a quite clear top end and a beefy bottom, which suits my voice truly well. I like the coloration it produces. At highest output levels this is not the most quiet preamp around, though, but this can be helped somewhat by using the pad or rolling back the levels a bit. Bottom line is, I'm very satisfied with the Auteur, and it looks cool, too!
I have to give this preamp 5 out of 5. This is our workhorse. We always begin by plugging right into this pre and 9 times out of 10, we get exactly what we're looking for. The Auteur is a very balanced-sounding mic preamp. Doesnt scoop your guitars, but it doesn't muddy your vocals. It can give the right tone to soprano or tenor sax, but also have the transcient response to capture a kick drum or thicker-sounding snare. You will not be disappointed by this preamp. We've used it with great results using a U87 and AKG 414. If you're on a budget, this is the preamp to get. You'll enjoy the "expensive" sound. Also, BLA delivers on every promise, you have nothing to worry about with this company. Go for it!
After owning an FMR RNP for about a year I went on a search for another low cost preamp that boasted a professional high quality sound. As luck would have it, I stumbled across this gem. The Auteur does not disappoint. The bass response and rich open tone of this preamp make it a valuable tool in my collection. The RNP has its place, but the Auteur is a definite go to. I imagine that I'll probably get another. Also, not to be overlooked, the customer service at Black Lion is second to none. I had some questions about their Digi 002R modification. To my amazement they answered my email the next day and they were very detailed a helpful.
I was initially a sceptic of a lot of the hype around this unit, but could not be more pleased with the quality of sound these preamps produce. It's a big, fat sound without sounding tubby. I've used it so far for acoustic guitar, direct recording electric guitar, vocals and drum machines as well as reamping and experimenting with it for some mastering. While it may not have been the perfect preamp for all of those applications it did a very good job and the tracks stack very well in the mix. The guitars I reamped sounded big and juicy and even the song I fooled with mastering it through the Auteur sounded much bigger and bolder. Reamping software synths and drum machines through this unit has giving me amazing results. This unit will drastically improve any stereo signal you route through it.
I've owned the unit for a couple of months and the Auteur grows on me more and more as I try different things with it. I haven't found a better deal for quality studio preamps anywhere.
I bought an Auteur based on reviews emphasizing its clean gain capabilities, and I was not disappointed! We used it on a variety of stringed instruments (acoustic guitar, mandolin, violin, cello, double bass) with a variety of mics (Studio Projects B1, SM81, AudioTechnica 4033, SM57 and B1 on a guitar cab) and got transparent results every time. Also worked great with my C1000S pair for rooms at a live recording.
It didn't hype any frequency ranges that I could hear, and I didn't notice any self-noise, even at the highest gain stages.
I'd love to see a version with some kind of metering; when recording a very dynamic part, I'd want to know if I was about to clip at the preamp stage. However, as advertised, we never ran out of headroom. The power supply is also kind of big, but it's well worth the space.
I've used my Auteur on a variety of sources, and have gotten great results on everything, also kick & snares, surprisingly. I've noticed that you can really drive the signal with increased gain, but be careful what you run through it when pushing the gain, as it starts to exhibit somewhat of a fat tube saturation quality (which might be desirable, depending on the tracks.) I've used ribbons with this pre, also. It's a good deal for a 2-channel unit. Some might argue that not having XLR outputs would be an issue, but as long as your signal path is good, no worries. I think BLA originally designed this unit to work with their modified 002 Racks (thus the lack of XLR outs), so having 2 channels of great mic pres would integrate nicely with their 002 mods on the 1/4" inputs. I'm pleased with mine, and am seriously considering buying another since I still use my BLA modified 002 Rack.