Chameleon Labs 581 500-Series Microphone Preamp
The Chameleon Labs 581 500-Series Microphone Preamp serves up lucidity and definition, allowing you to hear subtle details you didn't think your mics were capable of capturing.
For its role models, the Chameleon Labs 581 aspires to the sonics of classic holy grail large-format console preamps. The 581 is extremely lucid sounding, with a remarkably solid low end - a combination that makes it perfect for everything from kick drums to vocals. The 581 also possesses a definite "character" - a sonic signature that you wouldn't expect in a preamp at this price.
Chameleon Labs 581 500-Series Microphone Preamp Features
- 500 Series Compatible Module
- Chameleon-designed Line Transformer
- Fully balanced transformer mic input
- Discrete Class AB Circuit
- 300 Ohms or 1.2K Ohms mic input selector
- 48VDC phantom power selector
- LED Metering (Power, Signal, +4dB, Peak)
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I've found other pre's in this price range to be light or flimsy, even when they work well. This pre feels like real gear and sounds like it too. I have a pair and use them for drum overheads, keys, and guitar.
There are few if any competitors to this pre. It has all the features you need, and enough metering. And a DI! For $400!! Buy it now.
It also feels great. Nice and heavy with good build quality.