The Dave Hill Designs Europa 1 gives you control over preamp characteristic parameters which previously required that you completely change preamps to achieve. Dave Hill's newest preamp, the Europa 1 gives you the ability to adjust the SPEED of the transient response of the preamp as well as the unique ability to blend in a wide range of EVEN or ODD order harmonic distortions to help shape the sound in ways never before possible. An expanded array of Hi-Pass Filter frequencies adds to the myriad options available in the Europa 1's truly unique approach to amplifying microphone signals.
Dave Hill Designs Europa 1 is a totally unique design concept in microphone pre amplifier technology. Dave spent years of designing and prototyping in order to develop this "color adjustable" preamplifier. production we feel the recording industry is ready to experience a feature packed Europa One!
What makes the Europa unique? That would be the THREE controls for changing the color of the pre-amp. SPEED, EVEN, and ODD
The first control is a SPEED which changes how fast the pre-amp can respond. The control goes from 0 to 8 with 8 being the fastest rate, and 0 being very drastic.
EVEN and ODD
The even harmonic control provides 9 levels of color from 0 to 8, and the odd harmonic control which also has 9 levels color with the 0 setting being the cleanest in both cases. These three controls are a series analog process so that the even harmonic control affects the sound of the speed control and the odd harmonic control affects the sound of both the speed and even harmonic controls
Not Your Average Preamp
Obviously, any microphone preamp needs to include the standard functions such as phase, phantom power and an instrument input; and the Europa 1 includes all of these. But there's more variety of shaping options within some of these features as well. For starters, the microphone input has 3 input impedance choices which are 2.2K ohms for normal microphone operation, 300 ohm and a Hi-Z choice for different microphone sounds. The instrument input has an impedance of 1.2 Meg ohms which is ideal for guitars. The gain over all is adjustable in 1db steps from 0 to 66db on the mic input and 0 to 30 db on the instrument input. Gain is displayed on a 2 digit led display. The low cut filter which is a 3 pole, 18db per octave has 8 frequencies 148 Hz, 130 Hz, 117 Hz, 100 Hz, 81 Hz, 63 Hz, 48 Hz, 33 Hz, and off.
All the controls are stepped-switches, making the settings for gain, speed, even harmonic, the odd harmonic controls easy to recall.
The level meter has a 0 VU reference point of (+4dbu) with one db steps going to +20 db above 0VU and to -25 db below 0 VU with the steps being larger than 1 db below -16 db.
Mix Coloring Box
And if you're looking to wring the most value for your dollar out of your gear, then the Europa 1 will find a home in mixing as well. "How?" you ask. Simply put; the maximum output level is +24 dbu balanced with the maximum balanced input level of +24 dbu at 0 db of gain. This allows the Europa 1 pre-amp to be used in a mix environment for coloring. Obviously, for stereo processing, you will need a pair of the Europa 1. This would also be a great, incredibly flexible preamp to use in conjunction with the Roll Music Folcrom RMS216 Summing Buss, which requires a pair of preamps as the final summing amplifier stage.
Dave Hill Designs Europa 1 Microphone Preamp Features
- Totally unique and tonally flexible design
- Speed, Even, and Odd controls allow color shaping usually not found in preamps
- 8 frequency, 3 pole, 18db per octave Hi-Pass Fitler
- Stepped controls for easy recall
- Use it for coloring your mixes
Dave Hill Designs Europa 1 Microphone Preamp Specifications
- Maximum input:
- +24dbu balanced
- +16dbu unbalanced
- Maximum output: +24dbu balanced
- Hipass Filter:
- Type: 3 pole
- Slope: 18db per octave
- Frequencies: 17 Hz, 33 Hz, 48 Hz, 63 Hz, 81 Hz, 100 Hz, 130 Hz, 148 Hz
- Gain: 0 to 66 db, 1 steps
- Gain Insturment Input: 0 to 30 db, 1 db steps
- Mic Impedance:
- 200K, 2.2k, 300 ohms
- at gains < 13db the Hi-z position will be around 15K ohms
- Insturment Impedance: 1.2 Meg ohm
- Noise: EIN -127.5 dbu, 20KHz Bw
- Power: 25 watts at 115 or 230 volts, 50 or 60 Hz.
- Fuse size:
- GMD 0.315A for 115 volts
- GMD 0.15A for 230 volts
- Other Power Considerations:
- for 100 - 120 volts set to 115v
- for 220 - 240 volts set to 230v
- Shipping Weight: 15 lbs (6.7kg)
- Depth Behind Panel: 8.625 inches plus user input/output connectors
Dave Hill Designs Europa 1 Microphone Preamp Includes
- Europa 1 Microphone Preamp
- Manual & Literature
- IEC Power Cable