Fredenstein Artistic Mic 500-Series Preamp
The Fredenstein Artistic microphone preamp is the first member of the Fredenstein Value Line of 500-series compatible products with top of the line performance.Fredenstein Artistic Mic 500-Series Preamp Details
The Artistic microphone preamplifier is the first member of the Fredenstein Value Line of 500-series compatible products. The Artistic Pre features top of the line performance at a very affordable price. Key component to achieve this performance level is our new OPA2 discrete audio operational amplifier. As all Fredenstein products, it is not a copy of an older design, but a completely new circuitry manufactured in SMT technology. Matched and integrated dual input transistors guarantee vastly improved specifications compared to older designs. The OPA2, following the tradition of well known manufactures, is socketed and can be exchanged without tools. The industry standard pin-out makes it compatible with many manufactures. Another very important sound shaping component is the American-made steel-core output transformer, which has this smooth vintage sound without being dark or just â?mid-rangyâ.
A 100 KOhms high impedance direct input is located on the front-panel, it accepts balanced and unbalanced signals, the rear microphone input is automatically disconnected when a plug is inserted in the DI connector. The features include a maximum gain of 65 dB, a 20 dB Pad, switchable polarity, selectable input impedance, and Phantom-Power support. Our new eight LED Peak-Meter with a 50 dB range gives the user a precise reading of the operating conditions.
As all Fredenstein products, the Artistic Pre is designed by a German-American team and manufactured in Taiwan.
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I put it to work as soon as I received it! Tons of headroom extremely quiet. Used on drums primarily but sounds great on vocals. Compares favorably to the API 512C and is a viable alternative. BUY IT!
Ultra quiet, excellent sensitivity with 150 ohm mic sources. Extremely High gain. THIS ONE IS A WINNER ON ALL FRONTS! FYI: Tested with AKG C3000 (blackface version with 414 capsule)