Joemeek SixQ2 British Channel Strip

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Joemeek SixQ2 British Channel Strip

The Joemeek SixQ2 British Channel Strip offers one channel of a professional recording studio in a small box. Simple to use yet extremely powerful, the SixQ2 will bring out the best in any microphone or instrument and give the gloss of a professional studio production to all your performances.

The Joemeek SixQ2 British Channel Strip packs a wealth of features into a single rack space studio channel. A single channel mic pre, three bands of highly musical EQ, and the Joemeek signature optical compressor make for a highly capable recording instrument. Output either analog or digitally directly to your sound card or DAW for a warm, musical analog sound - just what you've been looking for!

Some changes Joemeek made to the SixQ2: 1) The microphone input transformer is permanently assigned to the "Mic" Input. The "IRON" switch now optionally sends the "Line" input through the transformer, to add some coloration to Line sources. 2) The input "GAIN" control now operates over the range 18dB to 60dB, with improved resolution in the crucial 25dB-45dB range. Microphone inputs up to +4dBu can be accommodated without distortion (+24dBu by using the "PAD" switch). 3) As before, with the "LINE" input selected the gain is unity (0dB) at the top of the dial; the gain range is now -19dB to +22dB. 4) The "INSTRument" input now has a gain range of 0dB to +40dB. 5) "PEAK" LEDs now light at +16dBu (2dB below Full Scale Digital).

Digital Audio Interface

The Joemeek Digital Audio Interface provides high quality digital audio outputs. The digital audio outputs are compatible with most digital recorders, as well as Digital Audio Workstations and mixers. S/PDIF format is available from the RCA phono connectors.

The Joemeek Digital Interface has highly stable onboard master clocks for low-jitter, hi-fi results. Internal sample rates of 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz or 96kHz are selected by means of rear panel switches. 44.1kHz is the standard used for audio CD's, while 48kHz and 96kHz are widely used in recording studios. In general, the higher the sample rate, the better the audio fidelity, but the more disk space is required for the recording. For example, recording at 96kHz requires twice as much storage as 48kHz. Consult the manual of your recorder or DAW as to what sample rates it will accommodate.

Joemeek SixQ2 British Channel Strip Features

  • Ultra clean microphone preamplifier - World-class microphone preamplifier using a top-quality Cinemag microphone transformer
  • Highly musical three band EQ with Sweep LF & MF, Selectable HF (6k & 12k)
  • Full featured optical compressor with settings from "silk" to "in your face!"
  • Accurate LED metering for quick monitoring of level & gain reduction
  • "Iron" switch Sends the Line input through the Mic transformer, to add coloration
  • 24 bit 96k Analog/Digital converters with Optical and S/PDIF
  • Balanced and Unbalanced I/O for proper interface with any system
  • Front panel Instrument input to use as a DI during sessions

Joemeek SixQ2 British Channel Strip Specifications

  • Input Impedances: Mic: 1.2kohm, Line: 10kohm
  • Pre-amp Overall Gain: -2dB to 60dB (variable)
  • Common Mode Rejection: 70dB
  • Equivalent Input Noise: -128.5dBu (unweighted)
  • Distortion: 0.001% (below Compressor threshold)
  • Frequency Response: 10Hz to 70kHz (-3dB)
  • Maximum Input Before Clipping: Mic: +24dBu; Line: +45dBu
  • Headroom Before Clipping: +29dBu
  • Compressor Threshold: -6dBu to +22dBu (variable)
  • Compressor Ratio: 1:1 to 10:1 (variable)
  • Compressor Attack Time: 1 msec to 100 msec (adaptive)
  • Compressor Release Time: 0.1 sec to 3 sec (adaptive)
  • Nominal Output Levels: +4dBu/-10dBv
  • Output Impedance: 75ohm
  • Output Level Switch: 12dB attenuation
  • Noise Floor: -85dBu (typical, with ~40dB mic gain)
  • VU Meter: Analogue movement
  • Power Supply: 115V / 230V ac mains, 50/60Hz
  • Power Consumption: 30W
  • Mechanical: 482W x 88H x 220D (overall)
  • Weight: 3 kilos
  • High Pass Filter: 12dB per octave cut below 80Hz
  • EQ Boost & Cut: +/-15dB (zero phase-shift bell response)
  • LF Frequency: 40Hz to 650Hz variable
  • Mid Frequency: 300Hz to 5kHz variable
  • HF Frequency: 6kHz/12kHz switchable
  • EQ "Q": 0.9 (1.6 octaves)
  • Sampling: 24 Bit
  • Resolution: 24-bit delta sigma using Wolfson WM8738 ADC
  • Sampling Rate: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz or 96kHz selectable
  • Output Formats: S/PDIF electrical, S/PDIF Optical
  • Oversampling: This is [sample frequency divided by twice the bandwidth]. So for a 20kHz bandwidth sampled at 96kHz, oversampling = 2.4x. However the term oversampling is sometimes confused with [clock frequency divided by sample rate]. In the DB-1 that would be 256x at 96kHz
  • Noise Floor: typically 92dB A-weighted (referenced to 0dBFS = +18dBu). So for a +4dBu signal, the SNR is 78dB
  • Distortion:
    • Typically 0.01% @ 0dBu (20Hz - 20kHz) at 96kHz sample rate
    • Typically 0.02% @ 0dBu (20Hz - 20kHz) at 48kHz sample rate
    • Typically 0.02% @ -1dBFS (20Hz - 20kHz) at all sample rates
  • Crosstalk: Typically -67dB (20Hz - 20kHz)

Joemeek SixQ2 British Channel Strip Includes

  • Joemeek SixQ2 Unit
  • Printed User Guide
  • 3 Year Warranty

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  • 4

    Posted by Jason Caffee on Dec 6th 2005

    Great unit! The preamp section is by no means transparent, but the coloration it adds to the signal is very useable. The compressor is totally lush and creamy and by far my favorite feature. I absolutely love the way it compliments my guitars. It smoothes the sound of my Dot without muddying up, and it takes some of the harshness out of the treble end of my Jag-Stang without any eq tweaking. I've used it on kick drum and it works pretty well there too. I pushed it as hard as it would go on the kick just to see how it would react and I got this crazy electronic drum and bass sound out of it. I don't know what's up with that, but it was pretty cool.

    The EQ on the unit is very responsive and useable too.

    All in all this is an excellent unit, especially in the "bang for your buck" category. The range of possible sounds is huge. The preamp definitely has character, while the comp and eq can dail in some great buttery tones.