Phoenix Audio Ascent One EQ and Preamp

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The Phoenix Audio Ascent One EQ and Preamp combines Phoenix's High Fidelity sound, with the rich harmonics of their custom output transformer, along with they Gyrator EQ, to give you a magical recording channel strip that has a unique modern British tone.

The Phoenix Audio Ascent One EQ and Preamp is a mono channel microphone preamp with EQ. The Phoenix Ascent Mic Preamp/DIs take a modern approach to Class-A circuit design that delivers a wide range of tones without sacrificing the beloved vibe of true Class-A design. The unique Ascent circuit can go from ultra-clean sounds suitable for audiophile recordings all the way to the warm, saturated tones reminiscent of the UK's most heralded vintage designs. Versatility and superior sound have made the Ascent Preamp/DI a top-tier choice for engineers around the world and a modern day classic. The custom-wound DB694 output transformer is coupled to Phoenix's proprietary, fully discrete DSOP-2 output amplifier. The DSOP-2 is a direct descendent of the venerable TF1 amp which Phoenix's head-designer, David Rees, developed as an upgrade for vintage Neve modules. Going beyond the TF1, the DSOP2 is the pinnacle of Class-A output circuit design, offering up a smooth transition from ultra-clean to beautifully saturated tones.

Phoenix Audio Ascent One EQ and Preamp Features

  • Phoenix Audio's unique Class A, transformerless, true-balanced mic input stage
  • Phoenix Audio's transformer-balanced DSOP-2 Class-A discrete output stage with custom wound DB694 output transformer
  • Wired with PTFE silver plated military grade cable
  • -15dB input pad
  • LED Gain Metering
  • Push buttons: Hi-Pass, Phase Reverse, Switchable 48V phantom power on push-button switch
  • High Pass Filter on Push-button Switch (Roll-off -6dB per octave @ 80Hz)
  • Phase Reverse on Push-Button Switch
  • Mic Pre Gain Range: -30 to -70 in 5dB steps With 10dB more available on the detented ouput fader.
  • Output = +26dBu @ 1kHz, Noise = -90dB @ 20Hz to 20kHz.
  • Frequency Response Mic Input Stage: -0.4dB @ 40Hz, -0.3dB @ 25kHz
  • Frequency response Class A (DSOP-2) output stage: 20Hz to 20kHz +- 0.5dB, Maximum

Phoenix Audio Ascent One EQ and Preamp Specifications

  • 1U half rack space unit: With 240V/110V mains voltage input selector switch (optional 19" rack kit)
  • Class A (DSOP2) Output specs. Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz +- 0.5dB, Maximum Output = +26dBu @ 1kHz, Noise = -90dB @ 20Hz to 20kHz.
  • Output connections: XLR’s and TRS 1/4″ Jack on rear
  • Phoenix Audio’s unique Class A, transformerless, True balanced Mic input stage. Microphone inputs: XLR’s on Front and Rear Panels
  • 10K mic impedance for high quality performance with all mic particualry ribbons mics & dynamic mics
  • Transformer-balanced Output on each channel: Driven by the Phoenix Audio Class A DSOP-2 fully discrete output stage, each transformer is custom wound.
  • Individual Earth Lift: Push-button Switches
  • Gain Range (Mic input): -30 to -70 in 5dB steps With 10dB more available on the fader.
  • Gain reduction: -15dB push-button pad switch (Mic input only)
  • High Input Impedance DI: Mono 1/4″ Jack on front panel
  • Gain Meter: LED Metering. (Green = 0dB, Red= +8dB, corresponding to “4” and “6” on a PPM Meter).
  • Phantom Power: Switchable phantom on Push-button Switche
  • High Pass Filter: on Push-button Switch
  • Vari-filter control 70hz to 400hz on a 21 postion detented control
  • Phase Reverse: on Push-button Switch
  • Frequency Response Mic Input Stage: -0.4dB @ 40Hz, -0.3dB @ 25kHz
  • Frequency Response: DI Input Stage: -0.3dB @ 40Hz, – 0.5dB @ 25kHz
  • Typical Headroom: +26dB on Mic-Pre stage
  • DI Stage gain: Maximum of 30dB
  • Gyratory-based EQ Frequency Centres: (4 Bands) High – 25K 15K, 10K, Hi Mid – 6K, 3K, 1K6, Low Mid – 800Hz, 400Hz, 200Hz, Low – 130Hz, 80Hz, 40Hz
  • EQ Cut/Boost Levels: 16dB Cut/Boost Per Band with fully detented pots in 21 positions
  • All units are wired with PTFE silver plated military grade cable

Phoenix Audio Ascent One EQ and Preamp Includes

  • Ascent One EQ and Preamp
  • Power Cable
  • Manual/Warranty Information

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The Phoenix Audio Ascent One EQ and Preamp is my go-to preamp for just about everything. I love how flexible it is with it’s ability to go from ultra-clean to warm and saturated like old school Neve preamp thanks to it’s output transformer. The input stage is transformerless, allowing for a fast and open sound. It’s got this high-fidelity thing about it that I love and with the built in four band Phoenix Gyrator EQ, I’m tracking things the way I want them to sound in the mix with ease. It's also a great unit for mixing to get your tracks out of the box and processed with some nice analog color. If you’re only gonna have ONE preamp and instrument DI in your studio, I suggest you check out the Ascent ONE! See what I did there?

Wes DeLoach, Pro Audio Sales

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