PreSonus Studio Channel Tube Channel Strip

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Presonus Studio Channel
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PreSonus Studio Channel Tube Channel Strip

Presonus Studio Channel Tube Channel Strip delivers a class A tube microphone/instrument preamplifier, a variable VCA compressor, and a 3-band parametric EQ complete with VU metering

Presonus Studio Channel Details
The PreSonus Studio Channel is the perfect way to step-up the quality of your recordings! This fully featured channel strip delivers a class A tube microphone/instrument preamplifier, a variable VCA compressor, and a 3-band parametric EQ complete with VU metering - all at a ridiculously great price. If you're currently working on stock interface or mixer preamplifiers, you won't believe how incredible the same sources sound through the Studio Channel. Experience all that signature fat tube tone plus the full-on ability to tweak - the PreSonus Studio Channel's bound to become your "go-to" box!

Enhance your signal path
The PreSonus Studio Channel is set to take your sound well into the next level, as it noticeably outperforms the preamplifiers built into most audio recording interfaces and affordable mixers. You get essential tube tone along with the ability to sculpt and shape it in whatever direction you want. Fatten up a vocal with compression or sweeten up a piano track with EQ, you'll be ready to make the most out of whatever source you're recording with this versatile audio toolbox.

Class A tube preamplifier
The Studio Channel has everything you need to achieve big, radio-worthy sound straightaway. The preamplifier stage of the Studio Channel is based on PreSonus's award-winning BlueTube preamplifier that's known for its high headroom and big tone, thanks to a high-output 12AX7 vacuum tube. What's more, dual control Gain and Tube Drive let you dial in a wide range of sounds for sonic variety. You can give a DIed guitar track a bit of that overdriven tube edge then record a warm, smooth vocal track - it's all onboard the Studio Channel.

Fully featured VCA compressor
The PreSonus Studio Channel's compressor features a fully variable, ultra-fast and smooth VCA-based circuit. You have all the must-have compression controls at your fingertips, including ratio, threshold, attack, release, and gain make up. VCA-based compressors are known for both their musicality as well as their ability to tame even the fastest transients. Whatever source you're recording, you'll enjoy the ability to get the signal in as hot as needed without clipping.

3-band Parametric EQ
Use the Studio Channel's superb equalizer section to carve out unwanted frequencies and tailor your tone to enhance your overall sound. The custom-designed amplifiers in the equalizer deliver sweet-sounding gain/cut so you can have ultra-smooth highs, deep solid lows, and clear midrange. What's more, the mid-band of the EQ section has variable Q for controlling the width around the center point of the selected frequency. Plus, high and low frequency bands let you select peak/dip or shelving frequencies.

PreSonus Studio Channel Features
  • Class A vacuum tube microphone / instrument preamplifier
  • Tube gain and tube drive
  • Variable VCA compressor (threshold, ratio, attack, release, make upgain, auto, soft)
  • Three-band parametric EQ
  • Precision analog VU meter for gain reduction and output
  • EQ Pre/Post compressor switch
  • 80Hz high pass filter
  • 20dB pad
  • Phase invert
  • Rugged metal chassis
  • High-headroom
  • Ultra-low-noise design
Presonus Studio Channel Specifications
  • Channels: One
  • Dynamic Range >115 dB
  • Frequency Response 10 Hz to 50 kHz
  • Internal Operating Level 0 dBu = 0 dB
  • Microphone Preamp
  • Gain -6 dB to +66 dB (+/- 10dB trim on line input)
  • Noise Floor -96 dBu EIN -126 dBTHD + Noise (0% Tube Drive) < 0.050%THD + Noise (100% Tube Drive)< 0.10%
  • Microphone Input Connector XLR
  • Microphone Input Impedance 1.3 k§Ã?
  • Instrument Input Connector ¨Ã¹¡± TS Instrument
  • Input Impedance 1 M§Ã?
  • Line Input Connector ¨Ã¹¡± TRS
  • Line Input Impedance 10 k§Ã?
  • Phantom Power (switchable)+48V
  • Pad (switchable) 0 dB / -20dB
  • Phase (switchable) 0¡Ã?, 180¡Ã?
  • Hi-pass filter (switchable)-3 dB at 80 Hz
  • Threshold (variable) -40 dBu to +2- dBu
  • Ratio (variable) 1-10 (1:1 to 2:1)
  • Attack (variable) 0.1 to 200 ms
  • Release (variable) 0.05 ms to 3 S
  • Gain Make Up -10 dB to +10 dB
  • Metering Analog VU (Gain Reduction / Output)
  • LF Band Controls:
  • Frequency Variable from 40 Hz to 500 kHz
  • Gain Variable between ¡¾10 dB Q 0.7 (on ¡®peak¡¯ setting)
  • MF Band Controls:
  • Frequency Variable from 200 Hz to 3 kHz
  • Gain Variable from -10 dB to +10 dB
  • Q Variable from 0.7 to 2.5
  • HF Band Controls: Frequency Variable from 2 kHz to 20 kHz
  • Gain Variable between ¡¾10 dB Q 0.7 (on ¡®peak¡¯ setting)
  • Master
    Output Fader -80 dB to +10 dB
  • Output Connectors XLR Balanced and ¨Ã¹¡± TRS Balanced/Unbalanced
  • Output Impedance 51 §Ã?
  • Metering (Output level) Analog VU (-20 dBu to +6 dBu)
  • Metering (Gain Reduction) Analog VU -20 dB to 0 dB
  • Output Headroom +22 dBu
Power Supply
  • Type Linear Input 16 VAC / 1000mA
  • Power Requirements (Continuous) 16W Transformer External (country specific)
  • Size 1U Rack
  • Dimensions 19¡± x 1.75¡± x 5.5¡±
  • Weight 5 lbs

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  • 4
    Change the Tube and hope you don't get a lemon

    Posted by Chad Nedohin on Sep 15th 2012

    I had a couple months with one of these in my studio. First off, I ended up changing the tube for a high end one. The sound went from flubby and poorly defined, to clear and well rounded. It has lots of gain and all the features one could want in a budget channel strip. With a new tube, this will take your recordings to a new level.

    But... I had problems with the unit I owned. It was really, really noisy. The channel strip is designed to be low noise, but I must have had a lemon. The noise was especially prevalent when the compressor and EQ were engaged.

  • 4
    Great for acoustic guitar

    Posted by Ross on Jul 2nd 2010

    This is a really nice little box. I use it for gigging with just an acoustic guitar. I can dial in the EQ I need (really versatile with the optional LPF, HPF, and notch filter). The compression is nice too. The preamp tube can be pushed to the point where it's noticeable, but it won't give you any real dirt; it mostly just adds a degree of warmth. I only wish there were an instrument input on the back of the unit (the line in jack bypasses the preamp, I believe).