Sunset Sound S1P "Tutti" 500-Series Microphone Preamp
The Sunset Sound S1P "Tutti" 500-Series Microphone Preamp delivers for the first time, the custom, pre-API preamp circuits found only in the custom consoles of the famed Sunset Sound Studio 1 and Studio 3. This preamp is the real deal, and packed chock-full of premium quality components such as Cinemag transformers and 990C discrete op-amps from the John Hardy Co.
The Sunset Sound S1P "Tutti" 500-Series Microphone Preamp is named after the legendary Tutti Camarata. The preamplifier harnesses John Hardy Dual 990 op amps, custom made Cinemag nickel transformers (input-output) and is a wholly original design taken from the famous custom-built console installed in Sunset Sound Studio (Studio 1).
The gain staging of this preamp is particularly noteworthy. At the top you find a 6-step switch for GAIN (input), increasing by 10dB per step. Below is a TRIM so you can fine-tune within the 10dB range between each step. Then (and this is where Sunset Sound added to the design a bit) there is a FADER. Typically run all the way up, you can also slam the input section (GAIN and TRIM) and back down on the FADER for lots of tonal variation and transformer saturation.
Also noteworthy is the frequency response - "Tutti" is FLAT from 10Hz to 60kHz!
The front panel's XLR & 1/4" Combi-jack makes accessing the preamp and DI inputs simple and easy for when you're working alone in the control room on overdubs or just need to put down an idea quickly - all while the power supply's connections stay intact.
Celebrating 50 years of recordings from Mary Poppins to Van Halen, The Doors to Sheryl Crow, Led Zeppelin to the Wallflowers the studio had to deliver and it has done that on hundreds of recordings! Named after the legendary Sunset Sound founder Tutti Camarata, and born from the famous Sunset Sound custom designed mic preamps.
Sunset Sound S1P "Tutti" 500-Series Microphone Preamp Features
- Same design used in the Sunset Consoles
- Dual 990 op-amps made by The John Hardy Co.
- Nickel transformers, input and output
- Greater than 60 dB of gain
- Signal/Overload Indicator
- Selectable Input Gain, 10dB steps
- Adjustable Gain Trim, +- 6dB
- Output Fader Control
- Front and Rear CLR Mic Input
- Hi-Z/INST Front Panel Input
- Weighs 5 POUNDS!
Sunset Sound S1P "Tutti" 500-Series Microphone Preamp Specifications
- 10Hz to 60kHz FLAT
- Distortion less than .02%
- Clips at +28 dBu
Sunset Sound S1P "Tutti" 500-Series Microphone Preamp Includes
- S1P "Tutti" 500 Series Preamp Module (500-series power supply required)
- Manual & Literature
Sunset Sound S1P "Tutti" 500-Series Microphone Preamp Downloads
What We Think
The Sunset Sound S1P "Tutti" 500-Series Microphone Preamp is a total TONE MACHINE of the highest calibre. This preamp has quality in spades. Looking inside, you notice that only PREMIUM quality components are used throughout. It's seriously over-built (as premium quality gear should be). The fact is that the only way to have ever gotten the sound of this preamp on your recordings was to book time in Studio 1 at Sunset - if you could even get in, that is.
Designed by Paul Camarata with assistance by Paul Wolff (formerly of API and Tonelux fame - currently Fix Audio), this production adaptation of the original Sunset Sound Studio 1 preamp really exhibits high-performance character that we feel sets it apart from the standard-fare mic preamps offered today. It doesn't simply pass signal; it transmits music. Trying to talk about the sound of this truly awe-inspiring preamp is a bit like the old adage - "dancing about architecture." You really need to hear it for yourself to understand just how wonderful the Sunset Sound S1P "Tutti" really sounds. There's a real clarity to this preamp that also carries a wallop of a weighty punch to it. You really cannot ask for more.
Visually, the fun and Pacific Sunset-inspired yellow-to-orange-fade face plate perhaps makes it easy for many to dismiss this preamp as a toy and not something to take seriously. They couldn't be more wrong. It's unfortunate that these days, there is often more of a focus on how a piece of gear looks instead of how it sounds, and often who is endorsing it. And to a degree, we understand the mentality. But, No - it's not a Neve, and it's not an API. But that declaration should not imply that it is any less of the preamp than either of the two. In fact, to know the three, it's totally fair to say "The Neve and the API are NOT the Sunset Sound S1P "Tutti"." Having had experience with both of the famous flavors and with the Sunset Sound S1P "Tutti", we can say without a doubt that it is a classic sound you would happily want an entire bank of and never look back. And, when the rubber meets the road, this is a precision monster of a device exhibiting the soul of a classic-era American muscle car.
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Efficient transaction...fast delivery...Sunset Sound S1P 500 is an excellent preamp.