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Stereo Microphone Preamplifier/D.I.

Two-channel, solid state preamp with two front-panel Hi-Z inputs

Very warm and full tone without being dark; wide bandwidth with a sweet top end

Custom-wound Cinemag input and output transformers


The 1970s was a time of great change in pro audio. The introduction of solid-state electronics led to an explosion in development and a very different sound than the tube gear of previous decades. The recording console in a high-end 1970s studio was likely a Neve, an API, or a Quad Eight. These companies set the standards for audio quality – with a unique sound firmly imprinted on the popular recordings of the era. Designed, built, and extensively “ear-tested,” by long-time recording industry veterans, the A Designs Pacifica takes its sonic signature and name from the revered Quad Eight mixing console. However, the A-Designs Pacifica has a sound and character all its own. Praised by top professionals for having the depth of a Neve, the midrange of an API and the high-end of a Massenburg, the Pacifica has firmly established itself as the go-to preamp for an impressive list of Grammy-winning and platinum-selling engineers and producers.

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•Two-channel, solid state preamp with two front-panel Hi-Z inputs.

•Captures the sound quality of the legendary Quad Eight Pacifica console with even more presence and high-end.

•Very warm and full tone without being dark; wide bandwidth with a sweet top end.

•Custom-wound Cinemag input and output transformers.

•Input transformer: A-Designs proprietary input transformer with unique winding.

•Output Transformer: A-Designs proprietary alloy using the same massive design as the original Quad Eight.

•72dB of quiet gain, great for use with ribbon mics.

•Unique DI design sends signal through the input transformer for two transformers in the signal path.

•Balanced XLR I/O.

•Phase reversal (each channel).

•-20dB pad (each channel).

•+48V phantom power (each channel).

•Solid construction, handmade in the USA



•Frequency response: 9Hz-101KHz

•Input impedance: 1500 ohm•Gain range: 72dB

•Noise (EIN): -128dB•Phantom power: Switchable 48V

•Mic input phase: Switchable 0 -180°

•Instrument Input Jack 1/4” Phono•Output: Balanced XLR

•Distortion: Less than 1%

•Power requirements: 100/120/230 VAC – 23W

•Dimensions: 19” x 1-3/4” x 10”

•Weight: 11 lb.

•Shipping weight: 12.5 lb

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