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500 Series Rack Format Microphone Preamplifier/DI/Line-level Signal Processor

Swapping out CineMag transformers offers even more character control

Impressively flexible op amp options let you select your sonic coloration

Impedance and capacitor switching give you extra tonal versatility

OUR PRICE $549 USD
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4.5 out of 5! Overall User Rating

The Tone Beast is a great mic pre with loads of gain that can effortlessly capture an array of sources very well. With top notch CineMag transformers and multiple discrete signal paths, it's hard to beat its big, bold, fully-professional sound at its price.

The Tone Beast is a mic pre that likes to be pushed and when pushed will colorize your signal ever so sweetly. The 2 opamps and 2 output transformers at the flip of their switches won't appear to be much different, but as one drives the pre into harmonic distortion, the unique character of each of these components becomes apparent. Additionally the Tone Beast is customizable and allows for other opamps to be sourced and easily swapped into the unit. I've pulled my best tones from this pre right at the saturation point (as loud as I can push the gain before clipping). The output control on the TB12 allows you to limit the signal exiting the preamp even when pushing the gain to really hot levels, giving you maximum control.

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  • An amazing preamp that adds the sound of 24 signal paths to your 500 Series rack
  • Separate gain and output volume controls let you saturate your circuitry, without overloading your rig
  • Selectable input impedance (600 or 150 ohms) offers a dramatic shift in character and response
  • Choose between Melcor 1731 and Jensen 918 op amp styles for more or less colored tone
  • Op-amps are 6-pin socketed and swappable with any standard 2520-type op amps for further customization
  • Select tantalum or electrolytic capacitors with the Clean/Vintage switch for even more character variation
  • Switchable CineMag 100% steel and %50 nickel output transformers offer highly colored or mildly colored sound
  • Bypass the transformer section altogether for extremely clean sound
  •  Additional options include an 80Hz highpass filter, -20dB pad, +48V phantom power, and both instrument- and line-level inputs
  • LED VU meter lets you monitor your levels

Specifications

 

  • Discrete 312 preamp design with coupled CineMag Transformers
  • 71db of gain
  • Transformer selection provides both Steel and 50% Nickel CineMag output transformers for varying character
  • Transformer bypass switch allows for removal of the output transformer from the circuit
  • Discrete Opamp selection provides both the classic 1731(vintage) and 918(cleaner) style opamps.  These are socketed/swappable with your choice of 2520 6 pin footprint opamps.
  • Impedance switch labeled TONE to switch between 150 and 600 ohms input impedance
  • Capacitor selection between Tantalum and Electrolytic for different characters
  • 80hz hipass filter
  • Polarity Reverse
  • +48V phantom power
  • Output attenuation allowing for saturation flexibility of both the opamps and transformers
  • Balanced XLR mic, balanced TRS line, and ¼" instrument inputs
  • -20db Pad
  • LED VU Meter
  • Designed for use in standard 500 series power racks
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