Monday, August 22, 2011

The Harrison Lineage Preamp is like having Four Decades of Sound In One Unit.

The Lineage 8-channel microphone preamplifier is another innovative product from Harrison a company with a very rich legacy in the music/audio industry. Harrison who has been making a name for themselves since the 70’s with their consoles such as the 32c (Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and “Bad”) the SeriesTen (Janet Jackson “Rhythm Nation”album) and the MR3 (Sade “Promise” album).  Countless other artists including Queen and Led Zeppelin used Harrisons to record and/or mix their albums. They recently introduced the 950m console which I blogged about previouslyThe Lineage is unique in the fact that it offers four pairs of microphone preamps with the tone and character of the Harrison console preamps from the 70’s to the present. I especially like the “FIX” button which enables the user to switch between setups without worrying about re-adjusting the input gain.

From the website:

“The Lineage 8-channel microphone preamplifier provides 8 microphone preamps, each from a different era of Harrison consoles.  Each pair of preamps has their own unique character, providing the recording engineer with several options in a compact 1RU box.”
“ The front panel provides inputs for channels 1 and 2  (with selector switches)  and controls for each of the 8 mic preamps:
(2) 70-80's era mic preamps, with pad and 48V switches.
(2) 80-90's era mic preamps, with pad and 48V switches.
(2) 90-00's era mic preamps, with pad and 48V switches.
(2) Trion mic preamps, each with pad, 48V, instrument mode, and "FIX" gain preset.
 An innovative addition is the "FIX" button on each of the two Trion preamps.  The "FIX" button engages a preset gain trim (user-adjustable via a trim pot).  The combination of the front-panel input switching and the "FIX" buttons allow you to switch the first two preamps between one use (such as 2 calibrated overhead mics in the studio) and another ( such as a vocal chain setup) without having to re-set the input gain in-between.

The rear panel includes 8 microphone preamp inputs and a DB25 connector carrying the 8 line outputs.

$2795 at VintageKing

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