Monday, August 8, 2011

The new Slate Pro Audio FOX is like having 4 mic pres in one!

The new Slate Pro Audio FOX is a Dual Channel Mic Preamplifier and D.I. with each channel comprised of two separate audio paths that can be used separately or combined in any order to provide you with the tone you need when recording. Whether it be vocals, acoustic instruments or drums the FOX is more than capable of capturing that perfect take. It is destined to become a staple in many studios. I love the fact that I can audition four different tone variations without re-patching.

From their website:
"Covering the range from classic “British Class A-style” vintage tone to ultra-clean modern sparkle, the Slate Pro Audio Fox 2-channel microphone preamplifier is one of the most versatile mic pres out there. The way the Fox shapes tone is brilliant. There are two completely independent microphone preamplifier circuits in each of the Fox’s channels. The Vintage circuit calls up the sound of the legendary 1073-style preamp – warm, fat, and full of lush harmonics. Conversely, the Modern setting gives you a sparkling clean sound that’s perfect for capturing acoustic instruments in picture-perfect detail. What’s more, the Fox features two Combo modes, which combine the input and the output sections of both circuits, giving you a pair of completely unique preamp sounds."

From their manual:
"VINTAGE is our take on the classic British Discrete Class A design. It is thick, rich, warm, and sounds great on just about everything. MODERN, is a new design based on ultra hi-fi solid state components that provide a sound that is very precise, clean, and detailed. The preamp adeptly catches the stick attack of a snare drum or the crispness of a vocal."
"In COMBO mode, the input of one of the preamp circuit is combined with the output of the other preamp circuit. So VINTAGE/COMBO means the input is the VINTAGE circuit, and the output is the MODERN circuit. With MODERN/COMBO, the input is the MODERN circuit and the output is the VINTAGE circuit. Now the FOX had four great sounding mic preamps in ONE box!"
"You can switch the different mic pre circuits while monitoring your source live, so that you can optimize the best sound for that particular source. Listen to that guitar track in the VINTAGE circuit... Now hear how it sounds in the MODERN... Then try MODERN/COMBO.. Nope-that’s not it… Now VINTAGE/COMBO… and BAM! That works!"

  • 2-channel microphone preamplifier
  • 4 distinct microphone preamplifier sounds in each channel
  • 2 independent preamp circuits in each channel
  • Classic circuit provides 1073-style sound
  • Modern circuit provides ultra-clear sound
  • 2 combo modes combine the input and output sections of each preamp circuit
  • Includes instrument inputs, phase controls, and phantom power
  • 100% made in the USA

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