Sunday, November 6, 2011

AEA releases RPQ500 preamp for API 500 series

AEA (Audio Engineering Associates) has a well earned reputation for making products that provide the ultimate in sonics and build quality.
They recently released a 500 series version of their RPQ Ribbon microphone Preamp:

From the website:
"The new RPQ500 module is based on the successful design of the full-rack RPQ preamplifier and provides the same ultra-clean, high-gain signal path that has earned
AEA preamps their great reputation. The RPQ500 has been enhanced with additional features, turning it into a workhorse tool for any API 500 compatible rack.

The RPQ500 delivers the bandwidth and quietness needed for high resolution 
recording. JFET circuit topology delivers all the dynamics, subwoofer bass, and 
fast transients that your microphones can record. No Load™ input impedance 
above 10,000 Ω means the RPQ500 will not load down a mic and change its sound. 
Low Energy Storage™circuit design instantly recovers from overloads for superior 
dynamic performance.

The CurveShaperTM offers a natural option for sculpting your sound right at the start 
of the signal path. Switchable and tunable low frequency (LF) and high frequency 
(HF) contour controls allow you to tame proximity problems and provide HF 
extension and slope control. The high-frequency CurveShaperTM excels at adding a 
touch of air or presence, and the low-frequency control can remove boxiness and 
boominess in a fast and unobtrusive way. The bottom line is a versatile channel strip 
that will deliver an unadulterated performance in any application."

80 dB of quiet JFET gain
• High-impedance No LoadTM inputs
• CurveShaperTM EQ for extended highs and articulate lows
• Line-level input mode for using the EQ during mixdown
• Output level control
• VPR alliance application pending

The first 100 units of the RPQ500 preamp will ship by Christmas 2011 at a list price of $649.00

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