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PreSonus Eureka Pro Recording Channel

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Every one of your mics will benefit from the PreSonus Eureka Pro Recording Channel. It is a high-quality single-channel recording front end with mic ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Great DAW front-end with pro features and sound at a wallet-friendly price!

Every one of your mics will benefit from the PreSonus Eureka Pro Recording Channel. It is a high-quality single-channel recording front end with mic preamp, compression, EQ, phase inversion, rumble filter, and high-pass filter. The Class A transformer-coupled channel strip device features variable impedance and a saturation knob for tube saturation emulation. The full-featured compressor has variable threshold, attack, release, and gain makeup controls. Soft-knee compression mode and a hi-pass filter on the sidechain for frequency-dependent compression such as de-essing.

The audio transformer on the input stage offers a fully parametric 3-band EQ with overlapping bands and switchable staging for the EQ and compressor, enabling you to swap the order of the EQ and compression. Instrument, line, and microphone inputs as well as switchable gain reduction for the VU meter, dual outputs (TRS and XLR) that can be used simultaneously, and an optional digital output card capable of up to 24-bit 96kHz output on AES/EBU or S/PDIF. 48V phantom power unit with an 80Hz rumble filter, a 20dB pad, a phase inversion button, and balanced send and return jacks for inserting outboard gear.

FEATURES
Class A transformer-coupled mic preamp channel strip device
Variable impedance
Saturation knob for tube saturation emulation
Full-featured compressor with variable threshold, attack, release, and gain
Soft-knee compression mode
Hi-pass filter on the sidechain
Audio transformer on the input stage
Fully parametric 3-band EQ with overlapping bands
Switchable staging for the EQ and compressor
Instrument, line, and microphone inputs
Switchable gain reduction for the VU meter
Simultaneous dual TRS and XLR outs
48V phantom power unit
80Hz rumble filter
20dB pad
Phase inversion button
Balanced send and return jacks

The only transformer-coupled preamp at anywhere near this price range. Make it yours today!

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PreSonusEureka Pro Recording Channel
 
4.7

(based on 20 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Sounds good but has some issues

Good sound, as described in other reviews. I just want to point out two things that should be considered before buying and thta I do not like them:
1) No power...Read complete review

Good sound, as described in other reviews. I just want to point out two things that should be considered before buying and thta I do not like them:
1) No power switch in the front of the unit!! it is hard to believe such a design, especially if you instal the unit in a rack and you do not want to use it... you cannot turn it off
2) The compressor parameter scales are in arbitrary units. For example, ratio scale goes from 0 to 10. No way to guess the actual compression ratio. Same thing with attack and release time: both from fast to low... what does that mean in miliseconds? no way to find out.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not so impressed!

Well I was excited for the three days it took to arrive at my doorstep only to be let down unfortunately. I have a Lexicon Lamda runnining Cubase Le and tried a nice Peavey...Read complete review

Well I was excited for the three days it took to arrive at my doorstep only to be let down unfortunately. I have a Lexicon Lamda runnining Cubase Le and tried a nice Peavey Millenium bass, an Audio Technica AT 3060 tube mic, an SM57 dynamic mic, and a really clean Ibanez with some Seymore Duncan Blackouts. with the exception of the compression and saturation (which is a cool way to mellow out your tone) all the results I was able to obtain at input could be duplicated within cubase! This was my first channel strip so I didn't really know what to expect, but for the price I felt that this upgrade to my studio should have stood alone and spoken for itself in terms of justifying the expense but I came to the conclusion that it did not.( and trust me I tried to make up reasons to keep this unit) In the end the Eureka could present an extremely valuable use for live applications as I was able to generate a vast palate of tone options in just seconds. So in summary If your trying to radically alter your tone at input for recording applications above and beyond what a standard interface and software will allow you to do, you may be dissapointed. I say try this unit out before you invest.

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(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Sounds good but has some issues

By Julio

from Viña del Mar

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Good Sound Quality
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Power Switch

Best Uses

  • Home Studio
  • Performances

Comments about PreSonus Eureka Pro Recording Channel:

Good sound, as described in other reviews. I just want to point out two things that should be considered before buying and thta I do not like them:
1) No power switch in the front of the unit!! it is hard to believe such a design, especially if you instal the unit in a rack and you do not want to use it... you cannot turn it off
2) The compressor parameter scales are in arbitrary units. For example, ratio scale goes from 0 to 10. No way to guess the actual compression ratio. Same thing with attack and release time: both from fast to low... what does that mean in miliseconds? no way to find out.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Saturation, Class A, great compression.

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about PreSonus Eureka Pro Recording Channel:

I was not expecting such a good compressor. As for the pre, the saturation pot really lets you dial in a great tone. Big Class A sound. I like tube amps for voice, but for guitar and bass, as well as line devices, this can't be beat. Wish it were two-channel for the same price.

(2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not so impressed!

By Dave-iMLpM

from Holt, MI

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Comments about PreSonus Eureka Pro Recording Channel:

Well I was excited for the three days it took to arrive at my doorstep only to be let down unfortunately. I have a Lexicon Lamda runnining Cubase Le and tried a nice Peavey Millenium bass, an Audio Technica AT 3060 tube mic, an SM57 dynamic mic, and a really clean Ibanez with some Seymore Duncan Blackouts. with the exception of the compression and saturation (which is a cool way to mellow out your tone) all the results I was able to obtain at input could be duplicated within cubase! This was my first channel strip so I didn't really know what to expect, but for the price I felt that this upgrade to my studio should have stood alone and spoken for itself in terms of justifying the expense but I came to the conclusion that it did not.( and trust me I tried to make up reasons to keep this unit) In the end the Eureka could present an extremely valuable use for live applications as I was able to generate a vast palate of tone options in just seconds. So in summary If your trying to radically alter your tone at input for recording applications above and beyond what a standard interface and software will allow you to do, you may be dissapointed. I say try this unit out before you invest.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Presonus Eureka

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about PreSonus Eureka Pro Recording Channel:

If you want quiet, this is the unit to get. It stacks up with mic pre's in the 2K range for quiet. Knobs could be bigger, unit could be a 2 rack unit to open up some more room to adjust.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

No regrets!

By RhondaL

from Spring, TX

Comments about PreSonus Eureka Pro Recording Channel:

I puchased the Eureka Recording channel in May of 2006. I wanted to see if I could get better quality than I was getting with an Aphex 107 through a DBX160A. The Eureka was in a completely different class! I started using it on vocals through an AKG 414 XLII mic. I bypassed both the EQ and Compressor. I then compared to a previous vocal recording by the same singer, through the same mic but through the Avalon Vt 737. I couldn't really notice any difference. I have also used this combination for accoustic guitar and it is in your face stellar! Don't hesitate...this is the one to buy unless money is no object.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Review

By Rod Norman

from Redmond, OR

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Comments about PreSonus Eureka Pro Recording Channel:

When my Eureka arrived, I turned the gain to 0 and the master control to 0. Then I plugged in a Shure SM58. I recorded a vocal statement into my Akai DPS24 through the DAW pre-amps. Then I plugged the SM58 inot the Eureka. I ran the mic impedence up to about 2000 ohms, set the gain to about 11:00 tickling the gain level just shy of an over, then set the master to about 9:00, well below distortion. I did another vocal statement. I was breathless! I ran to get the studio owner to let him hear the difference. My guess is that every one of my mics will profit from this pre-amp and I will find it invaluable on all my digital tracks. I guess maybe I better consider getting two or three more. This is without even truning on the compressor or the parametric eq. Presonus has a definite winner in the Eureka!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Whoa...$$$ for a PRE/EQ/COMP?!

By LA-610 Convert

from Moline, IL

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Comments about PreSonus Eureka Pro Recording Channel:

I had researched this and other units for a couple months before dropping the coin. Truth is, the coin was nothing compared to the shimmering vocal & guitar tracks I got in return. It's never about how much something costs, it's what it gives you in return...

 
4.0

Far better than Studio Channel

By MANNY

from Miami FL

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Powerful
  • Professional Functions
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Bulb Meter Durability
  • On And Off In The Back

Best Uses

  • Home Studio
  • Professional Recording

Comments about PreSonus Eureka Pro Recording Channel:

I used the studio channel before and it had a big hiss / hum since you turn on. With the eureka everything is clear and quite with big volume gain. This unit it's bigger and the bottoms , parts materials are more solid. The compressor works great, with this you fell your recordings in front your head. The extra charge for this unit worth.

 
5.0

Goodie, Goodie!

By LaSoniaD

from Little Rock, AR

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Comments about PreSonus Eureka Pro Recording Channel:

I just got my Eureka channel strip 2 months age and I have just recently got a chance to use it to record my vocal tracks into Pro Tools 9. The preamp is great and the features such as the EQ/ Compressor, TubeSaturation are a great big plus as well. I have own several channel strips, including the Arts Pro channel , Presonus Blue Tubes, and more! But, this channel strip is worth every penny and it is a great substitute if you can't afford more expensive mic pre's like the Avalon or UA.

 
5.0

Just got it

By mike-bS1r8

from Boston MA

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Comments about PreSonus Eureka Pro Recording Channel:

It's easy to use and compressed the lead vocal right into the mix with the proper EQ which is exactly what I was looking for.Since I just got it, I can't say weather or not the quality will stand the test of time, but so far so good.

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