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PreSonus Studio Channel Tube Channel Strip 

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The PreSonus Studio Channel is a professional channel strip combining a Class A tube preamplifier, a VCA-based compressor, and a 3-band parametric eq...Click To Read More About This Product

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A powerful recording channel strip in a 1 rackspace unit!

The PreSonus Studio Channel is a professional channel strip combining a Class A tube preamplifier, a VCA-based compressor, and a 3-band parametric equalizer. The Studio Channel is perfect for all levels of studios. Ideal for all types of microphones, instruments, keyboards, and synths, the PreSonus Studio Channel has the sonic power and flexibility to achieve any tone you can dream of, including luscious in-your-face vocals, crystal-clear acoustic guitars, fat, solid bass guitar, dynamic acoustic piano, cracking snare, punchy bass, huge MPC tracks, and more.

Enhance your signal path
The Presonus Studio Channel was designed to outperform preamplifiers that are built-in to most recording interfaces and affordable mixers. Add a VCA-based compressor and studio-grade equalizer to the class A tube preamp and you get not only big, fat, tube tonality but also complete control of your tone and sounds. Since much of the recording process is accomplished one track at a time, you need a signal path that can deliver a variety of high quality tones and sounds, which is why the Studio Channel is a prime tool for any studio.

Class A Tube Preamplifier
The Studio Channel has everything needed to deliver big tone. The preamplifier stage of the Studio Channel is based on the award-winning BlueTube preamplifier with a high-output 12AX7 vacuum tube operating on voltages higher than other preamplifiers in its class. It delivers high headroom and big tone. Dual control Gain and Tube Drive enables a wide range of sounds from transparent and clear to edgy and overdriven.

Full-Featured VCA Compressor
The compressor in the channel strip is a fully variable ultra-fast and smooth VCA-based circuit with all of the controls needed for a wide-range of compression settings: ratio, threshold, attack, release, and gain make up. The VCA-based compressor is known for musicality as well as ultra fast attack with the ability to tame the fastest transients. From slap bass, to snare drum, to vocals, the Studio Channel's compressor stage allows you to record as hot as needed without clipping giving you total dynamic control.

Three-Band Parametric EQ
The equalizer in the PreSonus Studio Channel is like a Swiss Army pocket knife, with the ability to carve out unwanted frequencies as well as tailor your tone to enhance your sound. The custom-designed amplifiers in the EQ deliver sweet-sounding gain/cut for ultra smooth highs, deep, solid lows, and clear midrange. The mid-band of the EQ section has variable Q for controlling the width around the center point of the selected frequency. High and low frequency bands give you the option for selecting peak/dip or shelving frequencies.

FEATURES
  • Class A vacuum tube microphone/instrument preamplifier
  • Tube gain and tube drive
  • Variable VCA compressor (threshold, ratio, attack, release, make up
  • gain, auto, soft)
  • 3-band parametric EQ
  • Precision analog VU meter for gain reduction and output
  • EQ Pre/Post compressor switch
  • 80Hz high pass filter
  • 20dB pad
  • Phase invert
  • Rugged metal chassis
  • High headroom
SPECIFICATIONS

Studio Channel Tube Channel Strip

  • Channels: One
    Dynamic Range: >115dB
    Headroom: +22dB
    Frequency Response: 10Hz to 50kHz
    Internal Operating Level: 0dBu = 0B

    Microphone Preamp:
    Gain: -6dB to +66dB (+/-10dB Trim on line input)
    Noise Floor: -96dBu
    EIN: -126dB
    THD + Noise (0% Tube Drive): <0.050%
    THD + Noise (100% Tube Drive): <0.10%
    Microphone Input Connector: XLR
    Microphone Input Impedance: 1.3KOhm
    Instrument Input Connector: 1/4" TS
    Instrument Input Impedance: 1 Meg Ohm
    Line Input Connector: 1/4" TRS
    Line Input Impedance: 10 kOhm
    Phantom Power (switchable): +48V
    Pad (switchable): 0dB/-20dB
    Phase (switchable): 0, 180 degrees
    Hi-pass filter (switchable): -3dB at 80Hz

    Compressor:
    Threshold (variable): -40dBu to +20dBu
    Ratio (variable): 1-10 (1:1 to 2:1)
    Attack (variable): 0.1 to 200 ms
    Release (variable): 0.05 ms to 3 S
    Gain Make-up: -10dB to +10 dB
    Metering: Analog VU (gain reduction / Output)

    Equalizer:
    Low Band (+/-13dB): 40Hz to 500Hz
    Mid Band (+/-13dB): 200Hz to 3kHz
    High Band (+/-13dB): 2kHz to 20kHz
    Q (variable all bands): Q=0.7 to 2.5

    Master:
    Output Fader: -70dB to +10dB
    Output Connectors: XLR balanced and 1/4" TRS
    balanced/unbalanced
    Output Impedance: 51 ohms
    Metering (output level): Analog VU (-20dBu to
    +6dBu)
    Meter (gain reduction): Analog VU (-20dB to 0dB)
    Output headroom: +22dBu

    Power Supply:
    Type: Linear
    Input: 16VAC / 1000mA
    Power: 16 Watts
    Transformer: External (country specific)

    Physical:
    Size: 1U Rack
    Dimensions: 19W" x 1.75"H x 5.5D"
    Weight: 5lb.
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PreSonusStudio Channel Tube Channel Strip
 
4.6

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

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    (1)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (7)
  • Good audio (7)
  • Versatile (7)
  • Good power output (6)
  • Professional functions (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (6)
  • Performances (4)
  • Amateur recording (3)
  • Professional recording (3)
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    • Experienced (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best Money Ever Spent!

You can drive yourself insane researching the outboard gear that's going to take your recordings to the next level. I spent 3 months reading 100's of reviews about 100's of different products...Read complete review

You can drive yourself insane researching the outboard gear that's going to take your recordings to the next level. I spent 3 months reading 100's of reviews about 100's of different products in every price range and finally ended up with a pair of these channel strips on the recommendation of a buddy of mine from a "big studio" and I couldn't be happier!My very first project out of the box with these channel strips required classical guitar (recorded direct), acoustic guitar (direct), bass (direct) and vocals. I set the channel strips up just how presonus had recommended with their very handy, and included, "setup suggestions" and began recording.Once a simple mix was complete, I had a finished recording that completely blew away anything I had recorded without them. Exceptional warmth, headroom, presence, clarity, punch and all of the other attributes you would desire from a GREAT channel strip. You do NOT need to spend 1,000's of dollars on mic pre's, compressors and EQ's to make truly stellar recordings... take it from me!I did the homework for you and this was the best money I have ever spent on any gear period.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Can't get past the noise

I have had this channel strip for over two years now. I have used it in many different configurations. I have used it on vocals, pairing with both dynamic and condenser microphones. I...Read complete review

I have had this channel strip for over two years now. I have used it in many different configurations. I have used it on vocals, pairing with both dynamic and condenser microphones. I have also used it with line input for recording guitars. I have replaced the tube as many other reviewers suggested. The bottom line is that the channel strip is noisy. it generates white noise and I cannot EQ it out. i hear it on all my recordings. I have wanted to like this channel strip from the beginning based on all the glowing reviews. However, my experience with it leaves me very dismayed. I paid a lot of money for it. If anyone knows the secret to getting a clean sound out it please do tell and I will change my review.

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(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Money Ever Spent!

By Mister Sad Keys

from Wellsburg, WV

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Comments about PreSonus Studio Channel Tube Channel Strip:

You can drive yourself insane researching the outboard gear that's going to take your recordings to the next level. I spent 3 months reading 100's of reviews about 100's of different products in every price range and finally ended up with a pair of these channel strips on the recommendation of a buddy of mine from a "big studio" and I couldn't be happier!My very first project out of the box with these channel strips required classical guitar (recorded direct), acoustic guitar (direct), bass (direct) and vocals. I set the channel strips up just how presonus had recommended with their very handy, and included, "setup suggestions" and began recording.Once a simple mix was complete, I had a finished recording that completely blew away anything I had recorded without them. Exceptional warmth, headroom, presence, clarity, punch and all of the other attributes you would desire from a GREAT channel strip. You do NOT need to spend 1,000's of dollars on mic pre's, compressors and EQ's to make truly stellar recordings... take it from me!I did the homework for you and this was the best money I have ever spent on any gear period.

(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

So you need a better preamp?

By Anonymous

from Los Angeles, CA

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Comments about PreSonus Studio Channel Tube Channel Strip:

Unit looks slick, a deep blue face with a backlit VU meter, which works just fine. The preamp has alot of gain, clear, with no audible self noise till around +40db. The "tube drive" function routes the audio signal to the tube, which is a Chinese 12AX7. I like this tube drive function, it allows me to pre-position the source from front to back, with %0 being the back and %100 being the front. I didn't like the tube that it came with. I took the top plate off, which is so easy you almost think it's made just so you can switch out the tube with a brand new gold pinned Tung-Sol 12AX7, genius. The compressor is nice, with the ability to switch to a soft knee operation, and a switch that positions the compressor after the EQ, so lovely. I don't use the "auto" function very much, but it doesn't let you down. The EQ is versatile enough for tracking, with the ability to clean up some problem frequencies. Overall, the sound of the Studio Channel is focused, musical, and has plenty of dimension. With the tube drive routing the signal to the 12AX7 there is more movement; the sound seems to come alive. That being said, this is not the destination of sound, it is merely a stepping stone. It is not ideal, but it will get you there.

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

GREAT CHANNEL STRIP

By Recordingfreak

from Houston

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Comments about PreSonus Studio Channel Tube Channel Strip:

This thing rocks if you know how to use it correctly. Like with any compressor you have to know how to use it first to get the sound you want. you don't have to be a recording genius either. experimenting for long periods of time will get you there. The 12AX7 should deffinently be replaced because its a cheap chinees tube. Changing the tube is simple and you can put a great tube in it for cheap. i recommend a NOS(new old stock) tube. because the quality of them is far better than todays standards. you can find them very easlily. The EQ works very well to. You can do wonders with this thing. For the price you are not gonna get better!!!!!!!

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great For Vocals

By Mike-hIC4V

from North Carolina

Comments about PreSonus Studio Channel Tube Channel Strip:

I purchased this unit a few weeks ago. It only took me reading through the manual and a few hours of tweaking to fully grasp how versitil this device is. I've tried many preamps over my years of experience as an artist and recording engineer. Finally I found the one that gives me that pro sound which I was looking for. Again, I must stress that this unit has somewhat of a learning curve. The manual comes with some awsome pre-sets and tutorials to help you understand exactly how to use all the settings. The compressor seems very transparent. Also, the eq is very versital. With this unit, a set of Mackie monitors, and a high quality AD/DA Interface you will be sure to develop a professional sound in your home studio. Since upgrading to the presonus studio channel my recordings can easily compete with the quality of million dollar studios. I would highly recommend this great product.One additional note: This unit will not help you if your using cheap chines microphones. At minimum I would recommend the AKG C214 OR the Sure KSM 32. Cheap Mic = Cheap Recording!

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Buy It

By Someguy

from Cleveland

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about PreSonus Studio Channel Tube Channel Strip:

    This thing is great. If you're thinking about it, buy it. I had an Art PAC before this and was never totally happy with that, mainly because of the noise it added to the signal. Got this baby and was blown away at the sound quality. No noise at all. Just warm, adjustable tube tone and a wealth of great features. There are so many ways to dial in the sound just right, including bypassing the compressor and EQ, rollover buttons, knobs for adjusting the Q, knobs for setting the frequency, all the parameters you could want for the compressor, and more. From looking around, it seems like most of the other options in this price range have almost all the same features, but it really is that crystal clear warm sound that makes this the right choice. This, and a decent condenser mic, can get you really close to a professional studio sound.

    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    So good I own two!

    By Slade Kennedy

    from Alpharetta, GA

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about PreSonus Studio Channel Tube Channel Strip:

      Well my first one was so good I had to get another. To start with I used the channel for instruments and achieved an incredible quality sound - I did upgrade the tube to a Mesa Boogie 12ax7 (bc I use a MB Royal Atlantic). So that became dedicated to guitar and forced me to get a second unit for vocals. I kept the stock tube in the second unit bc I go for a light tube sound on vocals if any at all.

      The trick to this unit is starting with suggested settings and dialing in your sound from there. At first I was experiencing a good bit of noise and dirty sound but turned down the high and mid gain a bit and voila, instant success. Make sure you don't have your interface gain to high as well. Once you get your settings you'll be extremely pleased.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Nice Equipment

      By STEVE BLEVINS

      from WestVirginia

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Na

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Broadcasting
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Mobile DJ
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about PreSonus Studio Channel Tube Channel Strip:

      I've got to say: MusiciansFriend has done it again with a fine piece of equipment. This Presonus has some of the smoothest laid back vocals a person could ask for with just about any studio microphone that has been tested on it. I use this equipment for music but mostly vocals for broadcasting on the airways and I have had nothing but beautiful comments in regards to this equipment. I HIGHLY recommend it to others, and I will be purchasing a second one next month. 1 recommended suggestion on this product, it does come equipped with a cheap tube, I would suggest getting the Mullard tube for it, and it increases the percentage abit more on audio. You will not go wrong with this equipment. Thank You MusiciansFriend and Presonus for fine equipment.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Reviewed after 5 months

      By Cameron-LHQDg

      from Fort Collins, CO

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      Comments about PreSonus Studio Channel Tube Channel Strip:

      I bought this unit 5 monthds ago and specifically wanted to wait to write an honest review and really understand the function of it. When you first use it, it definately takes time to understand where it shines. The tube sound definately smooths out vocals and bright acoustic guitars, yet where I love this unit is on a kick drum with the tube saturation at 100%. At least with an EV N/D868 kick mic it adds tons of upper mid growl and presence that for some reason just can't be achieved with an EQ. I like to set a low threshold low ratio on the compressor to keep it pretty invisible and do most compression at mixing, but I have to say even with the compressor clamped down on a kick drum signal it still sounds very natural, not boxy at all. The EQ does a very good job of letting you control unwanted or missing tones in a signal and it does it with minimal coloration, very musical but not very sensitive. Don't be shy on the EQ because sometimes it take bigger adjustments to hear the difference. Along with the A/D card option this preamp is a total winner for a home or project studio, it even sounds good as a guitar preamp live.

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      BEST STUDIO CHANNEL TUBE MIC-PRE FOR THE PRICE AND QUALITY!!

      Comments about PreSonus Studio Channel Tube Channel Strip:

      I gave it a 10 across the board because for the price, you get an amazing mic-preamp.....There's no need to go into a bunch of details about it other than to just say It's if your looking for a mic-preamp in this price range, well this is it.....Fits right at home in my studio and has already paid for itself.....

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Can't get past the noise

      Comments about PreSonus Studio Channel Tube Channel Strip:

      I have had this channel strip for over two years now. I have used it in many different configurations. I have used it on vocals, pairing with both dynamic and condenser microphones. I have also used it with line input for recording guitars. I have replaced the tube as many other reviewers suggested. The bottom line is that the channel strip is noisy. it generates white noise and I cannot EQ it out. i hear it on all my recordings. I have wanted to like this channel strip from the beginning based on all the glowing reviews. However, my experience with it leaves me very dismayed. I paid a lot of money for it. If anyone knows the secret to getting a clean sound out it please do tell and I will change my review.

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