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PreSonus Studio Channel Tube Channel Strip 

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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

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    (15)

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    (3)

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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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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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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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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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4.0

Great Value

By Al B.

from Nashville, TN

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio

    Comments about PreSonus Studio Channel Tube Channel Strip:

    Good quality, but I did upgrade the tube, as recommended by several others, to a better quality Tung-Sol 12ax7 Gold. The unit was in Mint condition as advertised.

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    (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.

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      (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.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Nice Equipment

        By STEVE BLEVINS

        from WestVirginia

        About Me Experienced

        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.

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        (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Quality Build!

        By SongCzar

        from Florida

        About Me Professional Musician

        Ask me a question

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about PreSonus Studio Channel Tube Channel Strip:

          Awesome piece, pro sound and features. What are you waiting for?

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Does wonders for my acoustic live...

          By teletotheworld

          from Chico, CA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • A Little Background Noise

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about PreSonus Studio Channel Tube Channel Strip:

          I use this live for my acoustic (Breedlove Solo C350) into a powered monitor (EV SXA250) and also to FOH. VS guitar straight to monitor/board the improvement is pretty amazing. I'm now hearing nuances in the plugged in tone that have been only audible when fingerpicking in my room.

          The pickup/preamp system on theses guitars is generally considered pretty good which I can back that up--I A/B'd the plugged in tone of this guitar with a lot of different and much more expensive guitars and this guitar shined. I have in the past used my Eleven Rack set up as a quasi channel strip for it with compression/eq which worked fairly well.

          That said, the Studio Channel takes the plugged in tone of this guitar to another level--as it should be being that it is analog and vacuum tube. As much as I love my digital gear there is no substitute for an analog signal path. I'm able to make the guitar sound so much more dynamically interesting through this thing which I suppose is the hallmark of a good preamp. Why bother with an "acoustic preamp" when you could be using one of these? I can't wait to use it for Bass and vocals for recording.

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          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Presonus

          By Steve

          from Florida

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use
          • Incremented knobs
          • Powerful
          • Professional Functions
          • Versatile
          • Warm tube gain

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio

            Comments about PreSonus Studio Channel Tube Channel Strip:

            High quality, versatile, great price. My first mic pre and outboard gear, it works great. I was really excited when it arrived. My SM-57 sounds amazing through it. Haven't gotten a chance to run vocals through it yet. Looking forward to it.

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            (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.....

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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

            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.

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