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Universal Audio DCS Remote Preamp
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Innovation and tradition team up to deliver a premium analog mini-console with digital recording savvy for the project studio.
Universal Audio has partnered with original Euphonix founders Scott and Rob Silfvast to design a revolutionary series of DAW expansion and enhancement products under the Desktop Console System (DCS) family brand. DCS combines UA's pedigree for sonic excellence with the usability/features of professional consoles in a new type of convenient "micro-console" desktop form factor, ideal for today's project/producer studios. The first two products in the DCS series (the Remote Pre & Monitor Master) combine a base station with a DCS-Link„¢ connected remote that puts every control within direct proximity to the user in a convenient remote format.
The DCS Remote Preamp combines two console-grade mic-pres, specialized monitoring capabilities for artist & engineer, and easy remote control/DAW integration making an ideal upgrade to the basic features/sonics found in most audio interfaces. With 100% digital control of analog, the Remote Preamp offers fully remote-controllable, highly detailed, uncolored recording based on its advanced transimpedance design. The two channels of the DCS Remote Preamp can be used dual mono or can be joined for stepped, matched-stereo gain structuring. Plus a Mid/Side encoder is included, allowing for direct recording of the MS-Stereo result.
The Remote Pre also features a high-quality headphone amp with monitoring-only effects such as user-tailored reverb and EQ, making it easy to quickly create an artist monitor mix without having to deal with complex configuration or latency issues inside the DAW. Best of all, the remote control can be placed anywhere from desktop to recording room, giving the artist flexibility unlike any other device in its class. Position the preamp as close to the source as desired, or remotely control your own recording experience away from the computer as you keep the remote close at hand. Lastly, the DCS Remote Preamp offers high quality backlit VU metering for observing Preamp Output or DAW/Cue levels.
Two channel linkable, console grade mic preamp/DI unit
Dual Mono Or Stereo trans-impedance operation
Mid-Side Recording with decoded monitoring
High-quality headphone amp with 3x cue mix, reverb, and EQ
Digitally controlled analog signal path
Design allows up to 300' distances from preamp for large or multi-room setups
0.002%, 1kHz, 40dB gain, +14dBu out
2 XLR balanced, transformer-less microphone preamps
2 k ohms impedance
Noise: -130dBu EIN, 50 ohms 20Hz-20kHz, 69dB gain
TRS balanced or TS unbalanced, transformer-less
4 M ohms balanced, 2 M ohms unbalanced impedance
Noise: -102dBu EIN, 50 ohms 20Hz to 20kHz, 42 dB gain
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I've been playing with this several times over the last month or so.It seems to be a well built unit. I delivers crystal clear sound to coloration at all. Has a resonable amount of gain for both dynamic, and condenser mics.It is not going to be your top choice for a ribbonmic.It is really handy to take with you anywhere in the studio as the gain can be calibrated to match your convertors so you can see if your peaking right from the pre meters rather than having to be at your DAW. The CAT 5 cable bundled with the pre did not fit very well and took sometime disconnecting but it is easily replace with any standard CAT 5 patch cable.Another nice feature is built monitoring with several reverbs to chose from. This is only formonitoring.
I'm thrilled with the quality of this unit. the pre's are clean and quiet with tons of gain. the extensive routing and cue mix options are really awesome. a huge upgrade for anyone recording at home with a cheap interface. The i/o box gets warm after an hour or so. I called UA and they responded promptly. they ensured me that it's normal for the unit to get pretty warm. they even doubled my warranty to set my mind at ease. they're an awesome company. great customer service! that said, If I had paid $1200 for this thing I'd feel a little ripped off. the pre's are good, but nothing to brag about...and when turn up the gain, you can hear a digital "zipper noise" in your monitors. that combined with the lack of ventilation in on the i/o box make me feel like they could have done a better job on this one. look around for a good deal!