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Engl MIDI Tube Preamp E 580

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Marrying tried-and-true all-tube technology to state-of-the-art microchip-powered technology, this groundbreaking guitar preamp sets new standards wi...Click To Read More About This Product

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A MIDI-controllable tube-based preamp with near-limitless tone options.

Marrying tried-and-true all-tube technology to state-of-the-art microchip-powered technology, this groundbreaking guitar preamp sets new standards with its sheer audio brilliance--tone, authenticity, and sonic variety is what this baby is all about. Fully programmable control features and ten sound-shaping buttons put an arsenal of voicing tools at your fingertips. Many of these features shape the soundscape in ways you may have never heard before, and the virtually infinite variety of options boggles the mind. You'll soon discover that this Engl preamp conjures up extremely sophisticated tones that still sound earthy and authentic, courtesy of its tube-driven circuitry. To make this marriage of two disparate worlds work, the preamp's sound-shaping features are controlled by a multiprocessor computer system equipped with three microcontrollers that work hand in hand with advanced multitasking software.

Full MIDI controllable, full MIDI switchable, computer programable with included software: 40 factory presets with the best Engl sounds ever, 10 clean, crunch, rhythm & lead sounds each, will take you to the Tone Zone and back with the flick of a MIDI switch. 256 MIDI presets, 256 shadow presets plus recording compensated outputs. Designed and programmed by professionals for demanding tube tone believers.

  • 256 presets
  • 40 factory presets with preprogrammed audio examples
  • Manual mode
  • Shadow preset assigned to each MIDI preset
  • Non-programmable Master
  • 11-segment circular LED chains
  • Tube-powered stereo effect loop
  • Passive 4-way tone controls
  • Stereo outs with level switch
  • Stereo line outputs
  • MIDI IN, THRU, OUT ports
  • RS232 interface for remote control
  • Remote Control Panel software

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Input sensitivity
  • Input: -20 dB, nominal, max. 0 dB
  • Effect Return: -20 dB nominal, max 0 dB
Output level
  • SEND, level range: from -20 dB to -10 dB
  • Line Out: Level Lo--from 20 dB to max. -10 dB; Level Hi--from 0 dB to max. 20 dB
  • Freq.Cor.Line Out: variable from -35 dB to +3 dB
  • Power consumption: 0,23A max.
  • External at 230V mains voltage: 315 mAT
  • External at 120V mains voltage: 630 mAT
  • Internal at 230 V mains voltage: 400 mAT
  • Internal at 120V mains voltage: 800 mAT
  • MIDI reception: MIDI program change 0-127; MIDI channel 1-16; MIDI controller 7 (main volume), 0-127 on 11 master steps interpolated
  • Main microcontroller: P89C51RD2 with internal 64K flash
  • Slave microcontroller: 2 x AT89C2051 with internal 2 k flash
  • V1: ECC83 FQ, input tube
  • V2, V3, V4: ECC83 selected
  • Fan: DC12V--1.4W--60mm diameter
  • Dimensions:19" rack, 2 rack spaces, 340mm overall depth, approximately 300mm chassis depth
  • Weight: 8 kg

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By Brian M-2FpQ6

from Vermont

I love this thing. It does everytning well. Clean, Crunch, Metal. Any level of gain sounds great.


Best out there!

By Tone Chaser

from USA

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IMHO this is the the best midi tube preamp out there BUT, it NEEDS a built in noise gate. The higher gain settings are not usable without one.


Absolutely Incredibly Flexible

By tom-J1AjT

from Undisclosed

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This piece was really impressive right out of the box. The tonal options were limitless and inspiring without tweaking. Engle did not give me a manual so I only began to dig into this unit, yet it is surprisingly intuitive to use. Every preset was well voiced and diverse. The preamp is responsive to each guitar I tried out through it, and each preset responded differently in a positive way really bring out subtleties of the guitar your playing and the preamp. Only compliaint is the level knob in the back protrudes so caution is needed when moving this unit when not racked. Otherwise one of the nicest peices of gear I have ever come across.

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Engl 580 Preamp

By Jerry Giefer

from MN

Over the many years that I have been playing, I've had many opportunities to play or purchase many of the top preamps (Axe-fx Ultra, Bogner, Soldano, Kasha, Mesa, CAE, Rocktron, Marshall, Tom Scholtz, etc) and amplifiers made and this preamp is by far the best sounding, most flexible, inspiring, feature packed "tube preamp" ever made. Expensive, but definitely worth it. By the way, you should have already purchased a noise gate at some point in your life as a musician.
Full midi flexiblity. Has everthing a tube preamp should have save for a niose gate.
Four years later, still no issues.
This will be the last preamp you will ever purchase.


ENGL 180 MIDI Preamp WOW!

By Katie Star

from Happy Valley Oregon

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I'm playing a Les Paul standard 50: 2008, PRS hollowbody I, running into a Mesa: LoneStar combo, Rivera 320W stereo tube amp, THC 212 cabs, ENGl 180 Pre with TC Nova system, Fulltone stereo Dejaverb and expanding. This preamp will let you throw out all your overdrive pedals. With just the Fact presets you can go from warm sweet jazz and finger picking to clean lead with exquizet over tones and very touch responcive dynamics to rich growling power chords. This preamp has let me explore things I never did before. Features I should mention are the interactive volume controls. turn up the gain nob to push the tubes more and the volume after the eq and fx loop adjusts to keep your sound level. You then use the master to increase and decrease your main. You can really hear the differences in guitars and my stick playing through this thing. They each have their own tone and charictor now. For my tastes I tend to back off the highs a bit and add to the bass and low mids but with 21 noches on each nob you can always find your tone. Saving your own presets is easy and you can save everything except master and include program changes for other midi pieces in your rig. Front nobs and finish are beautiful, highly polished, with very solid clean nobs and buttons. The preamp and amp are now known as the Beauty and the beast!

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