Skip to main content
Add To Wish List
CARTEC Audio

CARTEC Audio PRE-Q5 API 500 Series Mic Preamp

SKU #H85975000000000
1195.0 $1,195.00
OR
Special Financing Offer
Special 6-month financing on select brands with your Musician's Friend Platinum card. Valid through  12/31/2021
Get DetailsAbout Special Financing Offers
Loyalty Points Icon
Loyalty Points Icon
Earn 9,560 reward points
($95.60 in credit)
Inventory Msg Check Mark Inventory Msg Exclamation In Checkout Promo Inventory Msg Download Icon
Order Now!
Order to reserve yours today - No charge until it ships
  • Free Shipping
  • Flexible Financing
  • Lowest Price
Product Warranties Icon Product Warranties Icon

Gold Coverage Protection

Protect your gear

Chevron Right Icon
Overview

Transformer-based mic preamp/passive EQ for API 500 Series.

The CARTEC PRE-Q5 is a high-quality, transformer-based microphone preamp for the API 500 series format that incorporates a passive inductor equalizer, and a balanced output attenuator. The filter circuit is identical to the CARTEC EQP-1A, but with the extra gain stage and transformers required to create a high-performance preamplifier. The output transformer is followed be a fully balanced stepped attenuator (constant impedance T-pad) to allow saturation of the output transformer while controlling the output level (allowing you to really drive the PRE-Q5 without clipping the next item in your signal chain). In combination with the High/Low frequency EQ, this gives the Pre a lot of tonal variety without any complicated circuitry or added phase distortion. Just a nice simple featured Preamp with a classic vibe. The Line level switch allows all of the features to be used both during tracking and mixing. You could send pre-recorded material to the EQ section or use the combination of the EQ and transformer saturation to enhance synths or any existing sounds.

Features

  • 10 to 65dB stepped gain (line pad -25dB)
  • Mic or line level input, and switched bridged-T output attenuator
  • Custom wound inductor and input/output transformers
  • Pultec type low frequency boost @ 100, 60, or 30Hz
  • Inductor high frequency boost @ 16, 12, or 8kHz
  • Twin gain stage design, including the passive Pultec filter circuit
  • Relay switching, two discrete op-amps

Purify the signal path of your API 500 series rack.

Q&A
Shop with a Friend
Free Shipping
  • Free Standard Ground shipping (48 contiguous states, some overweight and Used/Vintage items excluded).
  • Orders placed before 5 p.m. ET usually ship the same business day.
Learn More
2-Year Free Warranty on Guitars

Every guitar or bass you purchase from Musician's Friend (electric or acoustic, New or Open Box) includes two years of protection from manufacturer defects.

Contact Us for Details
We're Here for You

Our Gear Advisers are available to guide you through your entire shopping experience. Call or Chat for expert advice and to hear the latest deals.

Contact Us
gear adviser
Want to customize your own bundle?
Our Gear Advisers are ready to help.
Our contact center is currently closed.
Request a Callback
Proactive Advisor Support Chat