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Trident Audio S40 Classic British Channel Strip

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The Trident S40 Classic British Channel Strip is a single-channel microphone and instrument preamplifier, compressor/limiter and equalizer in a 2-spa...Click To Read More About This Product

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The Trident S40 Classic British Channel Strip is a single-channel microphone and instrument preamplifier, compressor/limiter and equalizer in a 2-space rackmount case. It's got the characteristic red and green aluminum knobs that users of original Trident consoles will recognize. All circuits are Class A and the the most modern components were used where noise is a concern, and original TL070s were employed where the classic Trident sound needed to be retained. The input section includes a transformerless mic preamp and a Hi-Z instrument input. Front panel controls are a 48V phantom power switch, phase reverse switch, stepped input knob, and microphone preamp. The mic pre is the same one used in the Oram pro range gear and the new Trident Series 80 5.1 console.

The dynamics section includes attack, release, ratio and threshold knobs plus a pre/post-EQ switch (default is post-EQ) and bypass switch. The compressor does not affect the signal path as long as the signal is below threshold.

The EQ section combines a classic 4-band shelving/peaking EQ section with low and high-cut filters. The 4-band section features ±15 dB high and low shelves with switchable knee frequencies of 7 kHz/12 kHz and 50 Hz/150 Hz respectively. In the middle are 2 ±15 dB sweepable bands with ranges from 150 Hz to 2 kHz and 1.5 to 15 kHz. Mid-band Q is one half octave and the shelves are 4 dB per octave. All boost/cut knobs are center-detented and the EQ section can be bypassed.

The output section features a center-detented output gain with a range of ±15 dB. A classy vintage VU meter can monitor either gain reduction of output level. Gain reduction zero VU reading can be calibrated via a front panel recessed trim adjust

  • Classic British EQ
  • Dynamics Processing
  • VU Metering
  • Real Analogue Warmth

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I've been lucky enough to have owned a goodly amount of world-class audio gear in my time, so my impressions of this box are based on my experiences with gear like API, Summit, Neve, Focusrite, GML and Avalon.Although if I were swimming in money, I would probably go with an API channel strip the S40 is by no means a compromise. Just different.The build quality is pretty good. Nowhere near as robust as an Avalon or Focusrite Red unit, but the knobs have a smooth feel. The buttons, however, feel a bit "plasticy." Love VU meter, and the I/O is both TRS and XLR. The sound is open, detailed and with a very tight (but controlled) bottom. I am using it with an AT-4047, and the S40 seems to like it. The combination offers a forward, very "British sound" (more open, though not as "big-boned" as an API). A first-rate preamp.As a DI, it is pretty good but I find my bass still needs EQ. Still, a nice thing to have.Speaking of the EQ, it is fantastic. Flexible, accurate and musical. I have noticed that really boosting the presence range can be a bit hard and etched (in contrast to an API, which sounds "silvery"). It does have more "character" than say, a Neve 9098, but it is capable of being subtle.The compressor, however, is just OK. It is mostly transparent at lower ratios. I am not in love with the sound when I hit it hard. Not surprising as I prefer optical limiting in general. If this box had a optical limiter it would be a monster. Even so, it?s undeniably handy to have compression on the front-end going straight to your DAW.Lastly, it is a bit "fiddly." That is, I find it takes a bit of tweaking to optimize the gain staging (which makes since, given all of the variables). The up-side of this is it?s a rather flexible unit.I'll still want to supplement this with some other units, but the price is very reasonable and is a tremendous value.

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