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A Designs Ventura Mic Pre/EQ/DI, from A Designs

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A Designs Ventura Mic Pre/EQ/DI A Designs Ventura Mic Pre/EQ/DI
A Designs Ventura Mic Pre/EQ/DI
A Designs Ventura Mic Pre/EQ/DI

Inspired by the classic Quad Eight recording consoles, the Ventura combines a single mic preamp from the wildly successful Pacifica, an incredibly powerful EQ section, and an exceptionally clear DI to create a truly world-class channel strip. 

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A Designs Ventura - EQ/Microphone Preamp/DI - Part 3

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The new Ventura from A Designs Audio is a single channel Mic Pre, 3 band EQ, and DI based on the old Quad 8 Consoles. A sister product to the A Designs Pacifica Preamp, the Ventura's signal is very cl...

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The new Ventura from A Designs Audio is a single channel Mic Pre, 3 band EQ, and DI based on the old Quad 8 Consoles. A sister product to the A Designs Pacifica Preamp, the Ventura's signal is very clean and clear. The instrument input has a very high impedance which is great for tracking things with passive pickups - this helps maintain the full frequency spectrum of the instrument. The equalizer features a Q selection of wide, sharp, or narrow, and a high or low pass shelf. The three band EQ has stepped switchers, for frequency selection and 12dB of boost and cut. Thanks to the Olympic Ass Kicking Team for their new song "Girls With Glasses." The Hi Hat was tracked using the Ventura's EQ and Preamp. Call Sound Pure today to learn more about this product, or about recording in general. 919.682.5552. or 888.528.9703.

Ventura from A Designs - Mic Preamp, EQ, and DI - Part 2

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The A Designs Ventura is a single channel EQ, Microphone Preamp, and DI based on the old Quad Eight Consoles. Similar to the A Designs Pacifica Preamp, the Ventura's signal is very clean and clear. Th...

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The A Designs Ventura is a single channel EQ, Microphone Preamp, and DI based on the old Quad Eight Consoles. Similar to the A Designs Pacifica Preamp, the Ventura's signal is very clean and clear. The instrument input has a very high impedance which is great for tracking things with passive pickups - this helps maintain the full frequency spectrum of the instrument. The EQ section features three band, stepped switchers, for frequency selection and 12dB of boost and cut. It also allows a Q selection of sharp, narrow, wide, or high or low pass shelf. Thanks to the OAK Team (Olympic Ass Kicking Team) for their new song "Girls With Glasses." The Hi Hat was tracked using the Ventura's EQ and Preamp. Call Sound Pure today to learn more about this product, or about recording in general. 919.682.5552. or 888.528.9703.

A Designs Ventura Microphone Preamp, EQ, and DI - Part 1

  • Products used:
    • A Designs Ventura Mic Pre/EQ/DI
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The new Ventura from A Designs Audio is a single channel Mic Pre, EQ, and DI based on the old Quad Eight Consoles. The Ventura's signal is very clean and clear and can be considered like a sister prod...

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The new Ventura from A Designs Audio is a single channel Mic Pre, EQ, and DI based on the old Quad Eight Consoles. The Ventura's signal is very clean and clear and can be considered like a sister product to the A Designs Pacifica. The instrument input has a very high impedance which is great for tracking things with passive pickups - this helps maintain the full frequency spectrum of the instrument. The 3 band Equalizer features stepped switchers, for frequency selection and 12dB of boost and cut. It also gives you a choice of high or low pass shelf as well as an option for a narrow, wide or sharp Q. Thanks to the OAK Team (Olympic Ass Kicking Team) for their new song "Girls With Glasses." The Hi Hat was tracked using the preamp and EQ of the Ventura. To learn more about this product, or about recording in general, call us today or be sure to visit SoundPure.com for more information about any of our products. 919.682.5552. or 888.528.9703.

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This Signature OM from Dana at Bourgeois Guitars is truly a masterpiece, built with a premium Eastern Red Adirondack Spruce top and Madagascar Rosewood back and sides. The figured Koa binding, fossilized Mammoth Ivory (yes, you read correctly - FOSSILIZED MAMMOTH IVORY), and Sankewood buttons are nothing short of jaw-dropping. The balance of power and delicacy create an astonishing sense of symmetry. No words, no matter how eloquently stated, can fully describe the natural, organic beauty of this Signature OM Acoustic Guitar from luthier Dana Bourgeois. Thanks to Keith Ganz for his fantastic performance. Call the acoustic guitar experts at Sound Pure to learn more about this work of art. 919.682.5552. or 888.528.9703. Gear used: Bourgeois Signature OM acoustic Guitar, Schoeps CMC6 w/ MK22 cardioid capsules, A Designs Ventura Preamp, Lynx Aurora AD Converter

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This Custom Small Jumbo from Bourgeois Guitars is a 2012 Luthier's Choice Custom series, truly one-of-a-kind masterpiece. Featuring Master Grade Adirondack Spruce on top and highly figured Beeswing Purpleheart, this acoustic guitar sure is something! Look at the photos on Soundpure.com and see just how incredible this guitar is...it's purple...need we say more? This custom Small Jumbo is super comfortable and sings with an incredible rich, complex tone. Thanks to Keith Ganz for his fantastic playing. Call the dudes at Sound Pure for any questions regarding this one of a kind acoustic guitar. 919.682.5552. or 888.528.9703.   Gear used: Bourgeois Custom Small Jumbo, Schoeps CMC6 microphone pair with MK22 capsules, A Designs Ventura mic pre, Lynx Aurora AD Converter

The Ventura is a new design from A-Designs inspired by the great Quad Eight consoles.   Run at optimal levels, its’ signal is clear and ultra transparent, with all the dimensionality, air, and extended bass you expect from high-quality analog. Push it a little harder and the Ventura’s custom-wound, ear-tested transformer responds with a more aggressive sound while still retaining the utmost clarity. To add its own special mojo, it features a 3-band EQ reminiscent of console EQs from the golden age of recording. And even if you’re one of those engineers who religiously avoid using equalization while tracking, you’ll find yourself looking for excuses to use this EQ—especially if you need midrange punch without harshness on guitars or snare. Plus, the Ventura’s EQ can be accessed via its own insert for sweetening tracks during mixdown. The Ventura also has a high-impedance instrument DI built to enhance the performance guitar and bass pickups.

The C12X Discrete Transistor Op Amp

The heart of the Ventura and source of its ultra transparent audio is the C12X, a discrete transistor operational amplifier designed by Carl Johnson. Operating on +/-30VDC rails, the C12X is a high-gain, fast-slew, stable audio block with virtually no DC offset over the audio spectrum. Plus, it’s capable of driving a 50-ohm load at 50Hz with very little current draw. It’s used in the microphone preamp, instrument input amp, and main output/EQ output stages. The mic preamp itself is a single-stage, transformer-coupled design with balanced I/O. It includes phase reverse, -20 dB pad, +48V phantom power with LED indicator, and conductive plastic gain control pot. The preamp section feeds both the EQ section and a preamp output mult simultaneously.

True Three-Band Parametric EQ

The Ventura’s three-band parametric equalizer is also a unique design featuring 33 frequencies with three bands of overlapping ranges from 50Hz to 15KHz. Both the frequency selection and the +/-12 dB boost/cut controls are stepped for precise, repeatable settings. Each band has a Q switch with three fixed positions: Sharp, Wide, and Narrow. The low and high bands are peak/dip, but flipping the shelf switch changes their characteristic to shelf type. The shelving switch disables the Q feature on high and low bands only. When in the up position, the high/low filters insert the fixed 12dB/octave high- and low-cut filters, which work whether the EQ is in or out. And finally, the equalizer’s input/insert return provides direct input to the EQ, bypassing both the mic pre and instrument input.

Guitar/Bass Pickup-Friendly D.I.

Separate from the mic pre, the instrument DI is a single-stage, single-ended, high-impedance preamp that also benefits from the C12X. Designed specifically to counteract the negative effects of guitar/bass-pickup loading, it includes a front-panel 1/4″ jack and gain pot. This section also feeds the EQ and preamp output mult simultaneously.

Combining transparency and sonic versatility with the ability to use its three sections independently, the A-Designs Audio Ventura gives you a “desert island” preamp that will serve any and all recording applications: studio or live sound, rock band or orchestral ensemble.

Ventura Features:

• Ultra transparent, solid-state mic preamplifier with 72db gain; instrument DI; and true, 3-band parametric EQ with high-and low-pass filters
• Mic preamp, EQ, and DI can be used together or independently
• Three specially designed discrete C12X operational amplifiers
• Jensen input transformer and custom Cinemag output transformers
• Toroidal power transformer
• Balanced TRS insert return/EQ input
• Separate gain controls for mic and instrument inputs
• -20dB pad, +48VDC phantom power with red LED indicator, phase switch, and on/off switch with blue LED indicator
• Balanced gold Neutrik XLR input, direct, and main output connectors
• Silver-contact, high-durability toggle switches with no relays
• Hand-built in the USA with audiophile-quality components including high-tolerance metal film resistors and high-quality polystyrene, polypropylene, COG, and bi-polar capacitors
• Single rackspace steel chassis

• Frequency Response: Better than 20Hz – 20kHz
• Gain Range: Microphone: -62dBV to +30dBV, Instrument: 70dB, Insert/EQ Input: 0dBV to +26dBV
• Input Impedance:  Microphone: 1.4k ohm typical, Instrument: 20M ohm nominal, Insert/EQ Input: 15k ohm
• Noise (EIN): -120dBm
• Phantom Power: +48VDC
• Balanced XLR outputs: 600 ohm nominal
• Distortion: 0.01%
• Power Requirements 120/230VAC – 23W
• Dimensions: 19″ x 1-3/4″ x 10″ (W-H-D)
• Weight: 14 lb.
• Shipping weight: 16.5 lb.

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