Fredenstein F200 2-Channel Preamp  From Fredenstein

2-Channel Microphone Preamplifier and a 2-Channel FET Compressor with Stereo Link Capability

Fredenstein Professional Audio

$799.00

Retail:  $879.00

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Manufacturer's Description from Fredenstein

The F200 is a two channel microphone preamplifier and a two channel FET compressor with Stereo link capability. The mic-pre and compressor are connected in series. The output mixer allows the user to simply mix the mic-pre and the compressor ouputs. This mimics old-school fader blending of the compressed and uncompressed signals and can also be used to add a little “drive” if the input levels are turned up and the output levels are turned down. The mic-pre section features a switchable 20dB pad, a low-cut filter, phase reversal and P48 phantom power. The maximum gain of the mic-pre is +60 dB, the minimum gain with pad activated is 0 dB. The high impedance Direct Input (DI) is compatible with balanced and unbalanced signals, which doubles as a convenient front panel spare input.

The FET compressor section features rotary controls for Attack Time, Release Time, and Compression Ratio, as well as a Stereo link switch. The F200 functions perfectly at line levels with the mic-pre gain turned down, so it can be used as a normal stereo compressor. You can still use some of the available gain and low cut filter for some creative madness.

Either the compressor gain reduction or the output level can be displayed through the VU-Meter. There is also a “Clip” Led for the mic-pre that turns on at +24 dBu output levels.

The parts quality and build are first-rate. It provides professional performance and rather excellent specifications for all budgets. The F200 is easy to use, streamlines the work-flow plus has some rather cool creative potential and it just sounds better.

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About Manufacturer

Think about what is sonically missing in today's audio equipment and how you could achieve better results in recording and mastering? Now, many go back to well proven classic pieces of audio gear to fight the shortcomings of digital recording. Could that be the ultimate solution? Did the improvements in technology during the last 50 years really don't apply to recording? Using technologies from vacuum tubes to Digital Signal Processors, often in the same product, Fredenstein products combine the strength of each technology and avoiding their weaknesses. In addition we strongly believe in Zero-Negative-Feedback, negative feedback is a technique to make amplifiers more linear, but at the same time making them sounding harsh. This is one of the reasons modern equipment sounds so similar. Omitting negative feedback and using an internally and externally balanced designs which are very linear by design will yield a natural sound on a different level, warm, not dull or muffled, instead with a rich silky top-end and an impulse response will simply blow you away. Don't get us wrong, we are not talking about 「esoteric designs」, we believe very strongly in a scientific engineering approach.

 

We also provide pieces of long neglected equipment like precision analog meters. Even if you are working mostly inside the 「box」, metering your analog signal before it hits your converters is still very important and a great foundation for good recording. Fredenstein's state-of-the-art audio technology will help you throughout your chain to achieve truly outstanding results.

In addition, Fredenstein believes recording engineers deserve to have a more user friendly, more convenient and efficient pieces of equipment making the studio life easier and generate a more comfortable working environment. By minimizing the number of buttons and switches without sacrificing the functionality we deploy a clean user interface allowing you to get instantaneously familiar with the products.

Fredenstein Professional Audio Products are designed for audio professional in recording and broadcast studios as well as independent engineers and producers in their own facilities.

Fredenstein is focused to make a difference in Professional Audio. You can expect superior sound and high-end built quality from each of our products

Specifications

Frequency Response : 20 Hz – 20,000 Hz, +/- 0.5dB

Max. Gain : + 60 dB

Make-up Gain : + 19 dB

Distortion : < 0.1%

Input Noise (Pre) : < -129 dB

Input Impedance : > 4 KOhm

Max. Input Level : + 12 dBu

Output Impedance : 50 Ohms

Max. Output Level : + 26 dBu

Clip Indicator : + 24 dBu

Input Attenuator : - 20 dB

High Pass Filter : 60 Hz (switchable)

Attack Time : 200 us to 50 ms

Release Time : 70ms to 2.4s

Compression Ratio : 2:1 to 20:1

Dimension (LxHxD): 480mm x 50mm x 180mm

Weight: 2.0kg(NW) 

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