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IGS Audio VANAD 500-Series Preamp  From IGS

An incredibly flexible 500-series preamp with a unique sonic twist on the proven Neve sound. 

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What We Think

The VANAD's color was perhaps the first thing that caught my ear. Possessing a similar harmonic vibe and gain staging of a Neve, the VANAD's color was saturated and rich, but very unique. A slightly more extended top-end suggests the VANAD would be right at home in modern productions, but also possesses enough of that classic mid-range to work very well with vintage-voiced instruments. 

The VANAD performed incredibly well on both clean and overdriven electric guitars, where it's rich tonality complimented the amps harmonic content to make the guitar sound even more exciting. Set to a more clean, input-dependent setting for acoustic guitars and vocals, the VANAD allowed the detail and clarity of the performance come through while adding a hint of warmth and fullness. The VANAD also accepts line level singles and can be used as a colored line driver, for example adding some grit and transformer-based warmth to a DI'd bass track or even to overdrive a drum buss if using a pair of VANAD modules. 

Like all IGS Modules, the VANAD feels like it'll last a lifetime. Quality components and assembly suggest the lines currently known for their "built like a tank" quality may need to step up their game to remain as leaders in the category. 

In summary, the VANAD is an incredibly flexible 500 series pre with a unique sonic twist on the proven Neve sound. 

Manufacturer's Description from IGS

The module is transformer balanced on inputs and outputs using Carnhill transformers.

All regulators on the front panel are stepped (switches)

VANAD 500 is designed in the API 500 standard. 

Front Panel Features:

  • IN – input level: from 0dB(Line) to +30dB(Mic); step = 3dB
  • OUT – output level: from +0dB to +30dB; step = 3dB
  • HPF switch – 6dB/Oct high pass filter: OFF/30/100Hz
  • Ø switch – phase reverse: ON/OFF
  • +48V switch – phantom power: ON/OFF
  • XLR/HiZ – input: HiZ (front) / XLR (rear)
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About Manufacturer

IGS Audio is now one the most desired studio equipment brands in Poland and it is continuously expanding internationally. The original IGS Audio products qualify as pretendants to no.1. Clones of other brands produced by Igs Audio are accurate and excellent. 

IGS Audio is all about happiness in success. IGS Audio offers 3 years warranty for all products.

IGS Studio has been operational since 1997. The IGS Audio brand was created in 2003.


  • API 500 standard module
  • Preamp Mic/Line/HiZ
  • Input impendance:1kΩ – Carnhill transformer balanced
  • Output impendance:600kΩ – Carnhill transformer balanced
  • Max input level(LINE): +20 dBu
  • Max output level: +22 dBm
  • Amplification: 60 dB
  • PAD from -30 to 0 dB, step 3dB
  • Phantom power +48V
  • HPF filter: OFF, 30, 100 Hz
  • Phase reverse
  • Harmonic distortion THD: up to 0,2%
  • Frequency response: +/- 0.1 dB 20Hz do 20kHz
  • Signal-noise: over 99 dB
  • Power supply: +/- 16V
  • Current consumption: 60mA
  • Dimensions: (h*w*d) 132x37x158mm
  • Mass: 900g

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