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Maag PreQ4-500 Mic Pre w/ Air Band for 500-Series, from Maag

A clean and full bodied single channel mic preamp featuring Maag's famous AIR BAND®. Hear it in action in our HD video review!

Maag Audio

$849.00

Retail:  $995.00

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What We Think

When we first decided to be a dealer for Maag, I was particularly interested in their preamp. They’re most well known for their EQ’s (the EQ2 and EQ4), which are both fantastic so I assumed this level of quality would be found in the preamp as well. We brought in a pair of the PreQ4’s to live in our studio, but before hearing them for myself, I had no clue what to expect. I’d read that it’s a very clean preamp, and it has a high frequency shelving EQ that can lift the top in nice ways, but sometimes “clean” can have just as many different definitions as “colored” does.

Now that I’ve used these preamps in a variety of different settings, I’ve really grown fond of them. It’s a clean preamp, but with just a tiny bit more weight and excitement to it than a fully transformerless design like the Grace or Millennia. You still maintain a huge wealth of harmonic detail, but without losing the musicality of the instrument or voice. The High frequency shelf (aka Air Band) is quite handy and can be beautifully subtle, but the real take home here is the sound of the preamp itself. Check out our videos about the preq4 to hear for yourself.

If you want a clean preamp, but fear the sterility that may come with absolute transparency, get a PreQ4 and don’t look back.

Manufacturer's Description from Maag

Following its PreQ3 predecessor, the PREQ4 provides unparalleled transparency and top end presence while maintaining the true natural sound behind the microphone.

Presented in the flagship lunchbox® portable format, the PREQ4® offers the legendary AIR BAND®, 65dB adjustable gain, phase reverse capability, 70Hz high pass filter, +48V phantom power, and -20dB PAD. The Maag Audio PREQ4® is an official member of the VPR Alliance.

Maag Audio

About Manufacturer

Mäag Audio was founded by Cliff Maag, who has been a recording engineer for over 35 years with a strong passion for high quality sound. Cliff is an inventor of the acclaimed NTI EQ3 and the Nightpro PreQ3 & EQ3D. He was also the President of Research and Development during the early years of NTI and Nightpro. The AIR BAND® is still known to this day as an unsurpassed element of the original NTI and Nightpro gear. Now available in the new EQ4® and PREQ4® 500 Series gear from Maag Audio.

Specifications


Max Gain


65 dB

Frequency Response -3 dB points, 10Hz & 75kHz
Nominal Input Impedance XLR) Mic, 150 Ohms, balanced
Nominal Output Impedance (XLR) 50 Ohms, actively balanced
Equivalent Input Noise -128 dBu (-96 dBu Actual Metered Noise)
Headroom +27 dBu
Maximum Phase Shift 25°
THD + Noise < 0.007%
*Specifications subject to change without notice. **Recommend turning the GAIN fully counter-clockwise before engaging.

Sound Clips

3rd Power Dreamweaver Hot Rodded Plexi

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3rd Power CEO Jamie Scott playing the Dream Weaver in full bore, hot rodded Plexi mode

3rd Power CEO Jamie Scott playing the Dream Weaver in full bore, hot rodded Plexi mode (view less)

3rd Power Dreamweaver Hot blooded

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3rd Power CEO Jamie Scott mimicking classic record tones achievable with the Dreamweaver and 2x12 cabinet.

3rd Power CEO Jamie Scott mimicking classic record tones achievable with the Dreamweaver and 2x12 cabinet. (view less)

3rd Power Dreamweaver Brown Sugar

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3rd Power CEO Jamie Scott mimicking classic record tones achievable with the Dreamweaver and 2x12 cabinet.

3rd Power CEO Jamie Scott mimicking classic record tones achievable with the Dreamweaver and 2x12 cabinet. (view less)

3rd Power Dreamweaver American Channel

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3rd Power CEO Jamie Scott demonstrates a range of overdriven tones available with the Dreamweaver's American Channel

3rd Power CEO Jamie Scott demonstrates a range of overdriven tones available with the Dreamweaver's American Channel (view less)

3rd Power British Dream Rock Riffs

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3rd Power CE Jamie Scott demonstrates the versatility of the British Dream's ability to overdrive based upon input volume, and plays some killer classic rock guitar riffs.

3rd Power CE Jamie Scott demonstrates the versatility of the British Dream's ability to overdrive based upon input volume, and plays some killer classic rock guitar riffs. (view less)

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Preq4 User Guide