Radial PreComp 500-Series Channel Strip  From Radial

Radial mic preamplifier AND compressor in a single 500-series slot!

Radial Engineering

$349.99

Retail:  $400.00

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Manufacturer's Description from Radial

  • Combination preamp and compressor
  • Accustate gain control for low noise
  • Full function compressor for dynamic control
  • Each processor may be accessed separately

The PreComp channel strip is a combination mic preamplifier and compressor made for the popular 500 series rack format and designed to bring greater efficiency to the recording process by simplifying the signal path and gain stage management.

The single wide module begins with a high performance preamp that can deliver in excess of 60dB to handle all types of microphones. Equipped with Radial's unique Accustate gain control, the PreComp simultaneously sets the output and sensitivity to maximize signal-to-noise at all levels. This is particularly important when recording in the digital domain where background noise can often be audible during quiet passages. A full-feature VCA compressor follows with adjustable threshold, compression ratio and gain make-up controls. The advanced compression algorithm reads the program material and automatically transitions from soft-knee to hard knee as the signal rises above the threshold. A simple slow-fast switch makes it easy to set the PreComp for either vocals or percussion.

Once connected to a 500 series power rack, connections to and from the PreComp are automatically routed to the XLRs for balanced operation. When used with a Workhorse, connectivity increases with ¼" TRS connectors and D-Subs while the Omniport provides direct patching to the preamp or the compressor, enabling the engineer to use each processor separately. Other features include 180° polarity reverse for phase matching two microphones, a high pass filter to eliminate unwanted resonance, 48V phantom power for condenser mics and an IN/OUT switch that lets you quickly compare the original uncompressed signal with the processed result.

This makes the PreComp an excellent choice for recording, broadcast and post production suites where instant control over voice and instrument is desired. The PreComp will also be a favorite for multi-channel live recording engineers where the small footprint can accommodate many input channels in a higher density rack.

 

Radial Engineering

About Manufacturer

Radial Engineering is a manufacturer and distributor of professional audio equipment, building tools for the working audio and audio-video professional. Radial is located on the Fraser River, just outside Vancouver, British Columbia in the municipality of Port Coquitlam. The company began operations in the fall of 1991 as the Canadian distributor of Mogami cable and Jensen Audio Transformers. In 1992, it became a limited corporation under the JP Cabletek Electronics Ltd. banner. The Radial name was first used on house branded cables and snake systems. The Radial name and logo represents a cross section of quad cable; Radial being round. In 1996 the Radial JDI direct box was launched. This led the way to the Radial JDV and today, over 50 electronic products are now being produced under the Radial, Tonebone and Forest Audio brands. In 2001, the Primacoustic brand was launched to address the growing demand for acoustic products for the burgeoning home recording market and in 2006, the company officially changed its name to Radial Engineering Ltd.

Specifications

Preamp circuit type: Accustate input with true variable gain front end.
Compressor circuit type: Feed forward VCA compressor with true RMS sidechain.
Frequency response:v20Hz ~ 20kHz (-1.5dB @ 20Hz)
Total harmonic distortion: <0.003%
Dynamic range: 112dB
Input impedance: 3.3kOhms
Maximum input: +24dBu
Maximum gain: 55dB
Make up gain:Up to +25dB
Output impedance: 300 Ohms
Equivalent input noise:-120dBu
Noise floor: -85dB @ +40dB of gain
Intermodulation distortion: 0.03%
 

Features  

Preamp controls: Gain, 180°, HPF, 48V Phantom
Compressor controls: Threshold, Ratio, Gain, Speed, On
LED Meter Below, at, and above threshold
Omniport Function: Tip: Preamp output / Ring: Compressor input
 

General 

Power requirement: 56mA
Format: 500 series module
Size: Standard 500 series rack format
Shipping Size (L x W x H) : 9 x 6.5 x 2 (inches)
Weight: 1.5lbs (0.7Kg)
Warranty: 3 Years, transferable