Radial PreMax 500-Series Channel Strip  From Radial

Radial channel strip featuring a mic preamplifier AND EQ in a single 500-series slot!

Radial Engineering

$299.99

Retail:  $350.00

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Manufacturer's Description from Radial

The PreMax is an all-in-one channel strip that combines a low noise mic preamplifier with a state-of-the-art 3 band equalizer to deliver exceptionally clean results each and every time it is used.

The design begins with a high performance Op-Amp coupled with Radial's unique Accustate gain control that simultaneously sets the input sensitivity and signal gain to deliver outstanding signal-to-noise at all levels. Visual monitoring is provided with LEDs for signal and overload. The preamp then feeds a traditional 3 band EQ for tone shaping. This musical sounding EQ lets you gently boost the top end for more clarity, add warmth to the bottom end, or cut back the mids on an overly aggressive instrument. A front panel switch lets you bypass the EQ and compare the pre-post effect. This is augmented with a high-pass filter to eliminate low-end resonance that can cause a track to sound muddy or lack detail. A 180° polarity reverse works double duty to either help align a stereo mic setup or enable the PreMax to be interfaced with older vintage gear that may not follow the AES Pin-2 hot convention. For safety, the 48V phantom power switch is recessed to prevent accidental turn-on which could damage tweeters or vintage ribbon microphones. When used with a Radial Workhorse power rack, the Omniport jack is configured as an instrument input and activated using a convenient front panel switch. When the Omniport is not connected, the switch acts like a microphone mute.

Designed to deliver quick, dependable results, the PreMax's integrated design eliminates the concern of matching levels between modules. You simply plug in, set the gain, tone shape and start recording. This makes the PreMax the perfect channel strip module for project studios, post production, broadcast and live recording.

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.
EQ circuit type: 3 band EQ with high and low frequency shelving.
Frequency response: 20Hz ~ 20kHz (-1.5dB @ 20Hz)
Total harmonic distortion: <0.003
Dynamic range: 112dB
Input impedance: 3300 Ohms
Maximum input: >+22dBu
Mic input gain: 52dB
Instrument input gain: 30dB
Output impedance: 300 Ohms
Equivalent input noise: -120dBu
Noise floor: -85dB @ +40dB of gain
Intermodulation distortion: 0.006% @ 30dB gain
  
Preamp controls: Gain, 180°, Instrument select, 48V Phantom, IN/OUT
Equalizer controls: Low, Mid, High tone controls, High Pass Filter
Low cut filter: 150 Hz
EQ range: +/-12dB
Omniport Function: Unbalanced instrument input
  
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