Sebatron VMP 2000e VU Dual Tube Mic Pre  From Sebatron

Dual Channel Valve Microphone Preamplifier with large VU meter

Sebatron

$1,500.00

Retail:  $1,650.00

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Warm, Round and Fat, Sebatron has scored big with his new extremely impressive line of mic preamps. Generally speaking, if you want high-end, quality tube mic pre's, you've got to spend seriously big money. An all tube high end tube pre of comparable quality from just about any other manufacturer would cost double the price of this one. But here, you get in there at a fraction of the cost, with prices as low as $400 per channel (with the 4 channel, non VU version, the 4000e), and without any sacrifice in quality or features. Not only is the first rate buttery tube sound run by a high voltage tube plate, but each preamp has a number of features including some basic EQ/tone/color shaping settings, phantom power, pad, and front panel DI for each channel.

The Sebatron gear is absolutely top quality built, using what Sebatron likes to refer to as organic tube design. Every single part in each hand-built Sebatron unit is there for a reason, hand selected with the best possible sound quality in mind. The clarity and detail expected from high-dollar, high-end tube equipment is still present, and the wonderful warmth, roundness, richness, and body that the Sebatron sound is quickly becoming known for is paramount. Although one wouldn?t necessarily wanat to use exclusively tube mic pre's all day everyday on every single track in their studio, we think that it's safe to say, as far as adding quality in a value package, you won't be able to touch the price/performance of any of the Sebatron mic preamps for the money.

If you are looking to save even more money, but get all of the same amazing Sebatron quality, then also take a look at the lower priced Sebatron VMP2000 without the VU meters . Or, for one of the best deals on the market today (on a per channel basis), take look at the Sebatron 4-channel VMP-4000e . And, for one more link to a Sebatron product, the Thorax all tube channel strip is a loaded up, extremely powerful channel strip including a very warm EQ, and awesome compressor. There is no other way to get your studio in to a high-end studio tube microphone preamplifier in this price range. We recommend taking advantage of this amazing pricing today, before Sebastian changes his mind- they are already having a hard enough time building enough of these things for our demand, and we've been keeping this little secret quiet until we had the chance to really put these through our paces! We were more than just impressed, and you will be too. Everyone needs a big, buttery, high end tube preamp in their studio, now's your chance at a price we never thought possible.

Sebatron Tube Mic Pre Demo - Acoustic Guitar

The Sebatron VMP-series Tube microphone preamps are used to track acoustic guitars in a recording studio with a variety of microphones including Earthworks, Mojave, and Telefunken Microphones. While we use the Sebatron VMP4000e preamp, it utilized the identical tube pre circuitry as in the 2000e and 2000e VU mic preamps. Each preamp's impressive warmth is attainable without a loss in detail typical of most preamps. Additionally the preamp features some excellent EQ functionality, and the creative ability to drive the unit in different ways to move from transparent more subtle tube coloration to much greater saturation and color (by engaging the pad circuit which exists prior to the tube gain stage). We use and love the Sebatron mic preamps in the Sound Pure recording studios, and are glad to talk to you about all of our experiences. We can be reached toll free 888.528.9703, or international 919.682.5552.

Manufacturer's Description from Sebatron

The Sebatron Valve Microphone Preamplifier has been designed to bring back that Classic tone to digital recording and multitracking.
The Sebatron VMP series (Valve Microphone Preamplifier) is available in two channel (with or without VU) and four channel formats ... the vmp-2000e , vmp-2000eVU and vmp-4000e.All circuitry is High Voltage Discrete Class A for optimal headroom, wide audio bandwidth and maximum transient response.
The valve Anode Voltage is approximately +300VDC.
Microphone inputs are transformer coupled for an organic 'pleasant to the ear' flavour and all signal gain is provided by the valves..Direct Inputs are available for Bass, Guitar, Keyboards and running line level signals through etc.The two-band switched Passive Equalization network and variable colour control via the Pad switches allow the user to carefully sculpt the signals when dealing with the clinical and lifeless quality of Digital (or otherwise ) recordings.Such is the organic quality and musical colouration of the VMP series circuit that they are often used to run stems (sub mixes) or full mixes through to obtain that characteristic 'Analog glue' that Digital recording systems simply cannot produce.Sebatron preamplifiers are being used everyday by Professional hi end audio studios all around the world.

The VMP Series of preamplifiers from Sebatron is aimed at filling in the gap between ‘transparent’ amplification and ‘coloured’ or character preamplifiers. They can be driven lightly for pure, almost transparent sounds with just an edge of true valve tone or slammed into thick distortion, with a spectrum of colours available in between.

Each VMP channel consists of

* a transformer balanced microphone input for reliability, ease of use and sound quality
* individual phantom power with LED indication
* DI for direct instrument or line input
* passive switchable EQ for the extreme high and low registers - very practical when tracking
* a 12AT7 vacuum tube run at a proper high tension providing all of the active gain
* switchable PAD control which varies negative feedback around the valve, controlling colour
* solid state, discrete Class A output stage, powered by a high voltage rail for superior headroom and transient response
* switchable output phase
* XLR and TRS balanced outputs

All Sebatron products are designed with reliability and long life in mind.

All units are housed in steel chassis’ with quality hardware. Everything is hand built using single sided circuit boards and discrete components for easy servicing. We refused to use integrated circuits because of their lack of character and other limitations they impose on a circuit. It is easy to produce purity from a chip, but it is nigh on impossible to squeeze out soulful tones. A properly tuned valve circuit (i.e. not a starved tube used as an effect) subtly compresses and harmonically enhances the signal in an organic and musical fashion, providing the warmth and punch associated with tape that is missing from purely digital systems. Sebatron VMP preamps have also proven popular as line level devices for adding organic richness to synths, amp simulators, stem mixes or even over a complete mix.

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About Manufacturer

Unique high-quality organic valve and class-A solid state studio equipment. No integrated circuits. Made in Australia.

Specifications

vmp-2000e and vmp-2000eVU SPECIFICATIONS
Circuit Topology Dual Channel Single Ended Class A 12AT7 Triode Gain Stage, Discrete Solid State Class A balanced output
Input Transformer Balanced Microphone Input - Unbalanced Direct Input
Pad Variable Negative Feedback control, -15dB and -25dB positions
Phantom Power +48 vDC
Maximum Gain over 60dB
Maximum Output Level Balanced XLR Pin 2 hot :+28dB into 600 ohms | Balanced TRS jack : +22dB
Noise
-120dB at 60dB Gain
Frequency Response (-30 db pad ‘ air ‘ activated) 10hz-110khz +/-2db
Weight 4.5kg
Dimensions 482mm x 190mm x 88m

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Sebatron VMP-Series Manual