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Mic preamps are a necessity when it comes to recording solid vocals, but more than one budding has considered the ongoing bout of channel strip vs preamp. The easiest answer is that a channel strip is a preamp with added effects like compressors and EQs. For example, take a look at popular options like the Universal Audio 6176 or Avalon VT-737sp.

Here on Reverb, you can find a wide selection of channel strips in configurations and prices that match any budget or level of experience. Whether you want to go over the basics, learn more about saturation, or find out how Pat Carney of The Black Keys uses channel strips on his drums, a world of deals and new techniques for channel strips is right here.

What Is a Channel Strip?

Depending on what you intend to use it for, a channel strip can be as simple as a mic preamp with a few bells and whistles or as complex as a multi-tiered rack unit that completely transforms the incoming signal.

Make sure to keep these points in mind when you're on the hunt for a channel strip:

  • Channels: Fairly straightforward question: how many instruments are you working with? For those starting out in the recording realm, a single- or dual-channel unit should be more than enough to work with, but if you're feeling adventurous, configurations can go up to eight channels and beyond.
  • Type: The primary difference between types of channel strips is the circuit design, and there are three to choose from: tube, solid state, and hybrid. Tube channel strips offer more warmth and color to your sound, while solid state channel strips are praised for their pristine quality that doesn't distort, even at high volumes. Hybrids are a way to get the best of both worlds.
  • Features: What's mostly meant by "features" is the inclusion of compression, EQ, or both. For a primer on compressors and EQs, take a look over here, but the general idea for each is that compression reduces the range of sound and gives you more punch and snap while EQ (equalization) lets you sculpt the frequencies of the incoming signal.

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