Black Lion Audio Auteur MKII 500 Series Mic Preamp Module

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The Black Lion Audio Auteur MKII 500-Series Preamp is a single channel version of the Auteur MKII that fits in 500 series racks. The Auteur MKII 500 module also features a built-in Hi-Z input.

What makes the Black Lion Audio Auteur MKII 500-Series Preamp stand out in a world jam packed full of preamps? For one, it's a design that's somewhat unique in its approach. Being admirers of the fully balanced transformer-less circuits found in highly acclaimed recording consoles, Black Lion Audio chose to use a similar topology. They began with a high speed input stage that would pick up lots of detail and nuance, and then followed it with a high current output stage. Circuit headroom is plentiful, and the input stage is very difficult to clip. Because of its fully balanced design, it can handle input signals as large as +15dB with ease.

Black Lion (as well as us here at FEA!) also like classic transformer-based designs because of the characteristic they lend to the audio signal. Because of this, BLA added a 600 ohm M-6 silicon steel output transformer to give the audio a thick quality that's reminiscent of a prized vintage preamp. It's the best of both worlds in our opinion. The preamp is single channel and features phase, +48vdc phantom power, 10dB output signal pad, and Hi-Z input.

If you're looking for eye candy and name recognition to dominate your equipment list, this probably isn't the preamp for you. On the other hand, if you're looking for the sort of performance normally associated with high-end designs but need to acquire it at a modest price, this mic preamp will make a wise and affordable investment for your home or project studio.
Black Lion Audio Auteur MKII 500-Series Preamp Features

    500 Series format (500 rack required)
    Single Channel
    Ultra High-Speed Input Stage
    Edcor Output Transformer
    67dB Gain
    Phantom Power
    Phase Switch
    13dBu Pad
    Hi-Z Input

Black Lion Audio Auteur MKII 500-Series Preamp Specifications

    Mic Section
        Max Microphone Input Level: +1dBu
        Input Impedance: 6000Ω
        Pad: 13dBu
        Gain (no pad): +16dB to +67dB
        Equivalent Input Noise (noise floor): -108dB
        THD+N (@ +4dBu output):
        .0046% @ +12dBu Gain
        .0064% @ +24dBu Gain
        .012% @ +32dBu Gain
        .028% @ +40dBu Gain
        .085% @ +50dBu Gain
        3% @ +62dBu Gain
        Bandwidth (1kHz, 600Ω unbalanced source, unweighted): 10Hz to 30kHz
    D.I. Section
        Max D.I. Input Level: +18dBu
        Input Impedance Balanced: 2.2MΩ
        Input Impedance Unbalanced: 1.1MΩ
        Pad: 13dBu
        Gain: +16dB to +67dB
        Equivalent Input Noise (noise floor): -82dB
        THD+N:
        .011% @ +16dB Gain
        .024% @ +24dB Gain
        .15% @ +40dB Gain
        2.2% @ +67dB Gain
        Bandwidth (1kHz, 600Ω unbalanced source, unweighted): 10Hz to 30kHz
    Output Section
        Max Output Level: +28dBu
        Output Impedance: 600Ω
        Power Supply +/- 15v off 500 rack

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