PreSonus tell us that they are now shipping their Studio Channel. Here's their press release:
Combining a tube-based, Class A mic/instrument preamplifier; a smooth, VCA-based compressor; and a sweet-sounding, three-band parametric equalizer, the new Studio Channel delivers first-rate sound at every stage. Every aspect screams "pro," from the features and circuits to the Neutrik connectors and rugged, 1U metal chassis.
Superb preamplifiers are a specialty at PreSonus, and the Studio Channel's preamp stage is a fine example. Based on the award-winning BlueTube preamplifier, it uses discrete circuitry (no harsh-sounding op amps) and features a high-output 12AX7 vacuum tube that operates at 30V--roughly twice the voltage used by other preamplifiers in its class. The result is plenty of headroom, low noise, transparency, and huge tone. Switchable preamp gain and tube drive enable a wide range of sounds, from transparent and clear to edgy and overdriven. PreSonus also provides the small features that make a big difference: an 80 Hz high-pass filter to remove room rumble and unwanted lows, a 20 dB pad, and phase invert.
The parametric EQ provides sweet-sounding gain/cut for ultra-smooth highs, deep lows, and clear midrange. The midrange band has variable Q for controlling the width around the center point of the selected frequency, and the high- and low-frequency bands can be set for peak/dip or shelving. The EQ is switchable pre/post-compressor.
PreSonus is known for its high-quality compressors, and the Studio Channel's compressor reflects this legacy. A fully variable, smooth, VCA-based circuit, it delivers ultra-fast attack and can tame the fastest transients and offers a complete selection of controls: ratio, threshold, attack, release, and make-up gain. From slap bass to snare drum to vocals, the Studio Channel's compressor allows you to record as hot as needed without clipping, giving you total dynamic control and musical results. A precision analog VU meter displays gain reduction and output level. Pricing and Availability:
MSRP is $359 and street price $299.