Brit-Style Hardware Channel Strip

Heritage Audio releases classic console circuitry-mixing HA-81A hybrid channel strip      10/07/20

European pro audio manufacturer Heritage Audio has announced availability of the latest addition to their ELITE SERIES. They tell us the the HA-81A is a British-spec hybrid channel strip. The company describes it as an all-new mix of two classic consoles, combining an all- discrete, Class-A 73-style mic preamp with an acclaimed 81-style equalizer, which they say are arguably the most in-demand products for any recording engineer endeavouring to create an instantly classic sound. Here's more of what they have to say...

Creatively combining hybrid design with Heritage (Audio) quality as an ALL-CLASS A CONSOLE MIC AMP/EQUALIZER -- DESIGNED & MANUFACTURED IN THE E.U., as also boldly blazoned across the front panel of its 1U rack-mountable classy chassis, the HA-81A utilises only rotary switches and precision, concentric potentiometers. Products in Heritage Audio's acclaimed ELITE SERIES range are all built with the most cutting-edge design and manufacturing methods, without ever compromising audio quality or cutting corners -- all at the European pro audio manufacturer's Spanish headquarters, as is the case with the HA-81A.

Digging deeper, the HA-81A's preamp section is an 80 dB, all-discrete Class-A design with Carnhill and St. Ives input and output transformers -- the exact ones, in fact, found in Heritage Audio's other ELITE SERIES products. Put simply: it is Heritage Audio's top-notch take on an acclaimed 73-style preamplifier, including input gain (switches in 5 dB steps from 0 to 80), OUTPUT trim (attenuates from 0 to -00 -- infinity), -20 dB PAD (ahead of the input transformer), and +48v phantom power.

Meanwhile, moving on to the HA-81A's equalizer section, it is an exceptionally musical four-band, inductor-based affair whose high- and low-pass filters (each with five frequency positions) are far from wanting. Whereas the typical 73-style three-band equalizers exceed at musicality but may fall short of the mark from a features perspective, the HA-81A equally excels at both by offering extreme (five frequency-position) control over shelf or bell response curves on the high and lows, and dual Q on both mid bands with dedicated high and low mid ones (each with 10 frequency positions) -- a choice of 40 frequency selections overall.

On the face of it, then, as a mic preamp that meets the discerning demands of classic sound-seeking recording engineers, the HA-81A lives up to Heritage Audio's manufacturing mantra: The sound of yesterday -- built for tomorrow.

Pricing and Availability:
The HA-81A is shipping and available now via RAD Distribution in the US -- with a MAP (Minimum Advertised Price) of $1,099.00 USD -- and elsewhere via Heritage Audio's global network of dealers.

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