PreSonus Studio Channel

SKU: StudioChannel
$ 359.95 -17%
$ 299.95

Presonus named this channel strip the Studio Channel, and indeed it’s a wonderful studio tool. But it’s great for live performance, too. Featuring tube preamplification, a VCA-based compressor, and three-band EQ, it delivers a huge variety of timbres. Produce luscious, in-your-face vocals, dynamic acoustic piano, and fat, solid bass guitar, not to mention crystal-clear acoustic guitars and cracking snare. Yes, they got the name wrong; they should have called it the Anywhere Channel. 

Impressive headroom and a huge variety of fat sounds.

The Studio Channel’s Class A preamplifier starts with a high-output 12AX7 tube that operates on voltages double that of other preamplifiers in its class. The result is lots of headroom and big tone. Gain and Tube Drive controls enable a wide range of sounds, from transparent and clear to edgy and overdriven. A -20 dB pad, 80 Hz highpass filter, and polarity reverse let you tweak your signals to sit properly in the mix.

Fast, smooth, musical VCA compression.

Our VCA-based compressor is known for musicality and fast attack, with the ability to tame the fastest transients. From slap bass, to snare drum, to vocals, the Studio Channel’s compressor allows you to record blazing-hot signals with accurate dynamics control. In addition to ratio, threshold, attack, release and gain controls, it offers a convenient Auto Attack/Release feature with preset attack and release curves. The backlit VU meter can display gain reduction or output gain.

Sweet three-band EQ—before or after the compressor.

The three-band equalizer in the Studio Channel is a precision tool, with the ability to carve out unwanted frequencies as well as tailor your tone to enhance your sound. The EQ can be pre- or post-compressor, and you can bypass each stage independently. Custom-designed amplifiers deliver sweet-sounding gain and cut for smooth highs; deep, solid lows; and clear midrange. The midrange band is fully parametric, with variable Q, while the high- and low-frequency bands are semi-parametric, with Frequency and Gain controls but fixed Q, and can be either shelving or peak bands.

Tasty spices that work with virtually everything.

In the lunch room at PreSonus’® Baton Rouge headquarters, it’s an article of faith that Cajun spices taste great with almost everything. The Studio Channel is equally versatile, delivering great sound for virtually any type of recording or live music. And with separate XLR mic, balanced ¼-inch line, and unbalanced ¼-inch instrument inputs and balanced XLR and ¼-inch outputs, you can connect it to almost any recording interface, amp, or P.A. This really is an Anywhere Channel!

Features

1 channel with Class A 12AX7 vacuum-tube mic/instrument preamplifier

  • Gain control with +10 dB to +54 dB gain range
  • Tube Drive control
  • 48V phantom power switch
  • 80 Hz high-pass filter
  • -20 dB pad
  • Polarity-reverse switch

Fully Variable VCA compressor

  • Attack, Release, Ratio, Threshold, and (makeup) Gain
  • Auto Attack/Release switch
  • Soft/Hard Knee switch
  • Bypass switch

3-band parametric equalizer

  • Gain, Frequency, and Q controls (mid band)
  • Gain and Frequency controls (low and high bands)
  • Shelving/peak switches (low and high bands)
  • Switchable pre-/post-compressor
  • Bypass switch

Master level control

  • Backlit VU meter
    • Gain Reduction to Meter switch (selects gain reduction or output gain)

Input/Output

  • 1 unbalanced ¼” instrument input (front panel)
  • 1 balanced ¼” line input
  • 1 balanced XLR mic input
  • 1 balanced ¼” line output
  • 1 balanced XLR line output

Physical

  • 1U 19” rack-mountable, rugged steel chassis
  • Sealed, detented, metal rotary controls
  • External 16 VAC power supply

    Technical Specifications

    General

     
    Channels 1
    Dynamic Range >115 dB
    Frequency Response 10 Hz to 50 kHz
    Internal Operating Level 0 dBu = 0 dB

    Microphone Preamp

     
    Gain -6 dB to +66 dB (± 10 dB trim on line input)
    Noise Floor -96 dBu
    EIN -126 dB
    THD + Noise (0% Tube Drive) < 0.050%
    THD + Noise (100% Tube Drive) < 0.10%
    Microphone Input Connector XLR
    Microphone Input Impedance 1.3 kΩ
    Instrument Input Connector ¼” TS
    Instrument Input Impedance 1 MΩ
    Line Input Connector ¼” TRS
    Line Input Impedance 10 kΩ
    Phantom Power (switchable) +48V
    Pad (switchable) 0 dB / -20 dB
    Phase (switchable) 0°, 180°
    High-pass filter (switchable) -3 dB at 80 Hz

    Compressor

     
    Threshold (variable) -40 dBu to +-2 dBu
    Ratio (variable) 1-10 (1:1 to 10:1)
    Attack (variable) 0.1 to 200 ms
    Release (variable) 0.05 ms to 3S
    Gain Makeup -10 dB to +10 dB
    Metering Analog VU (Gain Reduction / Output)

    Equalizer

     
    LF Band Controls:  
    Frequency Variable from 40 Hz to 500 kHz
    Gain Variable between ±10 dB
    Q 0.7 (on Peak setting)
    MF Band Controls:  
    Frequency Variable from 200 Hz to 3 kHz
    Gain Variable from -10 dB to +10 dB
    Q Variable from 0.7 to 2.5
    HF Band Controls:  
    Frequency Variable from 2 kHz to 20 kHz
    Gain Variable between ±10 dB
    Q 0.7 (on Peak setting)

    Master

     
    Output Fader -80 dB to +10 dB
    Output Connectors XLR Balanced and ¼” TRS Balanced/Unbalanced
    Output Impedance 51Ω
    Metering (Output level) Analog VU (-20 dBu to +6 dBu)
    Metering (Gain Reduction) Analog VU -20 dB to 0 dB
    Output Headroom +22 dBu

    Power Supply

     
    Type Linear
    Input 16 VAC / 1000 mA
    Power Requirements (Continuous) 16W
    Transformer External (country specific)

    Physical

     
    Dimensions 1U rackmount
    Height 1.75” (44.45 mm)
    Depth 5.5” (139.7 mm)
    Width 19” (482.6 mm)
    Weight 5 lbs. (2.27 kg)
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