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The VPRE-2C is an all tube and transformer-based rarity from the 1950s, intended primarily for use either as a microphone preamplifier or as a booster amp for transcription turntables at its time. It delivers the smooth and dense tone which is so typical for the great American recordings of this era, and yet its straight-forward design results in a unique and worthwhile sonic character.
What's In A Tube?
The whole point of this preamp is to enrich your recordings with an authentic tube vibe in the most intuitive way. Lower gain settings produce a sound which is well-defined and balanced with a fine accent on the mid-range, while turning up the level-compensated control will significantly increase the perception of warmth, weight and smoothness.
More Than Simple
The VPRE-2C emulates the unit's two triode-strapped 6J7 pentodes for a rich THD spectrum and the original transformer configuration for its signature low-end mojo, adding selectable pre-/deemphasis filter and a mix control for a greater variety of tones. Another exclusive feature of the plugin is its boost mode for kicking in more solid drive and coloration.
While the original amplifier is more of an insider tip these days, its basic circuit design has been used in countless tube consoles for broadcast and recording during the late 50s and early 60s. The VPRE-2C is your ticket back in time, giving you that wonderful old sound right when you call it. Turn it on, dial in the amount you want, done. Vintage glory.