The Auteur has been a staple preamp in studios around the world for many years. It has become the go-to choice for bridging the gap between clean, transparent preamps and those with lots of color and bite. The Auteur MKII is the next step in perfecting this combination of vintage and modern sound at an affordable price!
The Auteur MKII is the second generation Auteur with lush preamps that capture every detail of your signal. It offers ultra-fast input stages, 65dB gain, a frequency response wider than its predecessor’s, and lower noise/distortion levels. Plus it delivers all the great features of the original: dual channel functionality, 48V switchable phantom power on each channel, phase switching, and a 10dBu pad option for both channels, as well. The Auteur MKII has XLR in and TRS out on Ch. 1 and Ch. 2, and it’s wrapped in a 1U, 1/2 rack housing.
• 2nd-gen dual channel high-quality mic pres capture every detail and nuance of your signal
• High-speed input stages accommodate all types of audio sources
• Edcor transformer-coupled output stages add a touch of vintage vibe
• Lower noise/distortion levels and wider frequency response than the first Auteur
• 14–65dB input gain offers greater range than its predecessor
• 1U 1/2 rack chassis
• Front panel offers per-channel gain, switchable phantom power, phase inversion, and 10dBu pad
• XLR input/TRS (balanced) line output for outboard connectivity
Black Lion Audio has been known and trusted for years as the go-to masters of audio equipment modification — taking gear to new heights with uncompromising mods. Years of preamplifier modification have culminated into their own offering of Chicago-style sonic bliss: the Auteur mkIII — 2 channels of fast response, with fat low-end sound.
The Auteur Quad is the four channel microphone preamplifier version rack mount of our ever popular Auteur MK2 mic pre. The Auteur has become a studio staple over the last decade and is know for its fast, transparent IC based front end while also providing a fat, colorful back end via edcor transformers. This mixture of vintage and modern design approaches has led the Auteur to be known as the “Swiss army knife of preamps” that sounds great on everything. It especially shines on sources that require detail but also benefit from some thickness such as drums or vocals. Some of the major additions to the Quad over the 2 channel half rack unit would be the all new meters on all four channels as well as borrowing the loved DI circuit from our 500 series Auteur on the first 2 channels. This feature set as well as channel count gives you one of the most affordable preamps in the world at an unbelievable price
Its design inspired by a legendary vintage American console mic preamp, the API 312A, the B12A Quad four channel microphone preamplifier packs a massive punch. With its transformer-coupled input and output stages and 70dB of gain on tap, the B12A Quad serves up heaping portions of low-noise headroom. Now you'll finally be able to use your low-output ribbon mics on quiet sources! The B12A Quad imparts a bold sonic assertiveness that beefs up any signal you pass through it.
Meet the Black Lion Audio B12A mkIII — the most portable 312A American-sound around! The B12A mkIII uses the same Cinemag input and output transformers as our B12A Quad for a whopping 70dB of gain. A front panel D.I. delivers a harmonically rich tone to guitars, keyboards, and synthesizers, and stepped input gain allow for perfect recall.