Program Equalizer and Microphone Preamplifier
Eighteen’s preamplifier circuit isn’t just another clone, but an original design built to pay proper tribute to some of the most classic designs ever made. The Eighteen starts with a Cinemag input transformer, but that’s far from where the magic stops. In order to get the absolute perfect sound we were looking to achieve with Eighteen meant a bit more work under the hood. This is where our new BLA1831 custom, discrete op-amp comes into play. Through an extensive period of component matching, we were able to create a custom op-amp that matched the vibe we were aiming for, while still matching a noise floor that is akin to modern equipment. The preamplifier also features polarity inverse, 48V phantom power, an 80Hz high-pass filter, and a 10kHz low-pass filter.
Features • Vintage style preamp section with CineMag input and output transformers and custom discrete op-amps
• CineMag inductor-based 2-band passive EQ lets you boost and cut frequencies simultaneously to add focus on the low end and presence at the top end
• Output control for driving the preamp into rich harmonic saturation without signal clipping
• Additional frequency control with 80HZ highpass and 10kHz lowpass filters
• Switchable mic/line inputs, polarity flip, and 48V phantom power for condenser mics, active ribbon mics, and mic activators
• Attractive backlit VU meter on the front panel
• Internal power supply with AC input and voltage selector
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
Console vibe for your desktop.
The Auteur DT is a versatile preamp/DI box ready to suit all of your single-channel recording needs. Thanks to 60 dB of Chicago console-style gain and 1/4” and XLR inputs, Auteur DT will accurately capture and enhance anything you throw at it: the crackling snap of a well-tuned snare — or the thunder, resonance, and decay of a ‘70s acrylic kick drum getting hit hard. Add heat and texture to synths and mix-penetrating presence to vocals. Rest assured — anything you plug into the Auteur DT will sound better coming out of it.
Auteur DT exists to capture every bit of sweat equity that goes into your recordings... in fact, bringing out the fully polished potential of your final product is the inspiration for everything Black Lion Audio makes.
More than just a preamp...
Electric whatever: guitar, bass, baritone, or viola — the Auteur DT doesn’t care what you play: it cares how you sound. Auteur DT makes anything you plug into it sound weighty, detailed, harmonically rich, and above all — clean. There’s simply not a better single-channel direct box in its price class... and certainly not one that doesn’t look like it was component-sourced via a dumpster dive behind an antique radio museum. Auteur DT will dutifully respect every ingredient of your tonal recipe — your technique, string gauge, fingerboard choice, and especially those pickups you paid too much for.
Sublime quality — inside and out.
With a tough-as-nails brushed black aluminum chassis bookended by organic, vintage-style varnished maple side panels, the Auteur DT is sturdily built for comfort, usability, and lasting performance — while also looking like it should cost about twice what it does. Of course, it’s what’s on the inside that counts — and Auteur DT features a robust USA-made transformer and cherry-picked Nichicon and Vishay capacitors, ensuring premium sound quality, long life, and low noise.
The Black Lion difference.
Before offering their own brand of unique audio design solutions, Black Lion Audio grew its reputation as Chicago’s top audio mod-shop. Their years of experience spent elbow-deep in audio circuits goes into every Black Lion Audio offering: judicious component selection; robust build quality... and a heavy dose of Chicago-style hands-on, can-do, will-do attitude.
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.