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The Auteur 500 is a single channel, 500 series preamp that features an instrument input, phase, +48VDC phantom power, and a 10dB input signal pad.
There are lots of mic preamps available these days. What makes this one so special?
For one, it’s a design that’s somewhat unique in its approach. Being admirers of the fully balanced, transformerless circuits found in highly acclaimed recording consoles, Black Lion Audio chose to use a similar topology.
They began with a high speed input stage that picks up lots of detail and nuance, and then followed it with a high current output stage. BLA also like classic transformer-based designs because of the characteristic they lend to the audio signal. Because of this, they added a 600 ohm, M-6 silicon steel output transformer to give the audio a thick quality that’s reminiscent of a prized vintage preamp.
It’s the best of both worlds!