Though Presonus dubbed this particular creation the “Studio” Channel, it is actually much more than that. In fact, the Presonus Studio Channel is ideal for live performances as well. With this device, users get all the tube preamplification, EQ functionality, and dynamics processing they could possibly desire.
The Studio Channel features a class A tube preamplifier inspired by the BlueTube DP preamplifier and containing a 12AX7 tube. This design provides ample headroom for an even more emphatic sonic punch.
On top of all that, the Studio Channel boasts an integrated VCA compressor that provides inherent musicality and a quick attack response. There’s also a backlit VU meter for quick visual indication of the output gain, and a three-band EQ that affords creamy highs, punchy lows, and transparent mids. Additionally, the midrange is entirely parametric and enjoys variable Q response. Users can configure the EQ to function either pre- or post-compressor.
Studio 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
Fully Variable VCA compressor
Attack, Release, Ratio, Threshold, and (makeup) Gain
Auto Attack/Release switch
Soft/Hard Knee 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)
Master level control
Backlit VU meter
Gain Reduction to Meter switch (selects gain reduction or output gain)